Royal Cape Yacht Club Newsletter - 20 January 2017

THE RCYC CABLE - Vitor Medina & Luke Scott

Olá marinheiro!

Hope you've enjoyed following the Cape to Rio Race 2017, presented by Maserati. The race has a rich history and a tremendous following, locally and internationally. As a club, we share the pride of presenting a transcontinental yacht race that is, quite frankly, an exotic, unique and original endeavor.
Very well done to all participants, both finished and to finish in the coming days; and to the effort of the organizing committee, many of whom have actually competed in this edition. We learn more with each race.
For those entries that faced adversity, and triumphed; as well to those who face the disappointment of not having attained your goals, we are so pleased that above all, through your decisions, you are safe. To those still out on the water, keep making good calls and following your dreams!
With an eye on the future of the race, growing contact, and in support of our (really) great yacht club, we've both made the call to self-fund a visit to Iate (i-a-t-e = yacht) Clube Rio de Janeiro, to congratulate the fleet and to recognize the asset of this South Atlantic jewel.

I look forward to witnessing Vitor's passionate message to the incredible bond between fellow sailors, in his mother tongue.

Navegando pela vida
Vitor and Luke


The January edition of the Harken RRI Race was another great day on the race course of Table Bay. The day before the race our Race Committee was busy planning to drop a Buoy off Big Bay as the island was sitting in a complete transition zone with no wind. On the morning of the race though the predictions looked much better with wind filling in from the west. A special thanks to our marina manager Boet, who went out in to the Bay early with a Buoy to assess the conditions and be on standby to drop the Buoy. All worked out for the 46 boats on the start line for the annual all class start race, which is quite a spectacle to watch, even with a postponement due to a large vessel under tow, and a General Recall. 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


Sunday- 15th January.
As most of our skippers are partaking in the Cape2Rio we only had 7 students attending our first training last Sunday.

The wind was very light in the morning but a moderate South Easterly filled in while the students were sailing. Kyle Sasman helmed the boat in and out of the mooring with our new skipper Mia Mainprize watching over him.

We also have two new students from Stellenbosch joining us at the sailing academy, brothers Anro and Carlos. They are very keen to start racing soon. Last but not least we have Pumzi who will also be joining us. Pumzi has recently been racing on Cape Dancer and had his first sailing experience during the Cape Town Race week. All the new students are learning very quickly and hopefully we will see a racing team in the near future. - Jason Grey


CAPE 2 RIO 2017

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Cape2Rio Website



This Week

R 6 000

Last Friday night’s lucky winner was Ms Cheryth Shout, who was unfortunately not present to claim her 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.


The following notice is in respect of the boating guidelines/regulations insofar as they applicable to the West Coast National Park.   
Please note the following amendment to the boat permit conditions.
As from 30 June 2017, overnight mooring for yachts, live aboard vessels, etc., will no longer be permitted in the waters of West Coast National Park (WCNP) and in the Langebaan Lagoon Marine Protected Area.  This includes the Kraalbaai Area.

This decision is in response to the pending appointment for an advertised tender to operate a larger houseboat concession in the waters of WCNP.

We request that club members respond to so that the club can consider a collective response.

20 January 2017 

Double Handed Series with Excelsior

21 January 2017

Briefing at 12h30

Sign up on the RCYC Notice Board or enter online

Race Start 14h00

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

Open Forum

Kindly be advised that the Open Forum that was scheduled to be held on Thursday, 26 January has been postponed due to the Lawhilll students  being unable to attend.




Bowsprits and Boxes on Marina’s 

Members are reminded to ensure that boats are secured so as to avoid their bowsprits from protruding over the marinas. This may mean lines need to be adjusted such that your yachts sits further back in its mooring berth. No boxes or obstacles are allowed on the Marinas without prior written consent from the Marina Manager.


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.
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