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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 '.

YOU WILL NEVER TIRE OF THIS VIEW!!!!!!

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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: info@capetownsailing.co.za

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  • OUR NEXT SAILING DAY SKIPPER COURSES  IN CAPE TOWN- SEE THE COURSE DATES  for more details.
  • This is a beginner’s skippering course, which does for skippers what the Competent Crew Course does for crews. We focus on the two most difficult aspects of skippering a yacht for the beginner: pilotage and boat handling. The course gives a solid grounding in Coastal Navigation and Yacht handling.
  • People who have never skippered a yacht, however experienced they might be as crew should do this course as well as those who own or intend to own their own yacht.

    NB  IF YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH  ALL THE  PRACTICAL AND THEORETICAL ASPECTS  COVERED IN THE COMPETENT CREW COURSE  SYLLABUS ( SEE COMPETENT CREW COURSE  ) & IF YOU ARE NOT A COMPETENT SAILOR YOU  ARE NOT READY TO  EMBARK ON  DAY SKIPPER ETC.  MAKE SURE YOU KNOW ALL THE COMPETENT CREW  ASPECTS  OR DO A COMPETETENT CREW  COURSE  FIRST BEFORE  STARTING YOUR DAY SKIPPER COURSE. We do offer you the option of doing both simultaneously, i.e. starting your practical aspects doing a competent crew and starting with your theory day skipper course.

    NB. You cannot sail a yacht in SA waters unless you have a Day Skippers licence approved by SA Sailing. There is an immense difference between being a mate on a yacht and being the person in charge and the course introduces the problems and responsibilities of being in charge of a yacht and how to cope with the common difficulties.

    Syllabus:

    • Preparation for sea. Engine checks. Managing the sail plan. Safety briefing. Handling under power, (the basics, going astern, effects of wind & stream, judging speed and drift, tight turning, coming alongside.) Berthing and leaving a berth. Anchoring. IRCPS in detail. Points of sail and sail trim. Headsail changes. Reefing the mainsail. Mooring under sail. Man Overboard strategy under power and under sail. Sending distress messages.Flares. Abandoning to the liferaft. Helicopter rescue and securing a tow. Running aground. Navigation,(compass work, tides, plotting a course and obtaining fixes etc.) Basics of Passage Planning, (how far, constraints, estimated time of departure, pilotage, navigation and running the passage.) Fog. Weather in the southern hemisphere. Shipping forecasts and terms used. Understanding Synoptic charts and planning the day. Nightsailing. Table Bay Harbour Regulations.

    Duration:

    • OUR NEXT DAY SKIPPER COURSES BEGIN  - ( See Courses Page ) You can do either a Part Time or a Full Time Day Skipper Course. ( All our sail training and sailing courses take place out of the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town )  Cost: R6250.00pp
    • Practical: These take place during the week or on weekends depending on your time availability and you will continue to train and sail until you feel ready to take the practical exam. There is no extra cost and we believe , the more you sail the more experience you gain.
    • Theory: Normally Five theory sessions  on a monday or tuesday evening from 18.00 to 21.30 or during the day depending on your availability.  However should these times not suit you we can arrange times and dates to accommodate your schedule. Please feel free to contact us and find out.
    • Successful candidates will pass the internationally accepted SA Sailing Practical and Theory Exams conducted by external examiners.  ( Look at our Testimonial page to see what some of our past students have said about the course )
    • Instructor to Student Ratio: Max. 1: 5 or less.

    Cost: R6250.00 pp.

    Students  need to purchase their own chart SAN 3002 ( 2 copies ), List of Lights SAN HO 1; International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea  SAN HO 15; Symbols and Abbreviations SAN HO 6; Portland Plotter & Navigational divider; HB pencils and eraser; Personal Logbook; the SA Nautical Almanac & How to Pass Your Radio Exam , both books are by Tom Morgan. You also need to pay SAS for the exam fees directly once you are ready, plus you need to do a Radio License ( this is not included in the day skipper course fee.)

    How To Book a Course? Please send us and email requesting a registration form and disclaimer. Course fees to be paid in full please and there is a 10% cancellation fee which is non refundable should you cancel .)

    Please bring warm clothes, something to eat and drink for yourself and shoes with non-marking soles.