The MBYBC sailing section is a very active section at the club. We have a regular bi- weekly club league that is fairly well supported by senior and junior sailors alike. The club league is sailed on both Saturdays and Sundays. The club league attracts a variety of dinghies as well as catamarans. We alternate around the can races with long haul and semi long haul races as well as match racing where sailors compete against each other in two identical boats. A lot of experience is gained and sailors have a lot of fun and excitement in the process.
The MBYBC sailing season officially opens early in September when we have an opening cruise. This is so much fun and all members look forward to this festive day. On this day the club is also open to the public and everybody is welcome to join in. At the opening cruise tea and cake is on offer after the sail past. The participants follow the sail past with a water baloon fight and this is always the part of the proceedings that is enjoyed most by people on the water as well as the spectators on shore.
The season ends in May but some of our sailors partake in out of season social sailing during the winter. The highlight of the sailing calendar is the summer holiday when the bay is dotted by many colourful sails.
We have a sailing school that is run very effectively and they do exeptional work introducing people to sailing and training children of all ages. They are supported and assisted by willing parents and a team of older, more experienced sailors who themselves have passed through the sailing school. The sailing school as well as the MBYBC are strong supporters of sailing development and a lot is being done to introduce previously disadvantaged children to sailing. We find that sailing builds character as well as increasing confidence. It teaches children a lot about discipline, self reliance and determination.
Our sailors take part in a lot of regattas in our area, our province, and nationally as well as internationally. Sailing does indeed open up new horizons and children who learn to sail are exposed to numerous opportunities with a few eventually going on to earn a living in the world of sailing.
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.Details
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. …Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details