Entry #4 – Anastasia

Entry no. 4 :   Anastasia   – Mike Metelerkamp


Anastasia is a Lavranos 39 ¾ keel cruising vessel. Her hull, deck & bulkheads were laid down by Ton Cup in the mid 1980’s, and she was shipped to Johannesburg. There she remained uncompleted until 1998, when Hans Meyer bought her and over the next 3 years of dedicated work by Hans & his family, was transformed into a spacious, comfortable cruiser & launched on the Vaal Dam on 2002.

Upon retiring in 2012 Hans moved to Cape Town, and Anastasia relocated to Royal Cape Yacht Club, where in 2017 she was bought by Mike Metelerkamp with a view to blue water cruising and fitted out for this. In addition to a full compliment of navigational and safety gear, she is fitted with watermaker, hot water system, fridge & freezer, and a good oven, so is a very comfortable boat to live and cross oceans on. She competed in the last Cape to St Helena Race, and is eagerly waiting to do the 2024 event.


Anastasia will be skippered by owner Mike Metelerkamp with crew Gavin Bingham, Paddy Pirow, Deon Coetzer, as well as Mike’s son Matthew (who will turn 15 8 days before the start) and Deon’s son Morne (who will turn 14 just after we get back).

Mike is a retired IT businessman who now spends most of his time messing around with boats. He sailed Mirror dinghies as a boy, graduating to keelboats in high school. His 20’s were spent sailing boards, and he returned to keelboats in the late 1980’s. Having sailed other peoples boats most of his life, he finally took the plunge and bought his own toys!

Gavin is a retired Ophthalmologist who took up sailing after many years of flying with a view to doing some ocean cruising. He was part of the 2022 St Helena crew on Anastasia and is a regular sailor with us in Cape Town.

Paddy is also retired from a marketing and branding background. He lectures part time to keep himself out of trouble, but is does not seem to work as he recently bought a boat too! He is now the proud owner of Neutron, an Astove 30. We found Paddy abandoned and hitchhiking on St Helena Island after the last race, and he joined us for the return sail, proving to be a great crewmate.

Deon, Sales Manager of Seaport Supply, is an old hand at offshore sailing. Deon competed in the last St Helena Race on Serendipity. He is also an experienced angler, so we are hoping for daily sushi!

Matthew is a Grade 9 at Pinelands High School, and this will be his first ocean crossing. His longest trip to date has been from Knysna to Cape Town, and he is really excited to be doing this. He turns 15 a few days before the start, and what a great way to celebrate!

Morne is a Grade 8 pupil at Durbanville Hoerskool, and turns 14 a couple of months before the race. He has done some sailing on his Dad’s Holiday 23 as well as a few trips on Anastasia, but this will be his first ocean crossing too.

The boys and Deon will fly home after the race, and Mike, Gavin & Paddy will sail Anastasia home, as we did last time.


While we like to sail Anastasia to the best of her (and our) abilities, we think of ourselves as “Competitive Cruisers” rather than out and out racers, and would like to encourage any of the other RCYC Cruisers who have an interest to give serious consideration to entering the Cape to St Helena race this year. It is a fantastic sail, a wonderful island, and an all round awesome event! Anyone who is thinking of doing it and wants to chat, please contact me.

Mike Metelerkamp


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