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Address: TH10 Long Street | Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna 6571, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 44 382 3400
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Our sailing activities include offshore learn-to-sail adventures in Knysna...

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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Amazing amazing experience never to be forgotten

A lovely ocean sail on a Sonday from buffs to knysna. A wonderful experience. Everybody that has always wondered what it would feel like when sitting on the beach watching... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lovely ocean sail on a Sonday from buffs to knysna. A wonderful experience. Everybody that has always wondered what it would feel like when sitting on the beach watching beautiful boats gliding swiftly across the waves. This is a fun but also a learning experience. Done by friendly instructors. Very enjoyable

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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this review

It certainly was a great day sailing and awesome with you having so much fun aboard our Start Sailing Adventure with us. Hope to see you back on the water with us again Letitia, and thanks for the kind review! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Completely awe struck by this incredible adventure we had; sailing and tacking, steering and docking.. Learned so much and got our adrenaline sky high, while laughing together and having a brilliant time sailing with dolphins under pink skies with the sun slowly sinking into the sea on our fortunately extended trip..

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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this review

So good to have you all aboard with us, it really was a load of fun and thanks for the kind review. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had the most incredible experience aboard Serendipity and as good fortune often comes in surprises: this was an adventure I will never forget. Once aboard Serendipity, we headed out of harbor and began tacking across the lagoon towards the Knysna Heads. Being in awe by the beauty of the land from the Indian Ocean was one thing but to... More 

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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this review

Thanks Galen for your kind review; fair winds as you sail around the world and we hope to see you back in Knysna sometime! Bon voyage. More 

Oudtshoorn, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

What an awesome life changing experience I had on Friday afternoon the 28th October 2016. Mark the owner presented a very professional briefing on sailing and safety. What impressed me the most, was that he could not stress the fact that safety was the most important aspect of sailing. Mark is very professional and makes everyone on the yacht feel... More 

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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this review

Was fantastic having all six of you aboard, excited and committed to the sailing adventure in any weather! Thank you so much for the kind review and we are delighted the bug has bitten - see you next year again... Fair travels and fair winds! More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We did a start sailing afternoon with Mark. My wife and I with our 2 kids, 13 & 9 spent an hour doing some basic theory before spending the afternoon on 'The Mercury', a wonderfully restored, transatlantic racing yacht from the 1970's. We started practicing our tacking in the lagoon before sailing through 'The Heads' into the Indian Ocean where... More 

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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this review

Thanks Dan for the kind review; you and your family were really amazing crew too and we do hope you continue your interests in sailing back home! You are always welcome with us again anytime! Regards Mark More 

Knysna, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

The start sailing course is some serious fun. I would definitely recommend this for people to do as this is not just the sit and stare at the scenery kind of activity. You get to learn a bit about sailing and they take you out to sea through the famous and dangerous Knysna Heads on a beautiful yacht for a... More 

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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this review

Thanks Carla for the kind review! We also featured you in the promo video recently posted to our website and you really look great working those jib sheets! Hope to see you aboard again and thanks for the recommendation! Regards, Mark More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

What an experience. I am not a sailor and have not been on board a boat many times in my life. But to hold the helm for an hour and a half sailing through the Knysna heads gave me a special feeling. I am not sure how I would have done without a professional such as Mark nearby, no doubt... More 

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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the kind review Derrick and also for your amazing post shared on Southern Yachting Academy's Facebook page. Hope to have you and your friends aboard again. More 

George, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

I have often dreamt about sailing through the Knynsa heads and into the deep blue sea and today it came true on the historic and authentic Mercury yacht which competed in one of the first Cape to Rio races in 1971. Mark our host was exceptional and professional and friendly. I would highly recommend this educational and enriching yachting experience... More 

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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this review

Thanks Peter for participating on the Start Sailing Adventure with us last weekend. Hope to see you on a skipper's course soon and getting you back into this exciting pastime of mucking about in sailing boats. More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

On holiday in South Africa I arranged a sailing trip with Southern Academy. Although I was on my own as my husband doesn't sail there was no problem. I met up with skipper at Knysna sailing club and he let me take the helm for virtually the whole trip. We went out through the Heads and along the coast a... More 

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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this review

Thank you Gill for the kind review. Was great having you aboard with us and to share your sailing adventures too. More 

Knysna
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

I received my South Africa Sailing Association Day Skipper ticket after a month of classroom and boat work with Southern Yachting Academy in Knysna, S Africa. The facility is conveniently located on Thiesen Island in Knysna and the training boats are nearby in Knysna Harbor. The staff were very knowledgeable and flexible enough to accommodate any changes my schedule necessitated.... More 

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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind review and for joining us for the Start Sailing Adventure in Knysna. Hope to see you again on your next visit. More 

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