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Big Band Night raises over R12 000 for Youth Development Sailing

Big Band Night raises over R12 000 for Youth Development Sailing

Big sound, big night, big impact!

As far as big bands go, they don’t get much bigger than Bob Mowday’s Big Band. 32 big-hearted musicians arrived at HBYC and wowed the 100 strong crowd with music that ranged from Glen Miller classics, to a big band arrangement of Mustang Sally!  The band refuse to be paid and only play to help charities and fundraising events. Their generosity, combined with everyone who supported the event, helped us raise over R12 000, which will have a big impact on getting our youth sailing development programme back on track.  Special thanks to Shirley Bowen and Cheryl Seymor for preparing the food and helping to set up the venue, and a big thank you to the HBYC staff, making our guests feel at home in the club. Here’a short clip of the band in action and HBYC rocking!


Introducing the St Ayles Skiff to Hout Bay

Introducing the St Ayles Skiff to Hout Bay

Introducing the St Ayles Skiff to Hout Bay

Over 50 people attended our recent presentation to introduce the concept of adding coastal rowing to the waterborne activities at HBYC. The feedback was hugely positive … Hout Bay want to start rowing!
Paul Tomes (Rear Commodore Keelboats at HBYC), has been communicating with Alec Jordan, from the United Kingdom for several weeks now, to secure the rights to build the St Ayles Skiff in Hout Bay. The Skiff was designed by Iain Oughtred and Alec is responsible for the design and supply of the CNC kits to build the skiff throughout the United Kingdom, and many other parts of the world.

Local Hout Bay boat builder Roy McBride, has agreed to cut and supply the CNC kits and also to source and supply many of the other materials needed. Peter Adamo also a local boat builder (the Sentinel and Explorer traditional day sailors) has stepped in to give advice and support for the overall project. “This is not just about adding rowing to HBYC’s waterborne activities”… comments Paul, “It’s about creating a recreational activity that brings different communities together in Hout Bay”.  “The St Ayles Skiff is the perfect boat … relatively easy to build and very easy for absolute beginners to learn how to row as part of a 5-person team (four rowers and a cox in each boat)”.

From the feedback forms filled in at the presentation, the plan is now to link people up in communities to create syndicates to fund and build the boats. We will be communicating with everyone shortly. In the interim, Paul is determined to get the ball rolling and hopes to convince a few club members this coming weekend to chip in the money needed to build the first boat.

Alec Jordan has also put us in touch with Robbie Wightman from the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association   and Patrick Groot, from the St Ayles Skiff Community Rowing Association of Australia, both of whom have been immensely helpful as to the best way to set up our own coastal skiff rowing association in South Africa.  Plus we have an invitation to enter a South African team in the 2019 St Ayles ‘Skiffie’ World Championships!… who’s game?



HBYC Big Band Event to support Youth Sailing

HBYC Big Band Event to support Youth Sailing

8 June 2018 – Join us for a fun filled evening of big-band music and help raise much needed funds for our Youth Development Sailing Programme at HBYC.

Join us for a fun filled evening of big-band music and help raise much needed funds for our Youth Development Sailing Programme at HBYC.
Bob Mowday’s Amateur Big Band, are back at HBYC to play  everyone’s favourite songs, from Beatles to Glen Miller or perhaps a Samba or Mambo Number 5!  Be warned, your toes will start to tap and eventually you’ll be dancing on the deck!Big bands are rare these days and it’s a real treat to be able to have this kind of band play live at HBYC . Formed nearly 10 years ago, the band only perform for charity fund raising events. They do it for the love of music.
Tickets are just R150 and all the proceeds will go the Youth Sailing Development. Plus, you can look forward to substantial bar snacks and cash bar at sensible prices!

Winter  Warmer  Suppers  at  HBYC

Winter Warmer Suppers at HBYC

Winter Suppers Dates and fun at HBYC

Wednesday 25th April, was the first of a series of ‘Winter Warmer Suppers we have planned at HBYC. The newly formed events team with Shirley Bowen, Cheryl Seymor and Penny Geyser have done a fabulous job making the club feel cosier for winter, with new gingham table cloths and candles on every table.

The galley crew will be adding a little more ‘warmth’ to our usual fare, with a special menu and the bar will be stocked with a great new selection of wines, craft beers and posh gins!

In April we invited members of our local Lions Club to join us and experience HBYC hospitality, and Paul Tomes gave a preview of our St Ayles Skiff rowing project, designed to connect communities in and around Hout Bay.

Here are the dates for Winter Warmer suppers

•23 May 2018

•20 June 2018

•25 July 2018

•22 August 2018

19 September will be a special ‘Spring Supper’

This is a great way to support the club through the winter months. Book at to enjoy the evening’s special menu. Normal galley service will be also be available in case you decide to join us at the last minute!

Fall in love with sailing

Fall in love with sailing

Phil and Gina fell in love with sailing quite a while back, however at last year’s Admiral’s Regatta, Phil decided to throw caution to the wind and find out if Gina might just love him, more than she loved sailing!  So he rigged their Sonnet’s spinnaker, to pop the question as the rounded the windward mark. Gina, however was so busy sorting a tangle in the spinnaker sheets, that she didn’t immediately look up at the newly hoisted sail.  A few tense moments for Phil, until Gina turned around with a huge smile on her face and a tear in her eye, and said I will, or I do, or something like that …. neither can quite remember.
The story was picked up by the Admiral’s Regatta PR team and went viral on Sailing Blogs around the world. A really cool way to propose!

Footnote: There were married about 6 months later and returned to sail in HBYC’s Admirals 2018 Regatta. Congratulations Gina and Phil!


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