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.
(Photograph Angela Gray)
CORONAVIRUS COVID-19. 19 March 2020
Ahoy All Members,
Following the President’s declaration of a national disaster, regarding the CORONAVIRUS outbreak, the City of Cape Town (CoCT) has decided to close facilities to contain the spread of COVID-19. See the official statement and full list of facilities affected here.
On the list of affected facilities are Nature Reserves and this affects club operations and members.
MAC Management Committee (Mancom) would like to reassure members that in response to this we are taking all necessary steps to ensure that the Club complies with National and Local Government policies. The following has been implemented with immediate effect:
- The water at the vlei is closed to ALL – per CoCT
- The Reserve access gate is closed the public – per CoCT
- All Club water sport and social events are postponed/cancelled until further notice – per Mancom
- The Bar and Galley are closed until further notice – per Mancom
- Access to Club facilities are restricted to members only – per Mancom
The Office and Club facilities will remain operational for essential services and access needs of members. Only members are allowed essential access to club and storage facilities.
Office operating hours:
- OPEN – Monday to Friday 08:00 to 16:00
- CLOSED – Weekends and Public Holidays
Mancom thanks you for understanding and requests your cooperation and support during this difficult time. We suggest the members view these websites to keep abreast of developments:
- Official Covid-19 Website and make use of the official WhatsApp number 060 012 3456 (message Hi to the number to be registered on their database)
- Precautionary guidelines and Social distancing practices for preventing the spread of the virus
- Keep informed of Club activities by checking the MAC website.
MAC Garden Party this Sunday
Do join us for a fun day of gardening. We will have lots of plants that need to get in the ground, so the gardens are looking pretty for the MAC 24 Hour Challenge in two weeks time.
See poster for details.
Please note: The Autumn Sprints 1 Regatta has moved from this Sunday to this Saturday 14 March – Start not before R13h30! (Changed due to bad weather on Sunday)
SAFETY BOAT SKILLS MORNING AT MAC
THIS SATURDAY – 7 March 2020
10:00 to 13:00
Theory and practical sessions demonstrating what to do in the event of someone being in distress while dinghy sailing.