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Southern Yachting Academy

TH 10 Long Street | Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna 6571, South Africa
+27 44 382 3400
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We did 2 days with Mark on board Serendipity after booking a 2 day sailing adventure. From the... read more

Reviewed February 5, 2018
Clive C
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Hutton Rudby, United Kingdom
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Great sailing adventure ! My first sailing trip! I was not sure doing this trip, but Mark convinced... read more

Reviewed December 29, 2017
Gaby D
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Perl, Germany
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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 Garden Route, South Africa.
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TH 10 Long Street | Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna 6571, South Africa
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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

Thank Clive C
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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

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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

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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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Reviewed December 24, 2017 via mobile

Mark was very nice and so knowledgeable, it was an incredible experience out at sea. I definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Knysna.

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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2017

Thanks Shan for the kind review, was great having you aboard and hope to see you with us again!

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Reviewed December 24, 2017 via mobile

We had lots of fun, very experienced and knowledgeable, we learnt lots and were very involved, we went out to sea and was a lovely experience

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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this reviewResponded December 26, 2017

Thanks for the review, you were a wicked crew! 🤣 After that great afternoon sail that departed at noon, we hope to have you all aboard again soon! 😎

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Reviewed November 25, 2017 via mobile

We booked to do this course with Mark Orpen. We had such an amazing time - hard work, lots of learning and fantastic sailing. A big thanks to our instructors, Mark and Renier, and our examiner, Derik for all your patience and good teaching! An...More

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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this reviewResponded December 26, 2017

You guys were absolutely amazing and we are proud to have you as 'graduates' 😀, lets do some more offshore adventuring in Feb/Mar next year!

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Reviewed October 22, 2017 via mobile

What a great experience. Friendly professional service from everyone involved. There is truly no better choice for all your ocean going needs in Knysna... I'll be back for sure

Thank stjohns680
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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this reviewResponded December 26, 2017

Fair winds to a seadog in the making! And thanks so much for the kind review StJohn!

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Reviewed October 12, 2017 via mobile

We have booked in the evening for the next day, so "last minute". But even it was so late Mark arranged everything for a perfect trip next day. We had luck to be allone on the boat (my girlfriend and me with Mark and his...More

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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this reviewResponded December 26, 2017

You guys were great and it was a pleasure meeting you. Keep in touch and thanks for the kind review.

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Reviewed August 30, 2017 via mobile

There is so much to do waiting inside of you....Thanks Mark for the intro to sailing and the opportunity of sailing in the beautiful Knysna lagoon on your legendary sailing boat!

Thank Gida M
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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this reviewResponded December 26, 2017

Nice work on this first round Gida! See you again soon and thank you for the kind review.

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Reviewed August 28, 2017 via mobile

I went on a half day yachting trip and it was the most wonderful trip. I'd recommend it to anyone who would like something exciting and in nature

Thank LilPike
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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this reviewResponded December 26, 2017

Shot Lil! Appreciate the kind review, and hey ... really proud of you handling the sea like that!

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Reviewed August 26, 2017 via mobile

My family and I did an introductory course to sailing We enjoyed it so much that we are going to book the more advanced day skipper course. A wonderful experience.

Thank Martin P
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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this reviewResponded December 26, 2017

Great having you all in Knysna again, and for booking our Start Sailing Adventure. Maybe one day we get down to Witsands for a sail! 😂... thanks for the kind review.

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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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