MAC Newsletter – February 2018

Sail Section

MAC Sailing Events

MAC had two hugely successful events in the latter half of 2017.  We hosted the inaugural team racing launch for SAS as well as the postponed 2017 MAC 24 hr.  It was exciting to experience the vibe at these events and their success has inspired the sail committee to rethink how we approach sail racing in our modern fast paced society.

Due to busy schedules and lack of participation in MAC historical sailing formats, the sail committee has decided to rejuvenate sailing at MAC by running 4 major sailing events this summer as opposed to the historical 9. These events will be open to other clubs, exciting, feature live commentary, food stalls, coffee bar and will be well attended. For those with afternoon commitments, prize giving will finish by 13:00. For those not in a rush, stay for the post race braai after prize giving, enjoy the vibe and join us for a drink on the MAC stoep. The sailing calendar will be updated accordingly. We look forward to seeing you there at the first fun, explosive and exciting event on Sat 17 February.


The Department of Sports and Recreation (SRSA) divided the country into sectors, each sector into wards, our ward being named Cape Town Sailing Federation which will have its own constitution and bank account managed by a committee nominated and mandated by their respected clubs. We would like to congratulate Paul Allardice and Brian Webb who are serving on this committee.

Cape Town Sailing Federations has been tasked with organising and managing the Western Province Champs being held over the Easter Weekend at the V&A Waterfront a week after the MAC-24 hour. A huge amount of effort and time will be allocated to arranging the logistics to make the event a huge spectacle and an enjoyable event for all the competitors.
We are calling on volunteers to help in any way possible as without your help we will not be able to supply the services required to accomplish a successful regatta.
If you are available for any of the above regattas and would like to volunteer, please send Brian Webb a WhatsApp on 074 720 9989 or email Dawn

Junior Sailing

MAC junior sailing has had a very successful season so far.  Five of our junior members attained top 10 positions in the South African fleet during the recent Youth Nationals.  We had twenty new sailors go through our beginner sail training program in the past four months and have a large group of new intermediate sailors participating in our junior sailing coaching program.  We would like to welcome them to the MAC team and look forward to great things from them.

MAC is honoured to announce that we have been asked by SAS Western Cape to host the Chinese Optimist sailors from the Qindao exchange program.  We will be hosting a training clinic with the Chinese sailors which will be open to all Optimist sailors between 26 and 29 March.

Power Section

Compliments of the New Year to all our power section members and their families. I hope that everyone had a great festive season of boating, whether it was fishing, skiing and wake boarding, tubing and even just sundowner cruises. 
I have received a request to organise a power only day at the vlei at which there would be a wake boarding and skiing completion could be held for club members of all skill levels and also a water based treasure hunt / amazing race type event. Could you please provide feedback if this would be something that you would be interested in and would support? 
Any organisation or club is only as strong as its members. I would like to encourage you as the power section members to get more involved in the clubs activities, both at events and on a social basis. There is a Happy Hour on a Friday and Sundowner Hour on a Sunday afternoon. Most, if not every Saturday afternoon you will find that there are member’s braaing at the club while watching sport and enjoying the magnificent sunsets that are synonymous with MAC. It is a great way to get to forge new friendships and get a better understanding of what the other sections do. Did you know that there is also a Quiz night held every 3rd Wednesday of the month and a cash draw held on the last Wednesday of the month?

Important dates:

3 and 10 February: Water Weed Clear Out Work Parties
As you know, this season, the water weed has bloomed and spread at such an astronomic rate that it has made the launch ramp, jetties, sailing and windsurfing launch areas and also parts of the western power zone and island almost unusable. Nature Conservation has given the club permission to remove the weed in these areas. As such, the club management is asking all members to assist with pulling out of the water weed in these critical areas on 3 and 10 February 2018 between 09h00 and 12h00. We will also need the use of SUP’s and Paddle Ski’s in order to bring the weed to the shoreline once it has been pulled out. Kindly contact Dave Blewett ( / 0715341916) or the office should you be able to assist.

17 – 18 March: MAC 24 Hour Challenge
The club’s annual flagship event, the MAC 24Hr Challenge, will be held on the weekend of 17-18 March. As always, the On Water Safety for the event is co-ordinated by MAC volunteers with the assistance of NSRI Station 18. The organisers are in need of members to assist with skippering of the MAC safety boat during the event on a shift basis. An information and training session will be held prior to the event. The more volunteers that there are will mean less of a commitment required by each one. The boat will also have NSRI rescue swimmers /crew on board at all times. Kindly connect either the club office or myself should you be willing to assist.

Feel free to contact the club office, Mark Barnardo, who is the Power Management Rep at either 082 550 8771 / or myself should you have any queries, ideas or suggestions to improve on your experience as a MAC Power member. We would also like to hear about any of your aquatic achievements i.e. catch of the day or participation in competitions whether local, nationally or internationally.

Yours in Power Boating
Dave Blewett
Rear Commodore – Power Milnerton Aquatic Club
Cell: 071 534 1916

Windsurfing Section

The windsurfing Masters and Blasters event in January was steroid-fuelled, thanks to a huge injection of international talent at what will become an annual event – the Windsurfing Showcase. 

This is the biggest event hosted by the windsurfing section ever, attracting more than 150 people to the daylong program of technical talks by professional windsurfers, slalom racing, a  freestyle demonstration followed by a prize giving van dinner at the club.

The event was an unprecedented success. Co-hosted by new Ocean Spirit store owners Andrew Cattell and Simon Duffet, MAC was privileged to spend the day with the PWA circuit’s top racers Pierre Mortefon, Marion Mortefon, Jordy Vonk, Ben van der Steen, Lena Erdil and Gunnar Asmussen, and formula world champion Vincent Langer. The North/Fanatic team riders gave an in-depth talk on rigging, board design and rider stance, a fascinating insight into the world of the windsurfing professionals and the millimeters of tuning employed to gain control or go faster at the top level of sailing.

The wind came through at 4:30 and enabled two races each for the Masters and Blasters section. As expected, the internationals gave the locals a master class in racing, taking top honours in the Masters, won by Pierre Mortefon, currently PWA nr. 3 rider, followed by Langer and Swiss champion Daniel Aeberli. Shayne Krige was our top local rider at an impressive 9th overall. 

Then the freestylers took over, wowing the spectators with impossible tricks and a photo session as the sun went down. Afterwards, particpants convened in the bar and galley, which they proceded to empty completely!

North/Fanatic team manager Craig Gertenbach wrote this after the event:

“I’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone involved in organising today’s event-especially Jaco and his Mac team, Jeff as a great race director, Andrew and Simon for a perfect setup, prizes and sponsorship and everyone else who made it possible! Great to see so many of you there today and certainly a pleasure to see companies investing their time and resources into our sport here! Had a great 4 weeks sailing with a lot of you in Cape Town and at Mac especially, hope to see you all next year! Keep windsurfing, the best sport there is! I can’t remember seeing such large nr’s of keen windsurfers out on the water, South African and Europeans alike-so the sport is going in the right direction. Cheers, Craig Gertenbach.”

The club made full use of the visiting internationals by inviting the professionals to run advanced clinics. Jordy Vonk ran two slalom clinics, taking eight of riders through intensive one-on-one gear tuning sessions and stance improvements, and Turkish PWA star Lena Erdil is presenting a gybe clinic in February.

MACs Robbie Bense is organising the annual Kite Windsurf Cup, to be run in Langebaan from the end of January, kicking off with the Downwind Dash next weekend. The KWC is the de facto SA Nationals event, and attended by riders from Europe, Mauritius and SA.


Following some uncertainty and rumours following lasts years AGM, the MAC Management Committee feels that it would be prudent to clarify the facts surrounding Ms Penny Callan: Objections were raised by some members to Ms Penny Callan standing for the position of Vice Commodore in 2017.  These objections were accompanied by a formal complaint. After Ms Callan withdrew her candidacy for Vice Commodore, this complaint was retracted. The management committee can confirm that there is no active complaint against nor investigation into the conduct of Ms Callan during her term, as Rear Commodore – Sail, in the 2016 / 2017 season and the matter is closed.