Sunday, December 15, 2013

Hout Bay Yachts at the start of the Wednesday night race.

Variable conditions but good sailing and great scenery! 
Faraway took this one, followed by Hot Ice and Aquamaniac.

Cruisers start arriving on the Marina!

 At this time of the year we get a fair number of cruisers stopping at HBYC and other SA Ports, especially since the Suez route is effectively closed due to piracy. I believe the marina is fully occupied for some months now. Thanks to Roy McBride for the pics.

In this pic we have Pete Shaw (of Sparcraft) and Ken Pollard. Peter fitted the original mast of Fast Forward and has come down to inspect it after her circumnavigation. Always something interesting happening down there...

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Orphan's Indeed!

News just in:

"ORPHANS INDEED: Members of the Orphans Club, from left, Jimmy Higgins, Reinhard Klose, Henk van t'Hof, Achim Duncker,, Jeremy Nel, Henrie Geyser, Ron Dean and Mike Lundy, all of Hout Bay, admire the selection of fine wines on auction at their annual gather at the Hout Bay Yacht Club last week. The
Orphans, a group of businessmen in small or one man business, gather for a Christmas lunch as their businesses don't traditionally have one. The 26 strong group choose to spend their money on raising funds for fishing pensioners in the Hangberg area. This year they raised more than R17-000 through "fines" and bids which will support a church organised group that supplements  food and clothing for pensioners living on meagre income. The money is enough to support the organising committee's work for a year."

This is an outstanding achievement from a small group of people in the club, and was a purely spontaneous gesture from a bunch of our stalwart members. Makes one proud to be part of HBYC!

(picture to follow!)

Welcome Back to Taffy and Shirley (and Rubbish), aboard "The Road"!

"The Road" enters Hout Bay harbour at 7am this morning. 
Thanks to Roy McBride for the pics!

Tied up right next to the berth they left from twelve years ago!
What an adventure!

I can't help noticing they are tied up alongside the Miura Tenacity, herself with two great loops under the belt. And just over from Fast Forward, also back from a circumnavigation! 
HBYC remains a club of accomplished cruisers and adventurers.
Well done "The Road"!

Angelo Lavranos, Designer of the Lavranos 40 (I think it is) -  and too many other great boats to mention - tells us only five of these were built, and that now three of these have circumnavigated...!