Sailing Festival & Dart WP Championship

Over the past weekend the Dart 18 Western Cape Championships were held. Though the 10 boats were mostly local sailors we had sailors come down from Gauteng and the Eastern Cape. The Saturdays racing consisted of short “round the barrel” racing, even though the sailors had to wait for wind the Mossel Bay sea breeze did not disappoint with a breeze of 15 to 18 knots from the South. The race committee got 5 races in that included some extreme capsizes and unfortunately boat breakages. By the end of the Day Tammy Holden and Gerhard van Niekerk were leading with point score of 6, Daleen Naude and Pieter De Villiers in second with Chris van Zyl and Dewan van Niekerk in third.

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War on the Shore Kayak Fishing Competition

This competition is organised by the Western Cape Kayak Angling Club (WCKAC) who mostly launch their craft at Three Anchor Bay near Greenpoint.

This seems to have been the first “War on the Shore” as last year the event was cancelled due to bad weather – as far as I heard.

The event was to happen on Saturday 12 August 2017 and from the Southern Cape Kayak Angling Club (SCKAC) 5 representatives as well as an “impact player” who resides in Somerset West were to represent our region. Two from Oudtshoorn, one from Knysna and two MBYBC members namely Jacques Theart and Jauckie Viljoen.

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Main Committee Report 2017

The 2016/2017 season has been one of very mixed emotions. High on everyone’s thoughts is obviously the situation with the lease. This is ongoing and is currently in a legal process so not too much can be said but I will expand a bit later in this report. The club is growing, during this season 89 new members joined the even with the lease cloud hanging over the club. This brings our membership to 617 paid up members. The sporting sections have been very active with provincial, national and world championships taking place from the club as well as regular pool leagues.

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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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