Royal Cape Yacht Club Newsletter - 27 January 2017

THE RCYC CABLE - Vitor Medina & Luke Scott

#FeelingProud - the kind of proud where you quietly smile a broad one to yourself just thinking about it...

Coming to you live and direct from the shaded deep terrace of the Iate Clube do Rio de Janeiro (yatschkloobe), let me tell you it is sweltering here...

So pleased to be here, and to recognize the accomplishments of these sailors...

Especially the young sailors; firstly the FIVE graduates of the Royal Cape Sailing Academy, who have completed the Cape to Rio Race 2017:

* Mike Hardy (Skimmer)
* Daniel Agulhas (Gryphon Ullman Challenge)
* Daniel Frieslaar (Regardless)
* Kathleen Hughes (Black Cat)
* Shane Hendrikse (Regardless)

and either as return delivery crew or as support skippers within the academy.
* Darryl Strydom (Avanti)
* Nic Faraday (Vulcan)
* Mich Obermeyer
* Josh Wright

Other youngsters, some RCYC members:

*James Lagier

UCT Scatterling
* Matt Whitehead
* Mikhayla  Bader
* Tim Marsh
* Alex Lehtinen
* Murray Willcocks

JML Rotary Scout
* Nick Chapman 18
* Albert Roux 18
* Matthew Bell 18
* Jarrod Wilson 23
* Max Roux 28

* Lorenzo Yon
* Theo Yon
* Leroy Rudolph
* Marco Tobin

Ray of Light
* Sean Kavanagh (8)
* Siya Vatu
* Jenna Bales
* Tammy Bales

So proud of each and every one of you for hitting the "can do" and "done" buttons at your age - many of us are in awe.

On another note, that old man Alan Haefele did not catch a fish in 3600 miles, underlining that you can lead a horse to the water, but you can't teach it fish.

Vitor and Luke


Last weekend we had a rather hardy sail in a strong SE for our Double Handers. Great sailing though with 15 boats on the water. This series started at the beginning of the sailing season in July and we are on Race 5 of an 8 race series, with the final race and prize giving on Saturday 29th April. continue reading...
With the Fling Regatta coming up in early February, we strongly recommend all yachts that do not yet have an ORC Club certificate,  and that would like to enter, to organize to get their yachts measured. This Regatta will be sailed on the ORC Club rating.

ORC Club certification is free until end June 2017. Cost of measurement is to boat owner's account, but is also FREE if you enter the Fling Regatta. Measurements must be submitted by end of January 2017. A schedule for hoisting, measuring and weighing is available from the sailing office:

ORC South Africa is pleased to announce that over 60 yachts now have ORC Club Certificates or trial certificates. The exciting new Cape 31 will be certified soon!
Cape Town is Lufthansa's City of the Month for February, and they have identified the Twilight Series as something they would like to showcase across their social media channels. Please send your hi res Lufthansa Twilight Series pictures to , with photographer credit, for consideration. Look out for the hashtag #LHCityoftheMonth in social media in February.

                                 Also, tag your social media pictures with #lufthansatwilightseries


Last Sunday our students decided that it was a good day to fly the spinnaker, a first for most of the crew.  All went well even after the radio was dropped in the water. The student turned this unfortunate event into a positive and successful completed a man-overboard manoeuvre to retrieve the radio.
Kyle Sasman, who is now also crewing for one of our members on a J27, took the boat in and out of the mooring.
We hope to increase the number of boats on the water in the coming months as Emagquabini opens in February and the skippers get back from Rio. - Jason Grey


CAPE 2 RIO 2017

Finally the Cape2Rio has come to an end with the prize giving tonight. Now is an interesting time to speculate on a date for the next race - with 2021 marking the 50th anniversary of the race and 2020 marking the centenary year of our race partners in Rio, ICRJ.                    

Cape2Rio Website



This Week

R 6 500

Last Friday night’s lucky winner was Mr Jacques Coetzer, who was unfortunately not present to claim his prize.

The draw takes place around 19H45 every Friday evening in the club bar. You have to be a fully paid up RCYC member and present at the time to qualify for the win.


27 January 2017 

Club Summer Series

This series is part of the 2016/2017 Club Championships.

Saturday, 28th January
(Club Series 01)

First Race starts at 13h00

Enter Online

Click here for schedule and race documents

24 – 25 February 207

Click here for more information

For our Full Sailing Calendar click on the picture below

New level 3b restrictions coming 1 Feb. These are the changes...
Watering (with municipal drinking water) is allowed only on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 09:00 or after 18:00 for a maximum of one hour per day per property and only if using a bucket or watering can. No use of hosepipes or any sprinkler systems allowed.

No watering is allowed within 48 hours of rainfall that provides adequate saturation. Facilities/customers making use of boreholes, treated effluent water, spring water or well-points are not exempt.

No washing of vehicles or boats using municipal drinking water is allowed. Vehicles and boats must be washed with non-potable water or washed at a commercial carwash.


Thank you to the many concerned sailors who have written to the club about the notice regarding the planned closure of Kraalbaai as an overnight anchorage for yachts.

A meeting of concerned parties took place on Monday and led to the formation of the Kraalbaai & Langebaan Action Group, representing yacht clubs, sailing schools, the marine industry, amongst others.

Further progress will be reported back soon.
I'm looking for paper charts of the
western coast of Sumatra!

Please contact
Jeremy on
082 8813078 or
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