The 60th anniversary of the Clifton Challenge

23 Mar 2018

This year sees the 60th anniversary of the Clifton Challenge, this amazing Cape Town Water-Ski race has been held every year since 1958 when it was originally called Sea & Ski Race.

The race starts at Oceana Power Boat Club, between the Granger Bay Marina and the V&A Waterfront but in the early years it began at Woodstock beach, before that was turned into the commercial container terminal for the Cape Town harbour.

Competitors head out to sea where teams must pass a marker buoy and then race down the Atlantic seaboard, passing Moullie Point, Sea Point and Bantry Bay. They must skillfully round Barker's Rock (also known as "North Paw") about one kilometer offshore from Clifton beach before returning to the finish line, back at the Oceana Power Boat Club. For many years the race ended on Clifton 4th Beach, pilots needed to navigate the surfline to get their skiers to the beach, so they could run and dive for the finish line. 

There are classes for all ages - young and old, little rubber ducks to huge offshore racing boats. In order to enter you need a team comprised of a skier, pilot and observer and a seaworthy boat. There are also categories for jet-skis, tubes and air chairs.

This years event will be happening on the Sunday 25th March, entries can be obtained from Oceana Power Boat Club.

It’s well know that Boating World’s owner Derrick Levy is champion skier himself, so as always expect to spot him out on the water supporting the event. No doubt we will have some challengers looking for tips from Derrick before they head off.

This is a really fun day, whether you participate or not, so make your way down to the Oceana Power Boat Club in Granger Bay Cape Town to show your support.