On February 24 the picturesque Quays of St Francis Bay will be the starting point for the much-anticipated People’s Triathlon St Francis.
Hello enthusiastic Pam Golding Quadrathlon Athletes!
As you might know, for our Pam Golding Quadrathlon on Friday 29 December, we have dropped the cycling leg this year, and replaced it with what we think will be more fun (and less inconvenience for motorists):
1km on one of the following:
SUP, Mailibu/Paddle board, Surfboard, or Body Board.
Flippers are sadly not permitted!
By the way, wetsuits are permitted for the swim, but definitely not necessary!
As you probably know, the event has shifted back to the Cove, which was the site of the very first St Francis Quadrathlon in 2006, arranged by the famous Kipper the Skipper!
On Friday, 29th December, we are again hosting the Hat and Hound Classic Golf Day in St Francis. This event has been a tradition for over 20 years. All the funds generated go to the Eastern Cape Transplant Sports Association to support our athletes participating in the SA Nationals and the World Transplant Games every two years. The following Nationals will be in Cape Town in September 2024. The World Transplant Game in Dresden, Germany, in 2025.
History of the event.
Our family home in St Francis Bay has a bar called the Hat and Hound. A tradition since day one has been that if you sit inside the bar, you have to wear a hat. (To date, we have collected over 300 hats from around the world). We also had a beautiful golden retriever called Oscar, the hound behind the name. Oscar became well known around St Francis. He would take himself to the beach, swim, catch some waves, and make his way home!
Pub For Drink
One lousy windy day in December 1997 we were sitting at home bored out of our skulls, and the wind was howling. We decided to head to Hankey Golf Club for a round of golf. We mustered 12 golfers for the day, had a blast, and returned to the pub for drinks. There is an ornament in the pub, and while having drinks, we decided it would be the day’s trophy. Someone shouted, “Hat and Hound Champion.”
The following year, my dad, John Ferrans, decided to take it to the next level and create a feel-good factor for the day. So we decided to support the local township kids’ school. Each golfer brought an old shirt and received a new one. Thus these shirts were given to the kids. We carried this tradition for four years. All through that time growing the number of golfers to around 40 – 50.
Hat and Hound Classic
We then decided to spread the love to charities in the area. Firstly, we decided to support the local SPCA and again grow the field. The field was up to around 60 odd golfers, and a healthy cheque was handed to SPCA. This went on until 2007. In 2008, we had a break as my dad fell quite ill.
In 2008, my dad qualified to represent SA at the World Transplant Games at Golf. He was set to represent his country in August 2009 in Gold Coast, Australia. Unfortunately, he didn’t quite make it to that date and never got to live his dream of representing his country. Dad Passed away in March 2009 after his liver rejected from the transplant. Be that as it may, we, as a family, then decided to support the SATSA (South African Transplant Sports Association). So we continued to raise funds from the day to fund athletes who have qualified to represent SA but could not afford the trip due to costs.
2009 was the first year that we supported them, and the field grew to over 100 golfers. Since then, we have kept this contribution the same. Each year, we raise money for the association through the golfer’s entry fee. Since 2015, when the Eastern Cape Region was formally constituted as ECTSA, we have supported them. To date, we have raised over R 350k for these athletes to be able to live their dreams.
This year (2023), on Friday, 29th December, we will have about 130 golfers playing at the St Francis Bay Golf Club. So, we hope to raise R140000 for the Eastern Cape Transplant Sports Association. A tradition we know will continue deep into our lives!
St Francis is fortunate to have many sports clubs (as well as many other clubs and institutions). This includes the 12-year-old St Francis Paddling Club, with around 180 members. Many of you in our town don’t know much about our paddling club and its array of eccentric characters. So it’s time you learned a bit.
Pete King is “our club captain for life”, known for his very short AGM speeches. Usually, just a word, maybe two, but he lets his paddling do the talking. He needs to have at least two broken arms before he misses a Wednesday 10km time trial.
Timekeeping and Admin
Dave and Marie Louw have been the backbone of the club for many years. Timekeeping and admin, and coaching the Sea Vista teenagers, some of whom travelled to Germany this year. (Dave was also multiple Movember for Hospice Champion).
Timekeeping is now done by the duo of Mandy McGregor and Anita Dobrowski. Even on the darkest, coldest night of the year, waiting for the slowest 10km paddler!
Nigel Harvey is the club’s godfather, having organised local surfski races as far back as the early 90s. He now provides words of wisdom over a few glasses of Sav Blanc.
Fittest and Fastest
Phil Smith has been our poster boy for nearly ten years now, our fittest and fastest. But there are many local paddlers who are very regular stalwarts doing their 5km weekly time trial. Sometimes even breaking 30 minutes! Andrew Bowren, Ken McGregor, Dirkie Ellis .. and the man with the biggest smile, Felix Muchika.
Richard Poole, a relative newcomer, remarkably paddled 49 out of 49 time trials in 2018!
A few families have played big roles in the club, foremost being the Hempels and the Mitchleys.
New but very enthusiastic paddling families are the Hardings, the Andersons and the Prins.
Sadly, we have lost a few paddlers. Danie Coetzer, Mike Starke, and Mickey Sadler have passed on. Stephan Vorster and Brian Wells have left town.
Could Try Harder
A few more must be mentioned; otherwise, I will be in trouble. Charlie Jonsson (the most talkative Chairman we’ve ever had), Steph Arndt and Penny Hulett (ladies’ doubles champions). Byron Andrews and Rob Gault (both should buy a faster ski), Dappie Prinsloo (drives all the way from JBay),.AC Carter and Gordon Spalding (flippin fast over 60’s), Ana Marie Hay (long time paddler), newcomer Andrew Knight (could try harder) … and not forgetting Baker and Dobrowksi, both well over 65, both paddling very similar competitive times, and both called Frank!
Two more club members deserve a mention: Brad Rosser, long time paddler, fearsome into the wind, and Shaun Frayne, new to the sport, but gone from zero to hero in quick time.
These are just a few of the names of local members that spring to mind; apologies for the many whom I have left out.
Some locals don’t paddle much these days, and we hope to see them back at time trails more often. Daryl Staples, Phil Honey, Eric Stewart, Roeltin Louw, Candice Peltenburg, Rob Birch, Dylan Stephens.
Without a doubt, the paddling club has the very best website ( www.stfrancispaddlingclub.co.za ). We never cancel a 5.30 pm Wednesday time trial, have around five or six races a year, and have hosted SA Champs three times in the last five years. St Francis can truly be called a paddling mecca. With sheltered canals, a 14km beautiful river (plus the even more scenic 3km Geelhout tributary), the sometimes very calm bay, plus downwind to JBay, and open ocean trips to Oyster Bay.
(all photos @gumboot.camera)
Seal Point Boardriders AGM – Pig and Rooster, Friday 8 December.
The Seal Point Boardriders AGM took place at the Pig and Rooster at the Lighthouse Precinct on Friday. It was a well-attended event, with regular club members and new faces around. Dan Thornton is the new club chairman, and the club welcomed him to the new position.
The surf club has been around forever, with a number of chair-people over the years, but fell into a little bit of inactivity over the COVID times. Thus it is now up and running again, with some people standing down from the committee and some new people coming in.
Seal Point and St Francis Bay have a surge of hot up-and-coming surfers, grom surfers and young girls getting into the sport. There are also the more established competitive surfers. Also, there is a long history and legacy of top surfers coming from this side of the woods. Therefore the groms, in particular, need some nurturing and guidance as they enter the competitive fray of surfing events.
There are several surfing contests scheduled for the area between Seal Point and Lower Point in JBay for 2024. The SFB groms and juniors will get a chance to witness and compete in several of these events. A longboard event is also coming to town with several SFB surfers competing in it as well.
The SPBRC will also have a two-day tournament for the club and for club members. This will happen at The Point (or the beach break). We will run our annual surf tournament sometime in the New Year.
Grom Events and Fund Raisers
There are other plans and ideas for the new year, including a series of fun grom events and a few fund-raisers. The surf club will announce these when they have been discussed and finalised.
Chairperson: Dan Thornton
Secretary: Craig Jarvis
Treasurer: Lynette Stander
SPBRC Committee Members for 2024: Chantal Shooter, Simon Fish, Jade Dace, Ari Kraak.
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For any information, queries, ideas, subs payment info and anything else pertaining to Seal Point Board Riders Club, please get hold of Jarvi directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively WhatsApp him on 082 376 4443
The Seal Point Boardriders will be holding their Annual General Meeting this Friday (8 December) at the Pig and Rooster at the Lighthouse Precinct in Cape St.Francis.
Please join, to vote in the new committee for 2024. Please note this is not a general pay and sign-up for the club meeting. That will happen at another event.
If you would potentially like to be part of the committee or have other nominations, please chat with Jade Dace directly before Friday 8th.
The Pig and Rooster Happy Hour is from 5-6pm
© Louis Wulff
The Boardriders voting and formalities will take place from 6 pm onwards. The draw for the Seal Point Boardriders has always been for local homeowners ‘this’ side of the Kromme River. There are great plans for the club in the new year, and anyone who has anything to contribute will be welcome to get involved. As we see more of the younger crew and groms starting to improve and a new crew of young girl groms coming through, it is the perfect time for the club to flourish.
Seal Point Board Riders Committee