Cape Town catamaran producer Two Oceans Marine has announced a sponsorship deal for a charity run by South African sailing and surfing enthusiast Greg Bertish.

Two Oceans has also appealed to other potential sponsors to assist Bertish, who raises funds for numerous organisations including the South African National Sea Rescue Institute. Bertish also founded the local Sharkspotter programme and two years ago sailed 200km around Cape Point and up South Africa’s west coast in an 8ft Optimist.  His 200-kilometre journey matched the 200 days he had spent in hospital at age thirty, fighting life-threatening heart infections caused by a tropical bacterium. He now uses the story of his survival to motivate others.

Two Oceans managing director Mark Delany said the company had decided to become the platinum sponsor for Bertish’s charity, The Little Optimist, which was born out of Bertish’s optimist sailing adventure. To date Bertish has helped raise over R2-million for various charities.

Said Delany: “The first time I met Greg and listened to his story, and his passion for dedicating his life to helping worthwhile causes through The Little Optimist, I knew immediately that Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing would become involved with the causes of The Little Optimist. I am pleased to announce that Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing has now become the platinum sponsor for The Little Optimist and I am appealing to all organisations around the world to join us in supporting this inspirational cause. Greg is a man who will change people’s lives for the better.”

Bertish is the brother of international big wave surfer Chris Bertish, a past winner of the Mavericks Big Wave Competition who also holds a Guinness World Record for stand-up paddling 7500km across the Atlantic – the first person to do so – in 93 days.

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