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Dolphyn Diary #355: 23 June 2020

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." - Nelson Mandela
Thank you to our members for sharing their stories with us each week.

We would like to keep the DD happy and full of interesting articles - please keep sending your stories to us sailing@fbyc.co.za

Eight Bell: Mike Paterson

Long standing member and well known ex-Navy, Captain Mike Paterson passed away on Tuesday 16th June.

We send condolences to Louise and family.
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Dear Members

Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s update on Wednesday 17 June 2020 non-contact sport will be allowed to commence. Following lobbying by SA Sailing over the past month our sport was classified as a non-contact sport in the Sports regulations issued on the of 11 June. view regulations here.

We have engaged with the Department of Sport this morning, whom have confirmed that the announcement does not currently amend the sports regulations as was released last week.

In order to commence sailing, we were required under these sports regulations to make application around very concise requirements. We have now completed and submitted our application and need to wait till the closing date of 26 June for the Minister of Sport approval.

Please note that as of today we cannot commence sailing however the wait for a few days for final approval is key to the successful return of our sport.

SA Sailing will today be communicating with clubs, sailing schools and classes to explain the detailed protocols to be put in place in order for sailing to commence. We will work closely with the clubs so as to be in a position to open clubs once we have the necessary approval. These requirements are there to protect all our sailors and to contain any spread of the virus.

Lastly, we appeal to all of our members to be aware of the severe consequences of this virus which is still rapidly growing in number of new cases across our country and has already taken the lives of some of our members. It is the responsibility of each one of us to ensure that we adhere to the regulations and assist our sailing venues to maintain protocols to stop the spread of this pandemic.

Kind regards
SA Sailing
DD notice to members update 2 for Level 3 eff 01 June 2020
’Subs invoices will be sent out on 01 July, the start of our financial year 2020/2021.
Please do not make payment until you have received that invoice

Members please note that children between the ages of 13-20 years should join as Junior Members and those between the ages of 21-26 years should join as Cadet Members, if they use the club regularly.
Note that Family Membership still covers your children if they are under the age of 13 years.
Please chat to Yvonne about any queries you may have.


Due to the covid-19 regulations there has been a fundamental change in the documentation procedure for C of F’s, Registered vessel LGSC’s and Hull inspections.
The check sheets to be completed by the boat owner and presented to the Safety Officer are on the S A sailing website for the respective category of Boat.

Please note the following procedure : (No C of F’s will be issued unless this procedure is followed)

  • When you need your boat to be inspected for C of F or LGSC, contact the applicable Cape Town or Durban office or the Safety Officer.
  • You will need to submit all the required documents directly to the Safety Officer conducting your inspection by email, this MUST include the proof of payment and the owner declaration (attached above).
  • The signed boat owner declaration for C of F and/or Hull inspection declaration must accompany the emailed documents.
  • The boat owner/representative must then arrange the scheduled time and date of the inspection.
  • On completion of the inspection the Safety Officer will submit ALL the documentation and completion of survey document to the relevant office.
  • The relevant office will then check the documentation and issue the C of F by email.
Marine Notice 31 of 2020 by SAMSA now allow C of F’s to be conducted under Lockdown Level 3. It is clear from the MN 31 that the above procedure is followed for the safety of the boat owner/representative and that of the Safety Officer, please adhere to the procedure as laid down. S A Sailing procedure differs slightly from the SAMSA document procedure in that SAS require all the documents to be emailed to the safety officer and to the relevant office.

Tests were conducted using a mobile phone/tablet scanning app (there are many) to transmit the documents to the Safety Officer, these are acceptable.

The relevant costs and declarations are available on the S A Sailing website.

Keep Safe and Safe sailing
Inland and Offshore
S A Sailing.


We have created a fishing WhatsApp group please click on the button below and send us your full name and number to be added to the group.

The idea of this forum is to document legitimate launching issues - we have come up with the following rules/guidelines:
1) Any and all complaints must be lodged within 24 hours and
2) All complaints must have photos or videos illustrating the complaint - no videos with swearing will be accepted.
3) All complaints need a written account of the incident to accompany the photographic evidence.
Please see below letter from SADSAA regarding the latest gazetted amended regulations covering all sporting facets.
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FBYC - bar open for off-consumption sales only
Members Please note:

The Club bar will be open for off-consumption sales only.
Strict COVID-9 rules to be followed without exception.
No mask – No entry!
Trading hours strictly Monday to Thursday: 12h00 to 17h00 as per disaster management regulations for Level 3.
This service is for MEMBERS ONLY.
We will be running promotions while stock lasts.
NB: Members are not allowed to consume alcohol on the club premises, as this is against the law right now.

Windhoek draught bottles are in stock.
Take Away Bar Price List
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10 Interesting Facts About Ship's Bells

Ever since at least the early Renaissance period, ship's bells have been used to tell time aboard ship. We thought it was about time to share some interesting facts we've learned about ship's bells and their significance.

1. The "ship's boys" were the lowest ranking and often the youngest members of the crew; they were responsible for keeping time aboard the ship. Every time they turned the "hourglass" (which actually held just 30 minutes worth of sand) they would ring the ship's bell in a distinct pattern. That pattern told sailors how far they were into their watch.

2. There were eight half-hour periods in a typical four-hour watch so "eight bells and all's well" meant that the sailors had uneventfully reached the end of their watch.

3. Eight bells can also be a nautical euphemism meaning a sailor has "finished his final watch" or died.

4. Each twenty-four hour period was traditionally divided into seven watches. Starting at midnight, each watch lasted for four hours except for the dog watches (from 4 to 6 and 6 to 8 PM) which were only two hours each. Splitting up one watch made an uneven number so everyone rotated through the watches rather than being stuck with the same one.

5. Before the advent of time zones, the only way to be sure of accurate time at sea was to confirm "high noon" by using a sextant and the sun. The bell ringing pattern for noon is: 2 bells, pause, 2 bells, pause, 2 bells, pause, 2 bells.

6. Bells were always rung in sets of two with any odd bells coming at the end of the sets. This pattern made it easy to count the bells and know what time it was.

7. Ship's bells are traditionally engraved or embossed with the name of the ship and often the year it was launched. In the event of a shipwreck, the bell was often the only positive means of identifying the ship.

8. It's a maritime tradition that even if a ship's name is changed, the original, unchanged bell should remain with the ship.

9. Bells are also rung as an honor salute to announce visiting officers or other dignitaries. The number of rings is equivalent to the number of guns that would be used to salute that person.

10. In modern usage, the bell's most important function may be to announce a ship's position during heavy fog.
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