Fresh Water Sailing at Theewater

Sailing at Theewater

Theewaterskloof is nestled in the mountains of the Western Cape's fruit growing region, outside the historical village of Villiersdorp. About 90 minutes drive from Cape Town and 70 minutes drive from Cape Town International airport, access to Theewaterskloof is via Stellenbosh & Franschoek.

theewater sailingSituated in the Sonderend River Valley between the Hottentots Holland and Baviaans mountain ranges, Theewaterskloof is the largest dam in the Western Cape and a major source of water for Cape Town.  Surrounded by fruit and wine farms, Theewater offers some of the best sailing in the Cape.

The Theewater Sports Club, situated on a large peninsula that juts into the Dam on its northern shore, offers a variety of water based activities, including sailing, powerboating, waterskiing, fishing and swimming.  The Club has camping facilities, a Club Cabin and a Clubhouse that incorporates a restaurant and bar, that are well frequented by Members over the weekends, public and school holidays.

Affiliated to the Sports Club is the Theewater Sailing Academy, a South African Sailing accredited and World Sailing recognised sail training centre.  The Academy provides sail training at all levels, 'learn to sail' to 'race training', for youths, adults and families in the safe sailing waters of Theewaterskloof.

theewater sailWith the prevailing winds from the south east in summer and north west in winter, this natural peninsula provides a variety of sailing options.  On the leeward side, the wind and water state is about half of what it is on the windward side of the peninsula - perfect for sail training!

Other popular activities in and around Theewaterskloof Dam and Villiersdorp include a visit to the Steam Museum and the Art Galleries in Villiersdorp, kloofing and mountain biking in the surrounding mountains, wine and olive tasting along the Worcester Wine & Olive Route and a drive over the spectacular Franchoek Pass to Franchoek, the culinary capital of the Cape.