Thami and Archie at prize giving

Thami and Archie at prize giving

Two young South African maritime students were selected to participate in an international ‘Marine Inspirations’ programme taking place in Mallorca, Spain, in June. This was a follow-on initiative from the very successful programme of October last year, when the first two South African students were invited by ‘Marine Inspirations’ to attend the dynamic ‘Ibiza Rendezvous Regatta’ event in Ibiza, Spain.

The mentoring programme aims to give young South African students from less-advantaged backgrounds hands-on seamanship experience and to expose them to possible career opportunities in the world of yachting and the maritime field.

In June Archie Leeu (18) and Thamsanqa (Thami) Hoza (17), both secondary school students at Simon’s Town School’s ‘Lawhill Maritime Centre’, flew to Spain to participate in the ‘Palma Superyacht Cup’, which took place from 17 to 20 June. The ‘Palma Superyacht Cup’ is the longest running superyacht sailing regatta in Europe, and consistently attracts the most prestigious sailing yachts from all over the world.

The students joined Captain Jonathan Kline and crew aboard the luxurious Perini Navi 38m superyacht, “P2” for the duration of the SYC regatta. A local young sailor from the Joves Navegants organisation also participated in the event, having been invited aboard the Superyacht “CLAN VIII” during the regatta.

The regatta sailing was followed by three days spent at the highly-regarded ‘Astilleros de Mallorca’ shipyard where the students gained hands-on work-experience and an understanding of the daily tasks performed in this dynamic environment.

The trip to Spain was one of many ‘firsts’ for the students, including their first time travelling abroad and first time sailing aboard a superyacht.

‘Lawhill Maritime Centre’ at Simon’s Town School in South Africa has – for the past 20 years – made it possible for hundreds of young South Africans to embark upon successful careers in the maritime and other industries. Visit for more.

Many thanks to yachts “P2”, “CLAN VIII”, and “Aloha-J of Cariba” (aboard which the boys were accommodated during their stay), the team at Astilleros de Mallorca, and all others who supported and welcomed Thami and Archie so warmly in June for this event.

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