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Southern Yachting Academy

TH 10 Long Street | Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna 6571, South Africa
+27 44 382 3400
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A Great Sailing Experience

My husband and I booked a sailing lesson with Mark and team on our honeymoon, and it was a great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
caribeary14
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Chicago, Illinois
Great learning experience

My husband and I enjoyed our time sailing with Mark and his son. The conditions did not allow us to... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2017
E M
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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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TH 10 Long Street | Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna 6571, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I booked a sailing lesson with Mark and team on our honeymoon, and it was a great experience! The wind wasn't really cooperating, but that didn't stop us from having a great time with Mark, Craig, and Rainier. Neither of us had...More

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Reviewed 21 February 2017

My husband and I enjoyed our time sailing with Mark and his son. The conditions did not allow us to pass the Knysna Heads but we still had a very good time sailing in the lagoon. We really appreciated that Mark sent us our pictures...More

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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2017

Thank you so much for the kind review; we hope to see you aboard again on your next visit and happy travels!

Reviewed 11 January 2017

Professional, safe and enjoyable! A perfect day out for family or anyone interested in sailing. Mark gave great insights and practical advise - a true pro! Thanks Mark The Mercury is a stunning yacht!

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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2017

You're welcome Mike and we look forward to seeing you on the Day Skipper course in May 2017. The iconic 1971 classic yacht Mercury certainly is a beauty; thanks so much for the kind review.

Reviewed 30 December 2016

Brilliant! Sailing through the Knysna heads was an experience I will remember and most likely repeat again!

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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 31 December 2016

Firstly thanks to your dear wife for sourcing this Start Sailing Adventure as a gift for you; and secondly we so enjoyed having a seasoned adventurer like you aboard with us. Thank you for the rave review, we sincerely appreciate your feedback.

Reviewed 29 November 2016 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...More

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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2016

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!

Reviewed 27 November 2016 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...More

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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2016

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

Reviewed 20 November 2016

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...More

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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2016

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.

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...More

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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2016

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!

Reviewed 18 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...More

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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2016

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

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...More

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Mark O, Owner at Southern Yachting Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2016

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

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802chrise
My wife will be 30 weeks pregnant, but she is very active, could we do this activity?
11 November 2016|
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Response from Mark O | Property representative |
Hi Chris, we would love to have you aboard and perhaps she could play a very less active role in the activity. However with three children of my own and some understanding the nature of the last trimester in pregnant women... More
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