Ten young South African girls
and boys from townships and
are chosen to participate in a
life-altering sailing adventure
Our selected participants or “Sapinda Rainbow Ambassadors” are exposed to a unique ocean racing adventure – the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – with the aim to instil crucial life skills such as teamwork, communication and coordination. With these newly learned skills, they have the potential to become leaders in their communities and a source of inspiration and motivation, bringing change to their peers and the community as a whole.
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the world’s longest ocean race and regarded as one of the toughest endurance challenges on the planet. At 40,000 nautical miles long and taking almost a year to complete, it consists of twelve teams competing against each other on the world’s largest matched fleet of 70-foot ocean racing yachts. The Clipper Race was established in 1996 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in 1968-69. His aim was to allow anyone, regardless of previous sailing experience, the chance to embrace the thrill of ocean racing. It is the only event of its kind for amateur sailors.
After successful participation in one of the legs of the round-the-world race, the Ambassadors are coached and supported at home in order to help them get an education and change their lives around.
Scroll down to read more about their personal projects or click on How to apply for more information about the selection process.
The Sapinda Rainbow Foundation's commitment towards the Race participants (or "Ambassadors" as we call them after their participation), is visible in each individual's personal project.
The ambassadors receive coaching by our social projects manager in South Africa to develop a personal development plan, which can be for example rewriting the matric or applying for further education. The outcome of the projects will be highly motivated and skilled individuals who serve as an example for their communities.
For a quick overview of our first generation's projects, please click here: SRF Project Overview 2014-15.
In addition to the participation of our Sapinda Rainbow Ambassadors in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and our mentorship and study programs, The Foundation also promotes a third-party charity. During the 2013-14 race, we raised money for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund; in 2015-16 for the Ndlovu Care Group, both located in the Republic of South Africa. We organise fundraising events and provide fundraising tools as well as fundraising advice.
Do you want to go on the adventure of a lifetime, learn invaluable life and leadership skills, find your inner strengths and use this unique experience to create positive change in your community?
Then you might be one of our next Sapinda Rainbow Ambassadors!
"I NEVER DREAMED I WOULD BE ABLE TO SAIL, BUT THE EXPERIENCE HAS CHANGED MY LIFE AND I AM NOW WORKING WITH THE SAPINDA RAINBOW FOUNDATION AND WANT TO INSPIRE OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE".
SAYS LEBALANG MOLOBELE
Lebalang is a Sapinda Rainbow Ambassador originally from Soweto. Despite her self-confessed fear of water, Lebalang successfully sailed from New York to London during the final leg of the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race, and is now a valued member of The Sapinda Rainbow Foundation as part of our Advisory Committee.
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Ntombi at our Pretoria Office:
Social Project Coordinator: Ntombi Mahlaule
Tel: +27 (0) 12 430 2094
For any other queries, please go to our contacts page.