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Team Sailing League
What is the Team Sailing League?
The TSL is a team-racing league where two teams of up to three boats compete against each other in equally matched two person sailing boats. This program has been developed to grow sailing and re introduce the magic into the sport of sailing for both new and existing sailors.
TSL14 the Team Sailing League boats
The TSL14, a South African Sailing recognized class, incorporates the features of simplicity, durability, and a fun sailing experience for both novices and experienced sailors.
Conceptualized with input from leading sailors and participants in the sailing industry, South African Sailing believe this is an ideal Team Sailing boat. “The design phase focused on creating an amazing sailing experience and some key features include a simple deck layout, raised boom, and separate toe straps for helm and crew to allow for different crew configurations” says Stephen du Toit of Performance Craft who has built all the boats to date. All TSL14’s are fitted with rubber bow bumpers, sealed masts and a mail sail reef point for safety.
The sail plan consists of a modern main and job configuration that is ideal for team sailing and will be durable under extended use. David Rae of North Sails says, “The sails have been designed so the TSL14 can be sailed in a variety of wind conditions with an easy main reef system. The jib is designed for easy rigging with quick hanks. The TSL14 is well balanced and easy to sail making it a fantastic boat for team sailing and teaching new people to sail. This league is an exciting initiative from SA Sailing giving South Africans from all walks of life the opportunity to sail.”
Women's Team Sailing League:
Inter Club League
Inter Schools League
Two key pillars of the SA Sailing strategy launched at the end of 2015 include Building the Base of Sailors, and Transformation. Various initiatives have been developed in this area however it has not been simple to address the following key areas:
The SA Sailing strategy mentioned the formation of the active schools sailing league as a method to address these items and are now in a position to announce the development of a Team Sailing League (TSL).