Built in 1970, first restored in 1986 and a major restoration in 2013, the famous 42ft classic yacht Mercury (SA3), registered in Knysna is operated by Southern Yachting Academy, the local offshore yachting academy. Navigating the Knysna Heads at least 150 times each year, professional sailing training instructors and candidate coastal skippers are seen here handling a particularly difficult entry through the notoriously treacherous Knysna Heads last year. No one up the mast this time sailors!
Ulf von Hauswolff with sons Ted and Filip and Emma Hellblom join Matthew Keil, Pamela Duursema, Liam McKenzie and instructor John Young on an offshore sailing course with Southern Yachting Academy in Knysna +27-44-3823400.
Charles Boyes brings Michaelhouse matric students: Duncan Boyes, Nicholas Harrison, Tim Coxon, Geoffrey Blore, Ryan Price and Ross Laing to experience the Start Sailing Adventure; crewing upon the famous classic racing yacht Mercury in Knysna with Southern Yachting Academy, who's 9-day Day Skipper Courses equip young adults to enter the super yachting industry in Europe and the USA!
John, Alexandra & Anthony Durrer, Neil van Rensburg, Terrance Giltrow, Jason Cooke and Jason Smith knuckle down to some hard sailing KNY-MBY return and serious studying during their 11-day SA Sailing Day Skipper course with Southern Yachting Academy (previously Garden Route Sailing Adventures) in Knysna this December. Well done to all of those who passed! Fair winds as you go for Coastal Skipper!
Real ocean sailing training with Garden Route Sailing Adventures in Knysna gets qualified skippers to handle most weather and sea conditions. Images below show seven students with instructor navigating the Knysna Heads around 18h00 on 5th Dec 2014. Less than ideal conditions, but hugely successful entry!
Coastal skipper students complete two 60nm coastal passages with Southern Yachting Academy last weekend. Heading west from the Knysna Heads in thick low cloud fog for a few hours through an enchanting sunset, to a late night entry into Mossel Bay Harbour and a few hours rest at berth. The eastbound return next day boasted sightings of humpback whales, 100's of dolphins, seals, penguins and pelagic birds along the way back through the Knysna Heads to the quaint `forgotten port' of Knysna. (044 3823400) www.southernyachting.co.za
Visiting family to Knysna enjoy a bucket list ocean sailing experience while crew logged 20+ miles in 22 knot winds, clocking 6.5 mph at times; and with breaching humpback whales close by along the way, our Start Sailing Adventure is a must do when in Knysna. Call: 044 3823400
Saturday's Opening Cruise marked the start of sailing season whilst five candidate yachtsmen excitedly kicked off a 9-day Day Skipper Yachting Course with Southern Yachting Academy in Knysna. Derrick Carson, Tiaan Pistorius, Duane Wheeler, Jonathan & Imogen Palmer on the famous classic ocean racing yacht Mercury SA3 this week.
Another amazing sunset in Knysna, South Africa as Max and Charlene Marselis, Rini vd Pol, Riaan Carstens, Duane Wheeler, Kenneth & Jen Crasta return from crew training with Instructor John Young and Garden Route Sailing Adventures today!
Reef fishing trips off Knysna makes for an excellent extra when the wind dies down. Popular activity all year round!
Couples enjoying double wilderness canoe trips on the lagoon in Knysna (picnic baskets also available on request)
Just wonder if South African Sailing Legend - Dave Cox who skippered SV Mercury (aka Mainstay) to Rio in 1973, whether he imagined she would be talking teenagers out learning to sail her then mooring for a surfing safari at Walker Point? A great dads and sons expedition - come and join us! Call: 082 800 3609
A dedicated team of vessel owners, instructors, skippers and marine maintenance contractors pulled out the 42ft SV Mercury onto the Dry Dock slipway this week; the first vessel in our sailing training fleet for its annual hull survey. Regular hull and skin fittings maintenance, repainting and antifouling are all part of ensuring safety and performance of these beautiful yachts. Yachting training resumes in Knysna this Easter weekend with both Start Sailing and Competent Crew courses (044 3823600)
Staff & students of Garden Route Sailing Adventures demonstrate skill today by cleaning up with line honours in the annual Buffalo Bay Challenge. Marked by a unique experience; a crew member is hoisted to the top of the mast whilst navigating the Knysna Heads to re-rig a spinnaker halyard. What a sight to behold, not to mention amazing kite flying through the finish line...
Leading from the front, our STCW team:Capt. Ben Torrance, Mark Orpen, Dylon Butler and Nick Fleischer of Southern Yachting Academy complete Marine Basic Safety Training last week...