January 2018

Hello to all you avid sailors,and a Happy New Year to you all. Here is a letter I received recently written by one of my students on the recent January weekend coastal sailing trip to Dassen Island & Mykonos. Check out the latest Video of the trip as well. ............................................................................................................................................. Day after day I'd stare out of my office window and admire the yachts standing at RCYC. I'd watch as they left the port and came back in. It wasn't until I found Cape Town sailing Academy that I knew I had found my new home. I had been out once with Ralph in the bay before he invited me to join for a weekend of sailing. A few sleepless nights of excitement passed and before I knew it I was crewing with Ralph, Roy, Michael and Joost. We left Cape Town on 26 January at about 10am. There was no wind and we were cruising towards Robbin Island, watching as the dolphins played in the water. But, before we go too comfortable, the wind popped in to say hi with a windy 30 knots South Easterly. The crew took turns steering, while the rest of us laughed away as Ralph kept us in our place. "Look at the compass!", "You can see you're off course, at this rate we'll never get to Dassen!" he'd grunt. There's something so peaceful about being out at sea. It's like the universe is aligned and you are released from lifes complications. All that matters is the understanding you have with the wind, water and your vessel. We arrived at Dassen Island just before dark. We were saddened to see that there are no penguins on Dassen Island. We ate like kings and spoke the night away. Conversation went from plotting our next route, my bright pink fluffy slippers to Ralph's close encounter with a whale in 2010, to which we renamed Ralph, Captain Ahab. The next morning saw us up bright and early. We headed off towards Mykonos, another windy day. This time I was sea sick. I kept thinking, "The boys would never invite me back if I got sea sick" and low and behold I was the one who got sea sick. Sunday we woke in Mykonos to a beautiful day. There was no wind and we took this as the perfect opportunity to hit the water. I had my floatable device which I had been eyeing all weekend. We floated around like seals among all the yachts, taking in the sun. At lunch time Roy, Mike and myself left back to Cape town by car, leaving Ralph and Joost to bring the oh so beautiful Chantecler back to Cape Town. If you have experienced the pleasure of sailing along the west Coast, you can agree when I say it's an enchanting route. From the power of the waves and wind, the islands scattered along the coast, the sea life and colour of the water. It's a place you want to return to as as often as you can. For more information on Cape Town Sailing Academy and the various courses available visit: http://www.capetownsailing.co.za/courses.html Meagan Elston ............................................................................................................................................. Kind Regards Pink Slipper Snooki Meagan STOP PRESS. We now have a Video link on every page so you can check the latest informative videos or read the latest blog posts. CHECK THE LATEST BLOG.(capetownsailingacademy.blogspot.com) The Gallery page on our website is a direct link to our Facebook page SAILING IN CAPE TOWN, so if you like looking at pictures just click on the link on the Home page.

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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.

Cape Town Sailing Academy
info@capetownsailing.co.za   |   Ralph Mothes: 082 445 9059   |   Paloma Werner: 083 700 0088 .
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