Fun test of golf

It’s a treasure hunt and a test of golf

St Francis Links is putting on a fun event on the 18th December in aid of funds for Kromme Enviro-Trust with a treasure hunt and a test of golf skills you never knew you had.

Every hole will be a new experience. Can you hit your tee shot left handed? Can you hit the green with a putter from 100 meters?

Can you spot what’s around you while you zip along in a golf cart? Are you bush savvy enough to pick up clues in your environment?

Have you got a kid with sharp eyes and lots of energy, a kid to run and pick up those clues while you tee your ball up? The whole family can take part, whether they play golf or not.

Challenge your golf buddy – your family against his – and see who’s best. There’s so much enjoyment in beating a good friend. And there’s plenty of opportunity for laughing at each other’s mis-hits and mistakes in this amazing race!

Lots of second chances along the way, good things to eat and drink, great prizes, and lots of fun.

18 December, 8 a.m. tee off, shotgun start. Entries on line at

Par 3 amazing race at The Links

NSRI St Francis Bay aid in vain

NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis Bay

NSRI St Francis Bay rush to aid of Chokka fisherman

At 16h07, Sunday, 27th November, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated following a request for medical assistance from the local Chokka fishing vessel Derma reporting a 50 year old crewman on-board collapsed unconscious suffering suspected dehydration in the vicinity of Aasvogels and the vessel reporting to be headed towards the Port of St Francis.

The sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II launched and on arrival on the scene the sea rescue crew found the fisherman pulseless and breathless.

He was transferred onto the sea rescue craft where CPR was initiated.

CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts continued onboard the sea rescue craft and on arrival in Port Private Care ambulance services paramedics took over care of the patient but after all efforts to resuscitate the man were exhausted he was declared deceased by paramedics.

Sincerest Condolences are conveyed to family, friends and his fellow crewmen.

In other NSRI action this past weekend NSRI Wilderness duty crew dispatched a sea rescue vehicle to Leentjies Klip, near to the Kaaimans River Mouth, West of the Wilderness sea rescue station, following eye-witness reports of a paddle canoe flooded with a man hanging onto the paddle canoe in the surf line.

On arrival on the scene the sea rescue crew waded into the surf and assisted the 47 year old local man ashore safely and the canoe was recovered.

No further assistance was required.

And in Struisbaai on Sunday morning NSRI Agulhas duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Agulhas and I&J Rescuer IV following a request for assistance from a small craft suffering mechanical motor failure and being swept into the surf-line approximately 3 nautical miles from Struis Baai off-shore of De Plaat, with a young male and a young female onboard.

On arrival on the scene we towed the craft out to sea and out of danger of the surf-line and once in deeper, safer, water the tow-line was adjusted and they were towed safely to Struisbaai harbour without incident and they required no further assistance.

What a fantastic service the brave crews of NSRI offer!


Sun, Fun, Food and Music

Sun, fun, food and music around the pool

What can be better then a day of fun, sun, food and music. If the weather over this past weekend is an indication of the weather for holidays ahead the thousands of visitors expected in St Francis are again in for a splendid summer. After a rather unsettled October and early November we certainly have been blessed over the past two weekends with the weather playing ball the previous weekend for the Pam Golding Ladies Open and again this weekend.

There can be few better venues to enjoy Sunday lunch on a glorious summers day than poolside at Joe Fish Restaurant at Cape St Francis Resort. There was hardly a seat to be had for the second Sunday in a row with diners young and older enjoying the sun, food and music of resident musician, Jono adding to the fun relaxed ambiance as seemingly inexhaustible kids romped in the pool.

As a one man band Jono really is very, very good and possibly because of the glorious weather he extended his normal stint playing on well past his normal three o’clock when he was joined by flautist/drummer Karl and an extraordinarily talented guitarist, Mike from Humansdorp for a short jam session to keep the crowd entertained and in their seats. A very pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon especially to lift the spirit after a somewhat dismal Saturday evening and early Sunday morning that no doubt caused depression in more than one ardent SA sport supporter.

Certainly not a great sporting weekend for South African sport couch potatoes. With the Boks losing to Wales on Saturday evening and then the Proteas losing to the Aussies in Adelaide early Sunday morning in the one-off day/night test it was not the happiest times for SA sport. At least the Proteas made us proud by winning the test series two to one which is a lot more heartening than the Boks Northern Hemisphere return of not a single win on their four match tour. This is the first time ever that a Bok team has returned from a tour winless in the post-apartheid era.

It must be said the Boks looked far more full of running against Wales than in previous games but sadly seemed to lack even basic skills and passing the ball seemed a totally foreign concept to fullback Johan Goosen who seems to have less decision potential than a headless chicken. There were some heartening moments and both Jantjies and later his replacement Pat Lambie, had relatively good games at pivot although neither is likely to retain the flyhalf position when Handre Pollard returns from injury. Ah well one can only wonder if Coetzee will keep his job. As Nick Mallett commented “Better Bok coaches than Coetzee have been axed”.

Some good news! St Francis detectives arrested a Sea Vista resident well known for receiving stolen property on Friday.  The detectives recovered three cell phones so if you have recently had a phone nicked you should possibly go into SAPS and see if one of those recovered is yours. jonomates