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Dart 18 World Championships: Stilbaai Yacht Club, Vaal Dam

27th Dec to the 2nd January 2015

Vaal Dam Facts

There have be many questions about the Comittees decisions to host the Worlds at Stilbaai Yacht Club, here are some of the reasons:

  • Home to:
    • A previous Dart 18 World Champion, and
    • Many Springbok Sailors (National Colours)
  • Biggest single Dart 18 fleet: 50+ Boats
  • Almost exclusively a Catamaran / Multihull Club
    • Classes that sail off Stilbaai:
      • Tornado,
      • Dragonfly,
      • Halcats,
      • Hobies, and of course
      • Dart 18
  • Hosts big Catamaran events (110+ boats) including:
    • Dart Nationals
    • Dart Singles Nationals
    • SA Games 100+ boats
    • To name a few
  • Active youth sailing programme
  • Onsite Repair Yard
    • Collins Fibre Glass to have presence at worlds
  • Ample boat parking and rigging space.
  • Ample sailing space for large fleets
  • Safe sailing free from:
    • Large surf
    • Tide and
    • Sharks
  • Position on the dam:
    • Many possible sailing areas.
  • Cost savings for competitors:
    • Food
    • Drink and
    • Accommodation
  • Cheaper flights for overseas competitors as they only have to fly into O.R Tambo Johannesburg International Airport
  • Active membership with a fun community.

The whole fleet can be located and stay in one place instead of being dispersed, creating a sense of sailing comradery.

General Information about the Venue

  • The Vaal Dam was constructed in 1938
  • +/- lies 77 km south of OR Tambo International Airport.
  • Travel time by car +/- 1 hour 20 minutes
  • The lake has a surface area of about 320 Square Kilometres

Sailing Specific & Hosted Events

  • The annual “Round The Island” yacht race (500+)
    • Guinness Book of records for being the “Longest Inland Yacht Race in the World”.
    • This race has entered the Guinness Book of Records for the most boats in an inland yacht race.
  • Keelboat Week
  • Youth Nationals
  • SA Games
  • Numerous National & Provincial regatta annually
  • Upcoming 2014 J22 Worlds
  • Inland sailing mecca of South Africa
  • 11 yachts clubs call the Vaal Dam home

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