Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday Racing

pic taken from Quest using mobile phone - Nandi alongside Faraway and Megafreight

Very interesting race last night! here we see Nandi, the DiDi 34 alongside Megafreight (Simonis 35) and Faraway (Farr 38/40) - on 3rd leg of the race. Nandi sailing with roller furling and no bag, and a "Sunday crew". Later the wind came up quite fresh, and she finished very close to the leaders to take 2nd place on corrected time. Faraway spent almost an entire leg on her side, broaching after a fresh gust, and dunking poor Rob Browne quite mercilessly in the Atlantic for a while! Aquamaniac showed her prowess in light airs as usual, being caught later by the big-guns. Savannah and Quest had their usual tussle at the back, with Savannah crossing the line a few seconds ahead, but it was in fact Quest hat went on to take 1st place on TCF eventually. Nice conditions, and a great sail, with just a touch of drama!
Final positions, in a suprising change to the usual order!

1 Quest (Flamenca)
2 Nandi (DiDi 34)
3 Aquamaniac (Pacer 27 Cruise)
4 Savannah (Miura)
5 Megafreight (Simonis 35)
6 Faraway (Farr 38/40)

We now score on PHRF only - no skipper's handicaps - and it seems we have a suitably competitive fleet for this.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

  • The Friday night draw has roled up to R3-600! As Keith Craxton was not present to collect his fortune!
  • DJ - DUNCAN Starying Friday at 9pm. Members free, non members admission R50 per head.
See you at the Club! - its the place to be!

Wednesday Night Sailing

Great sailing last night in perfect conditions. Great turnout of people, though only six boats were available with the L26s both on the hard, Enigma halfway across the pond, and Nandi en route back from Cape Town at the time. Shosholoza was hauled out of retirement to take some folk, and suprised by sailing to a 2nd place! Quest and Savannah had their own race at the back, at times I thought we would need fenders to keep apart! But it was Aquamaniac, superbly sailed by the Turner conspiracy, who shot off in an amazing start, and went on to take line honours if I am not mistaken!

1 Aquamaniac
2 Shosholoza
3 Megafreight
4 Faraway
5 Quest
6 Savannah

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

HBYC Marina View

I snapped this one through the window from the "Lookout" Restaurant this afternoon over a quick lunch, using my cellphone. Later Aquamaniac sailed out - flat seas and 12 knots!

Vacancy at HBYC Club Office

Val, who has been in charge of the day to day administration of the Yacht Club for more years than she cares to remember, has decided to retire. We now need to find a replacement to start work, in tandem with Val, during February 2011. We are looking for a responsible mature person, preferably with experience in a club environment. A good working knowledge of Pastel, Excel and Word is required.

Duties include
  • banking of all club income
  • updating members' accounts
  • payment of creditors, salaries / wages, VAT etc
  • control of bar stocks
  • maintenance of general ledger
  • preparation of monthly management accounts 
The position is part time with a degree of flexibility. A competitive salary is payable with 3 weeks annual leave plus all public holidays.

If you know of anyone who fits the bill, please let them know this vacancy exists.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Cape to Rio Start

The Cape-to-Rio start yesterday was well attended as always. At least 120 boats out there. Good place to practise your Colregs I think. Faraway and Nandi were there from Hout Bay to see the fun, while Enigma was on the start line as "Spirit of Izivungu". I hope they all remembered their passports.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Boats of HBYC (6)

Morgan 31 review posted on SA Yacht Blog.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Pink is the new Blue? or what . . . ?

I was not present when this occurred, whatever it was. I suspect it was to do with the running club as we sailors have preferred blue until now, unless some new developments have overtaken me. If a suitable explanation ever surfaces I will post it promptly.

More Pics from the ARC Start

Master Gunners having a blast!
Quite a good line up with a little allowance for the wind!

Thanks from World ARC !

Mr Chris Sutton
Hout Bay Yacht Club

P.O. Box 26173,
Hout Bay 7872,
South Africa.
12 January, 2011

Dear Chris,
I write to thank the members and staff of Hout Bay Yacht Club for the tremendous welcome and hospitality shown to crews of the World ARC fleet during their recent visit. It was a fantastic stopover, especially for those who made Hout Bay their home over Christmas and New Year, and one which will be remembered with real fondness.

There is an altogether great atmosphere at the club and we were fortunate to meet and work with some exceptional club members. I would particularly like to thank Jeremy for
orchestrating two great evening functions and Gerard and Peter for ably supporting each with some wonderful food. The start was also a grand event and I was so grateful for the
assistance in laying the marks, providing a committee boat and not to mention the cannon! It was great to see some local boats out on the water, to see the fleet on their way, and I hope they enjoyed the spectacle too.

I would also like to thank the staff of the Club who also contributed immeasurably to the
success of the stopover. I know how hard Alan worked to meet the fleet’s needs, including
the moving of local boats and the installation of extra ground tackle and this was much
appreciated. It was also great to receive such a cheery welcome in the office and bar too.

The entry list for the next edition of World ARC is already open. With nineteen entries
already, I’m sure we will be as busy during the next Rally too! The Rally itinerary will remain approximately the same and I will be in touch with you in due course to discuss including Hout Bay Yacht Club once again.

Again, it was a pleasure to work with the club during this edition of World ARC and I look
forward to seeing you all again during the next visit.

Yours truly,
Paul Tetlow
Event Manager – World ARC

120 High Street T +44 (0) 1983 296060
World Cruising Club is a trading name of
World Cruising Club Limited

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Registered Address:
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cockles and Mussels alive-alive-oh!

HBYC was buzzing with ARC crews last Thursday, at the mussel evening organised by Jeremy and co as always. See the pics!

Monday, January 10, 2011

HBYC gets good mention in the World ARC News column

Hout Bay Yacht Club did its best to welcome and accommodate the visiting ARC boats over the holiday season. This included laying concrete blocks in the marina, moving yachts around, installing additional hot water geysers (Pat West and team), a special function in the yacht club etc (Jeremy of course), besides all the routine stuff to do with tags etc (Alan was kept quite busy too). Special mention to the NSRI who escorted two of the visiting boats nto their moorings in wild conditions one night, and to Charles, Roy and Anna who worked over the break to build a new rudder for one of them. They seem to have survived the extraordinary wind we experienced, including flying roof sheets from the marina office, and it all went quite well. See for their reflections on Hout Bay and HBYC.

Yachts of HBYC Marina (4 and 5)

The yacht reviews have been copied into a seperate blog - focus will be on South African designed and built yachts. Current list includes the DiDi 34, the Miura, RCOD, Flamenca and the L26. See Thanks to Roy McBride, Dudley Dix, and Angelo Lavranos for contributions so far. Many many more to come!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

World ARC Fleet leaves Hout Bay for St Helena and Brazil

The World ARC Rally fleet departed Hout Bay Saturday 8 Jan at noon exactly. The start was set in the middle of Hout Bay, in perfect weather - 12 kts of wind, flat sea, and warm conditions. Once again we were graced by a cannon shot - from East Fort this time, under command of Master Gunner Jeremy Hele. A small flotilla of local Hout Bay boats went out to join the fun and have a little sail in the bay. Just the sort of thing Hout Bay was meant for!
While the ARC fleet pursued their dreams en route to Brazil, locals were more than content in the flat waters about 50m off the beach. Pictured below is the crew of Footloose, under the able command of Peter and Cathy Roeloffze, more than suitably qualified for this kind of event - they own and run the prestigious Hout Bay Vineyards!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

World ARC Fleet departs Saturday 8 Jan 2011

The World ARC Fleet will be leaving Hout Bay this Saturday (8 Jan) for St Helena / Brazil. We expect a fair number of Hout Bay boats to get out on the water to wish them well and see them off. If there is sufficient interest I will arrange a short cruising race to Vulcan or perhaps Kommetjie. The start is at 12 noon sharp!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

SV Sheer Tenacity - latest Blogs

Ya have to read this - their blogs are getting better and better! Rod and Mary left HBYC almost 2 years ago now, on a beautiful pea-green boat, actually no, a beautiful red Shearwater they called Sheer Tenacity, for good reasons one can relate over a beer or two. They planned it all very well, and their cruising has been of the best kind - with a soulful boat, an interesting course, and very real experiences. They take the trouble to keep in touch with their friends in Hout Bay by email and via their blog, and we are priviliged to share in their adventures. From my pespective they really are the model of how cruising one should be done, with a good seakindly boat, in an unpretentious way, not a slave to time, but with energy to keep moving and not get bogged down in the first nice place! Plus they dam nice people.

See the latest at

News from the Halls on SV Merlin

See the Cruising Blog, or click here for direct access.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Boats of HBYC (3) - the RCOD

Shosholoza 1 off Hout Bay, left click for full picture

Looking for info on the history on the RCOD, I have been absolutely amazed to discover how ground-breaking this design was. In many ways, the Stadt / RCOD is to modern sailing keelboats what the Issigonis’s Mini was to modern cars. Well perhaps not just the RCOD itself – it was the evolution of a few earlier Stadt designs, that culminated in this concept.

It all started when the wood mogul Kees Bruynzeel invented "hechthout" a new type of plywood,  suitable for boat building (amazing how often advances in materials lead changes in design concepts). Being Dutch, he was a sailor, and as it happens a friend of E.G. van de Stadt (Ricus to his friends, short for Enricus). So Stadt drew the “Valk" - in 1939, which really a hardchine sharpy of those days, a dinghy, with centreboard and spade rudder, and a very successful and fast design. Shortly after Bruynzeel wanted a seegoing version – Stadt drew the Zeevalk. It won Fastnet in 1952. And so we have a dinghy converted to an ocean boat. . . . the amazing part of this is that it was the first keelboat to have a wing/fin keel with a balanced spade rudder (according to what I have read – most designs until then had long integrated keels with keel-hung rudders). For that time, Stadt was unusually skilled in hydrodynamics it turns out, and the result was an underbody that had a much lower wetted area, low centre of gravity, and very impressive handling with the large spade rudder right on the transom. It was narrow of beam, with fine bows, making it able to punch through chop, while maintain a flat run through to the stern, which enables the hull to plane well, which it does!

It also sported a simple fractional Bermuda rig, gaffs being the norm until then. It was very light, even by modern standards, and the hard-chined design was ideal for plywood and home-building. In essence, the RCOD is arguably the first of the modern sailboats we know, and still amazingly fast by any standards. Its narrow beam, low centre of gravity and high coachroof give it excellent reserve stability (can right itself from around 140 degrees or so), making it safe and seaworthy for offshore racing.
 Van de Stadt hated the design rules that were being developed at that time. As a former member of the IOR committee, he resigned in protest at the unsafe trends he saw this rule encouraging. I expect his main complaint would have been the element of wide beam that was being encouraged, for I have never seen a Stadt design that is wide in the beam, or for that matter many formula boats that aren’t . . . Designers have got past this in many ways today with sophisticated computer models etc, and fairly wide boats can now be safe, but I can vouch that the early Stadt boats sail very well, are very safe, and go like the clappers, especially downwind. They would compromise on cabin space and upwind power though, and the low freeboard makes them a bit wet when the winds up.

RCODs competed widely in all offshore races in SA, usually with at least a podium finish, and held may speed records until recently, eg Richards Bay to Durban, RCYC to Dassen, several others. When the records were broken, it was usually by a 50’ maxi of some sort.

Possibly the most telling result for an RCOD was the 2006 Cape to Bahia race, where Suidoos-2 arrived 3rd on corrected time. Skippered by the Ancient Mariner Gawie Fagan (80 years old!!!), they achieved 250 miles per day for the first three days! - in a 9m boat! If you think about it, that’s nearly 2x hull speed for 3 days . . . on average!!!!!!!!!!! Many modern designers would struggle to beat that, and so would quite a few modern (and younger sailors)!

At HBYC, Pat West and Dick de Kroon have campaigned a GRP RCOD called Shosholoza (1) for about twelve years. This is an ordinary club boat, with old sails and simple rig, and usually sailed two-up. So you wouldn’t expect fireworks, but I can say there have been many occasions when this boat has had amazing results and is up along with the front of the fleet, and Pat recalls an occasion when they hit 17 knots on a broad reach. From my perspective, it also points very well, and makes almost no leeway, even if it does heel a tad . . . But for a design that is now about 50 years old, it’s quite astonishing!

Some facts I scrounged from the interweb, if you still have time:
"Ericus Gerhardus van de Stadt (1910 - 1999) was one of the pioneers of modern yacht design.

In 1933, he and his wife Lies started a boatyard at Zaandam, where they lived aboard a houseboat in the canal, designing and building canoes and dinghies.
They developed a successful business despite the set back of World War II, and not overcoming their starting losses until 1950.
Among many innovations in yacht designs: the wing section fin keel and balanced spade rudder combination, the first very fast plywood yachts, the world's first series production GRP yacht, and the world's first maxi - "Stormvogel".
Although he participated in the development of the IOR rule, he later resigned from the International Technical Committee in protest over US dominance in offshore racing rules. He feelings about how rating rules fostered "unseaworthy" was well known."
Under his leadership, E.G. van de Stadt and partners continued to produce many designs and were also at the forefront of research into yacht aerodynamics and hydrodynamics.
He was reserve helmsman for his country, Holland, in Olympic yachting in 1936 and was very successful in offshore racing for many years.
After his retirement in 1978, Van de Stadt Design was run by the partners Cees W. van Tongeren, Hans R.F. Korner, Klaas Buis, Walter Galjaard (now retired) and Anita de Vos.
The company has produced over 400 designs since 1933 and there are some 25.000 van de Stadts afloat in the world today.
DATE: October 1990
RECORDED TIME: 07 Hours & 13 Minutes
YACHT: Sun Tonic
TYPE: Royal Cape One Design
OWNER: Tommy Martin
SKIPPER: Peter Atkinson
CREW: Derick Warne; Giles Bonnet; Peter Morgenrood

PASSAGE DETAILS: The time for this passage is recorded from the time that the yacht crosses the line of the Harbour Mouth in Richard's Bay until the time that she crosses the line of the Harbour Mouth in Durban. The line of each harbour mouth in both cases is the line between the north and south breakwaters. Crew member Peter Morgenrood recalled that the time could have been even quicker had they not missed the gybe into Durban and had to spend 15 minutes tight reaching with the pole on the forestay.

TROPHY: The Ivor DeBeyer Memorial Trophy, originally donated as a prize for the first Durban yacht to finish the Mauritius to Durban Race, is to be awarded to the current record holder and will be passed on to the yacht which breaks this record. In order to be eligible for this trophy and for the record to be recognised Smooth Sailing must be notified in advance of any attempt on this record.

DATE: October 1990
RECORDED TIME: 07 Hours & 03 Minutes
YACHT: Sun Tonic
TYPE: Royal Cape One Design
OWNER: Tommy Martin
SKIPPER: Peter Atkinson
According to Peter Morgenrood the boat was delivered to Richard's Bay with only two crew members in a howling westerly after club racing had been cancelled one Sunday.

Letter from Chris Sutton (the Durban one) to Roy McBride , who owns a very competitive RCOD called Foxy lady, (now for sale I think)

Hi Roy - I still own Foxy Lady which is a fibreglass RCOD. And yes these little boats still go like smoke. During the 2008 Vasco we regularly surfed at speeds of 18 kts. After the race the log and gps showed max speeds of 22 and 23.5 kts respectively. Neither of the drivers remembers achieving this speed but we may have been too busy watching the spinnaker leech to think about the log. We sailed a there and back race on Sunday ( abt 14 nm ) and finished first over the line and handicap. Although Foxy is for sale (I have to sell her to finance refurbishing my Morgan 31) I cannot think of a better budget boat for the SA coast. Her replacement, the L26 is a good boat, but you can't do ocean passages on one. As you probably know Suidoos II has 4 Atlantic crossings under her keel (2 South Atlantic Races from which she returned on her own bottom).