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Blue Water Sailing in Gordons Bay

Sailing in Gordons Bay

Situated on False Bay's north east shore, at the foot of the Hottentots Holland mountains is the picturesque village of Gordons Bay. Just 40 minutes drive from Cape Town and 30 minutes drive from Cape Town International airport, access to Gordons Bay is via the N2 freeway.

gordons bay sailingThis Mediterranean style seaside resort offers mild sea and air temperatures all year round.  The prevailing south easter affords welcome relief from the summer heat, while in winter the steady north westerlies provide ideal sailing conditions and awesome sunsets.

Flanked by two harbours, Gordons Bay is all about its waterfront, offering a feast of water based activities to residents and visitors.  The coastline between the two harbours is a protected marine reserve and as a result there is an abundance of sealife both along the shoreline and in its waters, our sailors regularily see seals and pods of dolphins, frolicking in the swell, whilst sailing in Gordons Bay.

During the peak summer season and over the Easter school holidays, Gordons Bay is a hive of activity.  The younger crowd migrate to Bikini Beach to play volleyball, surf and soak up the sun, while families prefer the gentler waters of Main Beach.  Along the promenade you will find a wide choice of restaurants, fish & chip shops, coffee bars and curio shops. 

gordons bay sailGordons Bay Yacht Club at the old harbour and Gordons Bay Boat & Angling Club at the new harbour are both worth a visit if you are a sailor or a fisherman.  Both Clubs are well attended by our local seafarers who willingly share their tales and relive their adventures over a few drinks.

Other popular activities in and around Gordons Bay include whale watching along Clarence Drive to Hermanus, sunset cruises in False Bay, cable skiing just outside Gordons Bay, zip-lining in the Grabouw Forestry Reserve, an outing to the penguin colony in Betty's Bay and a visit to the world renown Somerset West and Stellenbosch wine routes.