Victoria Alfred Waterfront, Oldest Working Harbour Abuzz with Activity
With the arrival of Summer, the V&A Waterfront will be abuzz with a variety of water-based activities. The Ocean Festival will commence with the annual Blessing of the Fishing Fleet at the end of September, and will conclude with the Cape to Rio yacht race on 4 January 2014. As the variety of events includes something for both young and old, South Africa’s oldest working harbour is undoubtedly the best place to spectate and participate in all things marine.
The full line up is as follows:
Cape Town International Boat Show
4 to 6 October
Venue: The V&A Waterfront North Wharf
Contact: 021 685 0848
Continuing its success after 13 years, the Cape Town International Boat Show is bigger than ever. The picturesque V&A Waterfront will once again host the show’s water exhibits. Visitors will be able to see the largest selection of catamarans, power boats and accessories at one event in South Africa. There will also be a water taxi service available, which will run between the Cape Town International Convention Centre and the V&A, the cost of which is included in your admission fee. This will allow visitors to get the best of both worlds of the popular boat show.
Royal Cape Yacht Club Opening Cruise
Venue: Clock Tower cutting, Alfred Basin
The 2013 sailing season will officially kick off with the 109th Opening Cruise Sail Past. A large fleet of sailing vessels will sail into the V&A Waterfront en masse and in salute of the Club’s Commodore.
Clipper Around the World Yacht Race
26 October to 4 November
Venue: The V&A Waterfront Alfred Basin
Sailing from Rio de Janeiro, visitors will have the chance to see the fleet of yachts as they continue on their world tour. Cape Town is their stopover for the third leg of their tour. Meet the skipper and crew who have endured the 40 000 mile race around the globe before and send farewells as they head for Australia on the 4 November. Other stops in their tour include Singapore, Taiwan and America.