Anybody know anything about Langebaan ???
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Langebaan is an inland lagoon and deep water shipping harbour which is on the west coast of South Africa, about an hour's drive from the popular Bloubergstrand coastal windsurfing spots – or two hours' drive if you are coming out of Cape Town (the extra hour is due to traffic issues).
You can freesail in Langebaan harbour at the north end, off the town beach for example, or you can launch from the Cape Sport's centre which has excellent windsurf shop and hire facilites too with wind-free rigging on a grassy lawn (recommended). This northern end of the lagoon is very holiday orientated and capetonians often have second homes here.
There are some amazing other windsurf spots too, such as Kraal bay, inside the west coast nature reserve near a village called Churchhaven – and this is a wonderful flat water spot best visited at high water. Take a picnic or BBQ stuff as there are no shops.
For waves, try opposite the Langebaan harbour entrance as the Atlantic swell run straight in and set up a wave on the Club Mykonos Marina spending beach.
The main season at Langebaan is during the southern hemisphere summer (or European winter), with perhaps the best wind from January through to March. Langebaan sort of gets the same southeaster wind cycle as Cape Town from the months of October through to April, whereas in the other half of the year the wind blows in more temporarily with rain fronts, tracking in from the northwest.
Occasionally, when the wind goes westerly it's dank and cold and foggy there.
Google 'Cape Sports Centre' for more info. – although this is their quiet season right now.
September is known as the 'flower season' as this is when the vegetation that seems arid in summer springs into bloom after the winter rains.
Thinking about a trip there next year.
Been a few shark incidents though in SA; but as far as I`m aware none at Langebaan.
When I said northern end, actually meant the southern end of the harbour.
The southern end (nearest Cape Town) is the shallow end wheres the Northern end is the commercial harbour.
Also, you mention sharks. Everybody mentions sharks in their second sentence about windsurfing in SA.
Dunno why. No wind surfer has ever been killed by a shark there.
I blame the media in promoting sharks as canny man-eating predators.
In truth, the Cape Town sharks have too many seals to eat.
You won't see one at Blouberg or at Langebaan.
I live and sail mostly on the east coast of South Africa in the province of Kwazulu Natal.
Although I have sailed at most of the breaks around the country I primarily sail in KZN. From Sodwana Bay in the north to Port Edward on the Southern provincial boundary which covers around 500km of coastline. The province is sub tropical and the water is around 22-26 degrees most of the year. There are always waves and the wind is mostly around 18-25 knots.
In 20 years of sailing this coastline we have seen whales (more now than ever). Whale sharks (quite often) and dolphins which are regular visitors as well as a few other types of sharks. They are part of the ocean and exist in every ocean around the planet regardless of which ocean it is you are sailing in.
Langebaan is a great location for flat water blasting and Cape Sports Centre teaches sailing, kitesurfing and does equipment rental. Cape Town itself is great for wave sailing and I spend some time there in January or February for some good port tack sailing.
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