Press release

For immediate release

3 November 2021

The West Wind Issue 12 Is Out




The St Francis Bay community digital community magazine The West Wind has just released its 12th issue. It is the biggest issue to date. Coming in at 104 pages, it is filled with community news, interviews and happenings from the greater St Francis Bay area, including JBay, Humansdorp and Oyster Bay.

Each issue of The West Wind features a local photographer. This area seems to have so many world-class photographers shooting nature and more. In this issue, it is Clive Wright who reveals his fantastic photographer to the world.



Our local artist is Jacquie Jorgensen, who has amazing sea and wavescape art and other, more exciting stuff. “I work in oils,” said Jacquie. “Other than the sea and wavescapes, I love to paint water in different forms. My inspiration board is full of pictures of water, reflections in water, horses and the cosmos.” 



There is a feature on how to keep it cool over summer, a fun article on how to keep things tidy during the busy months of summer and not get too stressed by the crowds, and how to relax and take it easy over the season.

We also interview the incredible local vet, Nerine Botha. She tells us how she ended up in St Francis Bay as the local vet and how exciting the adventure was. “My husband’s family had a holiday home in Cape St Francis as he was growing up,” said Nerine. “On our honeymoon, we stayed in Knysna, and he brought me here to show me. I fell in love with this little piece of paradise. We moved down about two years later.”

There is also an announcement that the Wine On Water festival will finally kick off, and everyone is stoked. The wine festival will take place on the canals on the final weekend of February. All tickets that were not refunded are still valid. 

Renowned fiction writer Melissa Volker continues her series on how to Stand Up Paddleboard in and around the St Francis Bay area. Her series has been quite delightful and has helped many people along the way to become competent SUPers. 


The magazine wraps with a breakdown of the recent SA Junior Surfing Champs and how the local surfers fared. They did well, with the Dace brothers Joel and Rory both getting good final results. 

The latest issue can be found HERE.

The very popular issue 11 can be found HERE.

The entire West Wind catalogue can be found HERE.  

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