Point Yacht Club’s beach site, located at the Vetch’s Pier beach off Mahatma Gandhi Avenue (previously Point Road), has been providing dinghy sailors with safe launching access to the sea off Durban for close on 40 years. The launch site is situated in the lee of three structures: the Bluff, the harbour’s north breakwater and Vetch’s Pier (an artificial reef formed from an old harbour breakwater) – these shelter it from the combination of prevailing south-westerly and north-easterly winds, and easterly swells.
Consequently the beach site is the ideal launch site for dinghy sailors who are novices to the sea, and larger yachts also come and moor for the day inside Vetch’s so that their crews can spend time relaxing in its sheltered waters. Although the launch site is shared with other marine recreational activities such as ski-boat fishing and diving, these water-sports have co-existed in harmony for many years because the launching areas are spatially separated.
The clubhouse has several facilities making it attractive to sailors and social members alike, including safe parking for vehicles and boats within close proximity to the water, a reasonably-priced restaurant and bar, and adequate cloakrooms.
Many regattas have been run from the beach site over the years, including world championships for GP 14s, national championships for Hobie catamarans, and countless provincial and club championships. The beach site is also available for hire for social functions, providing a spectacular view of Durban’s beachfront and the northern beaches. It is truly a spot that holds many special memories for sailors from Durban and elsewhere.
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