September 2017

Hello to all you avid sailors, our first two Coastal Sailing Trips in August & September have taken place and you can read all about them on the relevant Blogs. The next one is due to take place on the weekend of the 27 -29 October 2017 and we are planning a trip to Dassen Island & Saldanha Bay or Mykenos. So if you are keen to develop your sailing skills and coastal sailing please drop us an email asap.NB. I can only accommodate 4 students so first paid first served. STOP PRESS..SHAKEDOWN CRUISE TO PORT OWEN ON A DUDLEY DIX 42' (Sept 18 -20)has just taken place so - CHECK THE LATEST BLOG.(capetownsailingacademy.blogspot.com) The Gallery page on our website is a direct link to our Facebook page SAILING IN CAPE TOWN, so if you like looking at pictures just click on the link on the Home page.

We have revised and updated our Blog The latest blog is entitled SHAKEDOWN CRUISE TO PORT OWEN SEPT 2017
Comments and suggestions are welcome, just drop me an email to info@capetownsailing.co.za.

The CTSA specialises in SA Sailing accredited sailing courses, both local and international, including Introduction to Sailing, Competent Crew, Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper courses.
SA citizens are also eligible to obtain their ICC (International Certificate of Competency) issued by SA Sailing.

A recent testimonial from one of my Coastal Skipper students, who bought a boat with three other mates and sailed it down from Mossel Bay with a qualified skipper, had this to say..
Hi Ralph, thanks very much for your help and instruction this past weekend (May 2016).It was a real wake up call. You have given me the confidence that with some work and practice and guidance I will be in a position to sail and take the boat out safely.

This brings me to my personal sailing philosophy. I have stated previously that I am not a great fan and advocate of so called short sailing courses so generally I do not offer them at the CTSA. No matter what course you do with me, you will be sailing with me for a much longer period and in many varied conditions which will enable you to develop your sailing and seamanship skills. This is at no extra cost.
Many students become friends and continue sailing with me whenever there is space on the boat. This enables you to keep developing your sailing skills and seamanship. This takes time, something that is not possible when doing short courses.
Something else I have noticed over the years is that many students want to run before they can walk. They want to enrol in a Day Skipper or Coastal Skipper course without having a thorough grasp and knowledge of the basic Competent Crew course skills needed.
Remember, Rome was not built in a day. Sailing and seamanship are no different, it takes time and you never stop learning.

Cape Town Sailing Academy
info@capetownsailing.co.za   |   Ralph Mothes: 082 445 9059   |   Paloma Werner: 083 700 0088 .
5A Baypoint, 179 Beach Road, Mouille Point, Cape Town 8005, South Africa