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Southern Yachting Academy

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Our sailing activities include offshore learn-to-sail adventures in Knysna as well as yachting skippers courses. Recommended for adventure seeking individuals, couples or family outings, corporate team building and offshore sailing training on the...more
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TH 10 Long Street | Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna 6571, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Me and my father-in-law went of a start sailing adventure with Mark. We were absolute beginners. To start with, we were given a very thorough introduction to sailing principles and knots. We then proceeded to go sailing through the knysna heads, we were allowed to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank manuelac248
AstuteAdventurer, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Was really wonderful going sailing with you both; we were delighted to share this adventure with you. Thank you for the kind review and hope to see you back sometime :)

Reviewed January 11, 2019 via mobile

Before setting sail, we were told about the rich history of the yacht we were about to get on. And wow, is she a beaut! We sailed through the Knysna Heads and were almost immediately surrounded by a large group of Common Dolphin. A while...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Dannieman
Reviewed January 4, 2019

Went for a stunning sail with Mark and a couple of experienced sailors. My friends and I learned a lot and had the marvelous experience of a massive school of Common Dolphins chasing after the yacht and playing all around us as we sailed! Definitely...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Carli L
AstuteAdventurer, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2019

So nice to see you guys back in Knysna and for joining Southern Yachting again for the Start Sailing Adventure... was a superb day out, so I expect you will be back again ! :) :) Thanks for the kind review.

Reviewed December 23, 2018 via mobile

Fabulous day out with Mark. Highly recommended!!! We anchored just off Featherbed Nature Reserve and swam. Put up some “creative” shading and had a few toots! Simply the best day out! A must do!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Q3745EEmichellen
AstuteAdventurer, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this reviewResponded December 24, 2018

Thanks Michelle for the review; glad you all had so much fun!

Reviewed December 22, 2018 via mobile

Went for a Sail with Mark and was absolutely beautiful. He has vast knowledge about sailing and taught us a lot. Definitely would recommend this to anyone

Date of experience: December 2018
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MarkOrpen, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this reviewResponded December 22, 2018

Thanks Michael for joining the activity and the kind the review, hope to see you back on the water in Knysna sometime. Bon voyage to Limpopo...

Reviewed November 19, 2018

A beautiful day of sailing with instructor Renier. It is a lifetime experience to sail out of the Knysna lagoon into the ocean through the Knysna heads. Excellent introduction is given before you go on board of a beautifull sailboat!

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Date of experience: November 2018
Thank guyvanderveken
AstuteAdventurer, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2018

Thanks so much for the kind review. Happy travels and we hope to see you back with us again.

Reviewed October 25, 2018

This is exactly what I was looking for: Hands-on sailing experience with minimal preparation, even with a short stint in the open sea. We (my wife and I) found Mark's company by accident, walked in, and were on the boat about one hour later! Mark...More

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Date of experience: October 2018
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MarkOrpen, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2018

Hi Martin, thank you so much for the kind review. Was really great to meet you both and hope you get sailing again in Switzerland! Bon voyage and fair winds my friend... Regards, Mark

Reviewed August 1, 2018 via mobile

What an awesome sailing experience for myself and my son sailing through The Heads about 2 miles out to sea, turning around and experiencing the awesome waves back into the Knysna lagoon on a 42 ft yacht. My first time ever sailing, and loved every...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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MarkOrpen, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2018

Great having you both aboard on another fabulous sailing weather day in Knysna. Thanks for the kind review and please share with us any of your future sailing adventures on our FB page, would love to your from you...

Reviewed February 5, 2018 via mobile

We did 2 days with Mark on board Serendipity after booking a 2 day sailing adventure. From the first hour discussing what we would like to get out of the 2 days, and then throughout our time with Mark, he was patient, an excellent trainer,...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this reviewResponded February 8, 2018

No one who has tasted the slap of salt spray and felt a deck heave beneath their feet is ever the same again. Welcome to the ranks of those whose sanity has been affected to a greater or lesser extent by the quaint pastime of...More

Reviewed December 29, 2017 via mobile

Great sailing adventure ! My first sailing trip! I was not sure doing this trip, but Mark convinced me: sailing is great! Mark did 1,5 hour of theory and then we went on the boat! We learned how to tackle and jibe and had to...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2017

Thanks Gaby for coming all the way from Luxemburg to enjoy our Indian Ocean waters and this half-day Introductory Course with Southern Yachting Academy. You are a wonderful family and thanks too for the `debriefing' at the Yacht Club! I look forward to seeing you...More

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Hi Chris, we would love to have you aboard and perhaps she could play a very less active role in the activity. However with three children of my own and some understanding the nature of the last trimester in pregnant women... More
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