On behalf of the trustees and myself I wish to record congratulations to the Commodore and Committee for what has been a stable and productive year for the club.
Sailing. The club has had a very successful sailing agenda, very well supported on the water with events catering for all tastes preference and experience. Excellent sponsorships for events have been attracted. Those concerned are to be congratulated for this achievement. The endorsement of the ORC rating system has been well received following healthy discussion on the RCYC RRD “Club” rating system. Sailors are encouraged to participate in the education and adoption of the application of this more transparent system. The Sailing Committee and Sailing Administration is to be congratulated on the continued high standard of performance in serving the sailing community at large. In particular Toni Mainprize must be singled out for special commendation in this regard.
The youth sail training academy programme has experienced another successful year under able direction. The committee’s continued active support of the very relevant junior sail training facility was carried forward with emphasis and this has led to a successful outcome for the year.
The Transformation and Futures Planning Standing Committee has been active in the recruitment of suitable candidates for participation in the programme. Notable results have been achieved by graduates from this course. The 2017 Cape to Rio Race had a successful outcome.
Our Lease. The Transformation and Futures Planning Committee continued to work at preparing the groundwork to engage with the authorities. Focus has been directed to the continued utilisation of our current premises.
Membership. Growth in club membership is a continuing trend and has been very encouraging. The club continues to offer good value for prospective members..
Finance. It is again heartening to see that the overall financial health of the club is sound. .
My thanks to the Trustees for their willing and able support over this last year.
In conclusion, on behalf of the trustees and myself, I wish to express thanks and congratulations to our Commodore and his team for a very successful year.
Commodores Report Year 2017
Our last AGM seems like it was just the other day and here we are writing yearly reports and sending out nomination forms again.
Personally it has been an exciting year at the helm, getting to grips with all the cogs in the wheel that make this wonderful club function and excel.
I believe RCYC is in a good space right now, members seem happy with the environment both socially and on the water and it is great to see faces and competitors that are making use of the club again ,having been missing in action for many moons. Nigel Clack, Chris King and Tich Mitchell to mention a few.
Our various departments under the watchful eye of our fairly new G.M. Bruce Walker are thriving in their portfolios and making a significant contribution to the success of our vibrant club. Boet Koopmans and Elliott Magadlela ensure that marinas are kept in tip top condition whilst maintaining the hard space in an organised chaotic way. Outside House is one of the major contributing sources of income for the club.
Fabulous and professional sailing events have been organised by our ever faithful team of Toni Mainprize and Fanie Naude and record entries for most events have been recorded.
We sadly bid farewell to our long standing F&B manager Riaan Bezuidenhout, who made a well-timed career move. To ensure continuity, Riaan sought the services of a previous Duty manager Wesley Young who has hit the ground running and is maintaining and improving a well-oiled Food and Beverage machine. Welcome to Chef Jacques and Chef Chad who are excelling with new ideas and menus in the kitchen
Natalie de Gois competently manages our Functions department and ensures that the club coffers tick over with outside functions whilst ensuring that club members are given the necessary attention to enjoy the club facilities.
The new kid on the block Lindani Mchunu has taken on the task of managing our Sailing Academy .As you probably know, I am very passionate about our Academy and it is a comforting thought that our Academy is in great hands .Lindani is without a doubt the most passionate and enthusiastic person I have met in a long time and he has already made his mark in the Academy by choosing a team based on strict merit to accompany him to the EMC Youth Keelboat Regatta recently held in Durban. The team excelled on the water by taking a silver medal but more importantly brought sailors together from all walks of life where the common goal is sailing and having fun together. What great ambassadors for our club.
My priority in my first year as Commodore has been the Future of our Club and our transformation initiatives.
Our TFPC (Transformation and Future Planning Committee has been working very hard to pave the way to attain targets set by ourselves in order to achieve our Transformation goals and to engage with Transnet Port Authorities .Our current lease expires Dec 2023 and first prize would be to extend the term of the lease.
We are busy compiling a professional presentation about our club, our Academy and our achievements over the past number of years.
This presentation and leave behind document will be presented to various partners and stakeholders of the club namely The City of Cape Town ,Western Cape Government, Department of Culture and Social Affairs, Lotto, South African Sailing, S.A.Navy and Transnet Ports Authority. We believe that our case will be much stronger with the support of these various institutions.
It remains for me to thank all members for their support and wish one and all a happy and safe sailing season in 2017/2018
Yours in Sailing
Futures Committee Report 2017
By Vitor Medina
Transformation and Future Planning.
We were fortunate this year in having a very dynamic and enthusiastic committee and I believe we have laid a solid foundation to achieve our goals.
Building Relationships with Port
Having forged a friendly and important relationship with our Port Manager Sipho Nzuza, it was sad to have to wish him well on his new appointment as the City Manager in Durban. Sipho gave our club a lot of guidance as to the expectations of our landlord, Transnet Port Authorities with regard to the renewal of our lease in 2023. The requirement hinges mostly around transformation, and a clear plan on how we intend achieving it, not only at membership level but also at management and committee level. We will soon be making contact with the new Port Manager Mrs Mpumi Dweba-Kwetana and we are confident that we will continue to forge ahead and nurture our growing relationship with the port.
We are currently working on a professional presentation which will include a document prepared by our previous committee going back into the history of our club and its heritage and commercial value to the City of Cape Town and sailing as a sport. Important also, is the recreational component and access to the sea. A short video will highlight our very successful RCYC Academy and all its achievements over the last few years. We currently have over 100 students participating in our programme and under the new leadership of Lindani Mchunu, our Academy Manager, this is sure to grow to another level.
This presentation will be presented to all stakeholders that we believe will support us in our cause to renew our lease, i.e. The City of Cape Town, Western Cape Government, Wesgro, Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, The National Lottery, South African Sailing, Transnet National Ports Authority, and the South African Navy.
With the assistance of South African Sailing, we have devised a scorecard where we can set realistic targets both medium and long term transformation goals. Transformation is not only based on colour but it encompasses inclusivity of all those that perhaps did not enjoy easy access to our sport: Gender, Disabled persons, Economically marginalised persons and Youth, to mention a few. Our club procurement policies, and our staff and management compliment naturally also form a big part of the scoring system.
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Port of Cape Town
Transnet have embarked on an environmental assessment programme to ascertain the environmental impact on their medium to long term vision for the Port of Cape Town. The port’s future plan presents the RCYC small craft basin as a shipping repair facility, which essentially would mean to fill in and concrete over our entire basin up to Globe wall. A feasibility study will be conducted on the viability of this proposition which will be made available by April 2018. We as a club have been invited to participate in a monthly workshop at Transnet where various role players, tenants and importers/exporters are given a chance to be part of the decision making process with regard to the future of the Port. It appears that demand for bulk, oil rigs and shipping in general has decreased dramatically in the recent past, so new ideas need to be explored to utilise the Port space to its maximum potential. This in turn creates the opportunity for using the Port as a Tourist destination, Recreation access to our Communities, Public/Private Property Development, Hotels etc. and Royal Cape Yacht Club has been given the platform to emphasise this point. We have promoted public access to water, sustainable mixed use development, links through to Culembourg, Woodstock and Salt River, and a residential component to allow people to live close to their place of work.
An alternative commercial model is being prepared by our committee, to give us insight as to whether the yacht club could operate on the open market, should Transnet give us the directive that they will only accommodate a new lease agreement based on their normal land rental terms. This model is similar to international marinas and facilities, where club members enjoy a portion of the Yacht Club space and the rest is commercially outsourced to various industries such as boat building, boat commissioning, boat storage, restaurants, function venues, hard space, marinas, chandleries and other retail marine associated activities. While this may not be first prize, this study gives us a possible alternative, should the Port Authorities or Transnet express their intention to no-longer accommodate a philanthropic organisation such as Royal Cape yacht Club. We want to be prepared for all possibilities.
I wish to thank the Transformation and Future Planning Committee members who gave up their valuable time and made valuable input to serve on this committee: Luke Scott, Joe Heywood, Hanri Loots, Thomas Swana, Hylton Hale, Dave Hudson, Phillip Baum and Greg Smith.
OUTSIDE HOUSE REPORT 2017
by Alan Haefele
The Outside House Team
Boet Koopmans, Elliot Magadlela, Diane Bright, Bruce Walker, Dave Elcock, Chrome Hunter, Alan Haefele
It was with much trepidation and a certain amount of anxiety that I accepted the nomination of Rear Commodore Outside House in June last year. However – I need not have worried too much as I soon realised the great quality of the Outside House team.
Clearly my predecessors over the years have developed a strong group of individuals including but not limited to Elliot ( Assistant Marina Manager), Jese (Electrical), Sam , Eric and Shorty into a great team . Thank heavens for Diane, our Marina secretary, who runs all of the Outside house administration and keeps us all on our toes.
The first few months were quite stressful trying to resolve the misunderstandings surrounding the Roodberg Trailer Issue and when Josh, the Marina Manager resigned to take up a position in the V&A Marina in September, we were all a bit worried.
However the whole Outside House team stepped up to the plate and made sure everything ran smoothly for the club. Many thanks to Boet Koopmans (our new Marina Manager) for stepping in and fitting in so quickly, to Mr John Levine and Hanri Loots for all their valuable advice and also to Mr John Robertson for clearly identifying the issues and moving to an agreeable resolution.
Ongoing projects include the restoration of our slip cradle, rebuilding of the winch house and investigation of the possible upgrading of the existing crane for the future requirements of Robertson & Caine without losing sight of the limitations of our existing lease or the activities of our Futures committee.
With the significant input from Bruce Walker (our General Manager) we have identified and controlled our expenditure and linked it directly to the services we provide and the income we earn.
It is important to note that under the control of Bruce, Boet, Elliot and Diane we have launched, retrieved, moved and slipped many hundreds of boats and masts so far this year. Taking this into account and all the ongoing repairs to the marinas, the very busy racing and sailing season including the Cape 2 Rio Race, we are proud to confirm that it was all done significantly better than budget and most importantly – safely.
I think you will all join with me to congratulate our professional team of for a job well done.
Special thanks to Chrome Hunter for his technical input and to Dave Elcock for all his safety at Sea activities and his knowledge of how things were done in the past.
I would also like thank all those past and present GENCOM members as well as the many club members who have supported and assisted us during this year
If I can leave you with one request and that is – Help us help you – Please email Diane or Bruce any considered suggestions to improve things.
Dear Royal Cape Yacht Club members,
It is said that time flies when you have fun, and to round up this year-end with this report certainly feels sooner than expected, a testimony to the many enjoyable interactions whilst humbly trying to provide a sense of direction for our Club.
Reflecting on this past year, I am firstly grateful for the opportunity given by you, the members, to allow me to take on an active role as chairperson of the Inside House committee.
Coming from a commercially focused role in my daytime activities, being part of a membership environment has shown me a meaningful and rewarding alternative perspective on our Club environment. I feel a better person for doing so and would highly recommend it to any and all of our members with great confidence.
I am equally grateful to the various committees and its members that have played a big part in the running of our Club, and specifically our Commodore, Vitor Medina, our Vice Commodore, Luke Scott, the members of the Gencom, the members of the Inside House Committee; Martina Schmidt, Tim Jones and Alex van Nes, and the full team operating our Club daily.
The year passed has certainly presented us with several challenges; I feel confident though in stating that Inside House has weathered these gracefully. Moreover, the opportunities resulting from these challenges, has positioned Inside House with strong building blocks for the years ahead.
Each year our dedicated inside House team members at our Club, face a fresh challenge when a new committee has been selected. I acknowledge and appreciate the flexibility from the Inside House team members to embrace this annual change-over with such poise.
Expectations and deliverables shifted considerably in the first two quarters and with this came some inherent structural changes in the team. Jacques, the new Head-chef, and Chad, the new Sous-chef, joined in this period and have had to focus on re-building a team from the ground up. With these two strong champions leading the team it is fair to say that have made progress in its most basic delivery; value for money and wholesome quality culinary offerings.
Significant to mention is obviously the handing over of the helm by Riaan, our long-standing F&B manager, to the re-joined Wesley. Riaan has served our Club for over twelve years and has written more chapters of our Club experience than most of us have experienced. It takes a special person to show this kind of dedication and we are pleased to know that Riaan will stay close to our Club as an Ordinary member.
Structural managerial changes like these, often take time to settle before they can provide a consistent platform for a best of class member’s experience matched by a sound hospitality performance. What gives me great comfort though, is the new level of energy from this management team, the spirited ‘can-do’ attitude is refreshing and promises well for the very near future and beyond.
At the heart of the running of the Inside House team is the culture within the team, and the further development of a sense of pride. Through meaningful actions from the Club; the investment in an internationally accredited Training system, and a strong focus on internal promotion and development, we can see a notable improvement in the commitment and empowerment from the team members.
Operational efficiencies are another area in which work has commenced to allow the management team greater presence ‘on the floor’. Our POS and purchasing systems, whilst strong in its grounding require further interfacing and stream lining to reduce ‘screen time’.
It has proven to be far more challenging than expected to balance the range of member’s affordability and expectations to a responsible and justifiable financial performance. Current actions under way to sensibly make head way in this area have included a member’s survey, a gentle shift in selling prices, an overhaul in efficient purchasing and other initiatives.
Considering the above, the financial performance of Inside House has been fair, pressures have been felt with above average input cost increases, which the Club has managed to absorb in the past few months. The overall forward outlook however does show a need for constant re-evaluation of our selling prices against raw cost input. The committee’s stance however is to rather look for opportunities to grow the number of visitors, amongst others in the function space, over price increases to grow the overall revenues.
In closing I would like to stress the importance of receiving your feedback, in guidance of the Inside House team to a level that matches your needs and expectations. Feedback that is constructive, meaningful and focuses on improving the Member’s experience will, without fail, be met with an equaling desire from the team to take our Club forward.
Inside House Committee
2016 / 2017
by Vitor Medina
I’m happy to report that even with the downturn in economy the club has retained its membership on an even keel.
As happens every year there is always a decline in membership around June as people reassess their year forward. This past year has seen a drop in Absentee Local and Family members.
What is encouraging is the increase in the younger categories i.e. intermediate, junior and cadets, which ultimately is the future of our club.
The slight decline in Academy membership is a result of students not attending training sessions on a regular basis.
Our newly appointed Academy manager Lindani Mchunu is all fired up to rejuvenate our Academy and take it to the next level.
We recently welcomed 24 students from CPUT to come and experience our sport and the smiles on their faces told a story. This initiative is a result of a joint venture between SA Sailing, CPUT, The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport and R.C.Y.C.
To ensure the growth of our club and sport, it is vitally important for sailing club members to introduce youngsters especially those from poorer communities to sailing, be it recreational or racing. You will be amazed how much talent is out there.
Looking forward to positive growth numbers in our membership for the year ahead and invite all members to introduce a friend to our wonderful Yacht Club.
Sailing Report – 2017/2018
by Andrew Collins/Neil Gregory/Luke Scott
Royal Cape Yacht Club had a full and varied sailing season. The sailing committee reviewed the number of events in 2017/18 season so that each owner and crew can decide which series and regattas they are going to prioritise. This will allow them to have an exciting season of top-class racing, while still having time to pursue other interests. .
Offshore racing has seen a resurgence of interest with an excellent number of entries in the Vasco and Mossel Bay races. This type of racing seems to wax and wane over the years, but we are definitely in a growth phase right now.
We also need to recognise the majority of boats moored at RCYC are cruising boats and we need to encourage them to leave their moorings and participate more actively by offering more fun and interesting events such as the Pinto Russell Rally. This event has grown steadily since its launch with its unusual mix of regular racing, pursuit racing, braaing at anchor, whisky tasting and racing under motor and finally on foot. They may be cruising boats, but if you set them off at the same time and point them all at the same spot, you will notice the crews starting to look upwards and make adjustments. And not just to the position of the steaks on the braai.
Club Winter Series
The format for this series is to hold two races on each Saturday afternoon. The first is a short sprint race where position on the line is critical and the second, a longer race. 30 boats in total competed in the series, but only eight sailed every race. The Club Championships is won by those boats who compete regularly and finish consistently. This is clear from the boats that managed to place on the podium in the Winter Series. Thanks are due to Drifter Brewing Company who supported the event by providing prizes after each of the races.
Div 1 Jacana, First 40, Maestro
Div 2 Nuthr Witch (on a count out), Scarlet Sun, Shadowfax
Div 3 Hors d Oeuvres, Far Med, Cabaray
Krone Summer Series
Krone came on board as the sponsor of the Summer Series, providing prizes as well as plenty of bubbly for the competitors to enjoy on the deck after racing. This has attracted some of the sailors’ wives to come down to the club and join in the festivities. So far 18 boats have competed in the first Saturday of racing and 16 of these took part in both races.
It was an excellent series and a great partnership. Good entry, good format, two races, one being a short sprint, the other a bay race.
It has been good to see Fanie maturing and developing experience as a race officer and the advantage of offering an on water bridge.
Novamarine Overnight Race
Since a south-wester was forecast, the course for the Novamarine Overnight Race was set to round a waypoint to the west of Cape Point. Out of the 14 starters, half of the fleet retired, a testament to the light conditions. Half the fleet retired as a result of the tough conditions, with a bumpy sea state, variable winds, and cold weather. A real test of skill and stamina, and as it turned out considerably tougher as a race than the MBR.
Hylton Hale and Francois Kuttel on Vulcan completed the race in less than 14 hours and won division 1. Our commodore, Vitor Medina, showed his persistence by sticking it out for nearly 21 hours to bring Farmed home in second place in division 3 behind Peter Bam on Hors d Oeuvres. Scarlet Sun won division 2, while Tom and Harry Moultrie and their crew on the beautiful Sophie B finished second using this race as part of their training for the Rio race.
The crews of Gryphon and SmartTri40 took 2nd and 3rd place respectively in division 1.
Lufthansa Twilight Series
This season only the spinnaker fleets qualified for inclusion in the club championships. This makes sense as all the boats competing for a result in the club championships need to compete against each other in the same races in order for the eventual result to be fair. Hylton Hale made the point that the bigger boats such as Vulcan need to sail with spinnakers in the often breezy Wednesday night conditions as the loads on their rigs make it too dangerous for them to gybe if their boat speed is too slow.
Oct to Dec 2016
A total of 77 boats took part in the series. Out of the seven races, two were blown out. Naledi, Xtra Link Yolo, Phantom and Cathy R won non-spinnaker in Div 1, 2, 3 and 4 respectively. Hollard Jacana, Scarlet Sun and Hors d Oeuvre won the spinnaker divisions 1, 2 and 3 respectively. Hors d Oeuvre won all her races.
Jan to March 2017
In February our sponsor, Lufthansa, declared Cape Town their featured city of the month. This generated a lot of interest on social media in our Twilight series and some fabulous footage of Scarlet Sun received thousands of views.
Five races were sailed again during the second Lufthansa Twilight Series. One race was lost due to fog and the other due to the wind speed being over 30 knots. The sailing committee made use of laid marks in most races to allow for a proper beat. While Cape Fling had only competed in one race in the previous series, she took part in all of the races in this series and won Div 1 spinnaker with four 1sts and a 4th.
Where the forecasts showed the wind to be picking up from 6pm onwards, shorter courses were set for safety reasons. On one evening, however, a stiff south-easter resulted in Cape Dancer losing her rig when the backstay broke. The crew of the L26 Hors d Oeuvre had to channel their inner Alex Thomson and indulge in a little keel walking to bring their boat up from a severe knock-down. A very unusual incident for this highly experienced crew.
The new Cape 31, Flame, joined the Twilight fleet for the first time. Those who have ordered Cape 31’s must have been excited to see her planing downwind at 16 knots. With 10 boats already ordered there is going to be some wonderful one design fleet racing in the future. What a pleasure to see Warrior taking part in the twilight race just before the Mykonos Offshore Regatta.
On the #sailingforsomething initiative
Five of the boats in the Div 2 spinnaker fleet each supported a different charity during the series. Some much needed funds and awareness have been raised for DARG, Cape Town Beach Clean Up, the Karoo Donkey Sanctuary, KAWS and the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. Farmed sailed for SANCOB. What is also encouraging is that all of these yachts have indicated that they would like to continue this initiative, and other yachts are joining the team effort with their own causes to sail for in support.
The only changes in the winners of the various divisions from the previous series were that Anastasia won Div 3 and Cape Fling won Div 1 spinnaker.
Scarlet Sun posted some fabulous footage on Facebook which received hundreds of thousands of views – great exposure for sailing in Cape Town.
Harken Round Robben Island Races
The two Harken Round Robben Island races continue to be a favourite with all the boats at RCYC. Although many of us would love the direction of the rounding of the island to be set by the race committee, leaving it up to each boat to decide makes these races unique. There is much pre-race banter about which direction each skipper is planning on taking and many lie through their teeth in an attempt to confuse their rivals.
48 boats took part in the October pursuit format race. The conditions favoured the smaller boats for a change and the Sweet Pea, Charlie, won division 3 as well as overall. Alan Haefele betrayed his cruising roots and put on a master class of racing sailing to take second place overall in Derbigum. Bernard Farmer on the Charger 33, Shadowfax, won division 2 and took 3rd place overall. Patrick Holloway and Neil Gregory on Hollard Jacana were 6th overall, but won Division 1.
Although Vulcan only managed 13th place overall, Hylton Hale and his crew set a new record for the race. Warrior held the previous record of 1 hour 51 minutes and 13 seconds, but Vulcan took advantage of the conditions to finish in a time of 1 hour 46 minutes and 56 seconds. Something for the rumoured TP52s to look at.
The L34, Nuthr Witch, skippered by Dave Garrard, won the January race both overall and in division 2. This time around it was an all class start of 46 boats. Div 3 was won by Charlie, and Hollard Jacana once again won division 1 and came second overall.
The 2016 regatta was the fourth time the RISKAFRICA Regatta has been held and 18 boats were used to host invited guests from around the country. Two races were sailed. A twilight race on the Friday evening and then a longer pursuit race around the on the Saturday. The boats paraded through the Waterfront on Saturday morning displaying their corporate battle flags to the crowds on the water’s edge before heading out into the bay and onto the race course.
The formal dinner that evening in the Regatta Centre was a spirited affair with many of those who had sailed for the first time sharing their experiences animatedly with their colleagues. This regatta is a great example of how sailing can provide a unique platform for corporates to entertain clients, expose them to novel experiences and allow them to network both on and off the water. Our club provides a perfect venue and vibe to encourage friendships to be formed and connections to be developed.
For the first time, the Double-Handed Series, sponsored by Excelsior Wines and with 36 boats having taken part so far, is being held over the whole year and comprises eight races. Previously it had been split into two, four-race series, but this does not allow for a discard.
There is a very special atmosphere amongst the sailors taking part in this challenging event and, for many of them, it is their favourite type of sailing. Everyone recognises that it takes a certain level of commitment to race two-up and all the crews have a healthy respect for each other.
The courses are set so as to allow for longer legs and to use as much of the bay as possible, whilst always keeping safety in mind. For example, if the breeze is up, it is dangerous to have a leeward mark too close to the shore, as dousing a spinnaker with only two crew in those conditions can take a little longer than normal.
After six races, Xtra-Link Yolo sailed by short-handed specialists, Dale Kushner and Ian Coward, won the Division 1 fleet having won every race in the series. In Division 2, Bodytec Flyer sailed by Andrew Collins and Barnaby Steynor won the series, beating John Waller and David Phillips on Humdinger by only 3 points after six races.
Special mention must go to the crew of Let’s Go, the little Buccaneer, who are always on the start line and are not put off by strong wind. They may be last to join the festivities on the deck, but they have never complained about the length of the course and always have big smiles.
Mykonos Offshore Regatta
- This number (of boats entered) alone is evidence of the popularity of the annual Mykonos Offshore Regatta. It is also evidence of the glass half-full spirit of South African sailors, who know it is only a matter of time before Aeolus sends Eurus* to test their downwind skills again
Cape Fling was first through the Dassen Gate followed by Warrior, Nitro and Morning Glory. Hollard Jacana however, won this leg on handicap, showing the rhumb line to have been the better choice. The SmartTri40 was the first multi-hull to Dassen and Chinook led division 2 through the gate. The boats that had headed out to sea after the start paid the price for trusting the normally accurate PredictWind and were well behind. Nuthr Witch took 1st place in division 2 for Race 1.
Bodytec Flyer led Div 3 through the gate just ahead of Derbigum. Both boats, which had sailed the more direct course, were pleasantly surprised to find themselves ahead of much faster division 2 boats such as Yolo, Tin Tin and Scarlet Sun.
The multihull fleet had Danie Colyn’s Smart Tri 40 in the lead at Dassen Island, but Kevin Webb on Banjo and Greg Davis on Set Sea did far better on the second leg to Mykonos so that Banjo was lying first with Set Sea second and Andrew Dolloway’s Ladybird in third
After the first three races Cape Fling led division 1, with Morning Glory in 2nd and Nitro lying 3rd. Idefix led division 2 with Nuthr Witch only one point behind. Although Scarlet Sun, Xtra-Link Yolo and Al all did far better on the leg from Dassen to the finish, they were quite far behind in points. Bodytec Flyer managed to maintain the lead she had built at Dassen Island and won both race 2 and three, while Far Med finished second in all three races and Derbigum was lying in third place.
The Pursuit Race, race 4, is a firm favourite for most boats and it is always worth those smaller boats that retire from the race to Langebaan, not turning back, but motoring on to Mykonos in order to take part on the Saturday. A fresh south-easter and flat water resulted in wonderful sailing around Saldanha Bay. The thought of fish farms and mussel beds encroaching on our sailing playground in the future is horrific. Hopefully the various organisations and clubs fighting this plan will save the bay (pun intended).
The final results had Irvine Laidlaw winning the Mykonos Regatta on Cape Fling. In the divisional results Hasso Plattner’s Morning Glory was second in division 1 followed by Mike Hayton and David Rae on Nitro. Dave Garrard on Nuthr Witch was only one point ahead of Peter Funke’s Idefix in division 2 with Leon van Niekerk in third on Chinook. In division 3 the Charger 33, Bodytec Flyer, made a clean sweep with four firsts, Vitor Medina on Farmed was second and the Van Der Berg’s finished third on Chazaq. Set Sea won the multihulls with Banjo in second and Ladybird third.
Again sponsored by Lord Irvine Laidlaw. With a number of international sailors invited and also having an International Race Officer, Stuart Childerley proved to be very popular.
Close and enjoyable racing when the weather and courses played ball! This being especially true for the first race on Saturday, which really could not have been much better.
The introduction of the exciting little rocket ship “Flame”, a Cape 31 – a smashing new one design sports-boat developed for Cape Town under the motivation of Irvine Laidlaw was a great new visual. The sight of her planning downwind at over 20 knots on her first weekend on the water must be an exciting marker for things to come.
The ORC Club rating system used exclusively in South Africa for the first time, with some very close results in some races. There were some “lottery” races, especially for Div. 2 & 3, with highly variable conditions in race 1 & 3, so the best example of the system was race 2.
Irvine was extremely pleased to win his division, ORC 1, as skipper for the first time at his own regatta on his RP52, Cape Fling. Just beating Mike Hayton’s Nitro by 2 points and Phil Gutsche’s Windpower by 4 points. ORC 2 was dominated by the newly modified L34 Avatar, owned and skippered by Nigel Clack, followed by the new Tin Tin and in third place Scarlet Sun. ORC 3 saw RCYC Academy Escape winning the division skippered by Jason Gray. In second place was visiting yacht Colour of Magic and in third our commodore Vitor Medina on Farmed.
A big thank you to the Fling Regatta benefactor, Irvine Laidlaw
Maserati Cape Town Race Week
An elegant, sophisticated sailing regatta took place both on and off the waters of Table Bay, Cape Town, from 15 – 20 December 2016.
Sailing was complimented by an extravagant evening events calendar in a purpose-built pavilion in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and featured:-
- The Sponsor’s Opening Night Party;
- The Boat Owners Charity Dinner, in support of beneficiaries including the NSRI, Clean C Beach Clean-up, The Dyer Island Conservation Trust, Ripple Effect, and RCYC Sailing Academy;
- A Raft-up Party with pumping live music; and
- Cape Town Race Week Prize Giving, with an electrifying after party.
RCYC’s primary event partner, Maserati, has made a bold yet logical extension into sailing, both locally and internationally. Additional event sponsorships came from strong brands including Helly Hansen, Heineken, Spier Wines, G.H. Mumm, Plymouth Gin, Sun International The Table Bay, V&A Waterfront; creating positive two-way partnerships with the event and sailing.
|Club Division 1 [8 entries; 5 races]||points|
|2||RCYC Sailing Academy Cape Dancer||15|
|Club Division 2 [11 entries; 4 races]||points|
|1||Clean C Scarlet Sun||7|
|2||NSRI Far Med||11|
|IRC 1 [3 entries; 5 races]||points|
|IRC 2 [9 entries; 5 races]||points|
This year Doug Allison and the team from Mwah organised a fabulous Seniors Race. There was a wonderful vibe at the club as everyone gathered for the skipper’s briefing in front of a table groaning with trophies and prizes. For some of the skippers, this is the only race they do every year and they love it.
The 38 boats were a lovely sight as they ran down to the finish from the Harken mark. Spinnakers were not allowed but most had their genoas poled out as they tried to make up the last few places before crossing the line.
The first three home were Peter Bam (over 60) on Hors d’Oeuvre, Johan Waller (over 60) on Humdinger and Colin Horton (over 80) on Ava. Barry Shipman on Bodytec Flyer was the first over 70 skipper and he finished 4th overall.
The third over 60 skipper was Alan Keen on Lapwing (8th overall). Phil Gutsche on Windpower was 2nd in the over 70s (5th overall) and John Levin on Indaba was third in the category and 6th overall.
CP van der Merwe, from Freedom, finished second in the over 80s (14th overall) and Ted Kuttel’s Spilhaus was in third place with a 17th position overall. Spilhaus also had the crew with the highest average age of 81.14 years.
The prize giving was a very happy affair and every skipper walked away with a prize. Well done to everyone who was involved in sourcing prizes and running a very successful event.
ORC Club to be used in the Club Champs next year.
A regional inshore series comprising Spring, CTRW, Fling and Admirals; and an offshore series including Mossel Bay Race, West Coast Race and Mykonos Offshore. Both series to be scored on ORC and IRC and series winners will qualify for provincial colours.
Sailing Office and volunteers
RCYC is extremely fortunate to have two incredible, dedicated staff working full time on our sailing programme. Toni Mainprize and Fanie Naude put in a huge effort and many, many hours to make sure we all have the best sailing and racing in the country. And they are assisted by a phenomenal team of volunteers who man the bridge week after week. All of us who sail at RCYC owe them a massive debt of gratitude.
RCYC Sailing Academy Year Report 2017
By Lindani Mchunu (on behalf of Tony Stutt)
The Year of 2017 has seen some great action and changes;
We were very sad to say goodbye to Harry Brehm, who decided to resign at the end of July last year. Harry really put the Academy on the map with his enthusiasm and commitment; we thank him for all he did for the Academy.
Jason Grey took over the reins and did a sterling job of keeping it all together and filling the vast vacuum that Harry had left, unfortunately he decided to resign at the end of February this year.
We were fortunate to appoint Lindani Mchunu, who has hit the road running, took our kids to Hout Bay Yacht Club for the Admirals Cup where we won the L26 class and teamed up with Scarlet Sun to win the Interclub trophy. Thereafter he took a team to Durban to sail in the EMC Intercity Regatta where our team came second. This was a truly representative team chosen from the rank and file, not the rock stars!
Our sailing academy is also very fortunate to have received another kind donation from Lotto, but unfortunately we are always in search of more sponsorship as with any growing project and need funds for maintenance and upkeep. One of our largest expenses is providing transport for the kids and our next Lotto application will be for a Mini Bus of sorts
There are various exciting projects in the Pipeline for this year;
- Teaming up with CPUT (University of Technology) to train their students how to sail.
- Partnership with Marine Inspirations who have offered to sponsor one of our Academy sailors a free trip to Palma for the Super Yacht Cup.
- Aligning our sail training with the SA Sailing curriculum.
- Logbooks and a grading system for the students.
During the last 4 years we have tried to give the students in our academy the needed sailing knowledge to sail or race. We try to do a full transformation from a dinghy sailor to knowledgeable yacht crew. I really urge all members to get involved either in helping with skippering a boat on a Sunday or taking out some of the kids, just for a sail in the bay. Just give Lindani a shout. He also has great ideas about growing the Academy and as it grows so we will need more help, even just with catering, etc.
Homestead – We have had about 20 kids from Homestead join our academy during the last 2 ½ years. Only a few of them stayed long enough in our program to learn the ropes properly. We have to be realistic with regards to our expectation of kids coming from very challenging circumstances. They are so busy getting through school and finding their balance in life without the backup of their families. Needless to say that sailing is not the main focus and most of them participate in sailing to spend a day in a different way than they are used to. Nevertheless we had some of them showing some real talent for sailing. Sundays are used to train these Homestead children.
Emagqabini Education Academy – We have partnered with this education foundation to expose these learners to sailing. Most of these ladies have never been exposed to water and had to start from the beginning. They are now fully integrated into our Academy. A second wave of Emagqabini girls will be joining us shortly. Twelve girls between the age of 15 and 17 will first be attending swimming classes and then go onto a dinghy training program. We are looking forward to have them in our academy by July 2017.
Other sources of students – Our cooperation with Zeekoevlei Sailing Centre is always appreciated as they provide an additional source of skilled dinghy sailors that are easily integrated into the Academy. They are between 14 and 17 years old and despite their young age they show some real talent when it comes to trimming and helming.
We have also partnered with Stellenbosch University Yacht Club who bring students here!
Word of mouth is also a successful form of advertising. Many of our existing students speak highly about our program and some of their friends join us on a regular basis. If there are any members kids that want to join, they are most welcome!
Lipton – Our Academy once again took part in Lipton Cup where we entered 2 teams.
Summary of sponsors – Our academy is receiving a great deal of support from various sponsors and members. Without these generous donations our program would not be what it is at the moment and because of these generous contributions we are able to constantly improve our sailing equipment and the standard of our sail training. I would like to thank Lotto, SAORT, JML, The Ozinski family, Erroll Stern and all other private sponsors.
Student Statistics – It all started with 20 students in 2012 which doubled in 2013. We were able to double that number in 2014 again. To date we have 50 students on our database. At least 80% of these students come from a disadvantaged background and we do our upmost to give these kids an even chance to excel in our sport. Twenty kids from the Homestead shelter program have joined our sailing academy as absolute sailing novices and without any support from their families. In 2017 our aim is to enrol a new program to introduce more kids into yachting. We have seen a great deal of young sailors joining our sail training, to improve their sailing skills and to be part of our skills building program. We are taking care that our students come from a very mixed social and racial background, to give all students an even chance to get into the sport of sailing.
Skill level of our students – At least 10 of our older students have a solid foundation of 4 years sail training in our academy and show some impressive skills. They are finding their way to the more competitive IRC boats in our fleet. There are numerous Academy kids that regularly sail on various members boats and this is testimony that the Academy is bearing fruit.
Training boats – Our 4 training boats are being used on a weekly basis and receive constant maintenance and upgrades. This is an ongoing process and helps to keep all boats in top condition. Five boats are owned by the RCYC and another boat is loaned from JML to support our academy. We are very proud to have such a successful partnership with JML to promote the sport of sailing.
Goals for 2017 / 2018 – We would like to grow our data base of students gradually without compromising the high level of sail training.
Some of our students receive job opportunities in the marine industry. Since Cape Town is the hub of this industry we would like to see apprenticeship programs and closer ties to all companies. We have to get the message across to our students that sailing can be much more than a hobby, in fact in can be the start of a successful career.
RCYC Academy Objectives – To contribute toward the country’s social imperatives of transformation by facilitating access and training in seamanship and sailing skills bringing awareness of both career and recreational aspects of sailing and boating, within the operational structures of the Royal Cape Yacht Club.
The RCYC sail training academy will, through the programmes in place, achieve the benefits of:
– Growing keel boat sailing amongst the youth in the Western Cape.
– Teaching active dinghy sailors below the age of 23 the skills of sailing a keelboat.
– Encouraging sailing amongst disadvantaged youth.
– Teaching good seamanship.
– Building a self-sustaining Academy that is ongoing into the future.
– Building an Inter-Racial Social Engagement amongst our young sailors/similar ages groups.
– To help young disadvantaged children gain confidence in life which hopefully can help them in their future endeavours.
– Offer free membership of RCYC to all Academy members until the age of 23.
– Teaching of nautical skills that can be a stepping stone in a nautical career.
– Assisting in the country’s Transformation by getting the disadvantaged youth into sailing.
Transformation – Transformational imperatives of the RCYC academy will be achieved through the following key outcomes:
– Taking these kids off the street.
– Open up the Kids horizons.
– Creating an awareness of Sailing.
– Expanding knowledge.
– Breaking down Barriers.
I would like to thank my subcommittee Howard Richmond, Dave Garrard and Joe Heywood. Big thanks go to Toni Mainprize, who offered to take the Academy under her wing with Harry’s departure. Also to our members for their support and being there in general.
CRUISING REPORT – May 2016
by Simon Hamer
The year kicked off with the Seaport Fishing Cruise on 17 July with all the big fisherman forgetting their sailing prowess for the day and concentrating on making sure that the ‘big one’ did not get away. There was Yellowtail in the bay, the weather was majestic and there was major competition to win the Seaport Voucher. Despite, good catches by Radiance, Albercore and Malulani, White Mischief was declared the winner. Despite there only being 1 prize, everybody was a winner after a brilliant day on the water and a great atmosphere back at the club.
Many of the cruisers congregated at Kraal Bay in Langebaan Lagoon at the end of the year and although not a formally planned event, the cruising crowd did what they do best, socializing and enjoying their boats as homes away from home. That is what half the fun of being a cruiser is all about and the cruisers are all very concerned about the potential loss of this area to pleasure craft.
Saldanha Raid was the first organized cruising event in the new year, being the weekend after the Mykonos Offshore Regatta. With the wonderful weather we experienced, some cruisers decided to use the weekend to return to Royal Cape. Those who remained were treated to a fun braai ashore at North Bay, in the restricted naval area and a really good party at Saldanha Bay Yacht Club that evening before many of the cruisers headed back to Cape Town the next day.
As if it couldn’t get any better, the Hout Bay Raid on 13-14 May had the biggest entry ever, with Hout Bay Yacht Club getting seriously concerned whether they would be able to accommodate all the cruisers entered. Again, the weather was brilliant and despite being a motor in both directions, a fabulous time was had by all who took part including our commodore, out of his racing mode for the weekend. Ties with HBYC were strengthened with a raid from their side now being planned.
With great sponsorships from the likes of Seaport and Heathersage Wines, cruising events remain popular and well supported, with more events being planned for the year ahead.