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Welcome to sailing and sailing courses in Cape Town and The Cape Town Sailing Academy !! and a happy new year to all of you.

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 '.


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

We sail out of the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town & specialise in Introduction to Sailing, Competent Crew , Day Skipper & Coastal Skipper courses.

Keep your eye on the blog regularly, go to    See Saldanha Bay & the West Coast Cruise Part 1-4  2014/15

STOP PRESS: We currently have a big group of Competent Crew students, quite a few Day Skippers and a small group of Coastal Skipper students, all at various levels of training.

In 2014. 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....

See the latest Summer 2014  Newsletter recently posted on the News page.

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SAILING COURSES AND SAIL TRAINING IN CAPE TOWN IN 2015 - Courses will resume from 20 January 2015

.... Introduction to Sailing - Any day Wednesday to Sunday ( you choose ) Competent Crew Course Full time course starting on a Wednesday; as well as a 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. 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 Harbour. ( NB. PRICES ARE ON THE RELEVANT COURSES PAGE.)

Read the latest Summer Newsletter 2014 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 recognised 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 & specialise 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, as well as a Practical Sea Mileage Course and Competency in Single-Handed Sailing Techniques.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 9059082 445 9059 or send an email to: