Lion of Africa Ladies Yacht Race. More Pirate than Sailor.

This day was one of the highlights of the past months and yet I still haven’t shared the photos with you. Ocean, wind, sunshine, water, girls, giggles, loveliness, that was the day I spent onboard the Carousel in the Lion of Africa Ladies Race at the Royal Cape Yacht Club.

Invited as a first time sailor by my friend Christiane, I joined the 10 girl (and a baby) crew. Starting with a practice run that took us beyond the Table Bay breakers and culminating with a 2pm start to a rather hectic race that saw us come in 6th.


The full team kitted out just before we set sailed.


Luke Scott, owner of the boat and only many allowed onboard.


My best friend, Christiane, who invited me along.


It was amazing, and as a water baby outdoors kind of girl, I can’t believe that I hadn’t sailed before. Must be that gloriously dusty Free State upbringing that stood in my way. My true wish is that I will have a chance for a few more sails with Christiane and Luke in the new year. I’m even prepared to learn to talk the talk. Although one thing I have realised is that I am more Pirate than Sailor.



The Carousel Race Log.


On the morning practice run. Duck and Dive and Grab and Hold, and lots of do as you’re told.

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