February 2019 Raymarine Sailor of the Month – Dale Kushner

It’s been a few decades since South Africans performed with class and distinction on the world singlehanded stage, and while race from Cape Town to the Island of St Helena is anything but ‘on the world stage’, Dale Kushner was the only singlehanded competitor.

Singlehanded sailing is something he has dreamt about for many years, and having completed this course he may yet set his sights higher and pit himself against the best in the world at an international level.

Kushner had a ton of preparation to do for the race, not just in equipping and fine-tuning his 32-footer, a Jeanneau Sunfast 3200, but he had to get into shape physically and mentally too. Certainly from following his daily reports from sea it was obvious that he had prepared well and was fully up to the experience.

Let’s hope that Kushner has inspired others to look seriously at singlehanded sailing as another viable option in this wonderful sport of ours, and that we see him on the international stage in the not too distant future.

2019 Sailors of the Month

FebruaryDale Kushner
MarchMike Hayton
AprilMalcolm Hall
MayPaul Lagesse
JuneNO AWARD
JulySean Kavanagh
AugustAndrew Tarboton
September
October
November
December

Roll of Honour – Sailors of the Year

2018Tina Plattner
2017Alex Burger & Benji Daniel
2016Rob van Rooyen
2015Stefano Marcia
2014Blaine Dodds
2013Asenathi Jim
2012Roger Hudson
2011Stefano Marcia
2010Asenathi Jim
2009Taariq Jacobs
2008David Hudson
2007Dominique Provoyeur
2006Craig Millar
2005Shaun Ferry
2004Justin Onvlee
2003Dominique Provoyeur
2002Golden Mgedza
2001John Eloff