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
|September||Mike Hayton & David Rae|
|October||Campbell Alexander & Dave Herridge|
Roll of Honour – Sailors of the Year
|2017||Alex Burger & Benji Daniel|
|2016||Rob van Rooyen|