TWO Port Elizabeth youngsters hope their dream of competing in the RS Tera World Sailing Championship will be plain sailing after a fundraising golf day at the PE Golf Club on Tuesday next week.
Junior sailors Justin Harth, 16, and Joshua Woolard, 17, have been selected to represent South Africa at the international regatta, which takes place from July 28 in Weymouth, England.
According to event organiser Michael King of YBG Events and Tours, the boys need to raise R35000 each to cover the costs of taking part. “Unfortunately, sailing is not a government-funded sport in South Africa,” he said.
In spite of this, King said South Africa would host the event next year and therefore local competitors needed to prepare themselves by sailing against the world’s best.
“We want to give these two boys a shot at fulfilling their dreams and, more importantly, representing their country at the highest possible level.
“Other regions in South Africa are doing the same in the hope of giving their kids an opportunity to take part. We believe in supporting our locals and the best way for us to do this is through the golf day.”
Grade 12 Cape Recife pupil Woolard – who represents the Algoa Bay, Redhouse and Point yacht clubs – finished third overall in the national qualification process for the RS Tera Worlds.
Redhouse Yacht Club’s Harth, in Grade 10 at Grey High School, is ranked sixth. He placed 13th at the 2010 competition in France.
King said golf day participants could look forward to a fantastic day out on the course.
“We have all sorts of prizes on offer – anything from boat charters and hotel vouchers to cooking appliances and golf equipment. There will also be raffles and auctions of some special memorabilia.”