Let the Adventure Continue...
We are fundraising for a new engine for Rotary Scout. This will give scouts the opportunity to compete in the 2020 Cape 2 Rio race. We need your help to make this dream a reality. Please donate as much as you are able to. Your donation will make a difference!
Rotary Scout is one of the most sailed yachts in the Western Cape! This is due to her dedicated skippers and crew. They put in countless hours to ensure as many scouts as possible get to experience keelboat sailing. She has an extensive sailing programme throughout the year that includes the sailing training of scouts, development programmes for under-privileged children and ocean racing.
She has offered hundreds of young people the opportunity to sail on a yacht. Some for a few hours, some for a day and some for a weekend. The adventure gets even more exciting when Scouts get the opportunity to sail in the Governor's Cup Race to St. Helena Island or the Cape 2 Rio race!
Who sails on Rotary Scout?
This yacht has a very active sailing programme. Scouts are taken sailing most weekends - only bad weather and maintenance stop us going out sailing. Experience on a yacht offers unique life skills. Scouts push the boundaries of their personal courage and learn to overcome challenges, like fatigue and seasickness. They build team work and leadership skills in a nurturing environment, with great emphasis placed on safety.
Who maintains Rotary Scout?
Rotary Scout is managed by a group of dedicated volunteers - mainly Scout parents. They give freely of their time and expertise, not only to maintain the yacht, but also to train young people in the art of sailing.
Why do you need a new engine?
The current engine has been working hard for 24 years. Our talented group of volunteers have spent many hours fixing the engine and extending its' life-span. However, a new engine would ensure our high safety standards are maintained and will allow us to spend more time sailing, and less time and cost maintaining an old engine
Will my donation make a difference?
Yes - absolutely. Our goal is to raise enough money to fund and fit a new engine in time for the 2020 Cape 2 Rio Race. As soon as our new engine is fitted, we can make more sailing adventures available to our scouts.
How is Rotary Scout funded?
Rotary Scout receives very little in the way of funding. It is the selfless dedication of the volunteers that keeps the yacht in a good seaworthy condition. We rely heavily on the kindness of corporate donors. We have received some heartwarming support. It is amazing how many good people and organisations are out there. Some examples are:
The Rotary Clubs of Tygerberg and Belville, JLT Marine. The Jewish Maritime League has been a long term sponsor. The Royal Cape Yacht Club and the False Bay Yacht Club support us by generously providing mooring for the yacht.
Past Racing Adventures
Rotary Scout has taken place in the Cape 2 Rio race numerous times. With adult co-skippers, crews of scouts are given the opportunity to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. We also participate in the Governor's Cup Yacht race - again with scouts crewing every time.
Rotary Scout is a grand old lady - she was launched in 1994. Her story is one of generosity. For her to continue providing unforgettable adventure for our scouts, she needs a new engine.