DOLPHYN DIARY NO: 212 – 19th June 2017 Upcoming Club and Sailing Events are on the website and a full Sailing Calendar can be found at http://fbyc.co.za/fbyc-sailing/calendar/.  FBYC SAILING: Well done to John Leslie on Little Wing who won the Round the Cans Race on Saturday. The winds were fairly light but the short course meant that the 7 boats that were out there enjoyed their sail and were back in time for the rugby. Wednesday is the 3rd race in the 1st Winter Twilight Series – Start time 17h45. Saturday – MEDIUM DISTANCE – Start time 11h30. We’ve moved this race from the usualRead More →

  DOLPHYN DIARY NO: 211 – 12th June 2017                                                          Upcoming Club and Sailing Events are on the website and a full Sailing Calendar can be found at http://fbyc.co.za/fbyc-sailing/calendar/. In memoriam: Jerzy (George) Pilatowicz I was saddened to learn that Jerzy (George) Pilatowicz passed away on Thursday 8th June.George will be remembered within the FBYC community for owning the Impact class yacht “Imp” during the 1990’s and more latterly building and racing the Mount Gay 30 “Titan 2000”. NeverRead More →

  DOLPHYN DIARY NO: 210  5th June 2017                   Upcoming Club and Sailing Events are on the website and a full Sailing Calendar can be found at http://fbyc.co.za/fbyc-sailing/calendar/. SEVERE STORM WARNING Please can all boat owners ensure that their boats are securely moored in anticipation of the storm due to make landfall on Tuesday evening. Swells are predicted to reach over 10m and wind gusts close to 60 knots during the course of Wednesday. New addition to the Team: We welcome Linsay Oberholzer as our part-time Sailing Manager!  We wish her well in this new adventure here with TheRead More →

DOLPHYN DIARY NO: 209  30th May  2017                   Upcoming Club and Sailing Events are on the website and a full Sailing Calendar can be found at http://fbyc.co.za/fbyc-sailing/calendar/. The Sling Lift will be undergoing some repairs starting on Wednesday 31st May. We hope to have it up and running by Monday 5th June or earlier, if we can. The tractor will also be having some repairs done, and will be out of commission for the same period. Wednesday: Race 5 of the DHL Twilight series plus prizegiving. Start time 17:45. Forecast: gentle westerly, no cloud – plus moonlight for “afters”. Flat water –  should be good. Not quite MiuraRead More →

  DOLPHYN DIARY NO:  208 – 23rd May 2017 Read your Dolphyn Carefully for all the Sailing & Club events on the Calendar. Wednesday: Race 4 of the DHL Twilight series of 5 races start time 17:45. Forecast: light northerly, with the possibility of some rain (YES,YES,YES!!!!). Flat water – should be good if there is enough wind, particularly for the smaller, lighter boats. Not quite Miura weather – again! Andrew MacK Sunday:  Medium Distance race  – start 11:30. Forecast: (very) light southerly. Sounds a bit like a repeat of last week-end!! The ORC (Offshore Racing Congress) measurement course at RCYC over the past weekendRead More →

DOLPHYN DIARY NO:  16th May  2017 – 207 Read your Dolphyn Carefully for all the Sailing & Club events on the Calendar. Wednesday: Race 3 of the DHL Twilight series of 5 races – start time 17:45. Forecast: light southerly. Flat water – should be good, particularly for the smaller, lighter boats. Not quite Miura weather – but then a forecast is only …! Andrew MacK SATURDAY 20TH MAY – NEW HELM New helm (no restrictions on crew) – start 14:30. Forecast: light south easter/wester depending on which forecast is believed!! Good weather for those newbies on the stick. I will be attending a course atRead More →

  SPECIAL SECURITY NOTICE – 12TH MAY 2017 BOAT SECURITY – HEADS UP! We have had another burglary on a yacht on the swing moorings yesterday morning in the early hours. They broke in and rummaged the boat, taking food, fishing tackle and shackles. They then deployed the life raft and paddled ashore. We are urging all boat owners to install on board alarms to protect their property directly, we can only cover so much with patrols. Club Management Spilly Spilhaus – Marina Manager SIMON’S TOWN MARINA COMPANY King George Way, Simon’s Town 7995 021-786 3853 O71 383 1863   This email was sent to  Read More →

  DOLPHYN DIARY NO: 206 – 9th May  2017 Read your Dolphyn Diary carefully for all the Sailing & Club events on the Calendar. Dear Members We welcome Simone Balman as our new Sailing Administrator this month! We wish her well in this new adventure here with The Team. Many thanks to Andrew Mackenzie who has faithfully assisted with club sailing over the past few months!  We are fortunate to still have him on the team for a while. Wednesday: Race 2 of the DHL Twilight series of 5 races – start time 17:45. Forecast: moderate north wester. Flat water – should be good! WEEKEND RACINGRead More →

  DOLPHYN DIARY NO:  2nd May  2017 – 205 Read your Dolphyn Carefully for all the Sailing & Club events on the Calendar. Wednesday sees the start of the DHL Twilight series of 5 races start time 17:45. Forecast; fresh south easter. Miura weather! Andrew MacK Saturday: Round the Cans race, start 14:30. Forecast: upper teens North West – ideal flat water sailing, followed by some rain (hopefully). The often-used comment that “A forecast is not a promise of what is to come, it is only a forecast” was never more true than over the past week-end. Fortunately, we had three days over which to spreadRead More →

  DOLPHYN DIARY NO:  25th April  2017 – 204 Read your Dolphyn Carefully for all the – Sailing & Club events on the Calendar. WEDNESDAY NIGHT:  1ST OF THE DHL Series After a sneaky south easter on Sunday, the forecast looks fairly benign for the next few days with the hope of a freshish northwester on Wednesday for the first round of the DHL Twilight Series (start 17:45 by special request of Flag Officers). James Scott has very kindly (and expertly) designed and constructed a flashing yellow light for the Emergency/Start mark. Both competitors and bridge crew should now be able to identify it easilyRead More →

  DOLPHYN DIARY NO:  18th April  2017 – 203 Read your Dolphyn Carefully for all the – Sailing & Club events on the Calendar. STBB Twilight Series Wednesday sees the 5th and final race of the series followed by a prize-giving – with live music. The start will be at 17:30 in view of the ever earlier sunset. The current forecast is for a lower to mid-teens south-easter. Should be a great evening worthy of a record-breaking entry of more than 16 boats.Adamastor’s RevengeAccording to Portuguese poet Luis de Camoes, Adamastor is a Greek-type mythological character representing the dangers Portuguese sailors faced when trying to roundRead More →

  DOLPHYN DIARY NO:  11th April  2017 – 201 Read your Dolphyn Carefully for all the – Sailing & Club events on the Calendar. SAILING CALENDAR – CORRECTION The often quoted comment that “weather forecasts are only forecasts, not promises (or words to that effect) was proved to be correct last Saturday when the forecast 10-12 knots degenerated into a large “hole”in the middle of Simon’s Bay causing the double-handed race to be abandoned. WEDNESDAY NIGHT RACING:  12th April 2017 @ 17h45 fifteen minutes earlier due to light. Forecast upper teens NW. This week sees RACE 4 of 5 race of the STBB Series. LiveRead More →

  DOLPHYN DIARY NO:  4th April  2017 – 201 Read your Dolphyn Carefully for all the – Sailing & Club events on the Calendar. SAILING CALENDAR Wednesday evening Twilight Racing is still proving to be the most popular by far. Sixteen boats last week, including some newbies, making well over twenty different entries since January. Keep it up. Remember that racing even at the “back of the fleet” identifies the inefficiencies in your sailing, since all systems need to work easily (and quickly). Inefficiencies equal SLOW! Many an active regular club racer started out as a “tail-end Charlie”. Give it a try. Saturday’s race forRead More →

DOLPHYN DIARY NO:  31st  MARCH 2017 – 200 Read your Dolphyn Carefully for all the – Sailing & Club events on the Calendar. SAILING CALENDAR The reduced velocity of the wind on Sunday. (Did someone mention that autumn must be on the way?) led to the decision to adopt a shorter (and slightly different) course for the Medium distance race. Fortunately, one of the octopus trap buoys placed at the entrance to Fish Hoek bay  offered the ideal opportunity to set a longer course than normally used for our Round-the-Cans races, without having to run the risk of minimal wind in the middle of FalseRead More →

DOLPHYN DIARY NO:  199 – 21st MARCH 2017 Read your Dolphyn Carefully for all the – Sailing & Club events on the Calendar. SAILING CALENDAR For a change, the weather forecasts look somewhat more friendly than they have been for the past couple of weeks with lower to mid-teens Southerly winds expected on both Wednesday and Sunday. That means that there is no justifiable excuse (even if you prefer to call it an explanation) for not spending time on the water. Whilst I need to check my arithmetic, I think that we finally achieved the elusive 20 different skippers since the beginning of February lastRead More →