Pretoria Sailing Club (PSC) is situated on the shores of the Rietvlei Dam within the Rietvlei Nature Reserve, the largest urban Nature Reserve in South Africa. The Club was founded in 1959 and celebrated its Diamond Jubilee in 2019. We share our facilities with the Centurion Canoe Club (http://www.centcc.co.za) who are our long time partners and friends. We are one of the largest sailing clubs in South Africa, and boast a sailable area of around 3 square kilometres.
Our aim is to be and remain the sailing club of choice for the sailing community of the wider Pretoria and Johannesburg areas for both single and double-handed dinghies. We have full facilities both on and off the water, with informal racing nearly every week-end between August and May, and ad hoc sailing events during the remaining winter months. The clubhouse has an outdoor pool, catering and change-room facilities, and an outdoor braai area for members and their guests. We also run a fully stocked bar of alcoholic and non-alcholic drinks for members to enjoy.
We place special emphasis on the training and development of young sailors from age 7 upwards, and have club-owned Optimists that beginners can learn in before deciding to buy their own boats, and also club Dolphins, Lasers and Gypseys for adults. We always welcome new members, and can explain to all those interested in joining either by mail, by phone or by a visit to the club, how to join and become part of the PSC family.
How to find us
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 35 boats at the Club, and this is currently the most active class
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 it is becoming a competitive class again
505s – a small but very competitive fleet: many use PSC as a base and travel around the country to compete in 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, and is fast becoming a competitive class
Optimists – for the under 14 sailors, we have over 15 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.
During the sailing season (August to May) 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 several regattas every year, including national, regional and club events for various classes. The Charity Regatta is our flagship annual event held at the end of January. 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, secure car park, accessible to members via an automatic cell phone system. The car park includes an area where members can park and store their trailers if they are not able to keep them at home. Trailers are securely fastened by chains and padlock to the ground.
Boat parking is a combination of open and covered parking. Covered parking is particularly useful as it reduces the amount of UV damage over time from the sun, and protects from the summer thunderstorms. There are 3 slipways for launching and a separate one for guests visiting for regattas.
Picnic and braai facilities are available on our sprawling lawns under shady trees. There is also a swimming pool. The club has two spacious lounges and a galley that provides light meals and refreshments. We have clean cloakrooms and ample ablution facilities equipped with hot and cold showers. The venue may be hired by members for private functions provided that they finish before 21h00.
Pretoria Sailing Club is affiliated to the South African Sailing (SAS) (part of the World Sailing organisation) and for many years has been, and continues to be, a proud supporter of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).