A group of Royal Cape Yacht Club Sailing Academy cadets spent five days sailing aboard the largest brig sailing ship in the world, courtesy of the Italian Navy and Italian community in South Africa.

The trip aboard the Nave Italia was an immersive learning experience offering both sailing lessons and a taste of life beyond the Cape Flats where most of the cadets live. For them it was their first trip overseas and a rare opportunity to acquire skills they might need in their future careers. 

The trip aimed to provide a comprehensive understanding of various aspects of sailing, including seamanship, teamwork and bridge work. The students eagerly embraced every opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge and develop their practical skills,” the RCYC said in a statement. “The recent trip aboard Nave Italia exemplified the RCYC Sailing Academy’s commitment to providing exceptional educational opportunities for young sailing enthusiasts. This was made possible by the support of the Italian community and many Club members who supported the learning experience. Most of the funds were raised as a result of the Italian Ambassadors Race last year with Fondazione Nave Italia sponsoring all expenses in Italy, accommodation, meals, transport and activities during the students’ stay,” RCYC said.


The group was guided by experienced Italian navy instructors and skilled mentors. Among their more challenging tasks was ascending the 61m ship mast and scrambling into the crow’s nest.

The Nave Italia is currently in active navigation service

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