The False Bay Yacht Club was founded in 1958 and moved into its present clubhouse in 1984. The modern clubhouse and marina facilities are situated centrally in the historic naval village of Simon’s Town. The town and Simon’s Bay, in the South Western corner of False Bay, were named after the Dutch Governor of the Cape Simon van der Stel, who in 1741 had identified the bay as the preferred winter anchorage for visiting ships.
False Bay Yacht Club’s marina is one of only two marinas in the Western Cape, South Africa to have been awarded ‘Blue Flag’ status. Blue Flag status indicates that the marina is clean, safe and secure, and adheres to international safety and tourism standards.
Visiting international and local cruising yachts are most welcome and vessels up to 22M (±20 Tons) can be accommodated on either swing moorings or walk-on marinas.
Looking at 2014, the False Bay Yacht Club has an events calendar which would be the envy of most yachts clubs worldwide.
Over the Easter long weekend FBYC hosted the BRASS BELL Easter fun regatta for Keelboats and the Southern Charter WC Dinghy Championships.
In August FBYC, as the defenders of the Lipton Challenge Cup, hosted the 2014 Lipton Challenge. This prestigious one design regatta attracted competitive teams from more than 15 of the top South African sailing clubs.
The annual INTASURE sponsored Spring Regatta, which was sailed in September, is regarded as the premier offshore keel boat regatta and this year attracted a competative entry of more than 80 keelboats across the various classes.
In December 2014 FBYC will once again be host to the GOVERNOR’S CUP competitors before they set off on their race to the remote island of St. Helena some 1700nm of fast downwind sailing.
The activities of the club are regarded as a major tourism asset for the South peninsular area and significantly contribute to the economy of Simon’s Town.
The club is going from strength to strength, total membership is around 1000, the facilities are unparalleled in South Africa and continue to improve. The False Bay Yacht Club may be 55 years old but it is vibrant, progressive and innovative – the envy of all that visit this haven.