The Minister of Sport & Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, recently announced; “In honouring the mourning period of Madiba, all our sports competitions that have been scheduled for 15 December will be cancelled to honour and mourn the death of Tata. Teams will also wear the black band and sing the national anthem and dedicate coming games in honour of Mandela.”
ABYC will honour the memory of Nelson Mandela and has canceled all competitive sailing at the Algoa Bay Yacht club on Sunday 15 December 2013.
In recognition of the late former President, the Chartroom Restaurant at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club will also be closed on Sunday.
The club will be open to members and their guests who wish to gather in fellowship to watch on the big screen the funeral proceedings in Qunu that will take place from from 9:00 am to 12:00 midday. Members and guests will be able to continue sharing their remembrances after the proceedings at a traditional braai.
ABYC Commodore, Sean Wiseman, said; “We view Sunday as an appropriate day to gather as a club to commemorate the late Nelson Mandela. Madiba viewed sport as a medium which has the power to inspire and unite people. The life and name of this great man touched our club and Nelson Mandela Bay in many positive ways. Our annual prestige sailing regatta is tangible proof of the legend of Nelson Mandela as in 2004 we saw the biggest fleet ever to sail offshore in Port Elizabeth with a total of 98 boats sailing in the Nelson Mandela Bay Isuzu week which was sponsored by the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropole and GMSA.”
The club and restaurant will be open on Monday the Day of Reconciliation. A percentage of takings from both Sunday and Monday will be donated to an appropriate children’s charity and ABYC extend an invite to clubs and restaurants to do the same in honour of the late Dr Nelson Rolihlala Mandela.