Visit Langebaan with us and discover how Capitec are assisting a dynamic duo who are making a career out of sailing.

Adrian and Hayley Ceruti are Capitec clients, and the owners and directors of Atlantic Yachting – a thriving business that’s living proof that yachting and sailing can be a viable career and leisure option beyond the professional sport.  

“Atlantic Yachting offers a wide range of sailing courses specifically aimed at young people who want to go work on yachts overseas, and also for our recreational sailor who just wants to learn to sail locally. Over and above that, we also offer many other courses that are attractive on the crew’s CVs when they’re looking for work overseas,” shares Hayley Ceruti.

The duo met while working on a super yacht abroad and turned their passion for sailing into a business upon their return to South Africa. 

Adrian and Hayley started off by hiring a yacht for their training. They systematically acquired one every three years and now own four of the power vessels. 

As the business grew, so did their banking needs

“We attend boat shows every year and decided to have a credit card machine there one year. We were offering promotions and good prices on the day for those paying for their course, and thought it would be nice to have a pay point on site. We were lucky enough to get a Capitec card machine, and that worked really well for us,” says Hayley who oversees the sales and marketing side of the business. 

Marli Valentin, Regional Manager of Merchant Services at Capitec, explains, “The benefits of making use of Capitec payment solutions is that we design products according to the business owner’s needs, taking reliability into account. The product will change as the business expands and diversifies.”

She adds, “Atlantic Yachting were making use of our point of sale mobile device but when their business needs changed, we introduced them to our Masterpass solution. The mPos device allows instant card payments, as well as QR transactions.” 

“The service has been great”, exclaims Hayley! “We have just recently upgraded to a Tap to Pay machine which is smaller and also enabled us to save quite a lot of money because we changed from one unit to another unit – and now pay per purchase, as opposed to a full time monthly rental. This works well for our business because we don’t have a lot of walk-in customers, so prefer to pay as we use the machine.”  

“Masterpass offers mobile payment solutions so payments can be processed wherever you are. The device connects to your smart device via Bluetooth and is driven by the Capitec merchant app. Payments are quick and easy because it’s able to process chip, Tap to Pay, and Masterpass QR transactions,” expands Marli. 

With business and payment solutions made simple by Capitec, this leaves the couple time to do what they enjoy most and do best – sail and teach in an area that offers a variety of different conditions perfect for the activity; from calm to rough seas, amazing anchorage, tidal streams and shipping lanes. 

For more information on the business services or payment solutions available through Capitec click on the active links or visit www.capitecbank.co.za