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Imperial Yacht Club is a family orientated dinghy yacht sailing club situated on the shores of Zandvlei, Muizenberg. Zandvlei has a long history of sailing with the original Lakeside Boating Club formed in 1906. These early days saw an Italian influence, particularly from Count Labia, and hence the “Imperial” refers to the Italian Empire. The club celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006. Have a look at our
History section for more interesting stories and information.

Club regattas take place regularly on Sundays from 10h00 till 17h00. For those who don’t yet have a boat, the club has a few dingies available for hire. We have a galley that has light lunches and refreshments for sale during club sailing days.

IYC dedicates itself to youth sailing and developing the sport at school level. Amateur yacht sailing has a positive influence on children and young adults, and the enjoyment of the sport is a core value at Imperial Yacht Club. Passing down of techniques, skills, and strategy from the experienced older sailors is part sportsmanship and camaraderie which is strongly encouraged. The away regattas are seen as fun outings for sailors and the rest of the families.
Regular training is provided at beginner level for children and adults. The “duck pond” provides a safe haven for the Novice course which is run regularly throughout the year. The club supplies boats and life jackets for training, so no need to bring your own.

Our Novice 1 course is run on Saturday afternoons with the last day on a Sunday morning and is aimed at children from 9 to 13 years of age. The Novice 2 course is Sundays from 10h00 till 16h00 over about four weeks.

Weather conditions vary throughout the season and give young sailors the opportunity to learn how to handle the extremes - from soft shifty winds to howling South Easters. Summer months has a predominantly fresh to strong southerly wind while the winter months varies between gusty northerlies or long spells of light to moderate southerlies. Although the official sailing season closes for the winter months, this period provides the best training conditions with the lighter winds.

Visitors are most welcome - whether you are an experienced sailor or a novice looking to start. We occasionally have open days so keep a lookout on this website or www.facebook.com/imperialyachtclub

Should you be interested in becoming a member, drop us an email at admin@imperialyachtclub.co.za.