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Welcome to sailing and sailing courses in Cape Town and The Cape Town Sailing Academy  & Charters !!

We are passionate about sailing so come & ' Escape with us ! where ' less is more ', there are less students on the training boats and we strive to offer more in terms of quality,  hands on experience and tuition'! We are a small, yet exclusive SAS accredited sail training academy offering Internationally accredited sailing courses !

( Check out some of the Testimonials  below or go to the Testimonials page to see what some of our past and present students have to say and should you want to do a sailing course in Cape Town please contact us.)

So ... Come and have ' a whale of a time '.


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All our sailing & training takes place on Chantecler, a Bruce Roberts 45' monohull, a great blue water cruiser. See the pictures below.

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Chantecler 45' Roberts                                  WHALE BREACHING ON INTREPID 18 JULY 2010 IN TABLE BAY, CAPE TOWN. (this boat has recently been sold )

REMEMBER THIS FAMOUS PHOTO?  See the Gallery for more details.

We sail out of the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town & specialize in Introduction to Sailing, Competent Crew , Day Skipper & Coastal Skipper courses, plus we offer One on One Sailing options and charters.

See the latest Summer 2015/16  Newsletter recently posted on the News page.

STOP PRESS: October 2015 This past weekend 10/11th October was a busy and very successful weekend for our Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper students who all passed their respective practical exams in Table Bay. Congratulations go to Craig Cerff, Jonathan Ollivier and Paul Teanby (coastal skipper) and Mike Hayward & Regardt v d Reist  who passed their day skipper exams. Well done guys.

I received this testimonial from one of my recent Comp Crew students; Hi Ralph I am safely back at the grindstone in Gauteng, thank you again for the great time last week. I really appreciate the trouble you took to take me out sailing every day --- I could not have asked for a better experience. I am adding a testimonial to the end of this message: 'I joined CTSA in March 2014 for the Competent Crew course. Ralph went out of his way to accommodate my schedule, and was willing to take me sailing even when I was the only student aboard. Ralph's reassuring and calm manner kept me feeling safe and in control even in tough weather conditions.
I really enjoyed the deliberate, hands-on approach to teaching that Ralph employs, ensuring that I understood the task at hand by having to demonstrate my ability.
I can absolutely recommend Ralph and the CTSA to anyone who wants to learn how to sail --- my time at CTSA was enjoyable, fun, extremely informative, and one of the most memorable weeks of my life. I will be back for further instruction as soon as I can." Johann Haarhoff.

'It was clear from the start that Ralph is both passionate and knowledgeable about the art of sailing.  He is also patient and goes out of his way to ensure that his students not only understand the 'what' of sailing, but also the 'why', and how to do it safely.  And all this through practical, hands on experience, at times, one on one.  I am confident that I am now competent to crew.  My next step is to gain experience, putting into practice the lessons Ralph has taught me until they become intuitive rather than cognitive, and then to go for my skippers ticket.To those who think that age is an obstacle, I am 71 years old, have only just started sailing, and am now committed to buying my own boat Thank you, Ralph, for showing me what is possible, and how much fun it is.  I shall be back for the next steps. ' Chris Beautement. March 2014  Today 9 March I received another email from an ex comp crew student who is now crewing on MY Topeaz heading for Namibia, St, Helena and Brazil. Check out his comments on the News from the Whale Whispers page....

SAILING COURSES AND SAIL TRAINING IN CAPE TOWN IN 2015/16    Welcome to Cape Town Sailing Academy & Charters.

.... Introduction to Sailing - Any day Wednesday to Sunday ( you choose ) Competent Crew Course Any day starting from Wednesday to Sundays ( you choose); part time course starting Saturday or Sunday. Day Skipper Course (choose either a Full Time course or a Part Time course starting on Tuesdays @ 6PM (THEORY INTRODUCTION) and the part time course starting on Saturdays. The Practical Day skipper sailing takes place during the week and/or on weekends. The  Coastal Skipper course is normally offered once a month. We also offer ONE on ONE sail training for those that want individual instruction without other students on board. See the Courses Page for more details. ( WE STRUCTURE THE COURSES TO FIT YOUR TIME SCHEDULE )  Weather dependent, we generally sail from tuesday to sunday. Sailing times vary from day to day & weather dependent.

The Cape Town Sailing Academy is situated at the Royal Cape Yacht Club, Duncan Rd. in the Cape Town Harbor. ( NB. PRICES ARE ON THE RELEVANT COURSES PAGE.)

Read the latest Summer Newsletter 2015/16 from the 'Whale Whisperer' ( see our News page & enjoy the read.)

For all the info on the famous 'Whale breaching onto Intrepid' go to our News and Gallery pages.

The Cape Town Sailing Academy is a SA Sailing accredited Training School offering Internationally recognized sailing courses and sail training in Cape Town including the ICC (international certificate of competency  which can be issued to SA Nationals.) We sail out of the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town & specialize in Introduction to Sailing, Competent Crew & Day Skipper courses.

We offer the following sailing courses in Cape Town: Introduction to Sailing; Competent Crew; Day Skipper & Coastal Skipper Courses, we also offer One on One sailing options.  See our Courses Page for all the upcoming courses! OR LET US TAILOR MAKE THE TIMES FOR ANY ACCREDITED SA SAILING COURSE TO SUIT YOU.

Remember, once you have done a sailing course with us, it does not end there. We sail regularly and you are free to join us anytime to increase your sailing skills at no extra charge, even if it's only for a few hours  sailing during the week.

Charters: see the Introduction to Sailing course page for information.

All our yachts are safe ocean cruisers & conform to the SAMSA and SA Sailing safety specifications with valid, up to date certificates of safety.

For more details and bookings contact Ralph o­n 082 445 9059 or send an email to:


Cape Town Sailing  ....  ONE ON ONE SAILING OPTION.

This option is for those of you who don't want other students on board the boat and you want a one on one experience with only the skipper on board. You get individual instruction and attention and the course is tailor made to your requirements. It includes a live on board option and could include trips around Robben Island, Houtbay, Cape Point and Simonstown or up the West Coast to Dassen Island and Saldanha Bay. The course will be structured according to your level of experience and naturally weather dependent.

Cost is R2000.00 per day excluding food and drink.

Contact Ralph for more details.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Charter Packages PDF Print E-mail
The Charters normally consist of a half day of full day introduction to sailing. It can be hands on if you want to learn about sailing or you can choose to relax and the skipper and crew do all the practical work.
Sunset Cruise
Sunset Cruiise o­n Cape Towns Waters
Racing or cruiseing its all good
Baker rock off Clifton Beach Cape Town
All our Introduction to Sailing/Charters are done onboard Chantecler, a 45"Bruce Roberts design monohull. A fantastic blue water cruiser.

SAILING AND SAILING COURSES IN CAPE TOWN - Sail in the Duncan Docks harbour area or the Ben Schoeman Container dock or experience the V&A Waterfront by boat, sail across Table Bay to Robben Island with Table Mountain as a spectacular backdrop..... or  

Go o­n an intimate romantic sunset cruise and have sundowners anchored off Clifton or Granger Bay near Mouille Point watching the sunset. For those who have more time, sail to Hout Bay. Further a field lies Cape Point and Simonstown or sail up the west coast to Dassen Island and Saldanha Bay.

These are just a few of the many options open to those wanting to spend a few hours, a day or even a few days o­n board an ocean cruising yacht. Whether you are a novice and have never sailed, or want to learn the art of sailing, navigation and seamanship, or just want to do something different and spend a few hours or days o­n the water sailing in o­ne of the most beautiful cities and coastlines in the world, we can tailor a trip to suit your requirements and pocket.

We cater for singles, couples or small groups to a max. of 8 persons.

Basic Sunset Cruise: to Clifton, Granger Bay or out into the bay..

see Table Mountain at its very best while city sounds give way to lapping water - for a glorious three hours

  • Departure time: As agreed upon.
  • Duration: Approx: 3 - 4 hours.
  • Costs:
    • Half day charter : Price is R1100.00 per person.
    • Full day charter : Approx 6 hours  R1600pp.

Catering: bring your own food & drinks.

We craft a cruise unique to you so please feel free to contact us with your requirements.

For a tailored package, contact us.

All our trips are sailing trips and depart from the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Duncan Rd in the Harbour . Our trips are always weather and sea permitting. The skipper has the final say o­n this matter and will decide on the day.

  • Mono hulls: max 8 incl. Skipper
Practical Sea Miles or One on One Sailing PDF Print E-mail

Hi All, if you want to grow your experience, improve your navigation and coastal passage planning, plus gain some extra miles and have some fun in the process…. need I say more?!
Then there are those of you who just want some One on One sail training for a few days or longer. Please contact me and we can set something up to suit your requirements.

These are practical trips with the object of gaining valuable sea miles and coastal sailing experience. Students live on board the yacht 24/7 and lengthy daily passages will be sailed regularly. There will also be time for swimming and just relaxing.
Some prior sailing experience or a Competent Crew or Day Skippers Certificate is advisable, though not essential. This is the ideal way to gain sailing experience in the Cape waters in all conditions. The trips are designed to give the student the opportunity to be a competent crew member on any yacht, learn to be the skipper in charge and prepare for the Day Skipper or Coastal Skipper Certificates.
Cost: R2000.00 per person per day excl. food & drink.

How to Book a Course? Send us an email requesting the  Registration and Disclaimer Form and send it back to us,together with your Proof of Payment to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . This will secure your place on the course.
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Hope to see you on board. 