Sailing


Overview

Sailing at Bishops allows the student to combine the outdoors with a great opportunity to get exercise along with others from grades 8 to 12.
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We practice after school on a Tuesday and Friday at Zeekoevlei Yacht Club and boys are lifted to and from the venue, returning by 7 pm on each day.

SailPro run our training sessions on boats they provide and once there has been an improvement in skill level, boys are allowed to sail the school boats. We expect our sailors to involve themselves over weekends once their skill level has improved.

We also encourage our sailors to join up at the Sailing Academy run by Royal Cape Yacht Club. It is here that they will learn how to sail keel boats and it is from this group that we select our team who sail in the annual Lipton Cup Regatta.

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Vision

Bishops is one of the leading schools in South Africa as far as sport is concerned and our reputation for sporting excellence is world-wide. In keeping with the ethos of our school, we believe that sport plays a vital role in the development of young men. In particular, we believe that participation in a team sport enhances the educational experience. To this end, it is a school rule that all boys must play an official school sport during both summer and winter terms.

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History

Bishops started sailing in the late 1970s. Up until a few years ago, we were the only school in the Western Cape who had sailing as a school sport. We are delighted that since SailPro started, more and more schools offer sailing as a sport. We remain the only school that owns its own boats

Facilities & Coaching

We own 7 Lasers, 2 Dabchicks and a 420. In addition to this a rubber duck accompanies the boys on the water when SailPro are not on coaching duty. Our dinghy sailing is from ZVYC and boys pay to become members of the Club giving them full use of the facilities on offer at Zeekoe Vlei. If boys join the RCYC Sailing Academy they automatically become junior members of RCYC but need to show commitment to the program that is run.

Outreach

The RCYC Sailing Academy relies on volunteer skippers to do coaching and those of our group who have their skippers tickets are expected to assist in this program.