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The Little Optimist for the Great Optimist Race

The Little Optimist for the Great Optimist Race

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Support the original LITTLE OPTIMIST dinghy in The Great Optimist Race and help us not only make it first across the finishing line, but also onto the Fundraising Leaderboard.

Greg Bertish will be sailing his beloved Optimist which has kept him safe over 200km on the open ocean and which has already helped him to raise over R1.5 million in the last few years.

Greg, our founder and Ambassador, will be raising money for The Little Optimist Trust.


To donate to our campaign using Snapscan please click here


  • Oct 18, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Thank you for doing what you do!!!" - Tereza

  • Oct 18, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "Good Luck!!!" - Tasha Mentasti

  • Oct 18, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "In it to win it, Croc!" - Murray

  • Oct 16, 2019 - R 90.00
  • "Snapscan" - Logan Eales

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Donations to date

R 1 390.00

Fundraising target

R 10 000.00

The Great Optimist Race

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The  Great Optimist Race 2019  will be held during the Cape Town International Boat Show, on October 19th.  Between 35 and 40 Optimist Children’s dinghies will be raced by adults ( Celebrities, Medical Survivors & Captains of Industry)  not only for glory, but also to raise money and awareness for the charity of their choice . The Race will be a FANTASTIC and UNIQUE fundraising event , spreading Optimism and Hope across so many sectors. All the funds raised by each boat will be split between The Little Optimist Trust and the charity supported by that boat. 

The event will take place at the V & A Waterfront so come down to support your boat and see who walks away with the coveted trophy.

 Please donate and BackaBoat by selecting the boat and charity you would like to support.   Challenge your friends and corporates to match or better your donation, and help us to help other people.