Many are unaware of its existence, but UP has a sailing club called TuksYachting. Despite its somewhat hidden status, this club is undoubtedly worth exploring for those seeking adventure and camaraderie.

TuksYachting is based at the Pretoria Sailing Club (PSC) on the shore of the Rietvlei Dam, 15 minutes from Hatfield. PSC is home to an array of dinghies (one to two person boats) that the club uses to sail. The club prides itself on fostering a fun and safe learning environment where members can gain confidence in handling boats. Through a blend of theoretical instruction and hands-on experience as crew or skipper, the club equips members with the skills needed to navigate the open waters.

Every December, TuksYachting sets its sights on the University Sport South Africa (USSA) competition. With aspirations of building an intimidating team, the club is determined to leave its mark on the competition, representing UP with pride and skill.

While sailing is at the heart of TuksYachting, the club also boasts a vibrant social calendar filled with pub crawls, braais and quiz nights. Members leave their overalls and join in spirited renditions of club songs, welcoming all to partake in the festivities. With social events regularly advertised on social media, there is no shortage of opportunities to connect and unwind with fellow enthusiasts. The club also embarks on excursions to the Vaal River for weekend regattas to showcase their sailing skills.

TuksYachting offers a diverse range of activities, from competitive regattas to laid-back learning weekends and a warm, inclusive social atmosphere. Whether you are a seasoned sailor or a complete novice, there is something for everyone. Providing a blend of adventure, skill-building and fellowship, this club is a hidden gem worth exploring for students seeking an unforgettable university experience. If you are interested in joining the club, you can contact Letladi Lekolwane, the club manager, at letladi.lekolwane@up.ac.za, or send them a direct message on Instagram @tuksyachting.

Sandisiwe Msibi
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