The Algoa Bay Yacht Club has voiced it’s opposition to the proposed Algoa Bay Fish Farm and submitted an appeal.
The proposed site is inshore of the Shipping zone and offshore of Port Elizabeth‘s beaches placing it in the path of many of the Algoa Bay Yacht Club’s sailing regattas. ABYC exists to foster sailing as a sport.
The local, provincial, national and international events that ABYC host bring many tourists to the region, city, port and club – all hosted by volunteer club members eager to promote the sport.
Media coverage for a National event such as the Boardwalk Hobie 16 Nationals – which ran for four years offshore of Hobie Beach – was shown to be worth in excess of R420 000 per year for the event.
International media coverage for an event such as the 60th SAP 505 World Championships to be held in Algoa Bay from 23 March to 3 April 2015, will easily exceed R3 million – valuable exposure for the club, the Port of Port Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela Bay.
Tourism SA uses a figure of R1 350.00 spend per tourist per day – for 320 visitors ONLY to the 505 World Championships over 14 days that will represent a conservative boost to the city coffers