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Blue Flag Status 2017-2018

 

We are proud to once again announce that we were awarded, the internationally recognized Blue Flag Status for the 2017-2018 season. 

The Blue Flag works towards sustainable development of beaches and marinas through strict criteria dealing with Water Quality, Environmental Education and Information, Environmental Management, and Safety and Other Services.

The Blue Flag Programme is owned and run by the non-government, non-profit organisation the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

Come and visit Yachtport SA, to see what a Blue flag marina is all about


About Blue Flag:

 

The Blue Flag Programme, now in its 30th year, is focused on the conservation of marine and coastal habitats, and is designed to raise environmental education and awareness, and increase sound environmental practices among tourists, local populations and beach management.

 

To achieve Blue Flag status, as many as 33 different criteria spanning over four aspects of coastal management must be met and maintained:  water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, safety and services.  Each Blue Flag site is compelled to conduct several environmental education activities during the year, and to practise effective and efficient conservation management.

 

In South Africa, the Blue Flag programme is managed by WESSA and participating coastal municipalities. In the Southern Hemisphere, the Blue Flag season runs from 1 November to 31 October each year.

 

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Winter Special

Don't miss the Yachtport Winter Special.

15% price cut on:

  • Mooring rates
  • Haul out
  • Hard stand
  • Pressure wash
  • Hull prep & painting
  • Mast stepping

Keep in mind the large workshop available for indoor repairs this winter.

Winter special applicable until 30 September 2017

Contact:

+27(0) 22 714 4064

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Seagull becomes Mascot

Yachtport has had for the past year an unofficial Mascot - a flightless juvenile Seagull. 

This bird must of at a very young age hurt it's own wing and never taken flight. For this, the bird was frequently seen walking around Yachtport - instead of flying. 

It appeared as if the bird's parents were bringing it food and allowed the bird to survive. The progress of the rehabilitation of the bird was followed by our Staff over the months.

Recently, the bird has vacated Yachtport for the first time and made a home at the nearby fishing factory. We therefore wish this bird farewell and will miss it's company.

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Spirit of Adventure Prep

Sailing Vessel Spirit of Adventure, one of Yachtport's long-term hard-stand vessels, is receiving a thorough inspection and touch up.

The lifting/canting keel and composite mast of this custom Open 60 yacht is being inspected and serviced before her long awaited voyage to Europe.

Hull buffing, maintenance and systems check are underway to ensure the yacht takes on the Atlantic Ocean in Bristol fashion. 

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Water Awareness

Yachtport's latest Blue Flag activity involved teaching our local youth of water awareness. 

On the 25th of April, the pupils of grade 3A of the local Saldanha Primary School were taught the importance of being water wise and conscience - especially during this severe drought.

The pupils were made aware on how important water is for us, animals and plants. As well as some water facts, for example:

  • Water covers up to 70% of the earth
  • Human blood is 83% water
  • Your body contains 66% water
  • We need water to avoid dehydration.

Water saving tips and ideas were discussed:

  • Shower quicker
  • Rather sweep than hosing down outside areas
  • When washing your hands do not let the water keep on running
  • Close the tap while brushing your teeth
  • Use a bucket  of water instead of a hose pipe when washing a car
  • Only use the washing machine or dishwasher when fully loaded
  • Use bathwater to water the garden

The pupils were also challenged to go home and introduce Waterless Wednesday to their parents.

This is to go the extra mile on Wednesdays by using as little water as possible.

  • Do not water the garden on Wednesdays
  • Do not wash cars
  • Do not wash your windows
  • Only use a little water when bathing
  • Close the taps while washing your body in the shower

Lastly, each pupil was given a colouring in picture to complete with in 30 minutes. Together with the teacher, 4 pictures were chosen that stood out. The chosen pupils received a voucher to enjoy in our restaurant at our marina. In addition the whole class also received a lucky box reward and a fun booklet full of water saving tips for their wonderful interaction and taking part in this activity.

Through activities like these, Yachtport is able to contribute to the local community by educating the youth on the environment and challenge these young minds to apply water conscience practices in their homes. 

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