Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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Yacht club hospitality
We are staying at the Zulu Land Yacht Club in Richards Bay, South Africa for the next month so we go visit the lions et al, do some boat chores, and wait for the full onset of summer to go around the corner to Cape Town. Just wanted to mention the remarkable friendliness of the folks here. First two weeks dockage are free and they give all international boats a bottle of local champagne and a burgee. They want you to fly the burgee as you go west since you are now a temporary member of the club by staying here. I wanted to buy a second burgee since we display them at our club in Canada and they will give me one instead and only ask that I send them one from home.
At one time not many cruisers went around the Cape of Good Hope, but with the pirate situation the numbers have gone up dramatically - probably more than a hundred this year and Richards Bay is the popular landfall in South Africa so it has been more of a burden on this club but they maintain the tradition. Good people and their welcome and generosity should be complimented.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.