SAILING REPORT APRIL 2017

The month of April was very busy with a number of events taking place at the club and on the waters of the Bay. Weather conditions were mostly favourable and great sailing was had by all who ventured out to enjoy the last of the summer weather. An inter-schools regatta was held at the club on the 1st and 2nd April for schools from Mossel Bay, George and Knysna with a total of 18 junior sailors attending. The junior team from Milkwood  came 1st out of  11 schools  and senior learners from Soa Bra  came 3rd overall in their section. …

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The Season 2016/2017

Dear members and friends of the MBYBC, We have come to the end of the “silly season” in Mossel Bay and we have had a chance to look back at the season to see how it has gone. This season has had the cloud of the lease hanging over it but in spite of this we have had an amazing season. The security and member’s access worked very well this year with the introduction of a private security company to monitor the gates, members were treated to a well-controlled club. The club grounds were kept in really good order by…

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The Holiday Season

Hallo alle MBYBC lede, (English text below) Ons missie, hier by die klub, is om vir jul n vriendelikke en ontspanne atmosfeer te skep tydens jul besoek aan jul klub…sodat jul gou weer sal wil terug kom…en onthou hoe meer jul die klub besoek hoe vriendelikker en mooier raak die personeel… Die Vakansie Seisoen is op hande…en n baie besige tyd lê vir ons en vir julle voor…en ons almal se geduld gaan gereeld op die proefgestel word…maar gelukkig soos ek ons lede ken gaan ons die beproewing met gemak te bowe kom… Die volgende reels, datums en tye moet…

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Bart’s Bash 2016

The Bart’s Bash is an international celebrated fun regatta that was also sailed at the Mossel Bay Yacht and Boat Club for the third year in a row. This fun racing is a great way to introduce new people to sailing. 323 yacht clubs in 48 countries were participating in this event and there were 69 entries from the Mossel Bay Yacht and Boat Club. This race is held in honour of Andrew (Bart) Simpson who died in a tragic accident while practicing for the America cup on board the Artemis AC72. This fund assist young people across the world…

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Sailing school draws international attention

Author: Linda Sparg / Mossel Bay Advertiser Being principal of a sailing school is not for sissies. You need a strong voice and you must have your wits about you. There are thousands of rands’ worth of boats out on the water, in the hands of youngsters who believe they can conquer the world. It’s a case of “mind the boom”, “duck your head”, “DU-U-U-CK!” And, “Out the way of that boat. If you hit it you’ll make a big hole. I said ‘tack’: this means push, not jibe.” “Pull your sail in! Your sail, not your rudder!” But Elfie…

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Development Sailor Becomes Assistant Coach

Jumailone Meyer, started sailing three years ago as one of the development sailors. He was a Sea Cadet who in order to be promoted to able seaman took up sailing, a requirement. Jumailone, comes out of a poor community where many of the young people are involved with crime and take drugs. He started sailing on Tuesdays and then he went on to the high-performance class. He has successfully taken part in regattas where he has done well. Coming from a family of six his mother always told him to find something to do to keep himself busy. Sailing has…

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Sunday’s Round the Island Race

On Sunday 7 February 2016 only four yachts turned up to compete in a round the island race. With winds from 15 knots and pretty gusty, no amount of beer could prepare the crew of Parental Guidance and Therese for the rather interesting race ahead. Therese realised that new sails is not always the best and with a sweeping declaration from the night before, the “big guy” on Parental Guidance insisted on rigging the boat for the race on Sunday. Normally being the boat to beat the pressure was on. The start sequence was run from Parental Guidance by myself…

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1st Rig Race 2016

What a great day of sailing! The rig race was started by Nelia at 11:20 am, and with 10 to 15 knots of nice south-westerly wind a fleet of 7 yachts started, accompanied by the catamaran Juffa, owned by Caroline & Bill from the UK, which are on a trip around the world at present. On the downwind course Parental Guidance became 1st very fast, followed by Julie 3. Therese and Mega Motion fought about the 3rd place, but were both overtaken by Juffa directly at the rig. The following close hauled course back to the club was full of…

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From the Office:

The Holiday Season is upon us and a very busy time lies ahead for us all. Our patience is going to be sorely tried and tested. Fortunately, our Personnel have great potential and we know they will rise with ease to the occasion and once the holiday season is over we can all still look each other in the eye with pride. The following rules, dates and times must please be adhered to, to allow for efficient running of the Season: Please be friendly and tolerant towards the guards at the gate, remember they are just doing their job and…

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Dive Section Report for November 2015

Conditions were once again not marvellous, however from the development side, we started swimming at Santos. This is a bit of a challenge, as it is so different for our pupils compared to swimming in a pool. We will be stopping the lessons from now until the end of the festive season. I attended two Community Partnership meetings re human conflict with sharks. Please see attachment. This is a very positive action by the community. What was agreed by all is that at some stage there will be a shark attack in the Mossel Bay area and that this group…

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