In 2015 we reported on South Africans Mike Mollat and Mark Algra realising a dream that transfers skills and with a bit of on the job training finds work for many in the Cape Town boat building industry. (See: BE20 – Building Boats, Building Skills and Having Fun)
Mike and Mark teamed up with the Izivunguvungu Sailing School in Simons Town and built the first BlueEyes-20 as a project to train young South Africans in the skills and disciplines of building a boat from scratch.
We have corresponded since then and it appears that my musings about dropping that cabin (which to my mind made the design a ‘bit dated’) have been realised in a brand new design for the ‘millennium kids’ – the BE 650 Day-Sailer by Keith Callaghan.
In South Africa the constant refrain is for an exciting affordable yacht that will grow fleets and introduce sailing to more and more people. That the Isivunguvungu school and others have been successful is apparent. Testament to that is the Eastern Cape born sailor, Asenathi Jim, who has now competed in two Olympic Games sailing a 470 (See: 2016 Olympic Sailors Eastern Cape connection)
The BE 650 is touted as a brilliant new design by world renowned dinghy and trailer-sailer designer, Keith Callaghan.
With a massive Cockpit the BE 650 is ideal as a Sail Trainer, Day-Sailer or or Club Racer.
A fully retractable centreboard makes for easy launching, estuary sailing and beaching.
The 6.5 meter length falls within the critical length to ensure easy and quick access to the water as South African law does not require a skippers ticket for yachts under 27 foot in length.
Club racing with 4 crew is the ideal way to encourage larger membership and even syndication possibilities amongst the millennium generation seeking the thrill one gets from racing with an easy to launch and retrieve asymmetric spinnaker off of a retractable bowsprit.
The BE 650 offers a modern hull design with open transom and planing hull with chines for performance sailing.
Making sailing the BE 650 even more affordable is the ability to launch and retrieve with standard car and ‘moor’ at home.
Mike and Mark are about to embark on a road trip to introduce their concept to clubs along the coast – their contact details are below: