The annual Spring Regatta was hosted by False Bay Yacht Club this past weekend. The Bay was brightened by the colorful sails of the over 50 entries, which included boats from super-fast sports boats to the bigger 40 and 50 plus-footers and a range of smaller craft. After the day’s racing the competitors enjoyed a busy social calendar too.
Although it may be called the Spring Regatta, those who have sailed this event know that it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is warm. As a spring tease, the snow-capped peaks of Hottentots Holland stood proud behind the fleet sailing in False Bay on the first day of racing.
Clean Seas, Clean Racing
False Bay Yacht Club also set the bar high in the sustainability stakes this weekend when they implemented their Sailors for the Sea’s Clean Regattas program. The initiative is a first for South African yacht clubs which aims to completely abolish the use of single-use plastics and to encourage re-cycling in line with the Blue Flag status of the False Bay marina. This shift in mindset helped eliminate single-use plastic waste in all forms, from straws and water bottles to food packaging. Competitors were provided with re-usable water bottles and filtered water was made available for re-fill purposes. In addition, clearly marked recycle bins were placed around the club. A big thank you should go to all competitors for supporting the program.
FBYC Commodore, Anthony Wentworth adds, “This initiative was so successful that we will be embedding the plastic-free policy into the ongoing running of our club and marina environments going forward. We had always planned to extend this program into the general running of the club, but after its success at the regatta and on seeing it embraced by all competitors and supporters, it made us realise that there is no option but to manage our club using these policies.”
Sponsored by Intasure, BUCO, DHL and Cape Medical Response, the Spring Regatta Festival of Sailing is False Bay Yacht Club’s premier regatta and one of the biggest in the country. The regatta attracts over 50 entries from most of the keelboat sailing clubs in the Western Cape. The regatta also serves as the preparation event for the Mossel Bay off-shore race, which takes place this weekend.
Photographs: Nic Bothma