Saturday, October 29, 2016

Forthcoming Club Events

Sat October 29 - Dick's Wine Tasting

How does it work? – Each person participating in the tasting is required to bring  one bottle of any type of wine of less than R80 in value – (the club must be paid R20 corkage for each bottle brought onto the premises.)These bottles will all be placed on a tasting table together.
Each person/couple to bring enough snacks for themselves. These will all be placed on a communal table for everyone to enjoy
At exactly plus or minus 17h30??? Upon command ---ALLTHE WINE will be opened at the same time
Whereupon everyone is then entitled to taste ANY wine they like until it is all gone!!!!!!!
Any further drinks must be bought from the HBYC pub
When ? –    Saturday afternoon   29 October 2016
Where ? –    In the pub (wif music)

Time?-          17h00 for 17h30???--- For all corks/caps off ----may the tasting begin!!!!!!!

5,6 November - HBYC Keelboat Champs 

12,13 November - Dinghy Regatta

18 November - Keelboat Prizegiving Dinner @ 18h30

Venue: Hout Bay Yacht Club
Dress: Smart Casual/Team Gear
Yacht crews are advised to book tables.
  • Booking Essential:
  • Email bookings and proof of payment to
  • Please indicate if you would like to book a table or be seated on the “large table” as well as the number in your
  • party.
  • Payment can be made to:
  • Account Holder: Hout Bay Yacht Club Bank Standard Bank Constantia
  • Branch code 025309 Account 271601574
  • Reference: “PG2016[your surname]”

Big Screen

SAT 5TH       - BARBARIANS vs S A at 17h00
SAT 12TH     - ENGLAND vs S A AT 17h00
SAT 19TH     - ITALY vs S A AT 16h00
SAT 26TH     - WALES vs S A AT 19h30
Galley will be open

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Sunday Race Results

Following are the detailed race results for Sunday 28 August:

1. Race 1 
2. Race 2
3. Race 3

(For some reason the results show the races numbered as 4,5,6. If this matters, and if anyone can explain it, please let me know!)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

HBYC Entry second overall in Lipton 2016!

We are very very proud of Theo Yon and his team for coming second in Lipton this year! As often the case, the event was won by Greg Davis driving for RCYC, a long time veteran winner of this race. We are equally proud of Lorenzo Yon, driving the old JML-3, for coming in at 11th! You guys have done us proud, and it is a very rewarding result to the years of work that have gone into the HBYC Junior Sailing Programme, starting about 12 years ago. Well done to all who sailed, all those who raised the money, and many thanks to our sponsors.

The full results can be seen here.

Regrettably I don't have photos of the Hout Bay entry at time of writing - however there are many of the regatta on Trevor Wilkins site

Monday, June 13, 2016

Cancelled: Lipton Cup Auction Friday 1 July 2016

UPDATE: Due to unforseen circumstances this auction has been cancelled for 2016.
Venue: Hout Bay Yacht Club
Time: 6:30 onwards
Great Food at great prices!
All proceeds to fund the HBYC 2016 Lipton Cup Campaign

All goods donated for auction very gratefully received.
Be there and bring your wallet please!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Sunday Race Results, 5th June 2016

A light but steady Southerly, very calm sea and pleasant conditions. Nice to see "Reaction" back on the water, complete with fishing line in tow etc!

1. Megafreight (pipped Faraway by a few seconds!)
2. Faraway
3. Aquamaniac
4. Reaction

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Sunday Race Results, 29 May 2016

A very pleasant race around Vulcan, in light but steady conditions. Welcome to a new L34 "Windrush"!

1. Megafreight
2. Faraway
3. Windrush
4. Aquamaniac

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Hout Bay Dinghy Regatta, 14-15 May 2016


Hout Bay Yacht Club is holding a dinghy regatta this coming weekend, 14-15 May 2016. Participants invited to contact Theo Yon on 072 448 3235 or email him at

The prize-giving will be on the Sunday at 5 p.m. Last Race will be held at 4 p.m. weather permitting. Queries to the club at 021 790 3110.

Attache below are the Poster, Nor, Registration form and Sailing Instructions.

All invited to come down and watch!


Notice of Race
Sailing Instructions

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

First 40 takes the sword!

RCYC Entry "First 40" wins LTI Admiral's Regatta 2016!
A beautiful boat, well campaigned, with great people!
Regatta Series Results Overall:
1. First 40
2. LTC Phoenix
3. Faraway
4. Hot Ice
5. JML 3
6. Megafreight
7. JML 2
8. Skebenga

John Coles Sprint: ahem - you guessed it, First 40 as well!

Full Results follow here.

Despite very challenging weather conditions, LTI Admirals Regatta 2016 was very successfully held over the past weekend, with good tight racing right inside Hout Bay. The fleet was significantly smaller than previous years due to the extreme weather and storm that was predicted about a week earlier. This storm in fact materialised on the Friday before with winds exceeding 60 knots, uprooting trees and the like. Even the skippers briefing on the Friday was hard to get to. And then suddenly it was gone  -  leaving absolutely no wind for 36 hours and a *huge* lumpy sea, with swells of seven metres on the Saturday morning. Sailors all duly arrived, and spent a pleasant but frustrating day on the marina waiting for any trace of wind. Beer drinking started quite early if I say so myself. I managed to go out and watch the big wave surfing at Dungeons which was absolutely spectacular. In the afternoon we fortuitously had the benefit of Super Series Rugby to watch, with a nice win for the local Stormers against the Reds. The organisers produced some very nice Prego rolls and salad which were very popular and kept the crowd going for a good festive evening at the club. I must commend the sailors for surprising good humour in the frustrating conditions.
Local yacht Faraway chasing up to the start.

Sunday started with very light airs again, but a small bit of pressure started building in the entrance to the bay from the west. Race officer Tom Ambrose set a course from under Chapmans Peak out towards a mark in the direction of Tafelberg reef, and by 11:30 we managed to start the first race  in about 8 knots of wind. The second attempt at this race had to be abandoned because the wind simply died again. However, as is often the case in Hout Bay Westerlies, the direction swang a bit North and soon we had a useful draft coming through the bay right near the beach. We were able to set a decent Windward-Leeward right under Chapmans Peak drive and were able to run a good series of tight races there for the remainder of the afternoon. In my opinion this was really good racing, with the fleet sailing in close quarters, good sea conditions, steady breeze, and the beautiful backdrop of Chapmanspeak and Hout Bay! Certainly great for the spectators. And so we managed a total of five good races, including even the customary John Coles Sprint. It really was a case of "all's well that ends well"! - and the mood was very buoyant as the crews packed up and went to the clubhouse for the prizegiving. 

Well done Richard and team!

Following is a link to a selection of pics snapped from the committee boat:

Monday, April 11, 2016

Results, Admiral's Warmup Series

Click here for the series results.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

R.I.P. Georgie and Crew - Tragic loss of SV Tara

Certainly not forgotten at HBYC

George's beautiful yacht "Tara"
Photo credit to Roy McBride

With huge regret and sadness we must report that George Mills' beautiful old wooden yacht was wrecked on Sunday night or Monday morning on the Cape West Coast not far from Yzerfontein. Details not clear yet - see the initial NSRI report here.

Georgie - as we was fondly known - was truly a remarkable and cheerful member at the club. A proud Scot and a long time sailor, he had a real passion for classical wooden yachts. And did I mention traditional Scottish songs and music!  See this link for a very impromptu recording taken by cellphone over the Monday Table one evening about two weeks ago (all credit to Robin Parker). What a beautiful way to be remembered! 

R.I.P Georgie, you are very sadly missed!

The two crew members (well friends in fact) were Rachel Daly, and her husband PJ (who.survived). Most sincere condolences to all involved, especially PJ -  from all at the club. In fact they were regular visitors and often joined George with the festivities.  

Some detail on Tara on Roy McBride's Blog.

A very sad day, glad we have these memories....

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


Memorial Service for Keith Gemmell, previous Commodore, will be held at the Hout Bay Yacht Club on Sunday 17 January at 2 p.m. The plan to take his ashes to sea that day has been postponed due to the prevailing weather.

Memorial Service for Alistair Peden, well known in Cape sailing community and a past member, will be held in the Hout Bay Yacht Club on Wednesday 20 January at 2 p.m.