Hello to all you avid sailors. Our next Weekend Coastal Sailing Trip takes place on the 16-18th. November and we plan to sail to Dassen Island leaving on friday 16th at noon,spend the weekend at Dassen Island and return to RCYC on sunday 18th November. Cost is R1250.00pp excluding food etc. Please contact me via email or cel for more details. Booking will be on a first paid first come basis and there are only a few spaces available.
We will be part of the RCYC cruise to Dassen Island that takes place that same weekend and hopefully be allowed ashore to view the island and perhaps go up the lighthouse. The RCYC is planning a braai on the saturday on the island so it should be a great fun sailing weekend.
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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 students a few months ago had this to say..
Hi Ralph,Thank you very much for the fantastic sailing experience in Cape Town, I will never forget it. I do hope to come back next year 2018 to sail with you again like we talked about. Winter sailing like you suggested would be very interesting to me and I think perhaps August or September might be a good time to come back if you are available for several days. Please keep in touch with me so we may discuss a future trip/training experience. Again, thank you and watch out for those whales!Fair winds to you,Joel Nyman
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.