Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Admiral's Regatta 2014

Race Information - Admirals Regatta 2014

PDF Downloads:
Admirals 2014 NOR
Admirals 2014 Poster
Admirals 2014 Crew List
Admirals 2014 Entry Form

Please email entries to the Race Secretary at hbyc@iafrica.co.za


History of the Admiral's Regatta

This prestigious 'traditional' annual event is now in its twenty third year (started 1991). It started in the days of sporting isolation and with just a little jibe at another well known regatta. One might be censured for speaking of tradition, which generally looks back on centuries but one cannot ignore the makings of this piece of Cape Town's history.

The Story behind a Republic, an Admiral and a Sword.

When the Round Table organization of Hout Bay decided on a major fundraiser in 1986 - with the idea to proclaim Hout Bay a "Republic" - the idea was daring and promised multiple media exposure, thus the "Republic of Hout Bay" was unilaterally declared and a President elected.
Minister portfolio's' were up for sale as the main source for the fund raiser and a well known businessman in Hout Bay, with his ownership of a genuine minesweeper purchased from the navy, became Minister of Defence and thus he instantly became known as the 'Admiral'.
In 1991 the 'Admiral' agreed to sponsor a regatta to be sailed over a long weekend in the waters of the South Atlantic off Hout Bay. This was the birth of the Admirals Regatta and has been sailed ever since during March or April. A replica has since replaced the floating trophy (a genuine Admiral's Sword) but the spirit lives on amongst all at the southern most yacht club in Africa.