Monday, June 28, 2010

Cape Windjammers

Cape Windjammers Education Trust is a Cape Town based NGO focusing on youth development through sail training day excursions and offshore voyages. They are appealing to the public and specifically the sailing fraternity to support them through participation in a card funding scheme which is fact part of the "MySchool" system. More info and application details here.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

George's Wake

A large number of people turned up at the club at 7pm last night to pay their respects to George. These included a large number of people from his church group, his family, and many friends from all walks of life. It was quite amazing to hear of the number of things George had done to help people, and the various accounts of his exploits, ideas and ventures. He certainly was a very interesting, engaging, and generous person - who - as someone put it - took very little from the Earth but gave a lot back! Rest well George!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Redfin is saved!

We have heard that Lars's boat Redfin, stranded on the rocks near Agulhas, has been dragged ashore by some helpful farmers with a piece of earthmoving kit, and is safely stored on a farm there somewhere. It seems too that a cotage has been made available for all of them (Lars and his crew) on the farm, or nearby, and they are all safe and sound, besides one of Lars's fingers which has gone awol it seems. Now Lars can repair the boat. How he gets it from there back into the sea may be the subject of a another interesting blog post I think . . . 

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Flags at halfmast

George van der Merwe passed away this morning after suffering a severe heart attack and stroke last week. Our condolences go to his family and friends, and his cheerful little dog whose name escapes me. HBYC Club flag is at halfmast on this day.

Friday, June 18, 2010

George van der Merwe

With sadness and regret we advise that one of our members, George van der Merwe, is gravely ill in hospital after suffering a major heart attack and stroke over the past weekend. George was a familiar sight around the club in recent years, with his little Jack Russell dog always at his side. The dog is in care of his family.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Every once in a while we have to make a difficult decision - this weekend HBYC is faced with a dilemma - Soccer vs Rugby on the BIG SCREEN!
RUGBY - BOKS vs. ITALY at 15h00 - and - SOCCER - NETHERLANDS vs. JAPAN at 13h30
Our social officer has graciously discussed this with the secretary of the Netherlands Supporters Club, and the games will be switched between the big and small screens on the day to show both games. Jeremy will explain on the day!
Warning – arrive early to be assured of a seat!!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

HBYC Yacht Redfin in Sea Drama of Quoin Point

Redfin, a Steel junk-rigged yacht owned and skippered by HBYC Club Member, Lars Strydom, was involved in a sea drama and rescue near Cape Agulhas late on Monday night (14/06). Further details here.

Monday, June 14, 2010

So Long and Galaneia in Comox, BC (Canada)

Many of you  will remember Tony and Susanne (and Honey!), who left on from Hout Bay via Australia, NZ, the Pacific and are now in Canada! Not before some amazing sea adventures, previously posted. Latest news gratefully received via Roy. These people "have a life" - and it doesn't cost the earth!

Comox, Vancouver Island
Canada B.C., 13.06.2010
Hi Roy and Jean,
Sorry our last mail was so brief but we were in a 20 minute time span in the Ketchikan library. We’ve been out in the sticks for a long time and now we are in Comox on the east coast of Vancouver Island and getting back into civilization and also warmth. We are sending on the mail from January which we think you and maybe others didn’t receive as well. We’ll be giving you more news soon but in the meantime we hope your new president and the world football cup are keeping you occupied. Honey told us it’s about time to send back her greetings to Jean, and we will gladly join our dog in that! Greeting to everyone in Hout Bay and very best wishes.
Susanne and Tony and Honey

Saturday, June 12, 2010

STOP PRESS: Abby Sunderland has been rescued

12:05 SAST: News on Twitter is that Abby has been rescued by a French fishing boat, from Reunion Island. It is reported that Australia, who has funded and coordinated the rescue so far, is apparently not looking for compensation for this rescue.

Friday, June 11, 2010

STOP PRESS: Abby Sunderland found alive and upright

Abby Sunderland, the 16 year old American solo circumnavigator, was feared missing in the Southern Ocean after activating her EPIRBS on Thursday. She had called in Cape Town recently for repairs to her autopilot and was on her way to Australia via the Southern Ocean.

Latest news is that she has been sighted upright and alive, and a fishing boat from Reunion Island will be with her by Saturday.  More news here.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Fabulous Friday!

Opening Ceremony starts at 2pm Friday!
Opening Game starts at 4pm!
Friday night draw will be skipped this week.
Don't forget the Rugby - SA vs France on Saturday as well !!
All in colour on the large screen, with the new great sound system.
Take it easy!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Dutch Courage!

This colourful pic of the Dutch Consulate was taken by Roy through his car windscreen in town a few days ago! The Dutch have always been great supporters of SA - not excluding the Hout Bay Yacht Club!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Sunday Sailing 6 June 2010

Slideshow on the right has pics from yesterdays sailing. Full size versions in the "Photos" section of the website. Click here for a shortcut!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Fireside Tales (Ryan Sandes) Postponed to 17 June

Please note the above talk has had to be rescheduled. Ryan will join us on June 17 at the club. More details in an earlier post.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Hout Bay in Winter!

This amazing pic was shot by Hout Bay resident and active neighbourhood watch member "Flying Ant"! He runs an aerial photographic company called and shares some of these pics with the Hout Bay publics and neighbourhood watch. This one is a great view of our bay and sailing waters!