Thursday, October 28, 2010

Whats on at your Club!!

Or rather - what isn't!! Just when we thought Jeremy and team might run out of steam they changed gear it seems!! Look at this lot! 
  • Friday Night is Steak Night (Standard Galley Menu will still be available)
  • Friday Night Draw has rolled up to R4-400 (Sam Leggatt not present last week)
  • The ever popular Friday Night "Goody Raffle" will be returning to raise funds for our junior sailors and our 2011 Lipton Campaign. Please support your Junior sailors - they are busting a gut to put HBYC on the map - and already are making waves in the top of the fleet, to a point where handicaps are being argued again! Hmm?
  • Friday evening sees the return of "The Crunch" - the live band featuring legendary Rock Singer Paul Koning and his rew. Security arrangements in place to keep screaming fans at bay, so come along and enjoy a free-entry, fun-filled evening and dance the night away!! 
  • Saturday is the Curry Cup Final, on the BIG SCREEN, with surround-sound and cold beer. Remember those Marzen Golds!
  • Tickets now on sale for Christmas Party and Prize-Giving which is to be held on Saturday 11th December. Tickets are being limited to 100 at a cost of R150 per head. See Notice Board. NOT TO BE MISSED! 
  • The popular Friday night "Goody-Raffle" will be returning as a fundraising initiative for our Lipton 2011 Campaign. Please support our junior sailors as they are busting a gut to put HBYC on the map. (They are even making more seasoned sailors nervous to a point that handicaps are being argued again. Hmm!) 
See you at the Club - its the place to be!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Lorna and HBYC make it into the People's Post as well!

Our 2010 Opening Cruise has been observed far and wide! Left click for full-size.

Another Blustery South Easter in the Bay . . .

Racing was postponed as the wind drove half the beach onto Beach Estate and Northshore . . .

Double Cape Race 20,21 Nov 2010

Awesome Race Poster here!
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Wed Night Sailing postponed this week

Due to the strong South Easter today (forecast to increase by evening), Racing is postponed until Thursday for those who can make it. Postponed races will not count in the Summer Series.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Summer Series starts with a bang!

The 2010 Summer series started last night with 7 boats on the water, and a fresh Northwesterly with flat seas. Good competitive and very fast racing! Welcome to Rodney Tanner who helmed the JML-3 boat, as well as Cape Storm (Pacer 37) - also Enigma (welcome back James!). We have moved to using PHRF scores (without skippers handicap) as the primary rating system, as most skippers are well experienced and would like to know where they really are! The attached results show both ratings for reference however.

Click here for the detailed results.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Club Special on Hansa Marzen Gold!

R10 per 500ml Draft!
While stocks last
Come down and enjoy a cold one!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Club Champs 2010 Detailed Results

Click Here for the 2010 Club Champs detailed Regatta Results

Monday, October 18, 2010

. . and the winners are . . . Irish Mist!

HBYC Club Champs was sailed over the past weekend - including a total of five races. Weather conditions were frustratingly light on the Saturday during which only one race was completed, but the Sunday made up for it with a light but steady South Wester prevailing for the whole day - on a very flat sea, with warm and pleasant conditions. Our able and intrepid race officer (Derek Lourens) managed to get the fleet through another four races, making a total of five, and so allowing each boat a single discard. Irish Mist - a top L26 - was made available by Peter Roeloffze - and sailed superbly by Rian Turner and his crew - with some very convincing wins including a few line honours! Can't argue with that! See their happy faces in the pic! Faraway - Chris Sutton's Far 40, was also in excellent form sailing one of their best Regattas ever, and finished second. Megafreight (last year's winners) finished third after a tie-break with JML-3 (L26) in the debut performance of these juniors - this was an excellent result and I predict great things for these guys in years to come. Another tiebreak seperated Quest and Aquamaniac (Pacer 27), with Aquamaniac in 5th place (ably sailed by Tojan, Juliana and Dudley), Quest (Flamenca) in 6th place, Savannah (Miura) in 7th, and Nandi (Dix 34) in 8th. This was actually quite a competitive fleet allround, with close finishes in each race.

Special thanks to Keith Gemell (sponsor), Derek Louwrens (race officer), Jeremy Nel and Keith Coleman (mark laying, photos, junior trainers and tons of stuff), and Chris Sutton (scorer and generally good guy!).

Photos (thanks to Keith Coleman) posted here.
Click here for the full Regatta Results.

(Wed night summer series starts on Wed 20 October - dont miss it!)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Whats's on at your Club this Weekend!

  • Friday night is Steak Night - get your orders in early to avoid disappointment! (Standard Galley Menu will still be available) See below.
  • Friday Night Draw has rolled over to R4200 (Bob Orchard was not present last week!)
  • Club Champs being sailed on Sat and Sunday - come and enjoy the spectacle!
  • Junior Sailors make their debut on JML-3 - come and support your team!
  • Curry Cup Rugby on big screen with surround sound on Saturday p.m.
  • Prize-giving and Beer Mug Collection on Sunday p.m. after racing.

See you at the Club - its the place to be!
EISBEIN 500GM. R 45-00, 1000GM R 65-00




Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Club Champs this Weekend - Saturday and Sunday

Hi Sailors

Click here to view and print a copy of the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions. Please print a copy - it also has brief course cards.

First race at 13:00 Saturday 16th, First race at 11:00 Sunday 17th October. The bay will be buzzing!

Good luck to you all!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Delivered on the occasion of the salute by the Honourable Order of Hout Bay Artillery for the sail past to mark the opening of the 2010/11 sailing season by the Commodore of the
Hout Bay Sailing Fleet

"They defended our shore with hot round shot and grape
When the enemy tried to invade our fair Cape.
Now we’re a Republic, no longer at war
Friendly fire honours those who come to our shore.
The sailors of Hout Bay now we also toast,
They brave the South-Easter (or so they do boast)
So may our libation bring winds that are fair
Neither typhoon or flat calm – the sailor’s nightmare.
Fine ships and our cannon we bequeath to our sons
The spirit of Hout Bay, the boats and the guns!"

Gunner Jeremy Hele

Monday, October 11, 2010

More Pics of the Opening Cruise!

 Master Gunners Raise their Hats!
Lt - Rt   Chris Everett, Chris Hudson, Lorna Turner (Wife of HBYC  President) Jeremy Hele, Dave Cowley
Lorna Strikes Back!

Faraway sneaks past while their backs are turned!
Thanks to Jeremy Nel for these pics.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Opening Cruise!

Saturday was a great day at the club, with great conditions for our Opening Cruise and Octoberfest! We had an impressive turnout of 26 boats on the water, ranging from the smallest (Stuey Coleman's Dabchick) to some large cruising yachts. Dave Cowley and the Heritage Foundation was present to manage the cannons, ably fired by our Presidents wife, Lorna Turner. Nearly all the boats were adorned with flags, bunting, bugles and even a few water pistols! The Review Group (Commodore, President and Dignitaries were dressed for the occasion on the Discovery Cat) and it was all rather splendid.

Roy McBride was on hand with his trusty Canon G11 (I think it is) and captured the essence beautifully. See the slideshow on the right hand side of the page.

After the sailing, crews all mustered in the clubhouse for a great Octoberfest, with lovely Bratwursts, Draft Hansa, some Oompah music, and eventually far too much wine . . . Not to be forgotten!

Thanks to Roy McBride for the pics!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

HBYC Opening Cruise and Octoberfest Saturday 9 October from 13:00!

Traditions of the Sailpast
“The Sailpast tradition began at the First Yacht Club which was formed at Cowes in England nearly 200 years ago. The membership at Cowes was primarily aristocratic and many were familiar with naval practice and tradition. Cowes Yacht Club subsequently changed its name to Royal Yacht Squadron and certain social graces were added to the traditional naval practices. The actual “review of the fleet” was introduced as a continuation of the naval habit of having Admirals (and/or Royalty) review the fleet on special occasions. Protocol demanded that a flagship be anchored with the Admiral and staff on the quarterdeck to receive and return the salute. Vessels sailed past, dipping their colours in salute, and with their captain, if hatted (which he should be), also saluting with the ship’s company standing at attention. The fleet passing in review would be led by the Vice-Admiral and the final vessel in the line would carry the Rear-Admiral. The Yacht Club tradition is almost identical, except that the salute is received by the Commodore and/or President instead of the Admiral. Tradition dictates that all club members participate in the Sailpast, on their own or on another member’s yacht. Good manners require that a member unable to participate will send his/her regrets to the Commodore. “

Sailpast and Opening Cruise, followed by Octoberfest at the Club, with Oompah Band, Draft Beer, Good Food!
  • All boats on the water please! Apologies to be negotiated directly with Commodore!
  • All members encouraged to find their way onto a boat. Skippers will accommodate as many as can safely be carried. Just pop down to the marina and join the fun!

Saturday 13:00 onwards! Salute at 14:00 sharp. Octoberfest All Day!