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…Details
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…Details
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.…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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.
What can I say !!! – After numerous postponements due to weather and fish stock we launched our boats at 6h00 on Saturday morning. Saltic 2013 here we come. The weather was beautiful and we all new that the water temperature was low but the expectations was there to catch at least one nice game fish. The disappointment struck me when Jannie on the boat Henrietta was back by 10h30 and running all the way out +/- 22 km looking for something good did not happen. We can all learn from this avid fisherman that if you don’t get fish…Details
On an early Tuesday morning, before work, a small group of enthusiastic MBYBC sea kayak – paddlers left with one double and one single kayak on our normal 6km paddle to Diaz and back. I know Mitch reef intimately and in the semi darkness we paddled in the direction of Seal Island to avoid the surf at Mitch and Ding Dang. I thought I heard whale sounds. Later I heard what sounded like waves against the Island far ahead and thought that I must have misheard the whale earlier. Suddenly I found myself in the midst of lots of splashing…Details
The past 2 years have been times of building foundations for a long term successful club. To build strong foundations we had to break ground that has been there for a long time which we did and now I believe the foundation is laid and at the 2013 AGM of the MBYBC we made some very big decisions on the clubs future. For those members who were not able to attend I will just summarise some of the important decisions made and the motivations for those decisions. The one that is going to have the highest impact on you as…Details