St Francis Bay was all a bustle this past Heritage Day long weekend with traffic flow reminiscent of the Christmas holiday period. And how blessed were our visitors with the weather? Three magnificent, warm, almost windless days and for those competing in the Calamari Classic, bowls or golf, they must have been ‘bowled’ over by the benign conditions and judging by the golf scores, the weather certainly did play its part.
The normally busy monthly market too was busier than normal and this is really a wonderful monthly occasion for both locals and visitors to meet and chat with friends one may not see that often. An idea the organisers should consider for next year would be an evening food market. Certainly it would not have worked this year for watching the’ Boks was foremost on almost everyone’s list of priorities. Maybe next year?
And on the subject of the Springboks! Wow what a turnaround in their fortunes. Great to see the ‘Boks play as we know they can and put Samoa to the sword, even if we don’t agree with Heyneke Meyer’s team selection. With so many choices of where to watch, the Port St Francis Ski-Boat club seemed a good choice this past Saturday. Spacious, enough screens to allow everyone a good view of the game, superb food (their calamari is outstanding), great drink prices and an enthusiastic, exuberant group of loyal supporters, it was a good decision to venture to the port for the evening.
Down at Seal Point in Cape St Francis the Billabong Junior surfing contest ran from Friday until yesterday with the weather and surfing conditions being near perfect for the first two days. Sadly the weather deteriorated somewhat on Sunday with the waves losing a bit of their shape. A choice of watching the boy’s under-20 finals and getting soaked and watching these youngsters perform or seeking refuge indoors was easy and a soaking it was. But it was worth it if just to watch Daryl Lightfoot’s final wave as he took off just before the final hooter and executed a near perfect 360 to end his ride. Really super watching these youngsters perform, some of them only “knee height to a tickey”.
Congratulations to Richard Vauqulin on winning the overall Calamari Classic honours and Jane Schultz on winning the ladies title.