Wow, a very young team putting in the hard yards and sailing with purpose. Welcome entry 15…
JM BUSHA 54 SAILING TEAM: Sailing for Peace and Unity in Africa

The team were involved in a complete bottom-up refurbishment of the Robinson Family yacht, Ciao Bella. They assisted in transporting the boat from Carletonville to Durban, worked tirelessly to get the boat ready for racing and prepared the boat for the stringent safety requirements of the race. The team will deliver the boat around the southern tip of Africa to Cape Town at the end of November, as part of their qualification passage for the race.

While siblings and co-skippers Michaela and Ryan Robinson competed in the race twice before (2011 and 2014), the crew includes some excellent dinghy sailors and others who were introduced more recently to competitive sailing at Wits Yacht Club. What a team, with Tawanda Chikasha, Emma Clark, Jonathan Ham and Hearn Johnson!

This challenge bears testimony to the value of sailing as a unique sport where young people from very different backgrounds can work hard together to participate at the highest level, and (hopefully) produce a credible result – while raising awareness for a cause that has become particularly relevant in this country at this time. They will experience hardship and triumphs which will, no doubt, bond them together for life. As we follow their quest from all over Africa (and the world), we too will share in their bonhomie and camaraderie.

And hence, as a dreamy discussion on the Wits lawns to compete in becomes real, Ciao Bella transforms into the JM BUSHA 54 SAILING TEAM.


Make: Simonis 35
Design: Simonis
Boat Type: Monohull
LOA: 10.77m
Beam: 3.560m
Draft: 2.211m


Owner: Michael Robinson
Skipper: Ryan Robinson & Michaela Robinson
Number of Crew: 6
Country: South Africa