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Port Owen Yacht Club Newsletter 17 April 2017


Hi Everybody.                                                                                   17th April 2017

                        The weekend of the 8th and 9th April 2017

 Kevin Webb had his dream come true this weekend. Competitive racing in his home waters, Britannia Bay.

Evensong and Reflexion left for Britannia Bay on the Friday afternoon at 13h00. A light southerly wind that freshened after rounding Shelly point led to an enjoyable sail. Couple of tacks later the sails were dropped and the anchors were set. A gentle night was spent on anchor.

Saturday morning saw major activity at the Webb’s home and on the beach front. It is amazing how much effort Diane and Kevin put into this event. There was a tent erected on the grass above the beach where wors rolls were sold and where supporters and participants could gather. Access to the beach was easy. There are rocks near the launch area but apart from me changing the dynamics of Kevin’s 3hp prop, I did not hear of any other problems.

As far as the racing goes, Saturday morning saw very light switching wind conditions and the course was shortened to one lap. The fleet was sent back to shore for lunch and to allow the wind time to settle in. This it did and we had three very competitive races on Saturday afternoon. Saturday evening Diane served the most amazing fillet steaks with vegetables, followed by desert. It was cold that night and early bed for those sleeping on Evensong and Reflexion.

Sunday morning dawned cold and misty with a very lumpy sea. In the pre-dawn Reflexion dragged her anchor twice. And to top everything, somehow George’s rubber duck parted from Evensong to end up on the beach. While George and I were trying to get to the shore, a local started packing up the boat and departed down the road with George’s outboard. Luckily Peter and Sharyn were watching from Reflexion and called Kevin for help. Within minutes Kevin had the motor back and George was taking his damaged rubber duck back to the launch area.

The wind and the sea were great for racing but terrible for setting an anchor and generally working on the bridge boat. In the end we managed another 3 races to end the regatta with 7 races and at a reasonable hour for those that had to travel back to the Mountain.

This was a great event and certainly must be held again in the future.

A big thanks to Diane and Kevin, all the ladies that worked tirelessly feeding the sailors and their families, Hein and crew on Spider 1 ( rescue and Buoy laying ), Patrick and George ( rescue and Buoy laying ), Sharyn, Peter and Diane who did all the bridge work, Marion for the tent and to Saskia for doing the results.

 There were eight Mosquito entries, one Weta and 6 dinghy entries.


 Above let: the Mosquito fleet leaving the start line.

Above right: The dinghy fleet on their way to the weather mark. 


Hi Everybody.                                                                                  

The weekend of the 4th /5th February 2017

On Friday night everybody confirmed who would and who would not be taking part in the Paternoster sleep over. Banjo, Barato, Zeus, Mamann and Reflexion.

As the boat speed varied substantially, it was decided that each boat would leave in its own time and we would meet at Paternoster. Mamann left very early in order to get in some fishing. Listening to the radio, I don’t think that was very successful. Zeus and Reflexion left the marina at 08h00. The wind was very light and a fair amount of motor sailing was done. Barato and Banjo left later and all the boats pulled into Paternoster at about 15h00. On this leg of the trip the wild life was noticeable by its absence, only a few seals and one lonely penguin were seen by Reflexion.

The breeze dropped and it was a beautiful evening on anchor, although rather cold. Barato and Mamann rafted up for a braai for the early evening, but the rest of the boats entertained themselves. It was the perfect evening to get together on one boat and have a sundowner. Unfortunately there was no rubber duck in the fleet. During the night the wind swung from 3 knts west to 8 knts from the south leaving a flat sea the whole night.

As high tide in the river was 11h00, Reflexion and Zeus decided to leave early on Sunday morning. Mamann had left at first light, so Reflexion weighed anchor and after waking Barato, left Paternoster followed by Zeus. It was a square run out of Paternoster bay, needing to jibe once to get to the point. By now the wind was 10 knots and off the starboard quarter after rounding the point. It was amazing watching Banjo sail past us, showing why they race this fantastic trimaran.

The wind freshened as we round Shelly point so Reflexion put in a reef in the main, did some sheeting adjustment and was back up to 6 knts. By the time we got to Laaiplek, there were some gust coming through at 25 knts. Barato was the last boat to enter the river so everybody was tied up by 15h00.

Thanks to those who joined us, and to those who could not, there is always a next time. 27NM there and 23KM back.

On another tack, I am concerned that there is no communication when boats leave the marina, I can’t talk about boats leaving the loop as I don’t notice them missing. When the Paternoster fleet returned to Laaiplek a small yacht left Laaiplek on a fast reach in 15 knts and building. The direction in which the boat was heading seemed strange as the wind was due to peak at 30 knts from the south. Nobody recognised the boat. What if that boat got into trouble and needed assistance. Who would know? We all do this. Is this good seamanship? I don’t think so. Your thoughts please.

 Safe Sailing.


16th December 2016.

Good Morning All.

Again a fantastic turnout for the commodores cup races. Thanks to all who took part, especially to Ted and Ed for helping with the start of the morning’s race. These guys are always available to help or just be there to see what is going down. Thank you again Ted for taking your boat out for us. Thanks to John who organised the event in my absence. Thanks to Sharyn for the following short report.

The Commodores Cup was sailed on Saturday 10th December and there were 2 catamarans, 1 trimaran and 5 monohulls on the start line, 3 of which were Holiday 23’s.


Rainbows End



Ancient Mariner




Ted and Ed in Bojangles very kindly set themselves up as the windward start line marker buoy. The boats beat into a moderate wind across the bay to the finish line at Sandy Point Harbour. Some boats tied up at the jetty for fish and chips and some sailed peacefully around the bay. The second race started with a very long start line. The one end being the tip of the harbour breakwater, where the seals like to rest on the rocks. The other end was a square white buoy belonging to who knows? The wind came up as the race progressed and swung to the SW which enabled the boats to CHARGE quickly back to the finish at the entrance to our river, some with spinnakers up. Exhilarating!!

See attachment for the results.

Yesterday the yearly challenge between Velddrif Yacht Club and Port Owen Yacht Club took place. The great berg river race always takes place on the 16th December each year. This year POYC was represented by Karen Busse in her Laser, Steve Rodgers in his Extra, Jean Paul Stuyck in his Laser and Frank Stuyck in his Laser. Unfortunately Kevin Webb could not make the start. The start was up at Velddrif Yacht Club. It was delayed due to lack of wind which effected the sailors sailing their boats up from Bokom Laan but once underway, the wind improved. The tide was going out so there was some fun and games when passing under the bridge. Frank had the best solution, he did not walk his boat through on the river bank as can be seen in the first picture, but capsized his boat where the current was fastest, let it take him under the bridge, righted his boat and was on his way. Jean Paul went through on the river bank and his manoeuvre was very polished. The complete manoeuvre took him about 3 mins.

Frank is the blue boat under the bridge. Note the Finn and the Laser on the far bank. In the second picture Frank is up and sailing and the Finn and Laser are still on the bank. Jean Paul was long gone. 

Jean Paul led for most of the race with Frank catching him just before the last leg for home. Frank’s lead was short lived and Jean Paul nipped into first place just before the line. Jean Paul was first, Frank second, Steve was seventh and Karen was eighth. This meant that Velddrif Yacht Club filled positions three to seven giving them exactly the same points as POYC. That meant that for the second time in it’s 19 year history, the points were tied and the trophy shared. Thanks to those who took part and those who supported, including John, Henk and Ilonke Busse and Franks daughter and friends who joined me on the rescue boat.

The reason I did not sail last week end was because I was delivering a boat from East London to Cape Town. I have already bored the sailors with my experiences so I won’t repeat them here. What I must tell you about though, is the impressions I got of the facilities at both East London and Port Elizabeth. John, Peter and William also called into these ports in the last month, and I am sure they can elaborate. I have visited these clubs over the years and cannot believe what is happening, or rather what is not happening to them. We are so lucky that we do not have to deal with any government authorities and do not have lease agreements that are now being considered for renewal, etc.

As you have realised I was supposed to send this newsletter out last year. Yes LAST YEAR. My apologies but things got rather hectic before Xmas. I trust you have all had a fantastic time with family and friends, maybe eaten a little more than you should have, partied a bit more than normal but I am not going to say anything if you don’t.

On the 21st January we are hosting the Port Owen River Race. We will need assistance with keeping records on the bridge, rescue boats, Dariol will need assistance in the kitchen and general little odd jobs that need to be done. Please contact me if you can help out any time during that week end. The notice of race has been sent to everybody.

On behalf of John and Yvonne, Anne and Theo and the rest of committee, have a fantastic new year.

My new year’s resolution is to make sure you get the newsletter on time.



28th November 2016.  

Good Morning All,

There was a fantastic turn out for the sleep over in Stompneus Baai. The tide governed when some boats could leave on Saturday morning so I decided there would be no assembly of boats off Laaiplek and everybody left in their own time. Apart from the six boats that anchored in Stompneus Baai, there was Bojangles, Sandpiper and Starfire also out on the bay. Bojangles had the pleasure of dolphins following them while out on the bay.

Reflexion’s trip across the bay was in light winds with not much in the line of sea life. As Reflexion had guests aboard, we stopped for fish and chips in Sandy Point harbour. Always a winner. While there, the wind increased and Ancient Mariner was seen scooting past Sandy Point Harbour entrance on her way to Stompneus. We motored around to Stompneus to find Evensong, Rainbow’s End and Ancient Mariner all on anchor. Behind us coming up the fairway was Ocean Spirit. Next to arrive was Golden Hawk.

Apart from Rainbow’s End having to reset their anchor through no fault of their own, everybody else was all hooked up safely for the night. Reflexion and Ocean Spirit had rubber ducks and paid a visit to the beach then everybody settled down to a magic evening on anchor.

Next morning the wind had swung ninety degrees (from South to East) and for the early risers, a beautiful sun rise. For those who did not rise that early, they woke to mist. After breakfast the first boat to leave was Evensong with Ancient Mariner just behind them. Quite eerie watching these boats disappear into the mist. As Golden Hawk was leaving, out of the mist arrived Banjo looking for bacon and eggs. He did not find any takers so just ducked out between the rocks on his way to Britannia bay. The navigation equipment of today is amazing. Ocean Spirit was next to leave followed by Reflexion, leaving Rainbow’s End as the last boat to leave.

Within an hour, the mist started lifting and we could once again start looking for sea life. Ancient Mariner was also visited by a school of dolphin on their trip back. The best we saw on Reflexion was seals and jelly fish. Everybody arrived back safely and I assume really enjoyed their weekend. Our guests certainly did.

Some comments. There was a lack of co-ordination and that I will resolve next time. It is important to know what you, as the participants want from the cruise. I don’t want to impose on participants as cruising is not like racing. But safety can become an issue and the use of radios is important. I think we must consider having a radio schedule when we have this type of event. Frank has discussed with someone regarding having a radio operator’s course held at the yacht club for anybody that is interested. It is important to remember that in the very near future, everybody will have to redo their radio license in order to operate the new VHF radios that now have AIS. I don’t know the exact details but anybody interested, please contact me.

Thanks for your participation in this event. Please let me know how we can improve things.