Load Shedding

Load Shedding – Is there or isn’t there?

Well it seems there definitely is Load Shedding again and it will continue for at least the next ten days, possibly longer. Eskom has said that once all their staff have returned to work, well those who do actually work, it will take a further ten days for the power utility to return to normal but for some reason it may take municipalities longer.

Oh well we have no option other than to bite the bullet and keep and eye on the Load Shedding schedule (below) that was issued by Eskom, not Kouga municipality. The municipality did eventually issue a schedule but as during the previous load shedding  a few years back, it in pretty much undecipherable.

Ivan Kampte and Heather Kruger take take 2018 honours

ST. FRANCIS BAY GOLF CLUB 2018 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

Ivan Kamte and Heather Krüger – with Club Captain, Richard Vauqulin and Ladies Captain, Dawn Speirs.

The paddlers in the SA Canoe Marathon Championship were not the only sportsmen and women who had to battle the wind and rain (what rain someone asked, just a few drops was all we had).

The St. Francis Bay Golf Club (SFBGC) 2018 Club Championships took place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June in contrasting weather conditions. On Saturday the players teed off in a gale force wind but fortunately Sunday delivered beautiful golf weather that ensured excellent scoring conditions.

The field consisted mostly of local golfers, but we also had the pleasure of having players from Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.
Thanks to Janine van der Merwe and her management team as well as the two Captains, Richard Vauqulin and Dawn Speirs for the smooth organisation, Gordon Dennett and his grounds team for outstanding course conditions, Jani and Frank Ellis for keeping up the energy level with tasty food and the bar staff for quenching the players thirst.

RESULTS LADIES
Gross competition:
Silver Division winner & Ladies Champion: Heather Kruger
Silver Division runner up: Renee Botha
Bronze Division winner: Dawn Speirs
Copper Division winner: June Mason
Copper Division runner up: Joan Louise Manthe
Nett competition:
Best overall nett: Caroline Kettlewell

RESULTS MEN:
A Division:
Winner & Men’s Champion: Ivan Kampte
Runner up: Richard Vauqulin
Best Nett: Jan Nel;
B Division:
Winner: Dane Shaw
Runner up: Albert Burger
Best Nett: Don Speirs
C Division:
Winner: Warren Knezovich
Runner up: Francois Friend
Best Nett: Brian Hibbert

All the players would like to thank Village Square Superspar St. Francis Bay for their generous sponsorship towards these Championships.

Photos and report from St Francis Bay Golf Club Facebook

Some St Francis Paddler Results

Highlighting St Francis Bay Paddlers in SA Marathon Champs Champs

What a great weekend for St Francis with the South African Canoe Marathon Champs having enthralled a large audience not hindered by the wind and occasional rain to line the banks and cheer these wonderful athletes, young and old, men and women, boys and girls.

In possibly the most exciting and certainly the most prestigious event, the Senior Mens K1 Championship,two of the red hot favourites coming in first and second with Andy Birkett just pipping Jasper Mocke by one second to take line honours. Stuart MacLaren came in thisd a couple of minutes behind the winner.

K1 Podium L to R – Jasper Mocke, Andy Birkett and Stuart MacLaren

Andy Birkett and Hank McGregor won a the men’s K2 title in another thrilling race with Cape crew of Stu MacLaren and Kenny Rice taking the silver. The bronze went to Louis Hattingh and Hamish Lovemore in the end-sprint, dramatically depriving the former K2 world champ Jasper Mocké and Nick Notten of a place in the medals.  .

Birkett & McGregors win earned them a place in the the SA team to compete in the world championships in Portugal in September.

at the South African Marathon Championships on Sunday afternoon, ratifying their selection as part of the national canoeing team to the world championships in Portugal in September.

With so many events and so many result to report on St Francis Today has decided to only highlight the main categories and then list St Francis Bay Paddlers Club  paddler results. Full results can be accessed on the Eastern Cape Canoe Club website.

K1 – GUPPY BOYS U12
6 47359 RONALDO VAN ROOYEN
9 47442 LIKHO RAMNCWANA
15 47692 BERVEN TITUS
16 47691 RIADAN BAADJIES
18 47688 JUNIOR JACOBS
22 47693 DAMAIN BEKEER
24 47696 RONHON JONAS

K1 – BOYS U14
11 47354 ELMANCO LEGRANGE
22 40308 OLIVER MITCHLEY
26 47355 IMMANUEL WILDEMAN
27 47441 FERNANDO UITHALER

K1 – BOYS U18 and U16
12 40312 GRAYDON MITCHLEY (Graydon was 3rd in the Under 16)

K1 – MASTER MEN
4 97197 ROBERT GAULT

K1 – SUB-GRAND MASTER MEN
4 6409 GORDON SPALDING
6 5272 PETER KING

K1 – GRAND MASTER MEN
9 4902 RICHARD ARDERNE

K2 – BOYS U14
8 47467 47464 NAZEEN DAVIDS and AVUYILE KOLWENI

K2 – BOYS U18 & U16
6 40312 50323 GRAYDON MITCHLEY and  MELVINO KLAASE (Melvino is from Paarl) – They were 1st in the under 16

SFT hasn’t managed to secure all the category placings for the K2 but we are able to report that local lasses Stephanie Ernsten and Penny Hulett achieved a second place in the Women’s Sub Master category. Well done Steph and Penny!

Stephanie Ernsten & Penny Hulett

A few other results we were able to pick up were

Peter Mitchley & Robert Gault  – 6th in the K2 Sub Masters
Peter King & Byron Andrews – 4th in the K2 Sub Grand Masters
Richard Arderne & Gavin Harvey – 5th in the K2 Grand Masters

If we missed one of our locals – apologies but well done to all competitors

 

Photos courtesy SA Canoe Championship Facebook

 

 

 

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Lawler and Nonaka Take the Jordy Smith

Lawler and Nonaka Take QS Titles at Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill

Jordan Lawler (Australia) and Minami Nonaka (Japan) were crowned the Men’s and Women’s champions at the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill at Big Bay on Sunday Photo: WSL / Thurtell

Jordan Lawler (Australia) and Minami Nonaka (Japan) captured the prestigious World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) Men’s and Women’s titles respectively in the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill which ended in small but contestable 0.5 to 1.0 metre waves at Big Bay in Bloubergstrand on Sunday.

Lawler played a patient game at the start of the Men’s final, but he fell behind his three South African opponents so he decided to get busy and it paid off. First he added a 7.0 to an earlier 6.0 to overtake Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) who had led the 25 minute encounter from the outset.

Shortly thereafter the Australian caught a wave that reformed on the inside and, surfing to the judging criteria, he performed several manoeuvres with speed, power and flow to be rewarded with an 8.25, the only score in the excellent range (8 points or more out of 10) and the highest score of the final.

His two wave heat tally of 15.25 left Adin Masencamp (Strand) needing a near-perfect 9.25 for victory, while McGillivray and Chad du Toit (Durban) each needed to replace both their counting rides as the clock wound down.

“I’m so stoked! It has been a while since I won a QS and I am over the moon,” said Lawler who has been in South Africa since the opening event of the WSL Africa Qualifying Series at the end of March. He has accumulated several good results, including a runner-up finish in Port Alfred, but this is his first QS victory since 2014 in Australia.

“I really love it here so much, every South African I have met is just the coolest guy ever and everybody is so nice. It definitely plays a role in my surfing over here,” he added.

The diminutive Nonaka is just 16 but posted the highest heat total, 15.50 points out of 20, in the women’s opening round held in pounding overhead surf at Melkbosstrand on Friday. Although she was eliminated in the semi-finals of the Junior Women’s event on Saturday, she kept advancing in the women’s event and went on to clinch her first QS victory.

She defeated two of South Africa’s top female talents, multiple event winner Sarah Baum (Durban) and reigning WSL Africa Women’s Champion Nicole Pallet (La Lucia), as well as local rising star Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga) in a hard fought final.

Baum dominated the early exchanges of the matchup with a pair of six-point rides, consistently making the connection to the inside section and displaying great wave selection. But the petite Japanese girl found a runner that she worked over nearly all the way to the beach for a confidence-boosting 7.75 and then slammed the door on her rivals with a 6.50 in the dying minutes of the encounter.

“I just wanted to catch the best waves I could during the final,” said Nonaka through a translator. “I was in second place when I picked the best wave and got the 7.75 and that gave me the confidence to find the 6.5 at the end that gave me the win.”

Baum had to settle for second spot while Pallet and Nogueira took third and fourth respectively.

The next event, the Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing pres. by Hurley, starts in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday and features a QS 3,000 Women’s event, a QS 1,500 Men’s event, Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) 1,000 Men’s and Women’s events for surfers 18-and-under, and Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) events for Men and Women.

Full results, photos and video footage for the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill will be available on www.WorldSurfLeague.com  and on the WSL App, with highlights on the WSL QS Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill – QS 1,000 Men’s Final Results

  1. Jordan Lawler (Australia) 15.25 points
  2. Adin Masencamp (Strand) 11.85
  3. Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) 9.50
  4. Chad du Toit (Durban) 9.25

Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill – QS 1,000 Women’s Final Results

  1. Minami Nonaka (Japan) 14.255 points
  2. Sarah Baum (Durban) 13.0
  3. Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) 8.35
  4. Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga) 7.30
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