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Knysna Yacht Club
Newsletter - November 2013
Commodore's Corner
Jim Parkes

The Festive Season has started with a whirl!  The Children’s Christmas Party, held on Sunday 1st December, was a great success with Father Christmas arriving by boat on a very windy afternoon.


A Gourmet Wine Evening is the next highlight, which takes place on Thursday 5th December.  A sumptuous 3-course menu, at R110 per person, will be served paired with wines from the Newton Johnson Estate, which has been awarded the Platters Red Wine award for 2014. The club is extremely lucky having such a wine estate coming to treat us with the full range of wines.

KYC Christmas Dinner, on Friday 6th December, offers traditional fare with a Salmon Mousse starter, followed by Turkey & Gammon with delectable accompaniments, finishing off with Christmas Cake and Custard or Ice Cream - all this for just R130 per person.  The new wine list will also add to your enjoyment.

Cloud Nine Band will keep you in the groove on Friday 6th and Friday 20th December while you delight in the sunset.

The New Year’s Eve Party with famous Tony Cook’s rave music, will see 2014 in.  Tickets at R50 per person will be on sale from the Bar.

All this social activity is well complimented by many sailing events for both sailors and spectators to enjoy.

I would like to encourage all our country members to come down and enjoy their club. Please remember to book tables in the restaurant as we are very busy at this time of the year. There are wonderful sunsets so make the most of it while enjoying a sundowner.

On behalf of the General Committee, I wish all our members a very Merry Festive Season and all the very best for the New Year!

EVENTS for Your Diary    (Blue = Sailing; Red = Social)
   Thu 5 Dec -Gourmet Dinner
   Fri 6 Dec - Christmas Dinner
   Sat 7 Dec - Ma Wyatt Trophy 2
   Sat 14 Dec - Knud’s Cup 1 (Event has been swapped with Mathiesen Cup 1)
   14-27 Dec - Youth Nationals (Midmar)
   Sun 22 Dec - Buffalo Bay Challenge 1
   Sun 22 Dec - Sunday Lunch
   Tue 31 Dec - New Year’s Eve Party
Inshore Sailing
Steve Eriksen & Gayle Newby

Despite the generally unfavourable sailing weather over weekends during November, the Devereaux Trophy 1 & 2 and the Baillie Cup 1 & 2(Huizemark) took place although the latter event had to be completed on the second allotted Saturday.

There were16 participants in the Devereaux Trophy divided into 2 fleets.  In the Junior fleet of 6, Mzukisi Manyati came first sailing an RS Tera Sport, Bhekemuzi Hani came second on a Laser and in third place was a sailor whose sign-in name was unreadable, sailing RS Tera Sport.  In the Open fleet of 10 competitors, veteran Joop Weddepohl was the winner sailing his Sonnet, Rob Clark Jnr came second on a Laser and Allan Waterston was third also on a Laser.

The Baillie Cup, sponsored by Huizemark, took place on Saturday 23rd in good weather conditions.  There were 19 boats in 4 fleets.  The Junior fleet of 5 was won by Wanga Mbabe, Maneli Aphendule came second and Funda Sakhumuzi was third, all sailing RS Tera Pros.  The Open fleet of 10 was won by Colin Mathiesen on a Laser, Sanele Maggaza was second sailing a Mirror and Peter Unite came third on a Laser.  In the Hobie 14 fleet of two Pat Tarboton won with Chick Ramsay as runner up and in the Keelboat fleet of two Maarten Visser (F180) won and John Young (L36) came 2nd.

Junior Sailing needs volunteers to help with sail training and with administration. Please contact Alan Waterston 083 226 6028; mwwally@mweb.co.za, if you can help in any way.

KYC Sailing Academy offers junior sail training in the following categories and time slots:
   •  Novices - every Friday afternoon at 14h30;
   •  Intermediate - every Saturday morning at 11h00.
Contact Senior Coach, Mike Pogodin, on 076 276 7960; mikepogodin@mydialup.co.za

Offshore Sailing

Geoff Goddard

The Active Cup: Another two races were held during November.  After Race 7.2 Brett Gething sailing the L26 “Knysna Challenger” is still at the top of the ladder but is tied with John Young on his L26 “Welsh Witch” and Patrick Wilson holds onto third place with the Hunter 19 “Maxie”.




Brett Gething



John Young



Patrick Wilson



Maarten Visser



Jamie Bacon



Earle Seals



Julie Middleton



Anton Heymann






Over the past few months work has been undertaken trying to identify the owners of the numerous boats parked, stored or abandoned at the club premises.  A request was made in June to all members requiring boat parking on club premises to make application so that some order could be brought to the various parking areas available.

The flood of applications that was expected did not materialise - only 13 members responded - very disappointing indeed.  It is interesting that there are some 90 parking sites at the club (excluding juniors, canoes and the trailer park) of which 76 are occupied by boats.

Notwithstanding the poor response to the request, many of the boats have been paired with owners and sites allocated.  Invoicing of boat parking is in progress.

All boats belonging to KYC members are issued with a KYC number, once the club is made aware of the ownership.  When a parking site is allocated and payment is received by the club, for the particular year in question, a boat parking sticker is issued to the member to be affixed to the transom of the respective boat.  In the event that your boat does not have a KYC number please advise the Admin Manager, Rob Clark Snr in the KYC office and he will arrange for one to be issued.

The club recognises that in certain instances members have road trailers for their boats and the club has an area adjacent to Morton’s for the parking of trailers, which also serves as overflow boat parking.  Obviously where a keelboat is involved and the road trailer serves as a launching dolly as well, every effort will be made to allocated appropriate space for the parking of such trailer and boat combination within the boat parking areas.

Members should ensure that their boat is parked in the allocated site when not on the water.  Any boats that may have been moved to gain access to your boat, should this be necessary, must be returned to their correct site.  Please report any issues to the office as soon as possible.

Boats just seem to materialise out of nowhere.  .  This is great and members are encouraged to participate in sailing but in order to manage the area someone needs to be advised.  When a new (or old) boat is brought to the club for the first time, the club administrator and/or manager must be notified; the club administrator will allocate a parking site if available.  A recent example is the appearance of a green Laser in the sheds next to the canoe storage area.  A Laser, sail number 176513, has been in the sheds for months and in the past few days a dinghy has appeared.

A boat parking policy has been adopted by the General Committee a copy of which is available from the office but simply put - NO KYC NUMBER AND CURRENT BOAT PARKING STICKER means that the boat will be removed from the boat parking area to the trailer park alongside Morton’s and if not claimed will be disposed of to defray costs.  While due care will be exercised by the club in all instances, the trailer park alongside Morton’s is less secure than the area in the immediate vicinity of the club house and it has been known for trailer wheels and lights as well as spars (masts and booms) and fittings to be removed from boats and trailers.  Please note that the club and/or its employees accept no responsibility for the property of members left on the premises, or, which due to the actions of the member, is relocated to the trailer park.

Plans for the various parking areas have been prepared and are displayed on the notice board.  Please familiarise yourself with the boat parking and your allocated site if you have a boat at the club.

Members will appreciate that your club is attempting to ensure that, where possible, boat parking is made available and managed in a manner that best facilitates utilisation and sailing.  PLEASE DO WHAT IS RIGHT!


Paul Dugmore

A Plettenberg Bay surfski race was organised by the Plett Canoe Club on 2nd November in rough conditions.  It was definitely not for the fainthearted and a number of less experienced paddlers wisely decided not to go out on the day.  The race was nevertheless a success even if it meant watching from the shoreline.

We held our 'end of the year' event on Tuesday the 26th.  Instead of the usual time trial we had a 9km fun handicap race on the course through the Quays.  The slower paddlers were set off first in an elapsed time start although the faster paddlers still came in at the front of the field by the end of the five laps.  First three across the line were Chloe Bunnet, Albert Wasserman and Paul Dugmore.  The best Xmas-themed paddler earned a hamper from Fruit and Veg and it went to Di Steenkamp for not only wearing a red hat but adding tinsel decoration to her boat.

The race was followed by the annual prize-giving and a Bring 'n Braai.  Prizes were awarded as follows:

  • The Nimmo Reid cup went to John Stanwix for coming second in the Grandmasters age group in a K2 with Hubby Sandberg in the Breede canoe marathon.  His first big race!
  • Top Junior Male went to Daniel van Wyk
  • Top Junior Female to Kaylie Beers
  • Most improved time trial paddlers for 2013 went to the K2 combination of Darren Berry and Nelson das Fontes
  • Best attendance at time trials for the last quarter went jointly to Albert Wasserman and Danie Van Wyk
  • Most swims for a non-learner was awarded to Trevor Niksch (a bottle of wine along with his goggles and snorkel )
  • Paddler of the Year went to Chloe Bunnet who is the current British champ, European champ and world surfski champ in her age group.
  • Mention must also be made again of Michele Eray who is the world women's surfski champion.  Our ladies have really done us proud in 2013 and we congratulate them.

A big thank you and a case of his favourite local beverage went to Nick Ocker for another year of time-keeping and to Norman Frost for all his hard work in organising the time trials and getting such a good vibe going.
The next event is the Knysna Toyota Downwind Surfski Race on Saturday 7th December starting at Buffalo Bay and ending 20kms later at Myoli Beach, Sedgefield.  All entry fees are being donated to NSRI.

Social & Dining Scene

Galley Specials - (Wednesday’s and Fridays) – These continue to please and frequently sell out so remember to book a table in advance to avoid losing out.

Happy Hour on Wednesday evenings from 18h00 to 19h00 is popular not only for half price drinks on selected items but also for it friendly atmosphere.

The Friday Evening Lucky Draw is now really exciting as the pot has grown to over R1850 and goes up by R50 every week.  Remember to be at the Club between 19h00 and 19h30 so on Fridays so that if your name comes up, you can claim it.

Winners of Happy Hour Draws:

06 Nov

Van Seventer


13 Nov

Joan Wigg


20 Nov

Kate Dearlove


27 Nov

Bridgett Read


KYC Clothing & Memorabilia

Great Value Items:
  •  Great Short -sleeved T-shirts with Logo availableat R82.50 each - ideal for summer onshore or on the water.
  •  Pro Active Moisture Management Golf Shirts at R193 each - ideal for sailors
  •  Ladies Baroness Golf Shirt at R219 each.
  •  Metal Key rings (R36) and Lanyards (R31.50) - ideal Christmas presents

Lanyards Metal Key rings

  • Many End of Range Discounted items

Ask at the Bar.  If your size is not in stock, orders can be placed except for end-of-range items.  Be proud and fly your club’s colours for all to see.

Thought for the Month

“Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional.” (Max Lucade)


The Editor wishes all the readers a Safe & Happy Festive Season and would like to thank all the contributors most sincerely for their continued input and photos.  Special thanks Albert Lombaard for making the colour copies available at the club for the first couple of weeks 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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