Taalia is sailing places

Taalia Naidoo hopes to sail in the next World Championships in Holland next year.

LOCAL sailor, Taalia Naidoo, recently participated in the RS Tera World Championships 2014 held at Pine Lake Marina, Sedgefield, Western Cape.

This is the first time a world championship event for this class of racing boat was held in South Africa, and sailors from all over the world took part. Sailing was of a very high standard.

The event, generally called the RS Tera Worlds, is held every year in a different country. There are two classes of boats that sail in the Tera Worlds, the Sport and Pro classes. The Sport class is for youth up to the age of 16 and the Pro class is for youth up to the age of 19.

Taalia achieved a second place podium position in the girls’ section (Sports class) and 4th overall in the competition. She has been invited to participate at next year’s world championship event in Rotterdam, Holland.

“I am really thankful to the coaches who taught me so much over the past few years. I must also say a big 'thank you' to the principals and teachers at Eden School for always supporting and encouraging me with my sailing. Without them, I would not have experienced a Worlds event,” said Taalia.

She said it had been announced two years years ago that South Africa would host the 2014 Tera Worlds.

“All South African youth sailors were very excited as it was a chance to see and attend a world championship event in our own country. Through 2013 I participated in our KZN points series league competition and was fortunate to achieve 1st place in the Tera Class. I also participated in the KZN and Vaal Provincial events where I managed 1st places. The SA Youth National Sailing Championship was held at Midmar Dam in December 2013 and I managed to secure a first place in the Tera Sport class. I got used to the boat and thought with a bit of luck I could do reasonably at the Worlds in 2014,” she said.

She said she was really happy with her result as she had been sailing the new class of boat for only about seven months before the event, and suffered with flu during the event.

“The best thing about sailing in these open events is that you make friends from so many countries. During the event there is something arranged every night for the sailors to have fun and interact with young sailors from all over the world. You get to see that youth from other countries have mostly the same likes and dislikes that we have here in SA,” she said.

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