We are situated in the Rietvlei Nature Reserve, off Nellmapius Drive, south east of Pretoria, just off the R21 highway, approximately 10 minutes by car from Centurion and 30 minutes from Sandton and Johannesburg. To find us, type in Pretoria Sailing Club in Google Maps or Waze, from where you are, and the rest is easy!
The Main Club Dinghy Classes
Our members enjoy competitive racing in a variety of mono-hull sailing boats (note catamarans are not permitted on the dam, nor are power boats apart from those used to run the racing). The main classes at the Club are:
- Finns – we have over 30 boats at the Club, and is the most active class currently
- Dolphins – again we have over 30 boats at the Club, and a very competitive fleet
- Lasers – over 40 at the club, mostly used for leisure sailing, but increasing interest in becoming a competitive class again
- 505s – a small but very competitive fleet: many use PSC as a base and go around the country for various regattas
- GP14s – again a small but committed fleet that spend a week-end per month alternating between Victoria Sailing Club and PSC
- Flying Dutchmen – used to train and help our student and youth members, as well as sail competitively from time to time
- Optimists – for the under 14 sailors, we have over 20 at the club, of which 8 are owned by the club and can be hired out.
- Dabchicks – for the youth sailors as the grow in confidence or graduate from Optimists
There are a wide variety of other boats at the club, the message to all is that whether you want to learn to sail, sail competitively or just for leisure, we can offer you full facilities that will meet your needs.
We run a combination or club sailing at week-ends (start times 1400 on Saturday, and 1030 on Sundays) with 3 back to races, followed by clubhouse activities around the bar or dining areas, and more formal regattas. Each race lasts around 30 minutes, so on water time is usually around 2 hours if you sail all 3 races.
PSC hosts an annual regatta, the Charity Regatta, every January, plus regional and club regattas for individual classes as required. We have a ‘Bridge’ boat that sets courses, starts and finishes races, and two safety boats (both rigid inflatables) to ensure competitor safety on the water.
There is a large car park, access is remote via your cell once your number is in the database. The car park includes an area where members can park and keep their trailers if they do not have room at home for them. Trailers are securely fastened by chains to the ground with padlocks.
Pretoria Sailing Club is affiliated to the South African Sailing (SAS) Federation (an ISAF National Member Authority) and, for many years, has also been a proud supporter of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).