The government of South Africa, through the Department of Sport and Recreation (SRSA) and South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) recognise only one federation to represent each sporting code in the country. South African Sailing (SAS) is the recognised National Federation representing the interests of sailing in all its forms in South Africa.
While SAS does organise regattas and the associated administration (it represents South Africa at ISAF and provides stewardship of the International Racing Rules that allow us to race here) it has a far more important and often unrecognised role of administering sailing at the discretion of Government.
SAS is structured in such a way as to ensure that the interests of all its members are addressed and that everyone is able to make representation and be heard through the regional structures - the Regional Executive Committees, their sub committees, e.g. Dinghy Committee, Keelboat Committee, Youth etc, which in turn are entitled to be represented on each of the National Standing Committees and Council.
|The National Standing Committees and their areas of concern are:|
|Inland & Offshore|
|Community & Recreational sailing|
|Finance & Administration|
|Marketing & Communications|
|THE OBJECTIVES OF SOUTH AFRICAN SAILING:|
|To promote all aspects of the sport of sailing in South Africa and encourage excellence in it.|
|To represent sailing in South Africa by ensuring excellence in race management and judging.|
|To establish South Africa as a premier sailing destination.|
|To grow awareness about the sport in the local community at large.|
|To support and grow the South African boating industry.|
|To support and grow the South African sailing retail industry.|
|To ensure that the ISAF sailing regulations are enforced.|
|To improve service delivery to SAS members via regional structures.|
|To implement a sustainable National Training Scheme.|
|To create Olympic Champions.|