Don't touch the one that's affiliated to Sunsail, if I recall it's run by Chris & Libby Bonnette (or something like that). Ocean Sailing Academy in Durban are pretty good and I have known the proprietor for over 20 years. This is their web page
Ocean Sailing Academy also have a base in Capetown. They had a stand at LIBS and at the end of a long day I took advantage of a seat there and chatted to the Principal, Robbie Dove. It sounded like a great place to sail and I was impressed. Details of the Capetown school can be accessed through the link that Stingo provided. Have fun!
Suggest you talk to Tony Herrick in Durban at ...firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony has a great reputation assisting international sailors visiting SA.. ... You wont regret it.
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Stingo - do you have personal experience of the Sunsail SA School, or just a downer on Sunsail in general ?
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Yep, a bad deal with Chris & Libby Bonnet who are the principals of the Sunsail outfit in South Afirca. And I've have heard enough bar talk to never deal with them again - be it their school or brokerage.
I've done the day skipper theory and practical and coastal skipper / yachtmaster theory and practical at Ocean Sailing Academy in Cape Town and cannot recommend them highly enough.
There are lots of great day sails from Cape Town whether it's to Robben Island and back, or a day to Hout Bay and a day back.
Cannot comment on any other schools except to say Sunsail only opened up recently (since I was there in 2003).
The weather is superb for sailing and I don't mean just the sun I mean the wind. You havent been blown till you've been blown in Cape Town! /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif
To get RYA approval to do the Yachtmaster theory courses schools need to have a discernable tide and many spots around the world struggle to get approval because of this. I believe Cape Town only got it after much effort from Robbie Dove by using Langebaan (about 90 miles north of Cape Town) as a tidal port - it's more of a lagoon really and the tidal part, to me, is quite tenuous but it's great that they got the approval this way. This is where the YM theory tests are done.
My understanding is, if you want to do YM including the exam you can't do it in Durban.
Apart from all that, Cape Town is the best place in the world and everyone should go there at least once in a lifetime, but I'm biased, I used to live there.
With reference to Henton Jabaak, yes, he was one of two examiners there when I was there. Stern chap but a good one.
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"yep - a bad deal"
Sorry to hear that. I am sure they started the Sailing Academy in Durban and they sponsored a RCOD for use by ex-pupils at very low rates in Durban. Their help was much appreciated me and by schoolboy sailors from Michaelhouse for some years in the 80s.
If you go into Royal Natal - don't mention me.
As for Henton Jaaback - what a man - I respected him for his leadership in Rhodesian forces and later for the determination he showed to master all aspects of seamanship. I would recommend him to anyone. Lovely wife, too.