Royal Cape Yacht Club Newsletter - 24 February 2017

THE RCYC CABLE - Vitor Medina & Luke Scott

Members Ho!
It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to our Food and Beverage manager Riaan Bezuidenhout.

For the last 12 years Riaan has dedicated his heart and soul to the Yacht Club and was instrumental in taking back control of food and beverages after the trying times the club went through with outsourced contractors.

As a parting gesture and since we know how much Riaan loves the Club, it was decided to give Riaan a free membership for the forthcoming year.

We wish Riaan all the best in his new venture and look forward to his visits as a member.
Who knows he might even take up sailing?
We also take this opportunity to welcome Wesley Young as the new kid on the block to take over the reins of F&B manager. Wesley was previously employed by RCYC as  a duty manager. Bring on the scrumptious meals, chilled drinks and good service Wes.
Sailing at our club and in Cape Town is achieving some great profiling this month, with:-
  • World Sailing’s board meeting in the Mother City [CEO Andy Hunt and renowned sailor Torben Grael speaking at RCYC at the Mykonos skippers briefing]
  • the very successful launch of the Cape 31 [first 9 sold within a week of the launch]
  • Lufthansa’s City of the Month showcasing sailing in their promotional videos, with a social media reach into many millions.
  • It is great to see so many youngsters enjoying the sailing too!
Friday morning sees over 80 yachts on the start line for the Mykonos offshore race, with 50 on the ORC Club rating and scoring system. We wish all participants a fast and safe trip, and recommend you to take lots of suntan lotion and Panados!
Sail on!

Vitor and Luke


Crazy busy time for the sailing department from one big regatta to the next. On our doorstep is the 27th edition of the Mykonos Offshore Regatta with our biggest entry for many years of 90 boats. All looking good apart from missing that  blustery south easter that blows us down the coast to complete the supposedly “downwind dash” Continue reading...
The Fin de la Saison Regatta is Royal Cape's ultimate summer season ender, featuring Fun Sailing! Taking place 18-19 March, and incorporating race date 2 of the Club Summer Series, racing will be based on fresh formats and offer an alternative to conventional windward leeward short course racing. Some ideas for races include, but are not restricted to:
The Sprint
In the Spirit of the Club Summer Series, this is a short dash to warm up. The Start and handling are key.

The Lighthouse Family
A Bay Race visiting some or all of the lighthouses in Table Bay (Mouille Point; Robben Island; Milnerton)

The Dassen Duster
A 70 mile race to Dassen and back, with the option to shorten course and finish at Dassen and return under non racing conditions.

The Bokpunt Blaster
A 44 mile race to Bokpunt and back, with the option to shorten course and finish at Bokpunt and return under non racing conditions.

The Vulcan Rocker
A 26 mile race to Vulcan Rock and back in a westerly or southwesterly breeze.

The Floater
Rather than stay ashore and wait, this is a no wind scenario raft up at Granger Bay or Clifton with on water entertainment. Anyone of the other races could follow on if weather permits.

The Navigator
A mystery bay race to stated waypoints to test the navigators

In all cases, suitably shorter courses may be set for smaller and slower (or all) yachts, with the emphasis on fun sailing.
There will be a cocktail party for all on Saturday night.
Cape 31 Design
The Cape 31 design is by Mark Mills, specially created for conditions in Cape Town. It is faster than his C&C30 design because of hull shape, weight and ballast ratio. The boat is built in E-glass, with carbon rudder and foil. Engine is an inboard Yamaha 10hp. Winches by Harken. Spars are carbon by Southern Spars. Standing rigging is rod. Ropes are high tech by Southern Ropes. Designed light ship weight is 1770kg. Builder (except for hull 1): Uwe Jasperson. Proposed crew weight limit will be 595 kg. Continue reading...


Unfortunately sailing was blown out for the 18 students that attended sail training last Sunday. This, however, didn’t stop us from learning! We had a basic tutorial on sailing for a few of our new students which was presented by a new skipper, Thomas Attwood, who will soon be an instructor.
After the tutorial went from basic sail trim to advanced foiling techniques, we had a few special guests join us who were kind enough to do a talk on short notice. The guests were Siyanda Vato, Mike Kavanagh and his family from Ray of Light. They gave a detailed talk on their experiences in the recent Cape to Rio Race, some surprising, some funny and some scary. Everyone learnt a lot from this talk which broadened their idea of what sailing is.
After the talk the students had a short break. We then met back in the academy room where Nic, Mike and I gave the students a small exercise.  We split everyone into groups and then drew out a race course with wind shifts and gusts. The students were told to show me their strategy to get from the bottom mark to the top mark. Everyone had unique ideas, unfortunately the team which almost had it correct, made a big mistake which let the team with the more consistent strategy win. - Jason Grey


Team Hollard Jacana

In response to being voted as RCYC sailor/team of the month as recognition for our success in Maserati Cape Town Race Week and the Harken Round Robben Island Race, the crew has prepared the following submission. continue reading...


Dear Members,
Where has the time gone?
This past week has been an exceptionally emotional week for me at the club, I can only describe the feeling as saying goodbye to a family member or old friend.
I look back at the past 12 years at the club and I am filled with so much raw emotions that I can’t even describe it  in words, for years I have lived Royal Cape Yacht Club to the fullest and can truly say that the members and staff of Royal Cape Yacht Club have become family to me and the club my home. Please forgive me for not mentioning everybody by name but there are just to many members and staff to thank for the most incredible journey I have been on over the past 12 years.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to everyone!!!    
The club will always hold a very special place in my heart.
Kind Regard
Riaan Bezuidenhoudt
Ps. I will still kiss my burgee goodnight before going to bed.  
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 Tickets R200 - Ladies Only

25 March 2017

and join us for the Commodore's Wife's Dinner


24 February 2017 

24 – 25 February 2017

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A friendly reminder to our participating boats. Please be so kind as to keep one or two spaces on your boat for visiting guests. Kindly advise Micky in reception on Wednesday Evenings

Club Summer Series

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

Saturday, 18 March

First Race starts at 13h00

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Fin de la Saison

18th – 19th March

The Fin de la Saison Regatta is Royal Cape’s ultimate summer season-ender, featuring Fun Sailing

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For our Full Sailing Calendar click on the picture below
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


This Week

R 6 000

The winner of last Friday night’s lucky draw was Mr Rigardt Le Roux, who was unfortunately not present to collect 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.

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