Captain’s B-Log

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 11:22:57 GMT

Sail out to sea from the Knysna Heads and head east at 5kts for 6 hours to the Beacon Isle, Plettenberg Bay and then back to the calm anchorage `up against’ the world heritage site `Robberg Nature Reserve’  (currently a national monument steeped in history showcasing prehistoric rock formations and stone age artefacts).  Super tasty Bratwurst, potato salad, petit pois and salad from the ships galley with a sundowner to end a fabulous day. 
From night watch shifts to rocking asleep the 34ft yacht Serendipity, the overnight adventure in Plett was enjoyed by skipper Mark Orpen and crew Francois van der Linde, Melinda & Maxine Werth. 
​The morning swim and kayak paddle to visit the 1000’s of resident seals on the Robberg was followed by setting sails in a 15kt-20kt easterly breeze back to Knysna; a somewhat challenging downwind coastal passage with a fine entry through the Knysna Heads to our safe haven mooring at the Knysna Yacht Club.  Do come join us!

Testing the waters…

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:04:26 GMT

Annette Kennedy and Alexander von Wedel join Southern Yachting Academy to test the Indian Ocean waters aboard our vdStadt 34ft offshore sailing training yacht. 

​With fantastic sailing conditions through the Knysna Heads and calm coastal waters let’s hope the sailing disease will spread fast … hope to see you guys soon!
​#southernyachting  #offshoresailing

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:28:17 GMT

With greenery everywhere on land and spring in the air, five enthusiastic sailors head out to offshore waters to complete their SAS Day Skippers Licence (SAMSA Cat C: Sail & Power)  through Southern Yachting Academy in Knysna.
Congratulations to Sally-Ann Morris, St John Salisbury, Andrew Orpen, James Hutchison and Wendy Lochhead who all successfully completed the gruelling weeks theory and practical training and examinations. 
Now these guys have some stories to tell…. create your own story and register today with!

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:42:19 GMT

Deckhand and deck officer jobs in the super and mega yacht industries across Europe, USA and Australasia, have attracted young South Africans for many years.  Southern Yachting Academy in Knysna, South Africa has become the ideal place to obtain a Short Range Certificate (VHF Radio License) and SAS Day Skipper (Sail/Power) License as the foundational 11 day training before then completing a RYA PB2 License and STCW Courses in Cape Town (+12 days).
Our seasoned Superyacht Captains will welcome you aboard for an experience of a lifetime and a positive step up into this exciting industry. 
​Call: +27 44 3823400 

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 07:51:26 GMT

Dads and sons Paul & Conor Burrell; and Michael & Kevin Muller invest quality time out at sea on the iconic classic ocean racing yacht `SV Mercury SA3′ as they experience a 5-hr start sailing adventure with Southern Yachting Academy in beautiful Knysna, on the Garden Route in South Africa  So come and clear your mind, make your dreams happen, chart a course, the future is yours.  WATCH THE VIDEO HERE! 

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:41:40 GMT


Sincere thanks go to the hospitality and commitment of the remarkable barmen: Lovemore Tembo, Clive TagariRa and Patrick John of the Knysna Yacht Club who professionally serve their members and our offshore sailing academy students at all hours of the day and night.  Southern Yachting Academy gladly sponsored them all to a 5-hr Start Sailing Adventure (Introduction to Sailing) experience last Sunday morning between their busy shifts to learn hands-on for the first time what offshore sailing is all about.   
Fun and excitement was had by all including Gladstone Knunzi who is learning to be a boatswain assistant and deck hand at Southern Yachting Academy in Knysna.

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