Deneysville round the Island Race 2013

Media Release 

The SAMSA LDYC round the Island Race is taking place this coming weekend, from the 1st to the 3rd of February 2013 at Deneysville on the Vaal River.

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) is proud to be once again associated with the race on its 55th year.

SAMSA is delighted to welcome the expected 5000 Five Thousand boaters and boating fans to Lake Deneysville. In the spirit of Safety on our Waters the SAMSA would like to urge everyone to exercise extreme caution when taking part in activities on our waters.

We urge you to remember the following safety elements.

Make sure that your skipper is licenced

Always wear your life jacket onboard

Make sure that the water craft you are using is SAMSA compliant

Beer on the Pier and water on the water

We want the dinghies back!

The committee for the annual Round the Island Regatta noted that although keelboats and multihull participation quotas have been fairly steady, the numbers of dinghies has been steadily diminishing over the years. “To encourage the class we are offering a tiered cash prize structure.” explained committee chair Austin Daly.  

Overall, the 55th LDYC Round the Island Regatta Weekend has increased the cash prizes up for grabs from R10 000 to R30 000 . 

Cash prizes 

The tiered cash prizes specifically for dinghies are:

71 or more finishers - R5 000 to first finisher on handicap.

51-70 finishers - R3 000 to first finisher on handicap.

20-50 finishers - R2 000 to first finisher on handicap


The Club has also added two other cash prizes open to all classes:

Friday’s Commodore’s Cup – R2 000 for first on handicap 

Vaaldam Drifter – R1 000.  This goes to the first boat in each and every class (irrespective of weather) to reach the first mark, provided 10 boats of that class round the mark. 

This is to encourage competitors in the event of a ‘float and fry’ drifter which has deterred entrants in past years from finishing the course.   

The long-standing R10 000 prize for the first boat to break the existing elapsed time record set by Danie Colyn on a Seacart in 2007,  of 55 minutes 37 seconds remains in place. This prize excludes windsurfers and yachts with hydroplaning abilities. 

Commodore Tielman Burger confirmed, “We have also kept the racing format we introduced in 2012, of 3 starts instead of 5. The first will be the Ultra Class, a maximum of 50 boats with a handicap of 1.00 and above, racing the faster boats of other classes, followed by keelers and micro-multihulls in the second start. The third start will be for all cats and dinghies.”

On-land attractions 

The Clubhouse and surrounds has undergone major structural improvements, not quite finished but certainly functional, to complement the recently re-vamped ablution blocks. The harbour and slipway has been significantly expanded to accommodate more and larger craft. 

The weekend will again feature a big screen on which live footage of the start and finish will be watched by the onshore crowd. Sailors and visitors alike can enjoy the usual bar, catering, air shows, top-notch live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.  Ample camping and caravan space is available.

The South African Marine Safety Authority (SAMSA) will have a strong presence throughout spreading messages of safety on the water and sponsoring the hampers in a lucky draw competition.

At a price of R70 a head over 16 years of age for the entire weekend it is unbeatable value for money.

The sailing and entertainment weekend runs from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd February. To download entry forms, entertainment programme and the Notice of Regatta visit Contact LDYC on 016 371-1393 or email