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RCYC Opening Cruise!!

RCYC Opening Cruise!!

With a grand total of 71 vessels sailing through the V&A Waterfront, the day made for a spectacular and highly enjoyed 2012 Opening Cruise.  Many thanks to the Port Control, V&A Waterfront and Chavonnes Battery for ensuring the success of the day.

See photo’s of the events here:

Thanks Trevor Wilkins for all the photographs.

Earlier News related to the event:

The Royal Cape Yacht Club will once again be celebrating the sailing season by hosting the 2012 Opening Cruise celebrations on Saturday 06th October 2012.  The Opening Cruise is themed “NAUTICAL” so dress your vessel in any way you feel represents the theme and spirit of your crew.

The sail-past will take place within the Clock Tower Square cutting, whereafter all crews are invited to our ‘Sports Bar’ in the regatta centre where we’ll have a live band, BIG SCREEN rugby, food and refreshments for all.


This year the Salute will be received by the Commodore who’ll take position aside of Bertie Reeds bust at the Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront cutting.


1.  All yachts participating are expected to leave the Small Craft Basin (RCYC) by 12h40

2.  Vessels to depart RCYC by 13h00 (Monitor on CH 06)

3.  Muster at Granger Bay, North of Breakwater, outside the V & A no later than 14h00. Vice Commodore, Ray Matthews on Yacht CABARAYto co-ordinate and lead Fleet (CH 06), and request Fleet entry to the Port. It is important that the Fleet organise themselves into formation smartly – allowing for good spectator value while transiting the V&A Waterfront.

4.  Vessels line astern of CABARAY, (no overtaking), will follow CABARAY into the V&A Waterfront, through the Clock Tower Cutting, entering on starboard, moving in an anticlockwise direction within the Alfred Basin.

5.  At 14h30 Vessels will take the salute on exiting the Alfred Basin, exiting to starboard, through the Clock Tower Cutting. The Officials will be seated on a podium at Berties Bust on your starboard side on exiting.

6.  Royal Cape II (Water Sherriff) will be on the water to assist coordination, and in particular to stop yachts entering the Alfred Basin in the event of the Swing Bridge needing to temporarily close for pedestrians, or a delay in the yachts entering. Once reopened the rest of the fleet can continue the anticlockwise, stb in and stb out of the Alfred Basin.

7.  Chavonnes Gun Battery will be firing ten (and a half!) gun salute in honour of RCYC 105th year.

8.  14h30-15h30 Free Sail to break away from the fleet and enjoy your sail at leisure.

NB – A fleet of Naval Warships will be departing V&A Waterfront directly after the Sail Past.  All vessels to keep sharp and to stay well clear of Naval movements.

9. 16h00 Sports Bar in the Regatta Centre Opens for participants, crews and guests.


V&A Harbour Control have asked that NO BALLOONS or any types of pollutant items be thrown or dropped in V&A Waterfront waters.



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