We are an RYA Accredited Sailing School (Royal Yachting Association) and an Authorised Agency of SAS (South African Sailing). As such we can assist you in obtaining any of the international certificates accredited by the RYA and endorsed by the MCA, as well as any of the local certificates accredited by SAS. Both the RYA and SAS inspect us annually to ensure compliance with their stringent standards.
Atlantic Yachting Sailing School owns four L34 mono hull yachts. The yachts and our office where the training takes place are based in Club Mykonos Private Resort in Langebaan, near Cape Town. All yachts are equipped and maintained to comply with the stringent standards of the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) and SAS (South African Sailing) as well as SAMSA’s (South African Marine Safety Authority) Code of Practice for sail training yachts.
Our enthusiastic instructors are professional, experienced and able to impart their knowledge in an easily understandable manner to students. As a result we have one of the highest exam pass rates in the country.
Atlantic Yachting Sailing School offer professional sail training to fulfil all your training needs under one roof.
We guarantee that you will receive first class training and sailing experience on all our courses.
Sailing is an enjoyable part of our lives and we wish to make it a part of your life too.
Langebaan Lagoon offers the only RYA approved sailing examination waters in South Africa. The lagoon is the perfect sail training playground, with tides, streams, commercial traffic, calm and rough seas to provide for all training requirements. Our location puts you in the ideal position to do your training on the same waters which you are going to be examined on.
Enjoy the sunshine and cool breeze while sailing on the crystal clear Langebaan Lagoon, surrounded by pristine white beaches, the occasional yacht club and a world-class marina. Or drop anchor in one of the beautiful, secluded bays on the edge of the lagoon and experience the serenity of the West Coast.
Adrian Ceruti – Principal and Co-owner
|Adrian has over 12 years’ international experience in the mega yacht industry. He has skippered and crewed on both sailing and motor yachts ranging from 47ft to 200ft. In addition he has extensive teaching experience on the Langebaan Lagoon and Atlantic Ocean. He is a RYA Yacht Master Instructor and also acts as one of the small handful RYA Examiners in South Africa. Let Adrian use his broad range of experience in the industry to ensure that you obtain the skills required for doing deliveries and finding gap year positions and permanent work in the Super Yachting Industry.|
Hayley Ceruti – Head of Marketing and Co-owner
|Hayley has 8 years’ international experience in the Mega Yacht Industry which includes working as a stewardess catering for the rich and famous. She already has 2 ocean crossings to her name and is a competent sailor in her own right. She has 8 years’ experience in guiding students to make the most suitable sailing course choice and can provide invaluable information for crew wanting to enter the Mega Yacht Industry.|
IN THE OFFICE
Juanita Vietri – Sales & Bookings
|Born in Madrid Spain and lived as a young girl with her parents in Italy, Holland and South America. She spent many holidays exploring the Greek Islands, enjoying skiing in Switzerland and visiting the many restaurants in Sicily. Headed back to beautiful Cape Town at the age of 14 where her father became a Captain in the S.A Navy based in Simonstown. Juanita comes from a chef background having owned restaurants in surfer’s paradise, Jeffrey’s Bay, as well as one of the oldest and most frequented steakhouses in Rondebosch. She has hung up her chef jacket and the hospitality industry to join Atlantic Yachting and is enjoying the enthusiasm and passion of this amazing industry.|
Janine Le Roux – Office Administrator
|Janine has lived in the Western Cape most of her life, born in Worcester which was the closest hospital to Robertson, and has worked in HR for many years. She is definitely a numbers person who excels in an organized structure, in an office environment. She has been visiting the West Coast for over 8 years, fell in love with this peaceful, beautiful part of the world and decided to move up a year ago. In 2016 she was given the opportunity of joining Atlantic Yachting as their Office Administrator and has not looked back since. We are a TEAM at Atlantic Yachting and it has been great to see Janine learn so much about the sailing industry and meeting so many students from all walks of life. We look forward to Janine growing with the team.|
ON THE WATER
Christie Joubert – RYA Yachtmaster Instructor/SAMSA Commercial endorsement + RYA PB II Instructor
|Christie completed his RYA sailing courses in 2009 and has been working in the boating industry on and off until 2012 when he started to spend more time in the industry and especially teaching. In December 2012 he was employed as the first mate on a 145ft Ketch during a major refit of about 7 months and afterwards sailing with the owner along the Spanish coast. In 2014 he helped to deliver a Leopard 44 sailing catamaran from Cape Town, South Africa to Brisbane, Australia via the Panama canal from May 2014 until September 2014. Sailing about 2/3 around the world.|
Andre Van Der Linde – RYA Yachtmaster Cruising Instructor/SAMSA Commercial endorsement + RYA PB II & RYA PWC Instructor
|Andre grew up in Langebaan and completed his schooling at Curro Langebaan. The ocean has always been a big part of Andre’s life. During his school holidays you would find Andre working in his families boat yard business. He was hands on and learnt a lot. He is very familiar with boats and is comfortable on them. Andre first completed his Day Skipper course while still at school. His passion and dream is kept alive as he is now a RYA Cruising Instructor ~ aiming to upgrade to Yacht master Instructor at the next opportunity. Andre joined Atlantic Yachting in 2016 and is very much a part of our A – Team.|
Thinus Opperman – RYA Yachtmaster Cruising Instructor / SAMSA Commercial endorsement + RYA PB II Instructor
|Thinus grew up in Knysna, where he completed his schooling. He has always been surrounded by the ocean and took full advantage of surfing, snorkeling, boating and fishing. Over and above his passion for water he also became a life guard and surf instructor. Thereafter he took to yachting more seriously, delivering yacht from Cape Town to Tortola and he worked on several Super Yachts, gaining great life skills and work ethic. He has since returned home to follow his passion for teaching and sharing his knowledge with other aspiring sailors.|
We appoint additional sailing instructors to assist us during the peak season. They are hand-picked to ensure that they have the necessary training experience to keep up our excellent training standards.
BEHIND THE SCENES – MAINTENANCE TEAM
Lesley Norris – RYA Cruising Instructor/SAMSA Commercial endorsement + Maintenance Manager
|Leslie has given up the corporate game and decided to dedicate his time to the high seas. Lesley’s interest for sailing first began in his early days in Zimbabwe, on dinghy’s. He then moved to the Coast were he completed his Competent Crew Course. Lesley joined us in 2007 and qualified as a Coastal Skipper, after which he headed off into the big blue on yacht deliveries. Once again, he joined us to complete his RYA. Lesley now heads the maintenance department.|
Langebaan offers a golf course, art galleries, the Laguna Mall, craft shops, running, enjoyable eating experiences at a variety of restaurants and water sports like kite surfing.
ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA
The West Coast Mall is situated in Vredenburg, as well as movie theatres.
The West Coast National Park is only ten minutes drive from Langebaan. Also close to Langebaan is the Buffelsfontein Game and Nature Reserve and the Elandsfontein Private Nature Reserve.
Nature lovers can enjoy whale watching and bird watching, horse rides and visit the West Coast Fossil Park in the area.
Those who are culturally inclined, can visit !Khwa ttu the San Culture and Education Centre.
Guided tours to tourist attractions are available.
Kitesurfing Lessons at Windchasers Kiting School – for the water enthusiasts.
We are the only sailing school based in the world-class marina at Club Mykonos Private Resort in Langebaan on the West Coast of South Africa.
Facilities available in Club Mykonos Private Resort include:
There is a shopping mall within walking distance from our office where there are, amongst other shops: