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Knysna Yacht Club
Newsletter – July 2013
Commodore’s Corner
Jim Parkes

The Opening Cruise will take place on Saturday, 31 August 2013 so please put it in your diaries and be sure to come along and join in the fun either on the water or as spectators. Many of you may recall that we ended the last season with so many boats on the water and what a wonderful sight it was. With only one month to go this is the ideal time for sailors to start getting their boats ready for the day and for the sailing season in general. Opening Cruise

Lucky Pot The Friday Night Draw Pot is now standing at R1,000! From the first Friday in August, the Club will increase the weekly amount by R50 so the tension will really be mounting as the computer counts down the winning name. Remember, you have to be at the club to win and the draw takes place between 19h00 and 19h30. But winning isn’t everything. You can also enjoy the friendly atmosphere of your club around the warm fireplace and sip on some delicious wine from our new wine list including new House wines.

Just to remind you, The Restaurant serves breakfast and lunch from Mondays to Saturdays and dinner on Wednesdays and Fridays. It is always best to book in advance to be sure you get a table because it can get very busy. There have been many compliments about the food and the weekly specials and the word is getting around.

Welcome to Rob Clark (Snr), who has been appointed as the new administrator to the KYC Office as from 1st July. We have been through some difficult months with the administration and we apologise for any inconvenience that has resulted. However, things will now improve.

Membership Cards will be ready for distribution at the beginning of August. We will be advising local members of specific days when they can collect their cards. Country members will, of course, receive their cards by mail as will those who advise us that they cannot collect. We apologise for the delay. If you have not yet paid your Subs please do so. Statements have been sent out again in the last week of July.
EVENTS for Your Diary
   Sat 31 August - Opening Cruise
Paul Dugmore

Michele Eray won Gold Michele Eray won Gold at the inaugural ICF Surfski Ocean World Championship in Portugal which was a fantastic performance. The event attracted 380 of the world’s best paddlers and was dominated by the South Africans who won 4 of the 6 gold medals on offer.

Michele leaves for the States this week to take up her management position for the US canoe team in Oklahoma. We wish her all the best.

Locally paddlers are busy training for the Breede and Fish River canoe marathons, which both take place in September.

Left: Michele Eray and Tim Jacobs who competed together in the Surfski Worlds Mixed Doubles Demo Event)

Time Trials on Tuesday evenings remain popular despite the cold weather (and water!)
Inshore Sailing

The 2013/2014 Sailing Calendar is in progress and will be available by the Opening Cruise.

RS Tera World Championships in Weymouth:
The start was supposed to be Monday 29th July but with the wind speed up to 40 knots, the tune up race had to be abandoned. However, the SA Team got on the water for a while and had a blast, according to Mike Pogodin.

The second day still in strong winds was a go and Georgou Divaris came 4th. Wanga Mbabe rudder broke in Race 1, it was replaced for Race 2 but that one also broke. Bhekumuzi came in the top 3rd of the fleet.

Keep an eye on KYC Facebook (www.facebook.com/knysnayachtclub) for more updates or visit the RS Tera site (click here)

SA RS Terra Team Day 2
SA RS Tera Worlds Team Day 2 at RS Tera Worlds - Weymouth
Offshore Sailing
Geoff Goddard

Lipton Challenge Cup 2013: The winning team was False Bay Yacht Club seen below celebrating. The results of the top 3 are shown below. If you would like to see the full results please visit http://www.liptoncup.com/Lipton%202013os.html Lipton Cup Winning Team

Place Sail No Boat TR No Helm Club Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5
A Giovannini/M Progli FBYC
Choose Life co-ordination
R Weddel PYC
RMS Harbour Lights
G Davis RCYC

Walk on berth at KYC (10m, No. 104) For Sale: The sale is being performed on a tender basis and is subject to an undisclosed reserve and to approval by the General Committee. Interested parties must be members of KYC. Tenders should be addressed to the Commodore and delivered to the KYC Office or mailed to PO Box 613, Knysna, 6570. The tender deadline has been extended to 31st August 2013.

Safety Officer - Warwick Lattin has been appointed as the honorary KYC Safety Officer. A Graduate member of the International Institute of Marine surveyors (GradIIMS) and one of only 14 IIMS yacht and small craft surveyors in SA registered to survey all types of vessels up to 149ft his qualifications make him very suitable for the job. He is also the appointed surveyor for SADSAA nationally.
Social & Dining Scene

Galley Specials – every Wednesday to Friday check on Facebook or on the Notice Board to see what tempting delights are on offer.

Lucky Pot The Friday Evening Lucky Draw Pot is now worth R1,000 and will be going up by R50 per week from 2nd August. Remember to be at the Club between 19h00 and 19h30 so on Fridays so that if your name comes up, you can claim it.

The people whose names were drawn during the past month but were not there to collect were Mr & Mrs P Mitchely (R900); Mr & Mrs I Keevey (R925); Mr & Mrs H Smit (R950); and Mr & Mrs K Rutherford (R975).

Winners of Happy Hour Draws:
03 July Margie Cooper R166
10 July Sandra Haig R180
17 July No Draw  
24 July Rob Dunbar R72
By Mrs Margaret Parkes

I was asked about the history of the causeway leading to the jetty, which is now the site of the Yacht Club. Originally ships were unloaded by means of beams or rafts or small boats with the ship anchored in the channel as close to the shore as possible and this could only be done at a particular state of the tide.

The first jetty was built by a private company, The Knysna Landing & Shipping Co., also known as the Knysna Wharf Co., which was established in 1867. The capital of the company was £200, subscribed for in £1 shares; the directors being Captain Thomas Horn who was the prime mover in the establishment of a jetty, William Wallace and William McPherson. The Company built a wooden jetty on ground leased from the Admiralty, with a causeway leading to it on which stinkwood rails were laid so that the 2 wooden trucks with a capacity of 3 tons each could travel from the jetty to the 8 foot square office cum store, and a second store at the northern end of the causeway. It then meant, for the first time, ships could load directly from the jetty dispensing with the boats.

Most of the ships arriving at Knysna to collect timber carried ballast of about 50-100 tons. Prior to loading timber, the ballast was off loaded and deposited under the jetty. In time it filled the space under the wooden structure and thus formed the causeway. Thirty tons of cargo could be handled a day.

Knysna had superior landing conditions to that of Mossel Bay as Knysna cargo was landed directly onto the jetty and at Mossel Bay goods had to come ashore by boat. The charges too at Knysna were reported as 2/3rds less than that of Mossel Bay.

The charges in 1867 were:
  • Landing and shipping goods from the wharf: 3/- per ton
  • Landing and shipping goods to and from stores within the township: 3/6 per ton
  • Store rent at rate of 2/- per ton per month.
It was at this jetty that the Thesen Family arrived in Knysna in 1870.
Knysna Jetty
Photo of a Painting hanging in the Knysna Maritime Museum

Due to the construction of the wooden wharf on Paarden Island (Thesen Island) that was built to cope with the railway sleeper contract, the Knysna Wharf Co. was liquidated in 1888.

The causeway was widened for the national regatta held here in 1962 when the KYC members would come after work in the afternoon and throw the concrete, as well as constructing the slipway to the right of the Club House.

The winch stood more or less where it is now and was used to winch up the yachts on cradles after a day’s sail to rest on railway lines running eastwards from the causeway before a boat park was established.
KYC Clothing & Memorabilia

KYC Clothing & Memorabilia:
A new range of clothing is selling well. If we don’t have your size, we can take orders. The prices of the new range are as follows –
Barron Men’s Classic Golfer Shirt 100% cotton Navy with Logo R219.00
Pro Active Men’s Keelers' Golf shirt - Moisture Management Navy with Logo R193.50
Unisex T-shirt 100% cotton 135 gr White with KYC Logo & Flags R82.50
Unisex T-shirt 100% cotton 135 gr White with KYC Logo & Flags R85.50
Unisex Long-sleeved T-Shirt 100% cotton 160 gr R-Blue/White Logo & Flags R170.00
Kids T-shirt 100% cotton 135 gr Navy with KYC Logo R93.00
Barron Sleeveless Jacket - quilted with Nylon zipper & slider Navy R343.50
Polar fleece Beanie – (anti-pill fabric) Navy R60.00

End-of-Range Discounts:
All the end-of-range items are being sold at a discount including Beanies, Kids T-shirts, Mens Golf Shirts, Caps and Lanyards.
Contact Ian price or speak to the Barmen. 044 382 0166.
Thought for the Month
Submitted by Geoff Goddard

Poetic wisdom and enthusiasm for boat maintenance
‘The ship’

"She scorns the man whose heart is faint
And doesn’t show him pity
And like a girl, she needs the paint
To keep her looking pretty"
The Editor would like to thank all the contributors for their input and also Albert Lombaard for making the colour copies for hand out at the club each month.


Gayle Newby – Liaison Officer
Cell: 082 491 1343
Email: extraheads@iafrica.com
KYC website: www.knysnayachtclub.com
KYC facebook: www.facebook.com/knysnayachtclub

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