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The Great Optimist Race

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.


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Donations to date

R 224 600.91

Fundraising target

R 450 000.00

Donor Messages


Sterkte met hierdie groot poging!

Proud of my granddaughter!
Dean Marsh


Danie en Adri
Ons is lief vir jou en trots op jou en die vuur in jou!! Xx
Johan & Petro
Wat 'n pragtige gebaar! Baie sterkte.
Sean Friedrich
McGregor Family
We support and love you Tanya!!! You an amazing woman with incredible strength
An inspiration to all. Good luck. Lots of love Kathleen, Khorsie, Aunty Jenny and Uncle Rex.
Sam Holtzhausen
So proud of you, Tans! If last years race is anything to go by, you've got this!! My hero ??

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