MAC AGM 2020/2021

Ahoy All Members,

Hoping you are all in good health and keeping well.

Due to current social gathering, social distancing, facility access and sanitization regulations stipulated in National and Local lockdown regulations, it is not possible to hold physical meetings at the club at this time.

The Management Committee (Mancom) have agreed that the meetings will be conducted in the digital space using “Zoom” the web-based video conferencing tool will be used to conduct virtual online meetings via the internet. How to join a Zoom meeting.

Invitations and access details to Section and Club AGM’s will be sent closer to the meeting dates.

Please see the AGM schedule and call for nominations below.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) Schedule 2020/2021 Season:
A.G.M Sail – Monday – 20 July 2020 at 19H00

A.G.M. Power – Tuesday – 21 July 2020 at 19H00

A.G.M. Boardsailing – Wednesday – 22 July 2020 at 19H00

A.G.M. Club – Wednesday – 05 August 2020 at 19H00

To be held online using web based video conferencing tool Zoom
Joining a Zoom meeting:

Call for Club Officer Nominations.
Nominations to be submitted by 15 July 2020

for the positions of Commodore, Vice Commodore, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Secretary, Conservation Officer & Communications Office

Submit Nomination Online:


Print, complete, scan, and submit via email:

Extracts from the Club Constitution for Nominations & Election Criteria:

-(from #44. b) – Nominations for the offices of Rear Commodores, Representatives and Committee Members of each Section shall be proposed at Section Annual General Meetings.

-(from #36. b) – The notice calling for nominations for the offices of Commodore, Vice Commodore, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Secretary, Conservation Officer and, Communications Officer shall be posted on the Club’s Notice Board 30 days before the Club AGM and sent to the last known address or email address of each member. (as amended August 2017)

-(from #36.c) – Nominations for the offices of Commodore, Vice Commodore, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Secretary, Conservation Officer and, Communications Officer shall be lodged with the Honorary Secretary, duly proposed and seconded, and with the nominee’s consent, 21 days prior to the Annual General Meeting. The names of the nominees, their proposers and seconders shall then be posted on the Club Notice Board for scrutiny 14 (fourteen) days prior to the Annual General Meeting. In case of needs, the Management Committee shall be empowered to accept late nominations. (as amended August 2017)

-(from #36. d) – Nominations for the offices of President, Vice President/s and Honorary Life Members shall only be made by decision of the Management Committee in accordance with paragraphs (b) and (c). (as amended August 2017)

-(from #44. c) – Only participating members of relevant sections may vote at their section’s Annual General Meeting.

-(from #28. a) – The qualification for election of the club officers detailed in Rule 26, with the exception of the Treasurer, shall be a minimum of two years membership of the club.

-(from #28. b) – The Commodore and Vice-Commodore should have served at least one year on the Management Committee and Rear Commodores at least one year on their respective Section Committees.

-(from #28. c) – The Commodore, Vice Commodore, and Rear Commodores must be nominated and elected each year.

Keep Safe and Healthy, Regards

William Gravett – Honorary Secretary
On behalf of Mancom.



Dear Members

Due to some confusion this last week we clarified some issues with Table Bay Nature Reserve. We have received confirmation from Charline, in writing, that members are allowed to check on their boats & the garden service may operate. We are not allowed to open the restaurant, bar & clubhouse for activities under regulation 3. We are not allowed in the water as yet, & unfortunately the reserve remains closed in this regard for now. We are trying our best to get the reserve opened, which is managed by the City of Cape Town. We have published an open letter to both Mr Wiseman & Dan Plato requesting that our members be allowed to use the water. Please can the members obey the current rules, as we do not wish members to sabotage our efforts in attempting to re-open the water. Please remember to wear your face masks when visiting the club when checking on your boats & equipment.

Kind regards


MAC Management Committee

Covid-19 Lockdown Update – 10 June 2020

One month later we still remain within the government lock down legislation however we have seen a definite change over the last week that offers us hope that we will be back on the water in the near future, provided the number of cases and deaths do not dramatically increase over the next few weeks.

During the last month SA Sailing has been in constant communication with two key bodies that regulate our sport;
SASCOC/ Dept of Sport and Recreation and SAMSA.

SASCOC are running the COVID War Room that is focusing on two key areas; access to funding for the sport sector and its sporting federations and returning to active sports. Based on feedback from Sport Federations the SASCOC

War Room are liaising with the Dept of Sport and Recreation and Government bodies to agree the terms by which all sports can resume. During this time SA Sailing has submitted a detailed document describing how we are in a position to enable on the water sailing from Level 3, what controls that clubs, classes and event organisers will need to implement in order to allow sailing, and what government regulations would need to change in order to enable this. As noted in the Minister of Sport presentation on Sunday evening this document, together with those from other sport federations, is under review and we await feedback. We are chasing this on a regular basis.

One of the key regulations that we noted in our document that required changing was that SAMSA needed to lift their ban on recreational and sailing craft using the waterways as was detailed in SAMSA Notice 27 of 2020. We are pleased to note that this was addressed and has now been cancelled and replaced with SAMSA Notice 31 of 2020 which was released last night (see link to notice further down in the newsletter) . This notice allows sports and recreational use for all vessels with valid certificates of fitness (COF), together with the resumption of surveying of vessels and allowance of COF’s to be completed, subject to the overall lockdown legislation which currently restricts movement.

As the SAMSA notice is one of the two pieces of the puzzle that we need approval on to allow us to resume sailing we await the feedback from SASCOC/ Dept of Sport to provide us with the green light to resume sailing. As of this afternoon the legislated regulatory changes have not been finalised for release and this means we cannot proceed with sailing at this stage. We will update everybody that moment that this is granted.

Although the regulations of Level 3 have allowed us much anticipated “freedom” I would urge everybody to remain vigilant and wary of COVID 19. The infection cases and death rates are on the rise in South Africa and we all remain susceptible to this. There is a strong light at the end of the tunnel and let’s keep working together to get as many of us through this and back on the water in as strong an economic situation as possible.

Intasure, our Member Benefit partner, have confirmation in writing that any boats insured by Intasure with infinity will not be prejudiced in any way for matters out of their control until the appropriate level of Covid 19 allows for COF’s to be renewed.All cover will remain valid during this time.

However, It will be up to each insurer to provide assurance on this to boat owners.

Looking forward to seeing everybody on the water soon.

Peter Hall

For all information on the continuously developing COVID-19 situation, you can now head to:

Obituary – Pat Downing MAC 472

It is with regret and sadness that we advise on the quite sudden passing of Pat Downing (Mac 472 ). Pat was a founder member and without a doubt one of the most dedicated and the single most ardent, active Honoury Life member. She was fearless and tireless in protecting the Clubs Constitution (well, her interpretation of it!). Pat’s love was not just for the Club but for the Table Bay Reserve as a whole and she dedicated many hours to representing the Club at the Table Bay Nature Conservation meetings. She will be remembered by hundreds, if not thousands of dinghy sailors as ‘Mama24” .She will be remembered  for her energetic involvement in the annual  ”24 Hour Endurance regatta”. Her participation in this event was complete – from the initial organisation and preparation, sourcing of sponsors to her enthusiastic encouragement of those on the water, her admonishment of the unruly ‘barflies’ in the ‘Wet Start’ Pub as well as overseeing the final Prize Giving – She really was the Mama of the event, no mean feat for one of the largest and most popular regattas in the Cape Dingy calendar.

Talking of Prize Giving, Pat was a regular, worthy and grateful recipient of the “Wooden Spoon” award – this she received with pride, as to her it was a clear indication and recognition that she had done a great job in pulling members into line and upholding the Constitution. To her eternal credit, she always also received it in good spirits and the manner in which it was intended. There is no doubt that Pat will be remembered with love and fondness by many and even the those who were on her regular receiving end respected and admired her passionate brutal candour.

There is a certain irony that MAC is at its quietest and most peaceful at this time, we have all been forced to pause and reflect…..we wish the same for Pat – it’s Pats time to pause and we know she will rest in peace. God bless you Pat and thank you for your lifelong contribution to MAC.

Ross Cowing

(Photograph Angela Gray)