It is not every day that you get a sailing enquiry from Mongolia! Browsing the Internet, looking to buy a Wharram catamaran to sail around the world, New Zealand International yachtsman Stuart had found our website and enquired about our World Sailing recognized 'learn to sail' courses for his wife. Growing up in land locked Mongolia, Stuart's wife Zaya had never seen the ocean before and the concept of crossing the seas on a sail boat was both exiting and intimidating.
Six weeks later, having found a suitable Wharram cat in Simons Town, Stuart and Zaya arrived in the Mother City. Stuarts priority was to get Zaya on the water as soon as possible, their visit to Cape Town started with four days of sailing at the beautiful Theewaterskloof.
Learning to sail one-on-one with an Instructor on-board fast tracks the learning process tremendously and allows the student to gain confidence out on the water, before going it alone. Zaya was a model student and after an intensive first day of sailing theory and practicle sailing application we closed out the afternoon with Zaya sailing solo with a reefed main sail - a wonderful achievement!
While Zaya learnt the ropes on a Topper Topaz, Stuart enjoyed exploring the sailing area on both a Topaz and a Hobie 16. Over the next few days the learning continued and as Zaya's sailing skills developed, she was rewarded with more sail and set new challenges, which she took on board and performed admirably. By the end of the four days of sail training, Zaya was sailing well in moderate conditions on all points of sail and Stuart was confident that Zaya had the basic sailing skills he needed for her to fill the role of first mate on their imminent trans Atlantic crossing.
Stuart and Zaya have become good friends and we look forward to their visit to the Cape. We follow Stuart and Zaya's journey aboard their Wharram cat Luckfish. and invite you to view their Luckyfish sailing vlog.