“The Great Optimist Race is  about inspiring sick and needy kids to never ever give up and find a passion to live for” says founder.

The Great Optimist Race 2019 will be held during the Cape Town International Boat Show, on October 19th. Between 35 and 40 Optimist Children’s dinghies will be raced by adults ( Celebrities, Medical Survivors; Captains of Industry)and St Josephs Home has a boat sailing especially for our children. This event is not for glory, but to raise money and awareness especially focusing on disadvantaged and ill children.
The Race is a FANTASTIC and UNIQUE fundraising event, spreading optimism and HOPE.

The event will take place at the V & A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa. So if you are in the area, come down and support our St Josephs boat and see who walks away with the coveted trophy.

Please donate R50 or R100 or a R1000 but whatever you can just get some wind into our sails. Our target is R10 000.

Challenge your friends and corporates, fellow sailors, yachties,  to match or better your donation, and help us to help other people.

Excerpt from 2018 Great Optimist Race:

 42 Optimist sailors set off on a tricky 3 lap course through the V &  A Waterfront, watched by 1000s of spectators. With the magnificent backdrop of Table Mountain, the sailors raced for glory and survival. The competitors comprised of adults made up of medical survivors, local celebrities, Captains of Industry and some pro sailors. Three separate start, beginner, intermediate and pro sailors, allowed for a good handicap and a chance for those who had only learned to sail days before. This unique race was all about overcoming the odds and surviving. It’s about inspiring sick and needy kids to never ever give up and find a passion to live for. So, as in the race of life, this race had some unique curveballs and obstacles for the sailors to overcome. Not only did the wind squalls and gusts in the second basin cause havoc, but so did the pedestrian bridge that opened and closed at will, along with “water pistol armed and dangerous” local celebrities Kieno Kammies and Tanya Neft on their own bigger yacht. These were the disrupters. The competitors had to get past these to cross the line.

Our Brave Survivors, Caleb and Jasper, neck and neck for 1st Place!

    It was Caleb Swanepoel, an amputee and shark attack survivor (in the Primi Piatti Optimist) who sneaked in to win the race, just ahead of Jasper Eales in the Sealand Optimist.  (Jasper is a liver transplant survivor).