Algoa Bay Yacht Club
The Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) is based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Port Elizabeth forms part of the Nelson Mandela Metropole. ABYC has been host to many national and international sailing events.
ABYC exists to; “Foster an interest in sailing” and we provide the facilities to meet this objective.
An active sailing section, marina, convivial pub and excellent restaurant (The Chartroom) with a great view all combine to make ABYC one of the friendliest venues in the Friendly City.
A rich nautical and competitive sailing history with many resident and visiting characters assure you of a unique Port Elizabeth experience.
Competitive sailing takes place every weekend throughout the sailing season and social Wednesday Evening Sailing is open to all who want to; “try before you buy”.
ABYC is conveniently situated within the precincts of the Port Elizabeth Harbour just north of the National Sea Rescue (NSRI) and Port Elizabeth Deep Sea Angling Club (PEDSAC).
Membership is open to all who express an interest and active participation in sailing and offers many benefits...
Sail to places you have never been
From dinghy to bay to coastline to ocean - sailing offers you freedom and healthy competiveness for all ages. Joining the Algoa Bay Yacht Club is the first step to learning how to take part in this sport for a lifetime. Olympic Sailing Champions and Round the World sailors are only coming into their prime from the ages of 30 to 50 years-old. Many different classes of dinghies and yachts will fit all ambitions and pockets.
We will show you things you have never seen
Sailing brings you into contact with the Marine World and elements in a close up and visceral way - curious dolphins, birds and whales often investigate our gracious craft on the waters of Algoa Bay. Who knew that such joy and communing with nature could also be healthy and keep you fit?
See some of the ABYC EXCO below
Eight elected volunteer EXCO members are responsible for the operation of the ABYC: Alan Straton, Sean Wiseman, Morgan Griffiths, Rodney Idris, Frank Atkinson, Roger Lucas, Russel Morgan and Doug Stannard.
As the overall responsible person for the smooth running of ABYC the Commodore strives to make the Club more viable by growing its membership and increasing club activity with the emphasis on sailing.
The activities to support this mission are:
- More active sailing with more sailing members
- Organised racing
- Juniors programme
- A stable Marina Relationship
- Maintenance of equipment
- An active social programme to increase member Club usage
- An active promotion programme
All the while exercising effective and conservative control of finances in order to balance financial growth with controlled expenditure to support sailing and social activities.
All Exco positions are voluntary and unpaid.
Alan Straton is a long serving ABYC Member with experience as Honorary Secretary, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore Marketing and now Commodore. My main goal is to; “Make the Exco a vibrant and responsive unit” and my measure of success will be to see members actively putting their names forward for election.
Outside of Exco you can find Alan here:
ABYC Sailing Commodore
As the Vice-Commodore, Sailing, Morgan lives ABYC’s ethos of ‘Fostering Sailing’ by:
- Arranging our club yacht and dinghy races and regattas
- Coordinating the activities of our Sailing School (Novices & Advanced classes for children & adults)
- Creating learning opportunities for our members
- Encouraging non-sailors to join in our sailing activities
- Leading the Sailing Committee
- Liaising with other sailing clubs
- Leading the redevelopment of our Sailing School
- Contributing to the SAS Eastern Cape Activities
When not at Exco or sailing Morgan can be found here:
WESSA (the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa)
As Club President, Sean gives advice to the Commodore and Exco, particularly when contentious issues arise. The President is a sounding board for members and makes their views know to the flag officers and committee. The president can be called upon to represent the Club in the absence of a flag officer and has the casting vote at Exco.
When not at Exco or sailing Sean can be found here: