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May 01, 2009

Under sail – a Cape Town Tourism Flickr photo essay

The Admirals Cup and Table Bay Week events of previous years have been combined into an exciting, competitive regatta called Cape Town Sailing Week.

Read about it in a blog post and on our calendar.

One of our Flickr group contributors, Mervyn Hector, has put together a couple of his best Cape Town sailing photos to whet your appetite for the weekend’s sailing events.

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The picture above shows the Spirit of Victoria, sailing in Table Bay. It is a traditionally designed 58ft gaff rigged schooner. This boat is easily recognisable by its red-brick brown sails.

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The majestic and beautiful four-masted Esmeralda was moored at Quay 6 at the V&A Waterfront late last year. Unfortunately visitors were not allowed to board, as she was preparing to leave later that day. I am so sorry that I could not capture her under full sail. That would have been a coup for me!

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The Esmeralda is a brigantine, a type of ship with two masts (and the front mast square rigged). Pictured here from the bow, the Chilean Navy training ship was moored in Cape Town on a five-day goodwill visit.

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With a backdrop of our local World Heritage Site, Table Mountain, the motor super-yacht Tatoosh is seen moored here at the West Quay in front of the Cape Grace Hotel at the V&A Waterfront. The vessel is owned by Paul G Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, and was moored in Cape Town for a week in October 2008.


Do you have images of Cape Town you’d like to share with us? We’d love you to join the Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group!

Images © Mervyn Hector 2009

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