Sailing report April 2014

Sailing has had quite a busy month kicking off with match racing on the 29th of March. We used 2 Hobie dragoons and divided 20 sailors up in 10 teams and two fleets. Piet Smit and his crew Marco Moolman from Sao Bras ended first in the gold fleet. Second were Tammy Holden with a double crew, Meghann Naudé and Abigail Sweeney. This was a rather special team in that Abigail is only 11 and Meghann is only 7 years old. In the silver fleet Joppie Naudé and Marc von Schutz ended 1st with Juan du Plessis and Reawon ending…

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MBYBC Dive Section Report

With the conditions being so crap at the moment some of us went through to the Cape Town Dive Festival 2014 in Simons Town where they had great conditions except for the cold water. However one of us had a dry suit so it was ok.

Human Power Craft Report – April 2014

HPC development , the morning exercise group The recreational paddlers paddle currently at least three mornings every week at 06:00. I have a broken wrist, but should be going by May , then we will have a trip every week morning at 06:00 I am also keen if there is interest to do a 05:00 trip , its only during December light at that time , the rest of the year it could be a bit unnerving to paddle in the dark. We normally paddle 6km on a trip. Any one is welcome to join us, its free, even non…

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Sailing Report – March 2014

March has been a fairly quiet month for sailing at the MBYBC and there is not a lot to report  on. We did however have our regular club sailing on the 8th and 9th and the 15th and 16th of this month. We have been attracting 10 boats on average and a lot of fun is had and our sailors are learning a lot from the club league. Our sailors are busy preparing for the 4th  and  final regatta of the Southern Charter  Dinghy Grand Slam that is to be held on Easter weekend (18th to 21st of  April). This…

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Boating Report – March 2014

The biggest event on the boating front was the arrival and prolonged stay of the red tide which had many a person intrigued. It is well known that the red tide affects our filter feeders the most (i.e., oysters etc.), however, its impact on the eating patterns of fish is less well known. For that reason a number of anglers during this last month subsequently had to make the call: “Do I stay (on land) or do I go (out to sea)”. Those who stayed on land spent their time talking about how good the Mossel Bay fishing was ‘back…

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Social Season 2013

Another wonderful year is rushing to it’s end. It has been an eventful year full of life’s little surprises. Some good, some bad. At the MBYBC it has been mostly good. I started running the social section in September and have surrounded myself with a great team of committee members. Without these people I simply cannot run the section. They are so special that They deserve to be named. They are Eddie Creed, Carol Brand, Elaine Danhauser, Helen van Tonder, Judy van Rooyen, Madri van den Berg, Belinda von Schutz, Elsa Huber and last but not least my wife Martina.…

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Diving Season 2013

Due to the strong winds that we have experienced over the past month, diving has not been good, as we have experienced very large swells & very poor visibility. Dive Club Meetings were held on Wednesday the 12 June & again on Tuesday the 18 June 2013. The purpose of these meetings was to get alignment of all the groups partaking in the St Blaize Marine Monitoring Forum, where we are in the process of electing a Committee to represent the St Blaize Conservancy contingent, MBYBC, Adventures Edge, Oceans Aware & any other group who wants to be part of…

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Boating Season 2013

Hi all our boating members. I still have no good news for you regarding fishing in our area. I have noticed that the sardines are in the bay area but bad news for us is that they are netting them just of the point area this means that not bait fish is getting through to our fishing area. Had some discussions with the commercial guys and it looks bad there side as well. (Red fish all over and they are getting hammered). As far as the two remaining competitions are concerned you will have to help me in deciding what…

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Sailing News 2013

We have moved on to the off season and sailing has slowed down considerably. However a few of our youth sailors got the chance to sail in the Pick and Pay Keelboat Nationals in Table Bay right under the mountain. Andre Bredenkamp, Anke van Rooyen, Daleen Naude, Joppie Naude, Tammy Holden, Tony VD Westhuizen, Sanmarie Fourie had the chance to sail a Muira loaned to them for the event. The group arrived late on Friday night and were accommodated on one of the big keelboat at Royal Cape Yacht Club’s Marina. The next few days was a big learning curve with them having to…

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Heritage Day & the Dive Section

On Tuesday the 24 September, on Heritage day the Dive Section; thanks to Daniel Rodgers who organised & sponsored the dive went out to Santos Reef to see parts of the Galeria Wreck, which went down in the 1800’s.
It was a wonderful peaceful dive, with more than 6 meters visibility and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience
Whilst this was taking place, Danie Smit; Gerrit Dekker, with his wife took time out and had a wonderful dive at the Dollosse.
Afterwards everyone got together and enjoyed a braai, a perfect ending to a wonderful Heritage day.