Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Bertie Reed to be honored

Bertie and Voortrekker arriving in Newport,USA,after sailing around the world,he came second and probably in the fleets oldest boat,Voortrekker was by now fifteen years old,the boat that won was new.


I knew Bertie well enough to say hello and ask the odd question,now and again he would phone or email me and ask on specific boat information,he was not only an ok guy but a master at what he did in international sailing,a real giant killer,well done Bertie.


An extract from a news posting by the RCYC.

The final arrangements are as follows:

Guests, friends, fellow sailors and the public will gather on Clock tower Square, at the V&A Waterfront at 10h00 on Sunday 22 November 2009.

The SA Navy band will provide a musical interlude, there will be speeches in honour of the late Bertie Reed and at 11h00, British Solo sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnson and the Reed family will unveil the bronze sculpture.

This will be followed by the firing of the Chavonnes Gun Battery old guns in the sequence of an Ocean Race Start.

The famous yacht Voortrekker, crewed by SA Navy sailors who sailed with Bertie, will be moored opposite the bronze bust.

After a short break and refreshments, guests will witness the departure from the V & A for the start of the Clipper Around The World Yacht Race as the 10 yachts competing, accompanied by local yachts from RCYC and the NSRI will perform a sail past in honour of Bertie Reed.

The event is expected to be concluded on site by 12h00 and thereafter sailors and friends will adjourn to the Royal Cape Yacht Club to conclude the day's celebrations.

Royal Cape Yachts will be allowed to moor up temporally in the V & A for the duration of the ceremony.


  1. It took us almost a year to get to the unveiling. At a certain stage it was like single handed sailing - alone on the foredeck taking a lot of salt and spray in the face, a constant battle to get things organised, etc. It was a real VASBYT excursion. But now it is only plain sailing . . . after action satisfaction . . . Bertie would have loved it.

    Etienne Laubscher

  2. Good day

    I am working on a project for the Knysna Municipality and was hoping to use this image of the Voortrekker. Please let me know on

    Kind regards
    Jacques Marais