Pictures 2009


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Carlos Lopez from Luanda, Angola, bought Spindrifter during 2009 and shipped it with her trailer to Luanda.

Patrick Knobel, owner H23 Barato, who works form time to time in Luanda, made contact with Carlos

and helped him to get this Holiday 23 back into the water. Here are some pictures of the work they have done

and of the de-naming and re-naming of the boat.




Spindrifter arrives    Patrick and Carlos      Keel out                Very bad !!            Still bad!!

in Luanda               planning the repairs





Still very bad            Aha, that's better    On goes the primer    There's the keel    Back on trailer




De naming and re naming ceremony with friends                 Tuka, named after

                                                                                         Carlos' late brother






In all her glory anchored in front of Luanda's yacht club











Merlot in Gordon's Bay. Ernie and Bernard in deep discussion on Merlot's trailor


Sean and Karen had to leave for home urgently because of an ill family member and will be back after new year.







Look what Sean Lumley achieved with a lot of TLC.


May you and your family enjoy many memorable moments with "Merlot"!!











10th October 2009



Ebenezer Dam                   Preparing for trip from       Rotterdam Harbour

                                              Ebenezer to Durban             January 2001

                                     December 2000



Rotterdam Harbour          On the highway from

   January 2001                    from Rotterdam to

                                               new mooring. Un-

                                                 licensed trailor!!


Lex Nieuwenhuijs, now in The Netherlands made contact with me and sent me these pictures by "snail mail". I scanned it and whalla we can still use old technology to communicate with. Lex said that they moved from South Africa to The Netherlands in 2001and took their Holdiay 23 Doerak (153) with them. He tried to fit her in a 24 ft container but the beam was a couple of inches too wide. He says "it might be interesting to know that Doerak was fully packed with furniture, household goods etc. that wouldn't fit in the 23 ft container. The cost of a 23 ft container and the cost of shipping Doerak were just about the same".


Lex sold Doerak in 2007 but unfortunately lost contact with the new owner.







2nd September 2009



 Winter Regatta               Tessa


H23's sailing on Ebenezer Dam, thanks to Rob Morris for the pictures.




25th August 2009






Erwee Lourens (Owner):



We brought the boat from Port Owen to the Vaal dam in 2004. Bought her from the original owner Morgan Bonnin. Will also hold on to the boat for the next 20 years!!





22nd April 2009




Brydes or Minke whale following "Mini Me"  ( Thanks to Ernie for the Pictures)


Umoya and Mini Me took part in the Gordons Bay Yacht Club, Commodore's Dash Race to False Bay Yacht Club on Saturday 18th April 2009.  Go to the GBYC web site: ( for more detail and read about "Big Little" a Kelkiewyn that had an incident with a whale.



 Ernie owner of Mini Me wrote:


We took part in the Simons Town race and had an enjoyable crossing on Saturday averaging 4 knots. Coming back on Sunday, because of no wind, we had to motor all the way. This whale followed us for about four hours. The whale even touched the boat at one stage. It was a nerve-racking, memorable day with this huge whale.




14th April 2009





These STUNNING pictures were sent by the owners of "Stasea", David Vanderbanck and Gavin Harwood-Nash




Stasea at home             Another beautiful         Camping trip Sand        Camping trip to            Sail around the Island April 2009 - caught     Cyclone approaching      

                                         day in "paradise"                 Island                      Isle aux Cerfs                a 30kg (really!) White (Dogtooth) Tuna

                                                                                                                                                                              20 minutes into the sail




Grand Bay YC               Flying the SA flag       Lighthouse Island on   Lighthouse Island       Recent Cyclone             Round the Island          Sailing up the East            

                                                                               SE coast of Mauritius   and Isle de La Passe         Feb 2009                          race                                  coast

                                                                               (Grand Port)




Port Louis Harbour      Getting ready for a




Please add StaSea to your list! She is sail #158 based here in Pte Desny, Mauritius and owned by myself (Dave Vanderbanck) and Gavin Harwood-Nash. We bought her in Cape town in Nov 1999 and had her shipped to Mauritius where we are pilots - having lived here for the last 18 years. She has been the perfect boat for these lagoon and coastal waters and we have lots of good things to say and stories to tell! There are only two Holiday23's here in Mauritius- the other one being "Celine". Just wanted to advise you where #158 was and will send more pics and info later. Thanks for the great website.

Best Regards,

Dave Vanderbanck and Gavin Harwood-Nash




20th March 2009





Freya drying out



From: Helmut Klein


I sold my Holiday early 2007. I took on an additional position in our group for which I had to spend a lot of time in the UK. I did not have time for sailing anymore. Further I built a Stadt 34 in steel since 2002 which put a lot of pressure on my time. At present I am still commuting between SA and the UK but plan to ease out of this towards the middle of the year.

The Stadt is now at a Vaal Dam yard for completion and I hope to get her on the water before the end of the year. My plan is to do a bit more extensive sailing in the Indian Ocean from next year on.
Once this is over, I will get another Holiday for sure.

The Holiday 23 was fantastic and much more capable a  boat than I ever expected when I bought her. When sailing the Round the Island race on the Vaal last month on a Mistral, my heart bled whenever a Holiday sailed by. Attached pic. drying out at Inhaca Island Maputo.

Best Regards



17th March 2009





Close up of a            What a tale to

       whale                        tell



Look who came to visit us in St Helena Bay last week.
The weather has been absolutely wonderful the past week.

By Frank Stuyck



19th February 2009




Martinique sailing along on a lazy day.


This last weekend Christelle and I had a good calm sail with our Companion Holiday 34 owned by Mossie Basson to our usual Breakfast at the Slipway restaurant in Saldanha.  However on the way back we had a very wet and rough sail with the wind gusting to 30 kts. Lekker!! Martinique behaving herself admirably as usual. When we sail in Formation we normally only use our gennies for easier manoeuvring. These pics were taken by Mossie of us on the way to Saldanha.