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Dolphyn Diary #386: 02 March 2021

"Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul." - Luther Burbank


Dear Members,

As per our Standard Operating Procedure for Access Control, you are required to carry your electronic membership access card with you whilst you are at the Club. The security access control point is there to ensure that correct procedure is followed for all forms of membership. This also means that your membership card may NOT be given to anyone else, under ANY circumstances. The Customer Service Officers will ask to see your membership card at point of entry. If you are experiencing a problem at the gate then please go to our Admin Office downstairs to have your access card checked.

Guests of Members: Are to be signed in on the guest register at the main access control gate. The Member must meet guests at the gate and accompany them at all times.

On site Contractors: Members with electronic access cards + photo

Staff of on-site Contractors: identified via a staff card + photo

Registered off-site Contractors: Persons with electronic access cards + photo

Casual off-site Contractors: Are directed to the admin office downstairs where they fill out a Contractor’s register and will be issued with a courtesy access card after permission has been granted by the Member. If 2 people are coming to work on a boat, both need to sign in. Here we need the co-operation of all Members who are required to contact Yvonne to alert the club that a contractor will be coming through to work on their boat. Contact via email / telephone would suffice. admin@fbyc.co.za

Z marina access: Members are reminded to sign in at the main access control gate before proceeding to the Z marina gate.

Restaurant entrance: This is for non-members only. Members are requested to use the Club’s main security entrance and should exit there as well.

Your full co-operation will be appreciated.


How to save the Covid - App to your home screen.

iPhone :
1. Open the link in your Safari browser
2. At the bottom of your screen in the center is a square icon with an arrow pointing up, click on that.
3. Scroll up until you see the option Add to Home Screen.
4. You all set to go, just look for the FBYC logo. You might need to move it to your landing screen.

Any Android device:
1. Open the link in Chrome
2. On the top right hand side of the screen, tap on the 3 dots.
3. Tap on Add to Home screen.
4. You all set to go.

INTASURE DRAW notice_Nov 2020
Pier 23
Monday to Sunday
08h00 till 16h00
The restaurant has a new bookings number 066 063 5280.


Members Please Note Club Rules under Lockdown Level 1, following normal COVID protocols such as wearing of masks, sanitizing, temperature checks and signing in at the main access point:

Curfew: Between midnight and 04h00. No access to the Club during curfew hours.

Crow’s Nest Bar: Open from 15h00 on weekdays and 11h00 on weekends & public holidays.

Closing times below:

Friday to Sunday: Bar will close at 23h00.

Monday to Thursday: Bar will close at 22h00.Last rounds will be called one hour prior to closing times. Members to please leave the premises once the bar is closed.

Pier 23 Restaurant: Open to all from 08h00-16h00, and from 08h00 – 20h00 on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Braai, Lawn & Swimming: Large social gatherings are still prohibited, but members may use the club facilities, following COVID regulations.

Please call the office (021 786 1703) if you wish to use the braai/lawn facilities, bearing in mind capacity limits. We have to watch the capacity of 100 persons outside of the clubhouse very carefully as we have to consider the numbers including contractors and staff working at the Club.

Thank you

FBYC Management


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1. Find the “🖤” somewhere in the newsletter. (this one does not count)
2. Email marketing@fbyc.co.za and tell us where you found it.
3. The first to find it and email us wins.
4. Winner will be announced in the next newsletter



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If you are interested in joining the fishing league or would like more information please contact Bryan Fitchat 083 788 7130

⚫ IGFA Adopts New Language for Electric Reels

DANIA BEACH, FL – February 25, 2021 – The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) recently announced that it is adopting new language to the organization’s rules pertaining to the use of power-driven reels, most commonly referred to as “electric reels.” These reels have become increasingly popular in recent years, especially within the recreational swordfish fishery.

To preface the new language outlined in detail below, the IGFA would like to stress that it does not, and will not, accept the use of electric reels that aid the angler in fighting a fish. This new language simply clarifies the use of electric reels regarding deploying and retrieving baits and/or lures.

IGFA International Angling Rules: Section E. Reel
2. Power- driven reels of any kind are prohibited. This includes motor, hydraulic, or electrically driven reels, and any device that gives the angler an unfair advantage in fighting the fish.

NEW RULE – Effective Immediately
2. Power- driven reels are acceptable under the following situation and configuration.
  1. a) Reels that have power accessories (e.g., electric drill attachments, motors or other power accessories specifically designed for a reel) that can be physically removed from the reel may be used strictly for the purpose of retrieving a deployed bait or lure at depth all the way to the boat.
  2. b) Power accessories may only be used to retrieve a bait or lure completely to the boat and are not permitted for adjusting the position of a bait or lure in the water column. Once a power accessory is attached to the reel, the bait or lure may no longer be legally used to catch a fish and the bait or lure must be retrieved all the way to the boat for manual redeployment before it may be legally used to hook or catch a fish. Power accessories may not be attached to the reel during the deployment of a bait or lure.
  3. c) Power accessories must be physically removed from the reel before the act of hooking and/or fighting a fish. Any fish that strikes a bait or lure being fished with a reel with power accessories still attached- whether or not under electric operation- will not be eligible for record consideration.
  4. d) Electric reels that do not have removable electronic components that allow them to be completely manually driven are prohibited.
The new language listed above was unanimously approved by the IGFA Board of Trustees during their annual meeting in February 2021. Prior to voting on the new language, the IGFA queried leading angling authorities around the world to gather perspectives on this topic.

“Changes to the IGFA’s International Angling Rules are always something we handle with the utmost care,” said IGFA President Jason Schratwieser. “This rule in particular has been a point of contention for years, and we are pleased to announce this new language that we strongly feel adapts IGFA rules to the technology of our time, while not jeopardizing the core principles of IGFA ethics.”

For more information, please contact IGFA Angler Recognition Coordinator Zack Bellapigna at zbellapigna@igfa.org or 954-924-4247
Dear All
Attached below, please find a WPDSAA call for nominations for the 2021 Own Choice Tuna Inter-Provincial to be held at Cape Boat & Ski-boat Club, Simon’s Town between 17th and 22nd May 2021.

If you would like to join the FBYC Angling group please join by clicking on the button below.


Rob Chaplin
Berth A38
False Bay Yacht Club


3 February 2021.
Crew: Solo
Heading: St James: 1Nm off St James beach
Wind: 26Knts gusting 32nts 180 degrees
Sea state: becoming lumpy, short chop and unpleasant
Sails: 90% genny, 1 reef in main. Over-canvassed.

DreamCatcher was barrelling towards St James at 6,1Knts, but with a lee shore ahead I decided it best to wait until after a singlehanded tack to shorten sail. Planning for the upcoming tack was done, sheets tidied and in place.

Last check before starting the tack was the depth finder, and as I was looking at the instrument on its swing bracket in the companionway, the tiller suddenly went dead. As in STONE DEAD.

The immediate reaction was “oh shit”.

The second reaction was another “oh shit”.

But the third reaction was to grab the handheld VHF from its cuddy in case assistance was needed urgently. Which, after two “Oh Shit”s was certainly looking imminent.

With the radio in my left hand, I turned to look back at the tiller and nearly jumped backwards off the port side of the boat. Tucked up tightly against DreamCatcher’s starboard hull was a whale….. and much bigger than DreamCatcher’s 9,1m. She was tucked in so tightly against the hull that I had lost all steerage. And St James was getting closer very quickly.

When in trouble scream and shout…. Which I did. Loudly. DreamCatcher’s new friend lazily moved aside and I had my steerage back and immediately tacked before the whale wanted more cuddles. As the bow came around, I had a horrible feeling that the whale might get in the way and DreamCatcher would end up in irons….. might be time to start the engine?

But thankfully all was ok and I tidied up and settled into my somewhat bumpy new heading towards Hangklip .

With a loud snort and plenty of spray, the whale (who by now I had unimaginatively named Moby), popped up to Port, a meter off the beam adhering to social distancing and I reached for the baby waterproof camera we carry in a cockpit cuddy. With a gentle forward movement Moby dived and was gone….. for a few moments.

Something caught my eye off the stern and here came Moby, just like in that famous scene from Jaws, high in the water and approaching fast. Now I did get concerned. My rudder is transom hung! What if I take a knock and broach….. with a whale in the rigging? But Moby dived gracefully 15 meters behind the transom and was lost to view, only to surface about 20 seconds later with a loud and dramatic hiss just ahead of DreamCatcher. It must have been 20 seconds, but knowing you have a whale somewhere beneath your hull made it feel a very long time.

And then Moby started playing with DreamCatcher, swimming gracefully along the starboard beam, then another graceful dive to re-appear and spray loudly on the port side. And back to the starboard side, and back under DreamCatcher to the Port side. Then suddenly she disappeared beneath the choppy waters and was gone….. until she appeared with another loud hiss 10 meters behind DreamCatcher. This time she swam in the wake for a while, gracefully and seemingly effortlessly in the bubbles. Then a gentle, smooth forward dive and she was gone…..

This was not the first time a whale has arrived to swim with DreamCatcher in confined waters in heavy seas and big winds….. the previous time was off the North shore of Seal Island in a huge South Easter and we were convinced the whale came to check on our safety…..and as I sailed back out into the bay I wondered if that was the case this time.

The experience can only be described as surreal….. 🖤 and is certainly one of the rewards we all have for going to sea.


Watch: The Sound Of Hope – The Humpback Dolphin

Readers are invited to watch the Premier: The Sound of Hope – The Humpback Dolphin. The short film will be live streamed on Wednesday, 3 March at 7pm SAST.

⭐ Tune in to hear what the team behind the film have to say about the project that inspired the film.
The film, produced by Sea Search in collaboration with Homebrew Films, showcases the beauty of the South African coastline. It also delves into the acoustic work being conducted by Sea Search Research & Conservation to help protect endangered dolphin species in our waters.

To make sure you do not miss the live event you can set a reminder by clicking on the bell on the bottom left of the YouTube page.

This is also your chance to chat to the marine biologists. If there’s something you’ve always wanted to ask us you’re welcome to post questions in there ahead of time.


Hull inspection deadline extended to 1 July 2021; thereafter no COF without a valid hull inspection

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A few ideas for the "FUN SAILING WEEKEND" always weather permitting.

⛵ Details will be confirmed 10 days before the proposed "FUN SAILING WEEKEND"

1. Saturday cruise – anchor night off Simons Town beach, beach braai, Sunday cruise
2. Saturday rally to Hout Bay overnight Sunday return
3. Saturday rally to Gordons Bay overnight Sunday return (harbour depth permitting)
4. Invite dinghies from Imperial to join us, swop crews boats etc.
5. Swop crew Weekend. Skippers enter, crew drawn from a hat and allocated accordingly
6. Invite to Imperial and Zeekovlei to crew on our boats to gain experience
7. Invite the navy weekend to sail with us.
Sailing Calendar 2020 - 2021

FBYC Cruising

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The cruising groups intention is to improve communication and share with fellow sailors who may not be involved or have an interest in the club's racing WhatsApp group. The objective is to grow the active community of sailors at the club and use this as a platform for sharing joint sailing excursions whether it be for an afternoon raft up braai off Longbeach or an overnight crossing to Gordon's Bay. Sailors are encouraged to share your planned sailing trips, experiences and ideas on the group, there will additionally be planned cruise events arranged by club sailing in coming months.

Please feel free to share your experiences, knowledge and most of all your passion for sailing.
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