Monday, June 5, 2017

HBYC Youth Development

S.A.S. Safety Boat Course May 2017
Pictured (left to right): Greg Townes (Rear Commodore - Youth Sailing), Robyn Patrick (Youth Sailor), Lorenzo Yon (Youth Sailor) and Theo Yon (Youth Instructor)


The SAS Safety Boat Course was attended this past weekend (27/28 May 2017) and took place took place at Theewater Sailing Academy​. Delegates enjoyed near perfect but cold conditions on a 2 day program where theory and practical on-water sessions are covered for power boat handing and safety when working in close quarters with small boats/craft in a training or racing environment.



Monday, May 8, 2017

The Ten Commandments of Club Racing!




Thanks to Pierre who received this from Scuttlebut. It's as funny as it's true! Many HBYC sailors will have chuckle at some of these!



Rob Moore was only 58 years old when he succumbed to lung cancer on Jan. 6, 2012. He was among the 20% of lung cancer victims with no history of smoking. During Rob’s short tenure on the planet, he covered a lot of ground, and was both active in the sport and a popular contributor at the Latitude 38 publication. Rob believed strongly that sailboat racing should be competitive and fun, and to encourage participation at all levels. He was discouraged by the downturn in participation in San Francisco Bay racing, and he was constantly trying to find ways to increase the number of boats on the water. As a tribute to Rob, we annually share his “Ten Commandments of Beercan Racing” which he penned to help tune our focus… 


I) Thou shalt not take anything other than safety too seriously. If you can only remember one commandment, this is the one. Relax, have fun, and keep it light. Late to the start? So what. Over early? Big deal. No instructions? Improvise. Too windy? Quit. Not enough wind? Break out the beer. The point is to have fun, but stay safe. Like the ad says, “Safe boating is no accident.” 

II) Thou shalt honor the racing rules if thou knowest them. The Racing Rules of Sailing, unless specifically stated elsewhere in the Sailing Instructions, is the current rules bible. Few sailors we know have actually studied it cover to cover: it’s about as interesting as reading tax code or the phone book. For beer can racing, just remember some of the biggies (port tack boats shall avoid starboard ones; windward boats shall avoid leeward ones; and outside boats shall give room at the mark). Stay out of the way of bigger boats, pay your insurance premiums and keep a low profile unless you’re sure you know what you’re doing. Like most things, it boils down to common sense. 

III) Thou shalt not run out of beer. Beer (a.k.a., brewskis, chill pills, thought cylinders) is the beverage that lends its name to ‘beer can’ racing; obviously, you don’t want to run out of the frothy nectar. Of course, you can drink whatever you want out there, but there’s a reason these things aren’t called milk bottle races, Coca-Cola can races, hot chocolate races or something else. Just why beer is so closely associated with this kind of racing escapes us at the moment, but it’s a tradition we’re happy to go along with.

IV) Thou shalt not covet thy competitor’s boat, sails, equipment, crew or PHRF rating. No excuses or whining; if you’re lucky enough to have a sailboat, just go use it! You don’t need the latest in zircon-encrusted widgetry or unobtanium sailcloth to have a great time out on the water with your friends. Even if your boat’s a heaving pig, make modest goals and work toward improving on them from week to week. Or don’t – it’s only beer can racing.

V) Thou shalt not amp out. No screaming, swearing, or overly aggressive tactics. Save that stuff for the office or, if you must, for Saturday’s ‘real’ race. If you lose it in a Friday nighter, you’re going to run out of crew – not to mention friends – in a big hurry. Downing a quick chill pill on the way to the starting line has been medically proven to have a calming influence on the nerves.

VI) Thou shalt not protest thy neighbor. This is extremely tacky at this level of competition and should be avoided at all costs. Perhaps it’s justifiable if one’s boat is damaged and blame needs to be established, but on the whole, tossing a red flag is the height of bad taste in something as relatively inconsequential as a beer canner. Besides proving that you’re unclear on the concept of beer can racing, it screws up everybody’s evening, including yours. Don’t do it – it’s bad karma.

VII) Thou shalt not mess up thy boat. Everybody knows some hardcore weekend warrior who ripped his sails up in a Friday night race and had to sit out the championship race on Saturday. The point is that it’s not worth risking your boat and gear in such casual competition: like the song says, you got to know when to hold ’em, and know when to fold ’em. Avoid other boats at all costs, not to mention buoys and other hard objects. If you have the luxury of two sets of sails, use the old ones.

VIII) Thou shalt always go to the yacht club afterwards. Part of the gestalt of beer can races is bellying up to the yacht club bar after the race. Etiquette demands that you congratulate the winners, as well as buy a round of drinks for your crew. Besides, the bar is a logical place to see old friends and make new ones. However, when meeting new sailors, avoid the gung-ho, overly serious types who rehash the evening in such gory detail that the post mortem (yawn) takes longer than the race. As much as we enjoy a quick romp around the cans, there’s more to life.

IX) Thou shalt bring thy spouse, kids, friends and whoever else wants to go. Twilight races are great forums for introducing new folks to sailing, such as your neighbors, out-of-town visitors, co-workers or maybe even the family dog. Always bring your significant other along, too – coed crews are happy crews. And don’t just make the newcomers watch – give them a job on the boat. Get everyone involved.

X) Thou shalt not worry; thou shalt be happy. Leave the cell phone in the car, bring the ghetto blaster. Lighten up, it’s not the Big Boat Series. Have fun, and we’ll see you out there!

Failure to live by these laws could exclude you from Beercan Heaven!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

HBYC Youth Sailing kicks off again!

Freedom day was the first in a series of initiatives to develop youth sailing in Hout Bay, with almost perfect conditions in the bay for learning and improving sailing skills.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

R.I.P. - Tony Neil

Thanks to Alasdair McArthur, former HBYC commodore, for writing this piece:

Tony Neil

I have just learned over the weekend of the passing away of Tony Neil - a past flag officer in our club. Tony was a personality, with great presence, and one who attracted many sponsors and new members to the beach sailing side of our club. He undoubtedly helped build our club in to one of the best in the Cape at the time.

A great pal of the water and competitor on, he was greatly missed when he decided to return to Perth Australia in the late eighty’s, where he still indulged in his golf and sailing a Hobbie 18.

It is sad that we wont hear the voice of Australia again. Fair winds Tony.


Alasdair Mc Arthur

Thursday, April 6, 2017

HBYC New Committee

The AGM was held last week, and a new committee inaugurated. 

President: Chris Sutton
Commodore: Paul Dalton
Vice Commodore: Taffy Bowen
Treasurer: Mark Hainsworth
RC Keelboats: Paul Tomes
RC Youth Sailing: Greg Townes
Social: Dee Wallace
Safety: Athol Allenby
Marina: Peter Roeloffze

Its a great complement, and I think the first time in some years we have had every position filled, and with great candidates at that.

Many thanks to all who have made themselves available to serve the club another year or two!

The contact details have been updated here.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Admiral's Regatta - 25, 26 March 2017

 Admiral's Regatta - 25, 26 March. 


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