It was a moderately windy morning in mid March and we met up with a large group of Russian travellers at the Royal Cape Yacht Club around 9am. Our mission for the day: sail the southern tip of Africa!
Our guests had arrived for a very special wedding and out of the nine only two had any command of English, but this made little difference as the best way to communicate an experience requires no words. Our captain, Willie de Villiers, arrived and carried the salted appearance of a veteran of the Atlantic, a puddle he had crisscrossed many times. We boarded his majestic fifty-foot mono-hull yacht, the Orion Flyer, after a hilarious attempt at introductions and took our seats on the deck. Shirts quickly disappeared, sunscreen was passed around, ice-cold beers were cracked and everybody took deep excited breaths of fresh ocean air.
Willie shouted a command through his white beard with a cigarette wedged between his teeth and the engine started. His deckhand untied the mooring ropes and we were off. The wind blew a favourable northwest and beyond the harbour breakwater the engine was cut and the genoa was raised. Silence. The effect is incredible. The feeling of movement having become so associated with engine noise. We were heading around Robben Island in Table Bay and passed many Cape Fur Seals and African Penguins and even dolphins along the way. We rounded the island, the deckhand winched and pulled ropes, sails switched sides and we ploughed over the three-foot swells towards the V& A Waterfront, where the bridge was lifted for us and we docked for a walk through the number one tourist destination in the country.
Photography: Evgenia Zhivaleva
Take a sail with a salted veteran of the Atlantic in a majestic fifty foot mono-hull yacht. The Orion Flyer is not a commercial vessel, but can only be privately chartered, meaning that you and your friends are the only passengers onboard.
Sail around the historic Robben Island and dock at the beautiful Clifton beach or Africa’s number one tourist destination: the V&A Waterfront.
All charters include a light seafood platter. Trips depart from the Royal Cape Yacht Club in the mornings and we can accommodate up to ten passengers.
Cost: R1200 per hour
For bookings contact Etienne firstname.lastname@example.org /+27 (0)798685630 or write a comment here;)
We are not offering you a service, but an experience, because we are not a travel company, but a company of travellers. We’ll take you to the best spots and provide all the equipment, but what you do, how you do it and with who, is entirely up to you.
Surfing lessons/Snorkeling/hiking trips – R 300 per person – all included
Yacht trips – R 1200 per hour (10 people max) Full day price negotiable. Average time of the trip is 4 hours
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Evgenia +27 (0)846170277
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