Brad and I were so pleased to have another opportunity to hike the beautiful trails inside the Nature Reserve at the Saldanha Navy Base. What a privilege. We extend our thanks to Luigi and the rest of the Navy team who make these events possible. We look forward to the next one!
The weather was perfect with a clear sky and a light breeze. Although a little on the chilly side, it could be argued that these were perfect conditions for a long walk. Better than trying to hike in the blazing sun.
Before the start of the walk we took a picture of the group of SBYC members and friends who turned up to enjoy the beautiful day in nature. It was fantastic to see 39 people of all ages taking part. The group quickly split up as different people embarked on different routes but we met up with Jaco and his family as well as a few others at the lighthouse where we stopped for a quick snack and a few mandatory selfies.
Brad, myself and our friend Alison ended up doing a route that was 12.7kms and we were privileged to see some buck en route. The routes are generally quite flat and easy to walk.
This reserve remains one of my favourite for the natural beauty, spectacular coastline and the chance to get up close to the North Head lighthouse which we normally only see from the sea when sailing up the coast towards St Helena Bay.
Saturday evening at the club was a fabulous way to end a great day with Rugby and delicious hot soup made by Dorita.
Thanks to Gavin and to everyone else who organised a great day.
Flowers not that prolific this year as it might have been a bit early for them. Sadly I only sighted two springbok, but others on the longer walks reported more. Luigi has reverted on the annual permits. The navy base is not issuing these any longer as a result of numerous security breaches recently. This makes us even more grateful for grant of permission for this annual walk and our North Bay visits with RCYC.
News flash – September 2022 planning for our 75th Celebration event from 16 -19 December 2022 is well under way. SA Sailing is inviting all our sailing members to join in “The biggest sailing celebration in Africa” at any of our host clubs around the Country. We are encouraging all sailing disciplines from Cruising to serious racing to participate, as well as our youth “Future Stars”. See our Host Clubs Poster indicating all our venues for the 75th Regatta events. Watch our Social media updates and SA Sailing newsletter for further information.
SBYC is partnering with POYC and planning is currently in progress for this big event….watch this space for details…
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South African Sailing has a mandatory retirement age of 80 for Safety Officers which means that Mike Rothenburg after a long innings will shortly be retiring from doing CoF’s and Hull Surveys on vessels over 9 metres.
Thank you Mike for your dedication and assistance to many members over the years!!!
However the good news is that Trevor, Steve and I after studying and writing the exam have been appointed as Safety Officers by SAS to do both Cof’s and Hull Surveys.
Going forward members should contact one of us for their CoF’s and Hull surveys.
Steve: 071 850 6644
Patrick: 082 575 3834
Trevor: 082 770 7665
We will also be able to assist members with COF’s for vessels less than 9m as Rob Dyer is busy with projects and does not have a lot of time available presently
Please also note that Craig Middleton has been appointed by SAS as an examiner up to Coastal Skipper qualification…..thank you Craig for making yourself available to assist the Club and the sailing community!!
See you at the Club!
Another month has passed, time is really flying, the great thing is that we are quickly moving towards spring and some warmer weather!!
We are still experiencing some cold and wet weather, but there has also been some magic sailing days in between, it is great to see boats on the water enjoying the winter sailing, especially the past weekend, 10 boats entered the Frostbite Race, there was not much wind, but it was still great being on the water!!