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The following surveyors can be contacted to provide you with direction if/when required:

Dave Elcock – 0826838600

Lisa Malherbe – 0824193334

Luke Scott – 0829248434

All vessel owners are reminded of the requirement that all vessels accommodated upon the Clubs’ moorings be in possession of an in date COF as prescribed by the Safety at Sea Committee and as required by the Mooring Rights Agreement.

Vessels Less than 9m

RCYC Safety at Sea Committee requires all boats under 9m to undergo a basic COF inspection by a SAS surveyor.  The cost of such certification is R 300 payable to the RCYC.  Boats under 9m can get the survey done and pay the fee directly at the RCYC office. A COF will be issued from RCYC.

Vessels Over 9m

Please note that the survey of boats over 9m can only be arranged once the SAS fee is paid to SAS directly. Make sure you have a copy of your receipt as proof of payment for the safety inspector. You will not be able to pay the fees at RCYC because the COF has to be issued from SAS.

All vessel owners are asked to ensure the following documentation is presented to the surveyor prior to the survey taking place:

  1. Proof of Payment (payment made directly to SAS), and
  2. Copy of the Vessel Listing/Registration (copies can be requested from SAS)/ Foreign Registered vessels need to have a copy of the certificate of Foreign Registration.
  3. Completed and signed COF Category form. The first page needs to be signed by the owner prior to the surveyor arriving to do the survey.

Foreign Registered Vessels

All foreign registered vessels owned by members or which are participating in Club sailing events are required to undergo a full SAS or SAMSA survey.  All processes as prescribed above can be followed in achieving the COF.

Members are requested to adhere to the following sequence in order to ensure that they are correctly registered by the Club as being COF compliant:

  1. As a service, the Office () will provide written notice 1 month in advance that the vessels’ COF is due to expire (responsibility will always be vested in the owner to ensure valid certification).
  2. Owners are then to make an appointment with a SAS certified surveyor whom will survey the respective vessel.
  3. Such survey will only take place if/when the skipper/vessel presents the following:
    a.    Proof of payment for such survey, and;
    b.    Proof that the vessel is registered under the owners name (or company within which the owner shares a majority interest).
  4. Vessel COF requirements are available from:
    a.    The Office,
    b.    on request from ,
    c.    a SAS surveyor
  5. On successful completion of the inspection, the responsibility of informing the office of such COF certification is vested in the owner of the vessel concerned.
  6. The signed document (white page) must be presented to the office, which will make a copy  and update records appropriately (original to be kept on board the vessel).
  7. The surveyor is responsible to submit a copy (yellow copy) to SAS which will then approve the SAS COF Certificate and subsequently post through to the owner of safekeeping.
  8. Once all the processes are complete, SAS will issue a proper printed certificate, worded Certificate of Fitness, this is your official certificate.  Please ensure that this is kept aboard at all times.

All vessel owners are reminded to ensure thorough understanding of the provisions of the Safety at Sea regulations and bye-laws as contained within the Club Constitution.

Owners and skippers are reminded that vessels which are not certified ‘in date’ will be confined to harbour (Office will send notification to you of this) and may not participate in any Club sailing event.

Please note the minimum category accepted by RCYC is category ‘D’ (Bye-law 4.8).

On behalf of Safety at Sea Committee

Diane Bright

Marina Secretary
Royal Cape Yacht Club

National Port Authority

  • Port Control   021-449-2805
  • Harbour Master   021-449-5762
  • Port Manager   021-449-2612
  • Port Engineer   021-449-6173
  • Portnet Fire   021-449-5848/04

Harbour Police   021-419-4870

V&A Waterfront

  • V&A Harbour Master, Steven Bentley
    021-408-7831 / 083-293-4616
  • V&A Marina Manager
    021-408-7835 / 083-543-5711

Help !

  • NSRI emergencies 021-449-3500
  • NSRI V&A base 021-425-2225
  • Rescue 10177 Emergency (Vodacom) 112
  • Disaster 107

Customs & Immigration

  • Customs   021-413-5000
  • Port Health   021-421-1124
  • Immigration   021-421-1007/8

Marine Pollution   021-421-6170
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SA Yacht Register, email SA Sailing

General Sailing Regulations

The standards are elementary and basic, and apply particularly to the handling of pleasure craft in and around the Port of Cape Town, Table Bay and surrounds.

Special Moorings

Special Arrival Moorings for visitors have been arranged – numbered A42 and A43 – clearly marked, at the entrance to the Small Craft Basin. Check in there and proceed to the office where you will be attended to and given a permanent station for your craft. Skippers will be required to uphold the standards and comply with R.C.Y.C. and Port Regulations at all times. The Club enjoys a very healthy relationship with the Port Authorities and Department of Transport (Marine Division) which we wish to maintain.

All Skippers must have a knowledge of the following:

  • Rule of the Road – Knowledge of the contents of the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (COLREGS). Steering and sailing rules, lights, sound signals and shapes.
  • Harbour Regulations – As applicable to vessels entering and leaving port and of the recognition of lighthouses in and around Cape Town.

Table Bay Harbour Regulations applying to Small Craft:

  1. No small craft shall anchor in any channel of the harbour navigable by ocean-going vessels, except by permission of the Port Captain, and such craft shall at all times be kept out of the way of ocean-going vessels under way in any channel or navigable area of the harbour.
  2. It is important to remember, always proceed with caution in commecial shipping areas. A large vessel may appear to be proceeding slowly, but it is a fact that most travel at speeds upwards of seven knots when approaching the breakwater and dock entrances. Port Control restricted area is within a line extending from Green Point Lighthouse to Robben Island Lighthouse. Northern limit of Port is a line from Robben Island Lighthouse to 090 T to coast.
  3. The yellow emergency buoy at the entrance to the Yacht Basin must be left to port on leaving and starboard on entering. Speed in the Yacht Basin is not to exceed three knots.
  4. At all times Club Regulations appertaining to boat equipment for specific Classes must be complied with. All RCYC registered craft must display their allocated SA no. on the Transom in compliance with Harbour Regulations.
  5. On entering and leaving any Dock or Basin or breakwater, all craft, whether under motor or sail shall keep to the starboard side of the entrance.
  6. When entering or leaving the Port of Cape Town a listening watch is to be maintained on Ch 14.

Visitors, or local yachts having been absent for more than three months, are to advise Port Control of their intention to enter/leave the port and to request permission the enter the V&A basin

  1. At all times, skippers must monitor commercial shipping movements by way of Port Control Light Signals which are situated at the top of the Port Control Building between the Duncan Dock and Victoria Basin entrances, viz:
  2. Ben Schoeman DockRedWhen a light is flashing a vessel is entering.
    Duncan DockGreenWhen a light is fixed a vessel is sailing.
    Victoria BasinOrangeTwo lights could mean an internal movement
  3. V.H.F.Channel 16 is to be used only for initial Contact and receiving purposes and distress. It is not to be used as a general talking frequency, ship-to-ship Channel 6is to be used.NB: Channels not to be used, as they are Pilot and Port working frequencies are as follows:
  4. 9 12 13 14 16 25 26 27 67 74

    however when in port limits, channel 14 may be used as a calling channel only.Race communications will be on Channel 6.

  5. All yachts are to display their registered sail numbers on the Main Sail.

Light and Fog signals in Cape Town harbour area:

RACON / Fairway approach BuoyISOPHASE WhiteRed Sphere
Buoy No. 1Flash Green every 3 secGreen Conical
Buoy No. 2Flash Red every 3 secRed Can
Buoy No. 4Flash Red every 3 sec
Buoy No. 10Flash White 2 every 10 secBlack Spheres
Buoy No. 8 SirenFlash Yellow every 10 secCross
Main BreakwaterFlash Green every 2 sec (14m: 5M)

Fog Signal Horn – 2 long and 1 short blast every 30 sec. NOTE: only fog signal in the dock area.

Ben Schoeman Dock
North Wall LightFlash Red every 2 sec
Port Entrance LightMulti lights fixed Red Horizontal
Starboard Entrance LightMulti lights fixed Green Horizontal
Within Schoeman DockLeading lights in line 130º 30′
Duncan Dock
Port Entrance LightMulti lights fixed Red vertical
Starboard Entrance LightMulti lights fixed Green vertical
North Spur
This light is situated on a small breakwater on the starboard side before entering Duncan DockFlash green every 2 sec
Victoria Basin
Fixed GreenFlashing White
Fixed Red
VQ Foul Ground Buoy
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