• Dinghy Sailing

    Dinghy Sailing

  • Keelboat Sailing

    Keelboat Sailing

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    Canoeing

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    KYC Social

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Sailing

The Club has three sailing schools running from its premises 

  • Junior Sail Training with Mike Pogodin (Dinghy sailing - specialises in Tera's)
  • Junior Sail Training with Cundell Stratt (Dinghy sailing - specialises in Mirror's)
  • Keelboat Sail Training with Roger Clancy - Saturday mornings

A number of keelboats are registered at the club. These vary in size and design from lagoon sized vessels to large mono and multihulls.

Boats are moored on club owned swing moorings or a limited number of walk-ons.

Visiting keelboats are welcome and swing moorings are available. Alternatively visitors can moor at the Knysna Quays Marina on serviced walk-ons. If intending to stay at the Marina it is recommended that visiting skippers contact the Harbour Master on 27(044) 382 3080 prior to their arrival to check on availability of space and costs.

The club also has jetties in front of the clubhouse and visitor may use these for a limited period to take on water.

Fuel is not available at the club but a local service station will deliver diesel if required.

The club offers haul-out facilities for mono and multihulls up to 12 tonnes. Bookings for this service are essential. Repairs and maintenance are available by qualified SAS/SAMSA inspectors. Application Forms for this service are available online under Download Forms or from the KYC Office.

The Knysna Estuary provides an extensive stretch of water for sailors to enjoy. Not only is water plentiful, it also provides some unique challenges taxing the skill of some of the most experienced sailors and providing a bundle of fun.

The Knysna Estuary, surrounded by hills, being tidal requires local knowledge if you are to master the channels at low tide while fighting an ever changing wind, not to mention avoiding the pleasure vessels that ply the waters.

 

Sailing

KYC boasts an active dinghy and catamaran following with club sailing taking place most Saturday afternoons during the sailing season. Inshore sailing is managed by a Sailing Committee steered by the Sailing Secretary. Our sailing season follows our weather and generally kicks off with the Opening Cruise in September (the beginning of summer) running through to the Closing Cruise at the end of April the following year. The annual sailing calendar gives details of all club races, regional regattas as well as a few of the more significant events being run in other parts of the country. The various club series races eg The Parkes Cup, Ma Wyatt Trophy are named after past and present members who have supported the club generously over many years and made the club what it is today.

While all class of boats are accepted the preferred single handed class for dinghy sailing is Laser and Finn. Spearhead, 470 and 505 class boats are popular double handed dinghies.

Popular Catamarans are the Hobie 14 and 16 as well as the Dart class.

Club sailors, being members of the Eden sub-region of SA Sailing, take part in regional interclub regattas, interschool regattas and other regional as well as National sailing events. The club has also hosted National events in the past and is to host the 2015 Hobie 14 Nationals in January 2015.

 

Bridge and Rescue

You don’t have to be a sailor to be involved in sailing, as with every sport or activity there are always the backroom crew who make it all happen. If you have slight bend towards water but don’t want to get wet then helping out on the bridge or assisting on rescue is the way to go. Previous experience is not necessary, you will not be thrown in at the deep end without a life jacket, there will always be someone experienced around to help and guide you. If you are new to the club get involved, get to know people and enjoy your club.

 

Coaching

KYC is an accredited SA Sailing (ISAF - International Sailing Federation) training establishment. The training offered is open to all and largely driven by demand, with the majority of coaching being directed to junior sailors. This does not mean that if you feel you have passed junior status that you are not welcome, on the contrary, we will be delighted to impart some of the basics to help get you on the water.

While coaching is largely a practical activity there is always admin in the background; if you feel you would like to get involved in any aspect of coaching your help and assistance will be welcomed.

Boats and equipment also require ongoing maintenance and repair and a will pair of hands in this department is always welcome.

For more information or contact details for the individuals responsible for any of the above send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact the office on 044 382 5724

 

Contact Information:

Galley:044 382 0166

Office:044 382 5724

Fax:086 516 7563

Email:secretary@knysnayachtclub.com

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