Industry News

Beneteau 5-Year Expansion Plan

Rob Sharp, director of David Abromowitz & Associates, South Africa’s Sales and Marketing Agents for Beneteau, and Chris Roberts, Principal and owner of Ocean Sailing Academy and Beneteau dealer, attended the annual Beneteau Sales conference in Nantes, France where over 400 dealers from all over the globe gathered to learn about Beneteau’s exciting 5-year plan, including expansion plans and new products lined up. The Beneteau range of Sailing Yachts incorporates the Oceanis, First and Sense models, all ideally suited for ... Read More »

Product Review – Garmin Fenix 3 Timepiece

by William Crockett What a device! In this fast paced, fast changing world where everyone is putting an emphasis on keeping moving, staying active and staying connected, the Fenix 3 from Garmin is a new wearable, smart device designed to aid with all three of those. This is wearable technology – and one of the first timepieces to combine advanced smartwatch capabilities with leading-edge GPS sport tracking technology, making it the perfect fusion of style and function. No doubt we’ve ... Read More »

Boating World to showcase 2 sailing yachts at DBN Boat Show

Leading South African sail and power vessel importers, Boating World will be showcasing two vessels from the well know French sailing and power vessel manufacturers, Fountaine Pajot and Jeanneau. These yacht brands are the most recent agencies to have joined Boating World’s world class quality list of yacht manufacturers being imported to Africa. The show starts on Friday 17 July and finishes on Sunday. THAT’S THIS WEEKEND. JEANNEAU SUN ODYSSEY 379 The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379 monohull sailing yacht represents ... Read More »


SAILING INSTRUCTOR REQUIRED by the Offshore Sailing Academy – Durban This is: a. A junior position where there is potential to grow and increase and expand your horizons and experience –  in a unique, friendly and professional environment. b. Temporary Part time – mainly week ends – experience will be an advantage. Minimum qualifications for BOTH (a) and (b) are a SAS Coastal Skipper, Although a Yachtmaster qualification would be preferred. Start immediately or 1 March 2015. CV plus picture ... Read More »

Win with Raymarine WIN! an a98 MFD with DownVision™ & Wi-Fi. To celebrate the new Raymarine aSeries model line-up, we are giving away an a98 multifunction display. Find out more about the aSeries here: As well as a bright 9″ touchscreen display, the a98 also features built-in CHIRP DownVision™ sonar technology so you can see the real world beneath your boat, built-in Wi-Fi so you can take advantage of Raymarine’s free mobile apps, and Raymarine’s intuitive LightHouse II user interface. Enter ... Read More »

David Rae joins North Sails South Africa

David Rae, World J22 champion and America’s Cup sailor has joined North Sails in Cape Town. He has vast experience in sailmaking having cut his teeth in the industry working first for Rob De Vlieg in Johannesburg as a young man and then moving to live in Sydney, Australia where he worked for North Sails for a number of years before returning to RSA. He has worked as a professional racing sailor, was part of the Shosholoza America’s Cup campaign ... Read More »

David Abromowitz & Associates – EMCI Certified Brokerage

It is important when dealing with sailing yachts and powerboats at the top end of the market that the brokers are respected people in their field with good credentials and the knowledge to back up their claims. So being a respected yacht broker and maritime appraiser with an international background, it is no surprise that David Abromowitz, of David Abromowitz & Associates Yacht Brokers, has been admitted by the European Maritime Certification Institute (EMCI) as a certified professional, as well ... Read More »

Garmin Celebratory Offer

Garmin is celebrating its 25th year anniversary by offering you a trade in, of a lifetime! This exciting trade-in is the first that Garmin has introduced, and has been much anticipated in the market! Garmin is offering our customers the chance to bring in any automotive GPS, yes any automotive GPS whether it’s old or new, functional or not, even if it is another brand, and Garmin will give you R300 off the purchase price of the new incredible nüvi ... Read More »

WANTED – Sail Designer

WANTED – Sail Designer North Sails Cape Town is looking to employ someone with immediate effect to join our Sail Design Team. The Cape Town sail loft in Paarden Eiland is looking to bolster it’s Design staff by employing someone, preferably a young person with sailing knowledge, as an assistant in the Design office. The successful applicant will become a trainee with a view to becoming an assistant sail designer and the intention is that this person will, after a ... Read More »

Dinghy Review – The Sonnet

Dinghy Review The Sonnet by Paul Allardice I had the pleasure of sailing the 2013 Sonnet Nationals late last year on a borrowed new glass Sonnet. These boats have been built by Stephen du Toit of Performance Craft and represent his many years of Sonnet building experience and development. He is one of the last local boat builders over the last couple of decades to have modernised the Jack Koper-designed double-handed Sonnet. Follow this link to read the full review: ... Read More »

Boat Review – Maverick 440

BOAT REVIEW – MAVERICK 440   A Cat Grows up by Matthew Thomas It’s always interesting to follow the development of boat builders and their yachts as it really gives one an insight into their design philosophy as well as their commitment to producing the very best they can. Follow this link to read the full review:  may 2014 maverick 440 review pg 10 – 13 Read More »

Boat Review – Matrix Explorer 760

BOAT REVIEW Matrix Explorer 760 by Matthew Thomas It’s always interesting to follow the pedigree of a new yacht and Matrix Yachts’ latest addition to their range, the Explorer 760, is a progression of their highly successful Silhouette 760, which was the fi rst yacht the company built. Follow this link to read the full review:  april 2014 matrix cat review pg 12 – 13 Read More »