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New to Sailing

So you want to start sailing, but your are not sure if you would like it? Should you be fit for sailing or can anyone do this?

Source: http://www.newtosailing.com/

Would I like sailing?

If you want to try sailing, to see if you like it, there are ways to have a go without any major financial commitment. Your nearest sailing club may be able to arrange a trial sail, or you can try a watersports holiday. Our sport is full of people keen to help newcomers get interested.

Can anyone sail?

You do not need to be fit or able-bodied to sail, as there are such a variety of boats to cater for everyone. If you cannot swim, do not sail alone - just make sure your instructor or companion is aware. Disabled sailors may have to travel further to find a suitably-equipped sailing venue.

What about children?

Children as young as 8 can sail small boats alone, and there are many craft suitable for families with tiny children too. Nearly all sailing clubs cater for children of any age.

Is sailing expensive?

Sailing is not an expensive sport, unless you choose to race at the highest level! Secondhand boats can be bought very cheaply, but you do not have to have your own boat at all. Many boats need 2 or more people to sail them, so finding opportunities to sail on someone else's boat is not difficult. Specialist sailing clothing can seem a little expensive, but again you do not have to own any, or buy brand new. It all depends how much you get hooked!


World Ocean day 8 June 2016

Today is World Ocean day all. Like the quote says: "Healthy oceans, healthy planet". That is also the theme for this year.

Source: http://www.un.org/en/events/oceansday/

The ocean is the heart of our planet. Like your heart pumping blood to every part of your body, the ocean connects people across the Earth, no matter where we live. The ocean regulates the climate, feeds millions of people every year, produces oxygen, is the home to an incredible array of wildlife, provides us with important medicines, and so much more! In order to ensure the health and safety of our communities and future generations, it’s imperative that we take the responsibility to care for the ocean as it cares for us.

Why do we celebrate World Oceans Day?

  • To remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe.
  • To inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean.
  • To develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean.
  • To mobilize and unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the world's oceans. They are a major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere.
  • To celebrate together the beauty, the wealth and the promise of the ocean.

The concept of a 'World Oceans Day' was first proposed in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro as a way to celebrate our world’s shared ocean and our personal connection to the sea, as well as to raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives and the important ways people can help protect it.

To raise awareness about the role the United Nations and international law can play in the sustainable development and use of the oceans and their living and non-living resources, the UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea is actively coordinating different activities of he World Oceans Day.

For more reading on World ocean day, visit the website and get inspired to do your bit for our ocean. 


Sailing Team Yachtport

Sailing team Yachtport took part in the Mykonos Offshore Regatta. The team competed in Club division 1 with their Fast 42 and finished 4th overall for the weekend, a great result in a tightly contested division. 


Mykonos Offshore Regatta 2016

Yachtport SA once again hosted several of the yachts participating in the Mykonos Offshore Regatta. This is annual event was well supported once again by sailors from the Cape Town region. The regatta involves two days of racing. First day from Cape Town's Table bay to Mykonos marina(between Langebaan lagoon and Saldanha bay). The next involves a pursuit race around a marked course in the area. 


Several yachts were moored after the race at Yachtport as we provide better suited facilities for larger vessels in the fleet.


SV Sara

Sailing vessel Sara has recently stopped off at Yachtport SA for some routine maintenance, as well as  some refurbishment. Her haul out is the first since she departed Thailand a few years ago. This 71 ft Palmer Johnson sloop will now undergo a much needed refurbishment of her entire  teak coach roof and some interior work at Yachtport SA. After that she will be destined for the tropical climes of the world again.

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