Algoa Bay Yacht Club

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Algoa Bay Yacht Club
Algoa Bay Yacht Club clubhouse.jpg
Photograph of Algoa Bay Yacht Club, taken 2016
Legal statusactive
PurposeFostering Sailing, educator and network for Recreational boating, and competitive sailors, coaches, volunteers and events
Official language
Alan Straton
AffiliationsSouth African Sailing, World Sailing, South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee
The burgee of the Algoa Bay Yacht Club, Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa

The Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) is a yacht club in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Port Elizabeth forms part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality.


The Algoa Bay Yacht Club was established on 14 September 1959 and currently has around 245 members.[1][2] The ABYC Founder Members were Paddy Goodall, Scotty Pearson, Mike Morgan, Harold Kohler, Charles Allen, Graham Packer, Jerry Cullum and Stompie Macdonald. ABYC incorporates the Zwartkops Yacht Club which was previously named the Beaconsfield Yact Club established in 1884 on the Zwartkops River.

The cross on the ABYC pennant commemorates the wooden cross erected in Algoa Bay by the first sailor from Europe to discover it, Bartolomeu Dias, on 12 March 1488. The Dias Cross Memorial now commemorates this event.



ABYC hosts local, regional, national and international sailing regattas.

Hosted Regattas[edit]

  • 1958: In 1958 the Lipton Cup Regatta was hosted by Algoa Bay Yacht Club.[3] After winning the Lipton Cup in Cape Town in 1957 in Trickson II, the skipper Harold Kohler (sailing under the burgee of Redhouse Yacht Club) nominated Algoa Bay as the defence's sailing area. The 1958 Lipton Cup regatta was won by Wilf Hancock from Durban.
  • 1962: In 1962 the Lipton Cup fleet returned to Algoa Bay as a result of the nomination of ABYC by Noel Horsfield, the winner of the 1961 Lipton Cup, a fleet of 30 Sq’s competed for the Lipton Cup and for the first time ABYC had an entry – Paddy Goodall’s “Sunmaid”. Harold Kohler was in there again with “Trickson II” under the Redhouse burgee while Graham Packer represented Zwartkops. None of these three local entries managed to win the event and the competition was not held in Algoa Bay waters again until 1998.
  • 1972: In 1972 the RCOD and Soling classes held their National Championships on the bay with ABYC hosting the event.
  • 1975: During 1975 ABYC's annual regatta “Algoa Bay Week” was established - a regatta that has been held every year since then. The first one was prefaced by a boat show held at the swimming bath at St.George’s Park. A small yacht was launched into the swimming bath itself for inspection by the public, various displays of yachting equipment were laid out and entertainment was provided by the Grey High School band. The NSRI together with the South African Air Force performed a rescue operation. An inflatable dinghy floated in the swimming pool and from it a patient was air lifted into a helicopter. First major sponsor was Kronenbrau, then Opel, then Kwikot, then Continental 1995 to 2000, then GMSA and Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality 2002 to 2005.[4]
  • 1998: The Lipton Cup was held in Algoa Bay in 1998.
  • 1998: Dart Nationals
  • 1999: ABYC hosted the J22 World Championships in 1999.
  • 2002: Optimist Selections
  • 2003: The Optimist African Continental Championships were held at ABYC in 2003.
  • 2005: Optimist Selections
  • 2005 Finn Nationals
  • 2006: Hobie 16 World Championships [5][6]
  • 2007: The Mirror World Championships were hosted by ABYC in January 2007 and resulted in a number of firsts: First Duo to win the pre-worlds [7] and World Championships and the first all female skipper and crew to win the World Championships.[8] The President of the International Mirror Class Association, Patrick Blaney, said; “In my years involved, I have been to many great clubs, seen some great racing and participated in some fantastic events, ABYC has now joined that elite group with perhaps the best combination of location, sailing (wind and water) and club spirit that I have ever witnessed.” [9]
  • 2012: The Hobie 16 Nationals took place in Algoa Bay in 2012, 2013, 2014 [10][11]
  • 2015: The Vasco Da Gama Ocean Race from Durban to Port Elizabeth finished at ABYC in 2015, 2016, 2017 [12]
  • 2015: The 60th SAP 5O5 World Championships were hosted by ABYC from 23 March to 3 April 2015.[13][14][15][16][17]

Annual Regattas[edit]

  1. ABYC hosts a number of local short and medium distances races and short course regattas throughout the sailing season
  2. Algoa Bay Sailing Week is the annual premier provincial yacht regatta.
  3. The ABYC Inter-club Dinghy Regatta is held at either North End Lake [18] or off-shore.
  4. A number of radio-controlled yacht regattas are held annually.

Community and Development[edit]

  1. The first sail training school for locals with an emphasis on youth was established in 1998
  2. In 2001, with the demise of the Zwartkops Yacht Club, ABYC expanded their facilities and installed a slipway to accommodate the dinghy sailing population.
  3. In 2003 a need was seen to embark on sail training with an emphasis on previously disadvantaged youth and the ABYC Sailing School was established. A 4-year partnership with LoveLife South Africa was established in 2003 which resulted in close on One Thousand school pupils taking part in an eight-week sail training programme under the tutelage of LoveLife coaches.[19][20]
  4. ABYC members give support to other watersport events in Algoa Bay such as the annual Bell Buoy Challenge [21]
  5. ABYC runs a Sailing School teaching children and adults sailing. It runs across the sailing season of September to May, over weekends, by volunteer coaches. ABYC owns a fleet of dinghies: O-9ers, Optimists, Lasers, a Sprog, and a Regatta. Advanced learners are able to sail and compete on keelboats, including the Club's L26, and a loaned J22, J-Sea. Dinghy sailors are competing in local, provincial, national and international events on Mirrors, Hobie-Cats, RS Teras, Lasers and 420s.
  6. ABYC members give support to other watersport events or organisations in Algoa Bay, such as Redhouse Yacht Club and arranging provincial or national regattas.

Notable ABYC Sailors[edit]

  • Bertie Reed – Springbok Sailor.
  • Jimmy Swinnerton on Flame [22]
  • John Tudehope, Sean Wiseman, Alan Straton - Vasco Da Gama Ocean Race 2014, 2015 on Wallbanger a Simonis 35 [23][24]
  • Tony and Sigi Bailes, Mark Dawson - Vasco Da Gama Ocean Race 2014, 2015 on Nemesis a Fast 42 [25]
  • Tammy Bailes and Luke Weddell - 2016 RS Tera World Championships [26]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Club History
  2. ^ Algoa Bay Yacht Club
  3. ^ "Lipton Cup Roll of Honour" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-08-18. Retrieved 2016-07-04.
  4. ^ join ABYC for their Jubilee Sailpast
  5. ^ Past Hobie World
  6. ^ 46 Knots on First Day
  7. ^ Brits Win Pre-Worlds
  8. ^ Mirror Worlds 2007 – Simply Gorgeous
  9. ^ Mirror Worlds at Port Elizabeth, South Africa - Prize Giving
  10. ^ Hobie Nationals for Port Elizabeth
  11. ^ Plettenberg Bay Duo Clinch Hobie 16 National Championship title
  12. ^ Vasco da Gama Race from Durban to Port Elizabeth – NEWS
  13. ^ Howie Hamlin starting SAP 505 Worlds on back foot
  14. ^ SAP delivered smoother sailing at the 2015 5O5 World Championships
  15. ^ 2015 SAP 505 World Championships - Battle for second position
  16. ^ Smit's 23-year chase culminates with world championship
  17. ^ Algoa Bay Yacht Club hosts 2015 SAP 5O5 Worlds
  18. ^ "ABYC dominates in three-day event". Archived from the original on 2014-09-10. Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  19. ^ Sailing Scuttlebutt
  20. ^ Joins ABYC for their Jubilee Sailpast
  21. ^ International swimmers for Bell Buoy Challenge
  22. ^ Meet the crew of 1971 Cape to Rio yacht Flame
  23. ^ Vasco da Gama Ocean Race 2016 – 9th entry received
  24. ^ Meet the skipper of local yacht, Wallbanger
  25. ^ Vasco da Gama Race 2016 – 4th entry received
  26. ^ Half of Team South Africa from Nelson Mandela Bay