The Great Optimist Race in conjunction with Boatica is back!

Following a two-year break as a result of the global pandemic, the Little Optimist Trust is delighted to announce that the event will once again take place at Cape Town’s annual Boat Show, Boatica, on Saturday the 29th of October.

This year will see 15 hand-picked elite little optimist dinghies race for glory. They will besailed by celebrities, captains of industry and medical survivors

Cape Talk’s Pippa Hudson and Adventurer Riaan Manser will be leading the celebrities, with two time winner and shark encounter survivor Caleb Swanepoel back in his Two Oceans Marine Boat.

Other contenders include double lung transplant survivor Tanya Bothma , stroke survivor Hilton Swanson and CEO Gareth Leck.   Others who will be returning to the start line includebig wave surfer Matt Bromley.

Little Optimist Trust Founder Greg Bertish will again be a favourite and says, “This year is going to be fast and furious and all in the name of raising funds for the Little Optimist trust and other charities“.

Not only will the race serve as one of the highlights on Boatica’s calendar, but funds raised will be poured back into the ongoing sailing therapy offered by the Little Optimist Trust’s sailing academy at Battery Park. The academy teaches sailing skills to disadvantaged, sick and marginalised children, giving them much-needed confidence and joy.

Members of the public are invited to bring family and friends, young and old, to the Academy’s sailing clinic at Boatica. They will be offering a sailing experience and lessons on 28, 29 and 30 October, in conjunction with South African Sailing.  The special 2 oceans Aquarium Glass Bottom Optimist will be offering trips for kids for a donation. All funds raised will go towards rehabilitating turtles and marginalised kids.

To sponsor or back a boat for the race for charity donate here:

To book a sailing experience or for more information on sponsoring a boat or a sailor, please visit: