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Young local to participate in longest ocean race


The 23-year-old Sewisa Magane from Groblersdal is currently representing his hometown and Limpopo in the challenging Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, which started in London recently.
Magane is one of eight young South Africans aged between 18 and 23 chosen to take part in the race as member of the Sapinda Rainbow Foundation relay team on board the IchorCoal, one of 12 identical 70 foot ocean racing yachts crewed by amateur sailors under command of professional skippers.
The race is the longest ocean endurance challenge requiring 40 000 nautical miles to be traversed with the first port being Rio de Janeiro and including Cape Town, Sydney, Hobart, Seattle, Panama, New York among others before finishing back in London. Magane started the third leg of the race from Cape Town to Western Australia over 4 845 nautical miles recently.
“It is my first time in Cape Town and I have enjoyed every moment of it with all the other ambassadors and it is great meeting new people. I am so excited that the other ambassadors are here because they have given me confidence and made me feel like I can do it, nothing is going to stop me,” he is quoted to have said in a recent press release.
He added that he has been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. “I am looking forward to achieving something remarkable by completing the race and learning new skills.”
Magane lost his parents at a young age and he is from a community where young people have low expectations. He has been supported by Ndlovu Care Group, which is the charity of the Sapinda Rainbow Foundation for 2015 and 2016.
He said the opportunity changed his life. “My friends and family wish they could be here and they are so happy for me. My ambition is to be a doctor. When I get back from the race my aim is to study hard to reach my dream,” he said.
The Ichor Coal had bad luck when, on 5 September, the only fatality in the history of the 20-year-old-race occurred with crew member Andrew Ashman being knocked unconscious, resuscitation attempts failed and he died.

RC Myburgh
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