Rachel Bernhardt and Rory Rochat: Great sailing with CTSA

I did my Day Skipper qualification with Cape Town Sailing Academy prior to heading to the Mediterranean to begin my career as a deckhand on super yachts! Ralph was amazing! So patient and so knowledgeable about sailing and the waters around South Africa! I was so pressed for time and he went out of his way to get me through the course! Ralph is an above and beyond instructor who put me so at ease and let me have too much fun with the course! I loved it and am now moving on to my yacht masters! I so look forward to sailing with Ralph again and would highly recommend Cape Town Sailing Academy to any person looking to discover the magic world of sailing!

Julie and Sybrandt Clarke: Fantastic Sailing

Dear Paloma & Ralph My husband and I came away from the Intro to Sailing day completely but positively over-whelmed! As office workers it was quite an astonishing sensation to have sun, sea + wind - all the elements on our faces and such awesome power at our finger tips! Our day sailing was not just a fantastic day out – it was a wakeup call to get up, get moving and truly grasp with both hands the incredible experience that is yachting. We may live in a sea of sand – but we can’t wait to start our journey. Day skipper here we come! Please thank Ralf on our behalf. His quiet confidence inspired us to stay calm and get the most out of the experience. Obviously we live in Namibia – but as we sort out how we are going to commence this journey we would like to know how we can go about registering for the theory section of the day skipper course. Can you assist us? We are also making plans to come back (a little more knowledgeable and better read) to do the day sailing again now that we know a few things. Thank you. I genuinely believe this experience has changed the course of our lives for the better! Best Regards Julie + Sybrand

Diane Biet: Day Charter

This is my biggest Thank You, and it goes to you, to Paloma, and to the rest of my sailing family in Cape Town because you've done something wonderful by allowing me to share the day, the boat, the experience, the wind and the Atlantic Ocean with you.....
Everything turned out so well that I am now proudly telling everybody that --under intense supervision-- I was a 30-minute-skipper on a 42 ft boat and that all 7 crew members survived...!!
Again, Thanks a Lot, Ralph.... and please tell Paloma that I would love to receive a couple of photos from the memorable experience...

Bruce Neill: Day Skippers

I did my Day Skippers course with Ralph in January 2010 with a freind , my brother and sister in law . The reason for doing the course was that we were hiring a bare boat in the June holiday's to sail in the Ionian Islands. I found the course to be a lot more work than I was expecting . However when we took control of our own boat in June it become aparent very quickly why Ralph had stressed the attention to detail so strongly . During the course we felt iwe were being taught more than we needed . However not only did we all pass the various exams with ease but the extra detail and information Ralph taught us helped us a great deal when skippering our own boat . Thanks Ralph for the extra insights you gave us that I do not believe we would have got from other sailing schools . Regards Bruce

Gareth Carr: Competent Crew Course

I have successfully completed the Competent Crew course with the Cape Town Sailing Academy which gave me a comprehensive introduction into the art of sailing.
From the very beginning, I had “hands on” experience sailing Intrepid in Table Bay during the week and finally a trip via the V & A Waterfront for something different and a terrific confidence builder!
Training is extremely informative, exhilarating, stress-free and comfortable.
Safety was paramount throughout the duration of the course.
For superb tuition and an enjoyable experience, I can definitely recommend the Cape Town Sailing Academy.

Suletta Smith: Day Skipper Theory Exam Pass!!!

Re: Exam Results.
O friggin yippee!!!!!! I am eternally grateful Ralph Mothes that you taught me to sail all these years, and that you got me to love the ocean as much as you do!!! Thank you , thank you , thank you!!!

Ross McCallum: Competent Crew Course

I recently completed a competent crew course with the Cape Town Sailing Academy. Both the practical and theoretical aspects of the training were comprehensive and went beyond what a crew member needs to know. The time spent on the course was enjoyable making learning fun and easy. To anyone wanting to learn sailing skills I wholeheartedly recommend The Cape Town Sailing Academy.

Nadia Nacerodien: Sailing Rocks!

Sohail Coelho: A Truly Inspiring 2 Days at Sea

I'm a New Yorker in Cape Town for a few months and through a friend, heard of the Cape Town Sailing Academy and the lovely couple of Ralph and Paloma. My time only allowed for the Intro Course - but wow what a 2 days.

Emeline Makin: never thought i would enjoy sailing so much!

My Mum, Amanda Makin, and I took the competent crew course last week, as part of our holiday. We both came away thinking how absolutely lucky we were to find such a good teacher and such a fun, enjoyable experience! I had never sailed before, and had been pretty nervous about it leading up to going to cape town..but..all of that has changed and i am no longer afraid of sailing in the least..in fact, i love it! And thanks to Ralph, i have gained a new passion, which i intend to carry on most definitely. Thank-you so much for such a wonderful time and if i ever use the r-word again..i know there must be something wrong with me!

Naomi Kranhold: Sailing now in the Caribbean!!!

Dear Cape Town Sailing, I completed my Competent Crew course with you last year in August and since then my life has been all about the sea. Thank you for spending so much time after the course allowing me to sail with you and continuing to teach me and sharing your passion for sailing.

After completing my course I spent 3 months in the Caribbean living on board boats and falling even more in love with life at sea. I learned a lot about the yachting industry and made some great contacts. I then went on to work as a cook on board a beautiful 72 Oyster traveling through the Mediterranean for 3 months and now I am on my way back to the Caribbean!

Thank you for teaching me to sail, it has really changed my life!

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