Captain’s B-Log

Thu, 06 Feb 2020 13:18:35 GMT

Exactly two years after Aaron Kruse and Brittany Hancocks decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day on a Start Sailing Adventure with Southern Yachting Academy in Knysna, they’re back in South Africa for more, but this time, someone was in for a BIG surprise!   

On 29 January 2020, during their offshore sailing course, they returned though the Knysna Heads, anchored in the beautiful Featherbed Bay and were tendered ashore for a `lunch refreshment’ which turned out to be one of the most memorable moments of Aaron and Brittany’s life!   

Thank you to Elle Photography who captured it all on camera, to The Featherbed Company for the tender, venue and champagne, to the local team who made up the striking proposal banner, and to our professional skippers for perfectly executing this romantic proposal.

So if you are thinking about popping that question fellas, may your dreams also come true in Knysna!

Summer Sailing in Knysna

Sat, 11 Jan 2020 13:44:51 GMT

If taking a summer holiday in the Mediterranean or Caribbean is on your agenda, then 11-days in Knysna with Southern Yachting Academy will adequately prepare you for a bare boat charter sailing vacation in many idyllic destinations around the world. After all, beautiful Knysna is a ‘hidden gem’ and both offshore and estuary sailing here is not too shabby by any world standard. Whether it is the RS Tera Worlds, Hobie Nationals, Regional Sailing Championships or Southern Yachting Academy Offshore Yachting Courses, the Garden Route deserves two weeks in your calendar this year!
Preparing to qualify as Day Skippers in January were Reece Crankshaw, Hershell Visser, Andy Vogel, Jacques Louw, Jan Brink, David and Guy Rushmere, Ant More, Wayne and Brayden Barratt. Enjoy Croatia, Turkey and Greece later this year fellas!

Mon, 06 May 2019 20:00:17 GMT

From Royal Cape Yacht Club to Dassen Island to dive out crayfish for a beach braai, then onto Saldanha Bay Yacht Club for a warm shower, a great meal and getting to know the west coast cruise fleet, the cruise got off to a fantastic start! 
Next day we headed off to Kraal Bay in Langebaan to anchorage for an on-board luncheon under the summer sun, followed by a paddle / swim / tender ride and beach walk followed by sundowners then back to the boats to testeach crew’s competitive culinary skills …
Next day full sails raised toward Mykonos Marina for a hearty breakfast, then local Langebaan sailing and onto Saldanha Bay moorings for dinner and passage planning briefing to round Shelly Point, pass St Helena Bay and into Stompneus Bay in a 30kt wind to a tricky anchorage (some boats picked in well, some dragged and …. well some (what happened at Stompies stayed at Stompies)  The next day a quick run across the bay onto Port Owen for a New Years eve party…..
Now that’s a way to spend New Year in South Africa!

Thu, 25 Oct 2018 17:04:43 GMT

Passionate artist Hugh Lugg (son of influential and renowned South African artist Jack Lugg with strong roots in Knysna) paid tribute to his late father by returning to Knysna with his family whilst on vacation in South Africa this month, to immerse themselves in this ​special place of paradise.

Half a day offshore sailing with Mark Orpen of Southern Yachting Academy proved to be a very special celebration of both (father) Jack & (son) Hugh’s love for Knysna and the sea and the thrill of navigating the famous Knysna Heads with his family by his side.

Whilst tying knots, reading the sailing instruments, raising the sails, steering the yacht, tacking and gybing, the Luggs’ were smiles all round until the motion of the ocean lured a crew member to the poop deck to `rest a while’.

 “It was a mixture of enjoyment and giddiness for some of us! ‘Calm’ conditions on the Indian Ocean are obviously not the same as the Baltic, which can be like a ‘Feather Bed’ at times! We will see if the girls develop sea legs!’ chided Hugh with a smile after they all received their completion certificates and a cold refreshment at the Knysna Yacht Club after the activity. 

We know that Hugh will be back to explore the boundaries of this fabulous past time of messing around in yachts; and if it is not offshore from Knysna it may well be out on Lake Constance, back home in Switzerland…

Wed, 11 Jul 2018 12:29:01 GMT

Protecting South African coastal waters is a group of committed vessel skippers from the Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).  These dedicated law enforcement officials navigate our local coastline  by day and night policing poachers, unscrupulous fishermen and smugglers alike.  In aligning to new maritime safety requirements and practices, DAFF selected Southern Yachting Academy in Knysna to provide its officials the quality accredited Short Range Certificate (SRC) Course to obtain SAMSA DSC/VHF Radio Licenses.  Three days of training including drilling down Mayday, Pan-Pan and Securite calls; these candidates are now certainly better equipped in their work.  For more information on the SRC Course, CLICK HERE!

Valentines Day Gift…

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:32:03 GMT

Brittany Hancocks and Aaron Kruse  visited Southern Yachting Academy in Knysna, South Africa this week for two days of active introduction to offshore sailing.
​Enjoying great sailing weather as Knysna is so well know for… Brittany & Aaron had the Academy’s 34ft van der Stadt yacht `Serendipity’, careening through the Knysna lagoon at over 7kts in up to 20kts of wind. 
Sailors in the making… we look forward to having them back on a Day Skippers’ course soon.  ​Fair winds folks and bon voyage back home to DongCheng District in Beijing City, China next week.

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