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Mossel Bay Yacht and Boat Club, Western Cape, South Africa

The Mossel Bay Yacht and Boat Club is situated in the Western Cape at 22°8’28.11″ E and 34°10’44.96″ S, and is bordered on the one side by the Mossel Bay Harbour and on the opposite side by the stunning Santos Beach which has a Blue Flag rating. Due to the fact that our Club is north facing, the views from our deck overlooking the bay and the Outeniqua Mountains are breathtakingly beautiful.

The weather in Mossel Bay is claimed to be the second mildest in the world with only Hawaii reportedly experiencing more sun shine days than us. The MBYBC is the heart of the water sport fraternity, and  caters for the sailing, boating, diving and sea kayaking fraternity.

We have approximately 800 members who enjoy the following facilities:
  • Walk-on moorings

  • Some of the best sailing conditions found in South Africa – Many local & national championships are held here

  • Development sailing school. The MBYBC has an excellent sailing school which caters for the upliftment of the Town’s youth who would like to take part in this sport

  • The best slipway in the Garden Route area for the boating and fishing community

  • Free Wi-Fi connection available

  • The diving section has access to five reefs in the area, the best being a shore entry reef situated only 30 meters away from the MBYBC

  • The kayaking section experience some incredible sightings of Southern Right whales in winter and year round and they have encounters with dolphins, seals and the occasional turtle

  • The Café on the Bay Restaurant which caters for members as well as visiting yachtsmen, as well as functions, parties and weddings

  • First class braai & lapa facilities for the members and visiting yachtsmen

Every Wednesday evening Bingo is played and on Friday evenings the majority of the members hold their main social event where live music and lucky draws take place at the MBYBC.

Our aim is to promote sport in all the different disciplines and at the same time to do it in an environmentally friendly manner so that we can pass on a legacy of sportsmanship, friendship and a love of the environment to our future generations and to grow our club from strength to strength.

Our Sections

Boating Section

Sailing Section

Diving Section

Human Power Craft Section

Moorings Section

Social Section

Latest News

Diving Section Report for October 2015

Conditions were not very favourable for diving this month. The only action that took place was the continued training on the Development side. I have been doing this since January this year & we have been training twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Hartenbos heated Swimming Pool. We will stop with pool sessions on Wednesday, as it is now getting to the stage where I need to take our students to start learning to swim in the sea. This will start in November; we will train at Santos beach. I have approached my son Geoff, who is…


Sailing Report October 2015

The opening cruise for the 2015/2016 season was held on the Saturday  16/09/2015 and a total of 15 sailboats, paddling and motorboats  participated in the sail past. The salute was taken by the Portnet harbour master and by Jean du Plessis –Rear Commodore Sailing – on behalf the President Rob Holden who was away on business.

A number of club races have been held  and the keelboat section  has participated in a number of events .  Jamie Bacon recently took over this section and his efforts to rekindle the interest in keelboat sailing is recognised.


Human Powered Craft (HPC) Section Report – September 2015

September was as sad month for the HPC section with the sudden death of Danie Smit our previous rear commodore and the driving force behind the establishment of the HPC section.  Danie loved the sea and paddling and it was a sad but fitting occasion on Sunday 20 September when his wife Hester and a number of paddlers paddled out from the yacht club to strew his ashes in the sea where he used to paddle so often.  Danie will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.  Our prayers and thoughts are with his wife Hester and son Siegfried. Summer is…


Commodores Report September 2015

The opening cruise was held on the 12th of September and was very well attended. The club was open to the public as usual and we received a lot of visitors on the day. Wind and sea conditions kept a lot of the younger less experienced sailors off the water but safety is as always the major consideration. The different sections are fairly active and the onset of summer and the good waeather of late is enticing members to spend time at the club. We will be discussing the upcoming season at the main committee meeting and will be setting…


Diving Section Report for September 2015

The only action that took place was the continued training on the Development side, all of our pupils are doing well and at this stage Rasta can swim approximately 20 meters crawl. He just needs to sort out his breathing and then he will go from strength to strength. Abu who could not swim a stroke in January is now able to swim 14 lengths non- stop & Ricky can easily swim a 100 meters. I am very proud of them all. I have approached my son Geoff, who is a qualified PADI Instructor to carry out the final Scuba…


Opening Cruise – from the crew of „Therese“

13 September 2015, early morning: How will the weather going to be? Do we have the flag dressing handy? Is the yacht neat and tidy? How many others will attend to the sail past? – It is always the same … attending to the opening cruise feels like unwrapping a big birthday present. Maybe not for the grey sea bears anymore, but for newbie’s like us, especially if it is the very first time with our  own keelboat “Therese”. Unfortunately the wind wasn’t on our side. It blew with around 21 knots from SE, and because of we can’t reef…



We are in our off season at present and there has not been any club sailing. The sailing school has however resumed lessons after the school holidays. We have approximately eighty children attending sailing classes on a weekly basis. We held our annual sailing AGM on Thursday the 23rd of July. I was pleasantly surprised at the numbers of members attending. A very good meeting was held and Jean du Plessis was chosen as the next Rear Commodore Sailing for 2015/2016. His committee are as follows: Secretary – Elaine Dannhauser, Keelboat rep – Jamie, Beach boat rep, Ross Murdoch and…



During June sailing has quietened down a lot. Conditions are mostly not good for sailing and the cold weather has kept our sailors of the water. We did however hold a race around the oilrig on Sunday the 14th of June. The sailing school has still been having their regular lessons but will be closing down for the upcoming schools winter holiday. As reported last month some of our sailors are going to take part in the Topper worlds that is going to be held at Lake Garda, Italy. This group have got their Visa ready and they will be flying…


Rig Race

On Sunday the 14 of June Mossel Bay Yacht and Boat club saw a sight that has been missing for a while. Five Keelboats joined in a race to sail around the newly acquired Oil Rig in the Bay, joining them were two Dart 18’s and our 420 ISAF Youth Worlds team. The race started with a slow pace at around 5 knots and the girls on the 420 took an early lead.  The waves built and as we got to the rig they were quite substantial and pushing us towards the Orca. Pieter de Villiers and Johan and Judy…


Sailing Report May 2015

Club league sailing took place on Saturday 16 May, We had 10 boats taking part and the results were as follows, Daleen Naudé finished first sailing a topper followed by Pieter de Villiers also on a topper. Third to finish was Wilhelm von  Schutz and Louis Mare on a GP14. Marco Moolman and Reawon October finished fourth sailing a 420. Sundays racing was cancelled due to there being no breeze at all. We have planned a  semi long haul for Saturday the 32th of May, weather permitting and normal around the can racing for Sunday the 31st. Other sailing news…