• Sailing-01
  • Sailing-02
  • Sailing-04
  • Esmarelda
  • Rainbow over the moorings
  • Maranatha round the ships
  • The Twilight Series start
  • Esmeralda : the club L26


Zululand Yacht Club Garrick Competition 2016 Report

The 2016 Zululand Yacht Club Garrick competition was an absolute cracker! We were exceedingly lucky with the weather and what started as a somewhat dodgy weather forecast ended up being absolutely perfect conditions.


Every winter brings a very special and largely unknown run of fish to the Zululand Yacht Club.

From early winter shoals of tiny sprat-like fish congregate in the mangroves and backwaters of Richards Bay Estuary, these can often be seen trying to find shelter under our walk-on moorings.  These little fish attract large shoals of Razor Bellies ( Hilsa Kelee) a member of the Herring family and distantly related to sardines), which feed on these little fish and can be seen on most winter & spring days splashing in the water  around our Club as they feed aggressively on these little planktonic fish. What many do not realize is that these vast shoals of Razor Bellies represent a food source that is eagerly predetated upon by The Garrick that are migratory winter visitors to our waters, Garrick are highly prized, hard fighting sport fish that are actively targeted by fishermen throughout their migratory range which extends from the Western Cape up to northern Zululand. We are truly privileged to have such excellent fishing for these wonderful gamefish right in front of our Club, these shoals of bait-fish also attract Dusky (Daga) Kob, Ignobilis Kingfish (GT's), Queen fish, and possibly other gamefish, but I have personally observed and fished for these species while fishing the Razor belly run in the waters around our Club. Anyone who has fished on this run and has witnessed the excitement when the gamefish are smashing into the balled up bait on the surface will agree that this resembles the sardine run and will never again look at this piece of water quite the same way again! And this happens right in front of our Club!

The season for this run is at its peak at present and the Club will be hosting a Garrick fishing competition over the weekend of the 23-25 September to coincide and add an additional activity to the already fun-filled weekend that  includes the Opening Cruise and Heritage Day Braai, so if you are not already planning to come down to the Club and enjoy this weekend please add another reason to make this a fun Zululand Yacht Club weekend.

Competition Format: The competition is open to all members and guests, It is intended as a Fun Competition and the entry fee is R50 for adults & R25 for Children under 12. There will be a briefing on Friday 23 Sept at the Jib & Anchor at 19h00 where tactics, rules (not many!) and information will be discussed,  the competition will be open immediately after the briefing, although Garrick are predominantly day time feeders the competition is open to anyone who wants  to fish through the night for Kob & Kingfish which can feed strongly on this food resource at night. Lines up is at 12h00 on Sunday 25 Sept and the prize giving will be held at 13H00 . After the prize giving we will have a fishbraai and anybody who catches a harvestable fish that they chose not to release is asked to donate this to the Fishbraai. This gives Members the opportunity to enjoy the Sail-past and other fun Club activities throughout the weekend and still participate in the competition. This is a competition that is ideally fished from your Dinghy/Tender but can also be fished from Yachts, SUP paddle boards, canoes, Hobies, Oppies, Ski-boats or from the bank. With respect to the threatened conservation status of Garrick this is intended as a Catch and Release competition, while contestants will not be penalised for harvesting and killing fish that they wish to eat, as long as legal size & bag limits are adhered to limits & this is not necessary in order to enter the fish into the competition and fish will be judged according to photographed measurements taken prior  to release (photo taken to include Club Judging Ruler issued at briefing).

Although predominantly a Garrick competition consideration will also be given to other gamefish species caught, (e.g. Kob, Kingfish, Shad, Queen fish etc).  Any legal fishing method is permissible  with drifting live Razor bellies definitely being the most productive method,  but added credit will also be awarded to fish caught on more challenging fishing methods such as Drop-Shot, Plugging, Spooning or Fly-Fishing. Added merit will certainly be given to anybody seen dragging a bait during the Sail Past!

Join us for a Carnival weekend at Zululand Yacht Club. Participate in the Opening Sail past as well as in this competition, enjoy The Pick & Mix Heritage Day Braai and the other Fun Filled Activities on offer over this Sailing Season Opening Weekend at your Fantastic Club.   

Anybody that would like any additional information please don't hesitate to contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tight Lines!

Morgan Smit

New regulations for children travelling in and out of SA

From 1 October 2014, children travelling in and out of South Africa will be required to carry an unabridged birth certificate as well as a valid passport, under new regulations aimed at improving the safety of children.

The regulations came into effect at the end of May, but the Department of Home Affairs has delayed their implementation until 1 October, to make allowance for families who have already made plans for the upcoming school holidays.

The rules are aimed at improving the safety of children, including "their protection from child trafficking, abduction and kidnapping", the department said on Tuesday.

The department has urged citizens and foreign nationals to apply for unabridged birth certificates, which reflect the particulars of both parents, in good time in order to avoid possible delays to their travel plans. It can take up to six to eight weeks for an unabridged birth certificate application to be processed.

Quick guide to the new requirements

  • When leaving South Africa with children, parents or guardians must be able to produce unabridged birth certificates reflecting the details of both parents, as well as a valid passport for each child.
  • This requirement applies even when both parents are travelling with their children.
  • It applies to foreigners and South Africans alike.
  • If children are travelling with a guardian, this adult is required to produce affidavits from both parents giving permission for the children to travel. They will also need copies of the passports of the parents, as well as the contact details of the parents.
  • If children are travelling with only one parent, they must produce an unabridged birth certificate as well as:
  • a court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child, if he or she is the parent or legal guardian of the child;
  • an affidavit from the other parent granting permission for the child to leave the country;
  • a court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child; and
  • if applicable, the death certificate of the other parent registered on the birth certificate.
  • When a child is travelling as an unaccompanied minor, he or she must be able to produce:
  • proof of consent (a letter or affidavit) from both his or her parents or legal guardians to travel in or out of the country; and
  • a letter from the person who will receive the child in South Africa, including that person's full contact details and a copy of their passport or ID book. The letter must also include details about where the child will be staying, and full contact details of both parents or legal guardians.

SAinfo reporter
Read more: http://www.southafrica.info/travel/documents/travel-children-110614.htm#.VXaSjlJCBEU#ixzz3cXyMpixN

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