St Francis Bay Bridge Club Charity Tournament

Charity Bridge Day at the St Francis Links

Bridge players came from far and wide to participate in the popular Charity Bridge Day at the St Francis Links on 20th September 2016. Dinks Liebenberg started fund raising for the National Sea Rescue Institute, Station 21, about 20 years ago by organising an annual bridge tournament and the tradition has continued growing in strength and enthusiasm.

Players came from Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Jeffreys Bay, Port Elizabeth, and even as far afield as Pretoria and enjoyed a really successful, well-run tournament. There were twenty-two tables (four players per table), two of which were set aside for novice players, providing them with the opportunity to experience tournament conditions, which can be rather daunting at first.

The St Francis Links came to the party once again and pulled out all stops to provide the perfect venue and a delicious lunch. Jeff Clause, CEO of the Links, offered an extremely generous prize of 18 holes for a four-ball, including golf carts (worth about R2000). This was auctioned by John Boonzaier and secured by a thrilled Di Klette from Plettenberg Bay.

The club was honoured to have Heidi Atkinson participating. She is the Chief Tournament Director of South Africa, President of the Southern Cape Bridge Union, and is on the board of the South African Bridge Federation. She had this to say of the tournament: “I am impressed by the dedication of the St Francis Bay Committee who provided bridge for both newcomers and experienced players. They work hard and do it with love, always going the extra mile.”

Tournament Directors for the day were well qualified locals Eileen Ellis and Judith O’Hara who were able to participate as well as performing their duties with consummate skill. This enabled Heidi Atkinson and Patrick Verner (TD from Pretoria) to play without officiating, much to their delight.

An additional fund-raising raffle produced R855. The winner was committee member John Boonzaier who immediately donated it to the NSRI.

Geoff Ellis, President of the Bridge Club, expressed his appreciation to the members of the bridge club and the business community of St Francis who so generously gave prizes for the day. Everyone went home with something and a good time was had by all who attended.

The visitors were impressed by the exemplary organisation and Patrick Verner, Tournament Director from Pretoria, commented on the lovely, relaxed and pleasant atmosphere and the outstanding competence of the St Francis Bay committee.

Much to the delight of everyone concerned, a sum of R8 500,00 was raised for NSRI Station 21.

The tournament was played in two sections:

Winners of the Green Section: N/S Una Moolman and Jill Browning (J’Bay), E/W John Boonzaier and Darryl Hendricks (SFB).

Winners if the Maroon Section: N/S Mike Lowe and Bobbie Walker (PE), E/W Wendy Mackenzie and Liz Horne (SFB).

Charity Bridge Day at the St Francis Links

Photo: Winners of the St Francis Bay Bridge Charity Tournament in aid of Station 21 of NSRI (left to right) Liz Horne, Wendy Mackenzie, Mike Lowe, Bobbie Walker, Jill Browning, Una Moolman, Daryl Hendricks and John Boonzaier.

Article & photo Yvonne Bosman

Kirsty McGillivray Produces Standout Performance

Kirsty McGillivray produced the performance of the day

Five more members of the 12-person South African team competing in the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in the Azores advanced to Round 3 of the Main event in their respective divisions after a day of booming surf on Day 4 of the world’s biggest junior surfing event

Wild 1.5-2.5 metre waves, with occasional 3 metre sets, rumbled into the venue at Praia de Monte Verde from the North Atlantic, tested both the endurance and skill of the competitors, with many earning one good score and then struggling to find a second.

In Round 2 of U18 Boys division, Jordy Maree (Kommetjie) won his heat convincingly and Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) secured second place in his match-up as the pair advanced to Main Event Round 3. Adin Masencamp (Strand) narrowly missed out, finishing less than point out of second place and he will be joined by Bevan Willis (Salt Rock), who placed fourth in his heat in the Repercharge Round 2 heats today.

Those in Repecharge Round 2 get a final chance to remain in the competition by placing first or second in their heat and advancing back into the Main Event stream. From Round 3 onwards all the surfers finishing third or lower in heats are eliminated from the event.

Max Elkington (Kommetjie) got the team off to great start in Round 2 of the U16 Boys by winning his heat with a dynamic display, and was joined in advancing to Round 3 by Sebastian Williams (Durban) who was runner-up in his encounter. Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) struggled yesterday, but will have another opportunity to get back into contention via the Repercharge today, while Koby Oberholzer has yet to contest his Round 2 clash.

Kirsty McGillivray produced the performance of the day for South Africa in her U16 Girls Repercharge Round 2 heat, delivering scores of 6.0 and 5.67 to leave her three opponents in a combination situation. McGillivray joined fellow Jeffreys Bay resident Kai Woolf in Main Event Round 3.

Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) was the only South African casualty on the day, dropping out of the event after finishing fourth in her U18 Girls Repercharge Round 2 heat. Bell and fellow U18 girl Crystal Hulett (Cape St Francis), who was eliminated on Monday, will spend the rest of the event motivating and encouraging their teammates.

Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) in action

Pictured: Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) in action during his U18 Boys Round 2 heat at the VISSLA ISA World Junior Championships in the Azores. Photo: ISA / Rezendes

As the event approaches the halfway point, the South African team still has 10 team members in contention and is in 13th position among the 38 national teams. Australia, France, Hawaii, Japan and reigning ISA team champions USA still have all 12 surfers in the event, while Portugal, Costa Rica, Peru, Brazil and Spain have 11 and Great Britain is marginally ahead of South Africa with 10.

Due to the large swell predicted for today, the organisers will only be using one podium where the boys’ heats will be run. Koby Oberholzer will be the first South African in action in the U16 Boys Round 2, followed Adin Masencamp and Bevan Willis in the do-or-die U18 Boys Repercharge Round 2, and then Angelo Faulkner in a similar position in U16 Boys Repercharge Round 2.

Surfline, the official forecaster, is calling for a strong Northwest swell to fill in on Wednesday with well overhead surf. This strong swell will slowly fade over the remainder of the contest period, providing solid waves for the competition.

The action at the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship can be watched LIVE at starting at approximately 11am SA time daily. The latest news, results, photographs and video footage are also available on the website.

Daily media releases:
Surfing South Africa Facebook page:
SA Junior Surfing Team Facebook page:

Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). All South African surfing teams that participate in international events are chosen by the National Selectors and in terms of the SSA Constitution. All national teams are ratified by the Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa prior to being forwarded to SASCOC for colours approval

For further information contact:
Robin de Kock – General Manager – Surfing South Africa – –  0824541149

Cape St Francis Resort to host Expedition Africa 2017

Expedition Africa 2017 for Cape St Francis

The Cape St Francis Resort once again hit the headlines  as a top lifestyle destination with the announcement of its selection as the preferred host for the hotly contested Expedition Africa, one of nine international extreme adventure races that make up the Adventure Racing World Series for 2017. Touted as Africa’s most challenging adventure race, the event is expected to include over 50 international and local teams who will pit their survival skills against demanding terrain and an unforgiving environment, racing day and night towards the finish line.

Adventure sports enthusiasts, organisers,  media and supporters from around the globe will all converge on Cape St Francis in May next year as  the high profile event kicks off  with an opening ceremony, followed by a press conference and media briefing. All the athletes, organisers and their teams will be accommodated at the Cape St Francis Resort where the race will begin and end, before rounding everything up with a gala dinner and prize giving.

The event  will be highly advantageous for the entire Kouga area as the focus of the international sporting community turns to the region, increasing tourism prospects and awareness of the Eastern Cape.

“We worked hard on our bid and are really very honoured and excited to be hosting this first-class event that will expose not only the Resort but also Cape St Francis and its surrounding areas to fantastic tourism potential and publicity,” says Anita of the Cape St Resort.

Competition co-ordinators, Stephen and Heidi Muller of Kinetic Events Africa, say that all teams will be equipped with a live tracking device allowing spectators to follow the race over streaming media and other social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Live tracking, videos, routes and news can be followed on the Expedition Africa webpage while each team is encouraged to garner their own supporter following through Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and other social media pages. “ We must take ownership of this event and make the most of this opportunity,” says Esti Stewart, Marketing Director of the KLTO.  The race will be organised with the full support of the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA), the Kouga Municipality and Sarah Baartman District Municipality

Data from this year’s competition shows that in excess of two million Facebook users followed the race while the Live Event Page shot to well in excess of 300 000 views in a week, representing extensive local and international exposure.

A further benefit  is the social upliftment project that is included in the event. Expedition Africa always keeps the local residents in mind and a community project forms part of the pre-race festivities, aimed at improving the socio-economic conditions of the chosen organisation.

The fast-paced race pushes contestants to their limits as mixed teams of four are challenged mentally and physically to find various checkpoints and transitions by using only a compass and map. The tournament is non-stop, continuing through day and night, and includes a multitude of disciplines such as mountain biking, trekking, kayaking, rope work and orienteering, with contestants expected to have the ability to operate in harsh, remote environments and in all weather conditions.

“Although the event route is a tightly guarded secret that will only be revealed at the opening ceremony on the day before the race, we do know that it will include the greater St Francis and Baviaans areas and cover approximately 500 kilometres,” says Anita.

The teams are supported logistically by the organisers who transport their equipment from one transition point to the next.

Africa Expedition is one of nine international adventure racing events that will be hosted during 2017 with the winning team receiving free and automatic entry into the Adventure Racing World Championships in the United States of America next year.

Exhibition Africa 2017 at Cape St Francis Resort

Source: Cape St Francis Resort

St Francis of Assisi Festival

Pets Blessing Ceremony as Part of St Francis of Assisi Festival

A Solemn Pets Blessing Ceremony, to be held on Saturday October 1st, will form part of a five day St Francis of Assisi Festival, during which the Kouga Catholic Community will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Church of St Francis of Assisi in Humansdorp, as well as the feast of St Francis of Assisi, which occurs on October 4th.

The Solemn Pets Blessing, which is being presented in association with the Humansdorp SPCA, will take place from 2pm on Saturday October 1st in the parking lot of the Church of St Francis of Assisi, which is accessed from 40 Piet Uys Street in Humansdorp. The Blessing Ceremony is open to all members of the community, as well, of course, as their pets!

There is a catch – all pets will be charged an entrance fee:  one item of pet food for the residents of the Humansdorp SPCA!

Pastor of the Kouga Catholic Community, Fr Paul Fahy, said the Festival will primarily focus on a series of Liturgical and Spiritual events within the Catholic community*, but in keeping with the spirit of St Francis, it had been decided to also do something for those less fortunate members of the animal community – those resident at the SPCA.

“This Festival provides us with a wonderful opportunity to draw new insights and inspiration from our beloved Saint Francis, discover  his relevance for our world today, especially in the light of the Pope Francis’ publication of Laudato Si, the encyclical on the environemnt, and appreciate why our Pope takes him as his model for pastoral ministry and inspiration,” said Fr Paul.

The Pets Blessing Ceremony itself will take place at 3pm on the day, and will be preceded by a “Pets’ Parade”. All pets MUST be kept on a leash at all times.

Boerewors rolls, curry bunnies, pancakes and tea and cakes will be on sale at the event, and there will also be a sale of second-hand books. All  proceeds will be split between the SPCA and the Catholic Church.

*The various Liturgical events are not restricted to the Catholic Community and anyone else wishing to attend may do so – details available from

For more information contact; –Frank Nunan – – 0614855491

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Seal Point to host Billabong Junior Final

Billabong Junior series final. Seal Point, Cape ST Francis

The Billabong Junior Series 2016 Final, an historically a popular and well-attended event is being surfed at Seal Point from September 30 – October 2 to decide both event champions as well as series winners,

“The Billabong Junior Series Final in Seal Point is a highlight of the year for a host of surfers from up and down the coast, and Surfing South Africa is proud to be partnering with Billabong in their presentation of this popular contest,” said Robin De Kock, General Manager Surfing South Africa.

Billabong Junior Series Final in Seal Point 2015 event highlights video clip

Also being held in Kouga is a second junior event, the Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS, which will take place from October 5 – 9 at the Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay. This event is always one of the most exciting events of the year for our junior surfers, and The Lower Point in JBay, always delivers excellent surf for this period. It has been consistently good over the last five years, with great waves and offshore winds the norm.

Billabong SA Junior Championships -  October 5 – 9 at the Lower Point in JBay

Cape Town Surfriders clinched the coveted Freedom Cup last year at the Champs by accumulating the highest points over the 5-day period in 2015, and will be defending their title this year.

“We are excited to be entering the final leg of junior surfing in the country,” said Billabong Marketing Manager Chad D’Arcy. “We have the finals of the very popular Billabong Junior Series in Seal Point, and then we go straight into the Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS, the most prestigious junior event of the year. It’s great to be a junior surfer in South Africa at the moment, and Billabong is proud of our junior surfing legacy.”

2015 event highlights video clip

For more details contact Chad D’Arcy – – t. 079 519 5990

Grant Beck – e. – t. 079 332 9434

For media queries contact Craig Jarvis – e. – t. 082 376 4443