The Botswana sailing community has been active since 1965 when the Gaborone Yacht Club was formed. Since then Botswana sailors have competed successfully in the Southern African region. They were represented in the Finn Class in the Los Angeles Olympic Games and in 2009 had a team sailing a Hobie 16 in the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in Brazil as part of the ISAF Athlete Participation Programme.
The most popular boats currently sailing in Botswana are: Optimists, primarily used for training; Lasers, Dolphins (a local Southern African class), Hobie 14s, Hobie 16s, Hobie 18s, Halcats and Dart 18s.
The principal sailing season is from mid August to March with the National regatta being held in mid October attracting sailors from around the region. The Association and Gaborone Yacht club are a driving force in promoting youth sailing holding regular sail training for junior and novice sailors. The Gaborone Yacht Club is in the process of converting the training fleet to RS Teras, which have proved to be most popular and are ideally suited for the local conditions.
Gabarone Yacht Club Website - http://www.gyc.org.bw/
Gabarone Yacht Club Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gaborone-Botswana/Gaborone-Yacht-Club/111581598859054
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