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Mossel Bay Race Success!

Sailing team Yachtport SA has won the latest edition of the Mossel Bay Race!

Sailing in treacherous conditions the South African Navy sponsored vessel has won the event on corrected time. 

The 210 nautical mile race took place from Simons Town to Mossel Bay, rounding the Southernmost tip of Africa, contending with the volatile mixing of the opposing Benguela and Agulhas currents.

Skipper Andre Besta and his crew had to deal with ferocious weather conditions. Wind gusts reported up to 49 Knots from the West, creating 5 meter high swells at times. Racing in the harshest of conditions. 

Unfortunately the race victory will never ease the pain of the tragedy experienced during the race to a fellow race competitor. Our utmost condolences for the family and friends.



Yachtport SA Cape Town Opening Function

Yachtport SA Cape Town has now opened!

On the morning of 14th of April 2018, the opening function was held at the Vista Marina Restaurant in the V&A Waterfront Marina basin - Cape Town. 

Invited guests included past clients, service providers, brokers, governmental organizations, boatyards, shipyards, yacht clubs, boat builders and the National Sea Rescue Institute etc. 

The audience were presented what Yachtport SA had set out to achieve and what has been achieved since 2010. Our plans going forward were presented along with our medium term visions. 

The audience were finally invited to support this initiative in their own capacities and be part of this journey with Yachtport SA to create further world class yacht maintenance facilities in South Africa. 

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Pegasus Revitalised

20m Motor Yacht Pegasus has recently been revitalised and given a new lease on life at Yachtport SA.

This steel hulled vessel underwent full bottom works, survey, fitment of new saloon windows and doors as well as a complete respray of the hull and superstructure. Works were conducted in record time while comfortably housed in Yachtport's maintenance shed in Saldanha Bay.

We are most pleased to have restored this vessel after a long period of neglect and wish her well with her new owners. 




Yachtport SA is expanding

Exciting news!

Yachtport SA is expanding!

We are taking up key office space in the V&A Waterfront Marina in Cape Town. 

This additional office will serve as a marketing, business development and client services office. 

Due to the success of Yachtport SA in Saldanha Bay and the desire to expand and offer more to the yachting industry locally and internationally, we are undertaking to expand regionally and in capability.

More news and development on this to follow...


Water Wise Decisions

Our region is in a dire water shortage crisis. 

The crisis is due to the ripple effects of the longest and hottest El Niño on record which has effected our region since 2015. 

Today our regional water storage dams are less than 1/4 of usable water, at the start of our long and dry summer season! This has called for region wide water restrictions to be put in place to prohibit the use of potable water for anything other than basic sanitation.

For this reason, Yachtport has proactively decided to install a new rainwater collection system at our premises. 

The two water tanks will be able to hold up to 20,000 Liters of rainwater for the use of boat works and boat washing on site. With this method the essential boat services can continue but without jeopardizing our own community. 

We encourage you to be water wise. 

El Niño?

An El Niño means The Little Boy, or Christ Child in Spanish. El Niño was originally recognized by fishermen off the coast of South America in the 1600s, with the appearance of unusually warm water in the Pacific Ocean. The name was chosen based on the time of year (around December) during which these warm waters events tended to occur.

The term El Niño refers to the large-scale ocean-atmosphere climate interaction linked to a periodic warming in sea surface temperatures across the central and east-central Equatorial Pacific.

Typical El Niño effects are likely to develop over North America during the upcoming winter season. The presence of El Niño can significantly influence weather patterns, ocean conditions, and marine fisheries across large portions of the globe for an extended period of time.

The opposite of El Niño is La Niña. 

La Niña means The Little Girl in Spanish. La Niña is also sometimes called El Viejoanti-El Niño, or simply "a cold event."

La Niña episodes represent periods of below-average sea surface temperatures across the east-central Equatorial Pacific. Global climate La Niña impacts tend to be opposite those of El Niño impacts. In the tropics, ocean temperature variations in La Niña also tend to be opposite those of El Niño.

During a La Niña year, winter temperatures are warmer than normal in the Southeast and cooler than normal in the Northwest. - Words by NOAA


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