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Opening Cruise

Opening Cruise

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The Royal Cape Yacht Club is grateful in receiving confirmation of your attendance at the Club’s 2016 Opening Cruise celebrations on Saturday 8 October 2016.

The Opening Cruise is themed The Art of Sailing – so expect to see an exciting array of colourful vessels and crew.

The Club will be hosting you and your partner at our Visitors Lounge area prior to the official speeches and start of the event.  At 11:45 you’ll be asked to join the rest of our members on the Club Deck area in preparation for the official speeches and start of the Season.  Speeches are expected to be concluded by 12:30.

However you are invited to attend the Sail-by cruise which will take place in Table Bay from 14:00.  A Salute will be received by the Commodore and our Guest of Honour who’ll both take position in the Bay to be determined on the day.

Serial Description Time
01 Invited VIP’s Arrive at RCYC and are escorted to Visitors Lounge by GENCOM. 11h00 – 11h45
02 Speeches Commence on Deck:

·         MC – Mr Luke Scott

·         Commodore – Mr Vitor Medina

·         Guest of Honour – Mr Shipo Nzuza

12h00 – 12h30
03 Blessing of the Fleet –Reverend Bethka 12h30
04 Cannon Society of Cape Town Fire the Ceremonial 7-pounder Cannons (Official Season Start) 12h35
05 Crews to Prepare to Sail – Participants ready vessels 12h40 – 13h00
06 Vessels Depart RCYC (Monitor Ch 06) 13h00
07 VIP’s led to Ferry – (Serenity One – fuelling jetty) 13h00
08 Vessels to muster within Granger Bay – North of Breakwater

·         Luke Scott (Scarlet Sun) to co-ordinate Fleet (Ch 06)

·         Vessels line astern of SCARLET SUN, which will lead

·         Royal Cape II (Water Sherriff) to assist co-ordination (Ch 06)


·         SCARLET SUN leads the Fleet.

·         All vessels fly Ensign (National Flag) at the stern

·         Club Burgee to Fly on Stbd Spreader

·         All vessels dip Burgee as the Salute and may also ‘shout three cheers’.


10 Free Sail – on completion vessels are free to break-off and sail at skippers leisure. 14h30 – 15h30
11 Regatta Centre (Sports Bar) Opened for Participants, Crews and Guests 16h00
12 Prize Giving – 3rd, 2nd, and 1st Best Dressed Boat and Crew 16h20
13 Opening of Bar, Start of Band, Food Served. 16h30
14 Continue at your leisure thereafter.


Wet weather routine:   Speeches & Blessing in Main Hall 12h30, Blessing and firing of cannon on deck, All vessels depart for sail past at 13h00, Led straight to Saluting position 13h45, Regatta Centre opened to all at 15h00.


11:00 Arrival of VIP’s

12:00 Speeches commence on Deck

12:30 Blessing of the fleet

12:35 Firing of cannons

12:40 Crews prepare vessels

13:00 Departure of boats

14:00 Vessels muster in Table Bay

14:30 Sail Past

16:00 Regatta Centre Opens

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