Knysna sets sail
Yachtsmen and other big blue enthusiasts took to the ocean in large numbers at the Knysna Yacht Club on Sunday 3 September to herald the opening of the sailing season in Knysna. The perfect weather attracted many onlookers and a very welcome southeasterly wind ensured smooth sailing past the commodore.
Sunday marked the opening day of sailing season in Knysna at the Knysna Yacht Club and, as tradition has it, boats of all shapes and sizes were sailed or rowed past the dock while those on board saluted the commodore of the club.
The local National Sea Rescue Institute, Knysna Sea Cadets and the Knysna & Districts Pipe Band were on hand to salute the commodore of the Knysna Yacht Club, Allan Waterston on 3 September.
Not forgetting members of the club and other sailors alike, some local water canoe polo players joined in the convoy of seagoing craft too.
According to head of Training Ship Knysna Sea Cadets, Steve Erikson, sailing season starts in September every year, and ends in March of the next. He added that all yacht clubs wherever they are found have a similar day at the start of every season.
“We were lucky on Sunday as nature was very kind to us when a southeasterly wind came up. It made sailing past the commodore much easier, as both the commodore and sailors were able to see each other. If the wind had come from a different direction the boats’ sails might have obscured the view.
“This year we also had an excellent turnout of 16 keel boats, probably the best we’ve had in years. This doesn’t count the many other boats that took part, including the NSRI who was wellrepresented. Unfortunately we had less dinghies this year, which could possibly be attributed to sailing day being changed from a Saturday to a Sunday,” said Erikson.
“All in all it was a beautiful day, and those who took part were filled with joy and enthusiasm – from those on the boats to the crowd that gathered on the yacht club’s premises.”
See a gallery and watch a video of the opening of sailing season at www.knysnaplettherald.com.
The latest move from SA Sailing to appeal to a wider audience and showcase the sport to those who may never have had the opportunity to experience the thrill of sailing before comes with the launch of their Team Sailing League, just in time for the opening of sailing season in Knysna.
According to SA Sailing, head-to-head battles out on the water are set to become the latest trend in corporate events with the launch of the new league. School and varsity showdowns and women’s challenges are also on the cards, with interclub competitions part of the package.
SA Sailing chair Peter Hall said this new Team Sailing League (TSL) has the potential to boost the number of sailors in South Africa. “It will transform the sport and make sailing accessible to all South Africans and that’s a very exciting prospect.”
SA Sailing CEO Greg Smith added, “The TSL is a league where two teams of three boats compete against each other in equally matched two-person sailing boats. This programme has been developed to grow the sport of sailing and reintroduce the magic into the sport for both new and existing sailors, by introducing the element of competition.”
The league will be launched at an exhibition event at Milnerton Aquatic Club in Bloubergstrand, Milnerton on Saturday 9 September.
Those interested in more information or getting involved in the SA Sailing TLS can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Knysna National Sea Rescue Institute leads the procession of boats toward the Knysna Yacht Club’s dock where commodore Allan Waterston awaited them.
This lofty yacht could not be missed.
The Knysna Sea Cadets salute the commodore.
Dressed to the nines.
Ladies clad in belly dancer regalia having some fun in the sun.