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Sailors of any age from across the country and around the world will be able to sign up for The Little Optimist Global Challenge, and raise funds for charity at the same time.

Anyone and everyone has been invited to climb aboard an Optimist dinghy and take part – by sailing or even just sitting in the little boat. It is open to anyone of any age, anywhere in the world. Participants will be required to “sail” any Opi for an hour or more on any body of water, anywhere in the world – during the challenge window of October 9-18.

Each boat will be able to raise funds for charity, which will be split between the sailor’s chosen cause, and the Little Optimist Trust, which hosts sailing therapy days for disadvantaged children.

“I’m so excited to challenge everyone to climb into a Little Optimist children’s dinghy, and sail it for charity, fun and inspiration,” said founder Greg Bertish.

“Even Covid will not stop the Little Optimist and his friends from sailing to raise funds for our foundation and many others.”

Last year the initiative raised over R500 000 for over 30 different charities.


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