Team ‘Daydream’ photo by Andrea Paarman

You might or might not have noticed the influx of visitors to St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis this weekend. At times it almost seemed like we were having a second December season. However, a lot was happening, so let’s unravel a little.

Obviously, the weekend drawcard was the SDC Championship Golf that was happening at The Links. With competitors in the area since Monday, it was, from all accounts, an incredible event, and we will cover it in depth.

Over in JBay at Mooi Uitsig Farm, the weekend Mighty Men Conference was exceptionally well attended. Angus Buchan led the prayer for rain, amongst other activities. 

St Francis Bay had a glorious market on Saturday with what seemed like record numbers. Our market continues to grow and expand, and it is an extraordinary gathering of locals and visitors buying and selling. 

The Amanzi Challenge was also taking place this weekend, which included the Open Water Swim on Friday and the Cape St Francis Trail Run on Sunday. Today (Monday) sees the Bodyboarding event at Cape St Francis’s main beach area. 

Talking of bodyboarding, a solid east swell arrived on Friday, and the water stayed warm for a change. There were haves at Bruces, Huletts Reef, Seal Point and Seal Point beachie. So despite the influx of surfers here for the weekend, there was enough space for everyone to get a few waves and find some space. 

The restaurants seemed to be making good trade on Saturday evening as we timidly ventured beyond the sanctity of Cape St Francis to hit the bright lights and Sunset Strip vibe of St Francis Bay. We enjoyed a wonderful evening and excellent food at Mr Gavin’s Sushi Restaurant to celebrate the big ‘Seven Oh’ of my father-in-law. Happy birthday Johnny!  

Then on Sunday, Nexus Yachts/Balance Catamarans launched their latest baby, Daydream. This glorious vessel hit the water on Sunday afternoon for a flawless launch. Well done to the Paarman team and everyone involved with the launch. 

I’m sure we have missed a few events and functions from this weekend, but it does help if people send us photos, results, news and anything else so that we can cover it all. 

Many people have taken today off and will combine it with Tuesday’s Human Rights Day Public Holiday. The good news is that there are still waves around, there is still much going on, and this really is a glorious little village we live in.