Monday, November 29, 2010

Updated list of Moorings for Sale

Click here to see them!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Whats on this weekend?

Friday night is Steak Night again, and the draw now stands at R3-200

Raffle tickets for the Christmas Cake on sale at R5-00

Boks vs England - Big Screen, Surround Sound, and Cold Beer of course

Only 10 tickets left for Christmas Party, dont miss out

Join Dick Jaeger of SY Tryer for his interesting tale "Towards Madagascar and Inside the island" next Thursday 2/12 at 7pm.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

HBYC Welcomes the ARC Fleet!

HBYC is very happy to have some of the ARC Fleet with us for a few weeks! The ARC Fleet (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) is a fantastic event involving primarily Cruisers but also a few fast boats. Unfortunately I have been out of town so dont have pics to post yet - read more at


or search for them them on Facebook. Photos will follow!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thought for the Day!

This is an excerpt from the book Voyage written by Sterling Hayden in 1976.

He was a movie star heartthrob who set sail on a schooner named “Wanderer” at the height of his career. In his youth, he had been a ship’s boy and a dory man on the Grand Banks.

“To be truly challenging, a voyage, like life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest…” For example…"I’ve always wanted to sail to the South Seas, but can’t afford it”. What men can’t afford is not to go. We are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of security. And in the worship of security, we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine. And before we know it, our lives are gone. What does a man really need? Really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That’s all, in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time, payments, debts, preposterous gadgetry, play things that divert our attention from the pure idiocy of the charade.

The years thunder by. The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed. Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be? Bankruptcy of purse, or bankruptcy of life?

(Thanks to Penny on Redwing)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thursday Night Sailors

After being blown out on Wednesday night, four intrepid crews turned up on Thursday night for an informal re-sail, and were treated to awesome conditions. A moderate NorthWester left the sea as flat as a lake, and a steady breeze of around 15-20 knots. Jeremy Nel made his debut as bridge officer, and sent us on two sausages and a triangle in the bay. Race was completed in 47 minutes (Quest) which must surely be one of the fastest elapsed times ever. JML-3 charged ahead at the start, but was soon overhauled by Megafreight. They did cross the line 2nd however, which is another brilliant finish by this lot, who are causing much concern in the fleet by now!

Final results based on PHRF:
1 Megafreight
2 Quest
3 JML-3
4 Irish Mist

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Blustery Tuesday

Hout Bay as viewed from the relative safety of Woolies car park. Camera was a Nokia N97 with a scratched lense so not great in any sense. Wednesday turned out to be quite airy as well . . . .
Over in Bokkemanskloof, where I used to live, the world was on fire next to my old house, with hot, strong winds to fan the flames. Three helicopters and dozens of firemen, trucks and citizens all fighting the fire. Only in Hout Bay, its a great place. No houses were lost.

Whats on this weekend?!

Tons of good stuff as usual!

Friday is steak night, plus chefs special is a Moroccan Chicken Tagine - not to be missed! Watch this space as Peter will be inviting Guest Chefs from time to time - starting from next Friday

Peter will kindly be providing bar snacks on Wednesdays & Fridays – a good enough excuse to pop down for a sundowner!!

Friday Night Draw now stands at R3100 after Jeremy Hele won it recently! You could be next!

The "Goody Draw" continues to suprise and raise the much needed cash for the junior sailors and the 2011 Lipton Campaign - join the fun!

Have you purchased your raffle ticket for the Christmas Cake - for that matter have you even seen the Christmas Cake - its Bl!@#$%^ing awesome! Dont miss out. Tickets at bar. Proceeds to a great local charity.

Saturday sees Boks vs Scotland at Murrayfield. Support our local Scot Jimmy Higgins. Kick off at 16:30 - big screen - surround sound etc. The gees is great!

Tickets for Christmas party selling fast - only 15 left!! yes. As a yachty, you dont want to miss out if you are winning a prize, do you now? Even if you arent. R150 each at the bar. Dont forget!

Sailing tonight Thursday 18:00

Due to rather fresh winds last night, racing was abandoned. For those who can make it, we will race tonight Thursday at 18:00. Conditions look good, flat sea, warm, and moderate NorthWester. Galley will be open.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Notice to Cruisers

Any cruising Voyagers planning a trip on the Amazon should make alternative arrangements if they were planning to visit Port Chibatao on the Amazon. To see why, click here . . .

Winner of the Friday Night Draw!

Last Friday draw was won by Jeremy Hele, lucky and deserving as he is! Jeremy walked away with R4-500 which is a nice reward for having a great evening out anyway!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

What's on at your Club this Weekend

  • Friday Night is Steak Night! plus usual Menu
  • Friday night draw has rolled up to R4-500, as Meshe Leibowitz was not present to collect last week!The Goody-Raffle raised an awesome R1065 for the juniors 2011 Lipton Campaign - thanks to you all! In addition they managed a strong second place in the Wednesday evening race (Well done chaps!) Please continue to support our juniors - they are after all the future of the club!
  • Have you purchased your raffle ticket for the Christmas Cake? if not do so now - only R5.00 at the bar - where the magnificent cake can be seen on display. Thanks to Cheryl!
  • Saturday sees the Boks vs Ireland - kicloff at 7:30 pm SA time on the BIG SCREEN, with surround sound, cold beer and good company!
  • Tickets now on sale for the Christmas Party and Prizegiving which will be held on Saturday 11 December. 100 tickets onlt at R150 per head.  Further details on Noticeboard. Book soon to avoid missing out!
By now you will have noticed the many framed charts ad sailing pictures adorning the walls of the club. These were kindly donated by Bob of Classic Framing in Wynberg. Bob has kindly extended these special rates to all HBYC Members, so if you have any framing give Bob a call on 021 797 8549 and avoid the Christmas rush.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wed night sailing results! Race 3.

A blustery Northwester, and a pending storm faced sailors tonight. Our intrepid Commodore chased all the undecided out onto the water and a decent race was held! Some compensation for me being in Vanderbiljpark (as I write this bit!!) Later the rain pelted down and boosted bar sales immensely. Nice to see Enigma routinely in the water again, and a good tussle coming up between the L26s. Megafreight took fist place on handicap -  well done to them! Full results here!

Letters from Cruisers

See HBYC Cruising World for a recent update from The Road in Bundaberg, Australia!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Thursday Sailing last week

Hout Bay residents have been treated to a fine display of boats in recent weeks, with great turnouts at the Opening Cruise, The Club Champs, and now the Summer Series. This pic was taken last Thursday evening - we had great conditions - flat water, 15kts steady South Easter, a warm pleasant evening, and eight boats on the water after postponing from Wednesday!  Irish Mist, with Peter Roelofze at the helm, took first place. Series results here.
Thanks to Roy McBride for the great pic!