Jan 12 - SBYC

Pos: S33deg01.238min / E017deg56.914 min One of the YC members let us know we had anchored too close to a channel the Navy uses for their launches, so we re-anchored just offshore of the Slipway Restaurant in a very protected bite, in 18’ water. We’re expecting a blow thru here in the next day or so, and this affords much better protection here. There’s a Spar store in town and it’s pretty well stocked. The Eigelaar Marine Store is nearby, as are hardware stores, an ATM, and a few bars and restaurants. Speaking of which, we enjoyed a very nice mussel dish at the Slipway, and there is a dock there to tie up the dinghy. The YC here doesn’t have a restaurant, but there are kitchen and braai facilities for general use, as well as a well-stocked bar (open M-F at 4 pm and S-S mid-morning) and lounge/TV area. There’s also a washing machine yachties can use, but no dryer; clothes lines are outside to hang clothes to dry. The club also has free wifi, a good thing as our Telkom dongle isn’t picking up signal. The showers are excellent, and the YC manager, Ivy, is very helpful, as we have found many of the YC members to be also. A newer marina nearby is Yachtport SA where haul-out facilities for larger vessels may be found. The YC here has a slipway for small to medium sized yachts, although there is a fairly large steel yacht using it as this is being written. Some ways around, but still in Saldanha Bay, is Club Mykonos Marina, and still further down is Langebaan Lagoon.
Pic: Matt in charge of pizza night aboard...yum!

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