The Regatta

The 2019 LTC Phoenix Admiral’s Regatta, incorporating the 2019 South African ORC National Championships

The 2019 LTC Phoenix Admiral’s Regatta will be sailed in Hout Bay from 12-14 April 2019.

The regatta is the only regatta in the Western Cape saling calendar open to keelboats, senior dinghy classes and small catamarans, and it is the only offshore dinghy regatta in the 2019 Cape Town sailing calendar.

This year, the LTC Phoenix Admirals Regatta promises to be a fantastic three days of sailing, with acclaimed South Africa Race Officer Doug Alison, running racing in all the following classes, as Regatta Director. Doug’s team of Race Officers is Robbie Willcox assisted by John Wright (ORC Nationals and Medium Distance Sailing Class), Mary-Ann Sharwood (Dinghies) and Tom Ambrose (Inshore keelboats). Each Race Officer has their own bridge.

  • Keelboats – ORC Nationals/offshore racing class
  • Keelboats – PHRF medium distance racing class
  • Small keelboats – inshore PHRF racing class
  • Senior dinghy classes (single or double handed)
  • Senior small catamaran classes (single or double handed)

The regatta promised top-class sailing, catering, and entertainment. Racing will start for ORC Nationals on Friday 12 April (with optional racing for the Medium Distance Sailing Class), followed by complimentary dinner, registration and a voluntary skippers’ briefing.

The dinghies, small catamarans and all keelboats will all enjoy racing on Saturday 13  and Sunday 14 April in Hout Bay’s beautiful waters. Saturday’s racing will be followed by wonderful social evening upstairs at Hout Bay Yacht Club.


And here are some great reasons to enter:

  • Entry fees are an incredible R200 per keelboat and skipper and R 75 per additional crew member, and R 150 per double-handed dinghy or small multihull and R100 per single-handed dinghy or small multihull – that is nothing!
  • Complimentary dinner on Friday night for all competitors and on Sunday at prizegiving
  • Free craft beers and shooters after the John Coles Trophy race on Saturday
  • The only offshore dinghy events in Cape Town in the 2019 sailing calendar
  • Three/two days of the most picturesque racing in the bay and offshore in Hout Bay for keelboats, senior dinghies and small catamarans
  • Acclaimed South African Race Director, Doug Alison
  • Free mooring for keelboats in the HBYC Marina – enter early for the best berths!
  • Easy launching for dinghies at the revamped slip in the harbour in front of HBYC, and secure parking and 24 hour security for all dinghies and small catamarans
  • Legendary HBYC hospitality, and catering and a big party.disco downstairs under a stretch tent on Saturday night



History of the Admiral’s Regatta

This prestigious ‘traditional’ annual sailing event is one of the classic regattas in the Western Cape Yachting Calendar. Founded in 1991 and now in its 27th year, the Admiral’s Regatta hails from the days of sporting isolation and with just a little jibe at another well-known international regatta. One might be censured for speaking of tradition, which generally looks back on centuries but one cannot ignore the makings of this piece of Cape Town’s history.


The Story behind a Republic, an Admiral and a Sword.

When the Round Table organization of Hout Bay decided on a major fundraiser in 1986 – with the idea to proclaim Hout Bay a “Republic” – the idea was daring and promised multiple media exposure, thus the “Republic of Hout Bay” was unilaterally declared and a “President” elected. Minister portfolios were up for sale as the main source for the fund raiser and a well-known businessman in Hout Bay, with his ownership of a genuine minesweeper purchased from the navy, became the “Minister of Defense” and thus he instantly became known as the “Admiral”.

In 1991 the “Admiral” agreed to sponsor a regatta to be sailed over a long weekend in the waters of the South Atlantic off Hout Bay. This was the birth of the Admiral’s Regatta, which has been sailed ever since during March or April. A replica has since replaced the floating trophy (a genuine Admiral’s Sword) but the spirit lives on at this event and amongst the Cape Town yacht clubs.


The attraction of Admiral’s Regatta

Hout Bay provides not only unique sailing conditions, but also the most picturesque sailing in the Cape. Hout Bay Yacht Club is renowned for its hospitality at this annual event and always, and the Admiral’s Regatta always attracts boats from Royal Cape Yacht Club, False Bay Yacht Club and Gordon’s Bay Yacht Club.

This year, with the growth of the ORC (Offshore Racing Congress) fleet, a racing measurement system, the entry promises to be a record one. Acclaimed South African Race Officer, Doug Alison, will be running the sailing, and this will also be a big attraction to the competitive boats in the Cape.