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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:

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Principal & Chief Instructor: Ralph Mothes, is a passionate sailor and is a fully qualified Yachtmaster registered with SA Sailing and the Royal Yachting Association.
He is an RYA Cruising Instructor - Sail, and has an RYA Powerboat Level 2 Instructors license as well as a Radio-telephone Operators Licence and holds a current STCW 95. He also holds a valid SAMSA Commercial Skippers Ticket and is one of SA Sailings certified examiners.

He has been sailing in various parts of the world since the 1970's and has his own 14m ocean cruising yachts moored at the Royal Cape Yacht Club where he has been a member since 2006.

Adult Education and Teaching Experience.

Ralph has over 30 years of teaching experience both to adults and school leavers and has over the past few years become more involved in teaching sailing skills and seamanship, both locally and over the last two years in the Med. He has also been involved in crew training for the Cape Windjammers Education Trust and still teaches yoga on a part time basis at the Virgin Active Gyms and conducts weekend yoga retreats near Hermanus.

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Introducing one of the Training Boats ( Commercially endorsed by SAMSA.)

CHANTECLER a 45" Bruce Roberts design, won the Cape to Rio race in 1993 in the cruising class and completed a 5 year circumnavigation around the globe. She is a fantastic, solid, safe & comfortable blue water cruiser and training vessel.


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THE END OF AN ERA.............INTREPID  a 32 ' Barens Seatrader........   Before !!!!!!!!

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and AFTER ....... sporting the 'new look'......

Intrepid: A Barens Seatrader, a 32ft steel sloop October 2015 will be the last time that students will sail on Intrepid. she has been bought by one of our students and will no longer be used as a sail training vessel. From Nov 2015 all sail training takes place on Chantecler, a 45' bruce Roberts design.