This weekend 23 and 24 February will see the Annual 24 Hour Sailing Challenge take place on the North End Lake in Port Elizabeth. This regatta is unique in that it takes place on an inner city lake in the shadow of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and is the last remaining 24 hour sailing regatta in South Africa. Teams consist of a maximum of 10 sailors - five two man teams, who sail in shifts on a designated course on North End Lake. It was in the first part of the last century that Bayonians (PE People) first started sailing on this stretch of water. The first record of boating on the lake was in January 1907 when a W. Chant was given permission to hire out boats. Once also named the Linden or Linton Reservoir, the North End Lake is an oasis in the centre of North End and a suitable backdrop for the Nelson mandela Bay Stadium. An average depth of three metres makes for safe participation in activities such as sailing, boating, fishing and water-skiing. At a stage the North End Lake was called the Prince Alfred's Park Lake - formed from run-off rainwater from the surrounding hills. The first record of competitive sailing on the North End Lake was in the Herald of 1908 which recorded the holiday programme of the Port Elizabeth Yachting and Rowing Club (PEYRC). The preogramme included sailing, rowing and flat races, decorated illuminated boat procession and a fireworks display. Sailing teams in two person dinghies from Knysna Yacht Club, Redhouse Yacht Club, Algoa Bay Yacht Club and East London Yacht Club will gather this weekend to see which team can sail the furthest distance around a designated course in 24 hours. Presented by RYC and hosted by the EP Powerboat Club the weekend is always a fun challenge and interested persons are welcome to pop in for a chat and frothy libation of their choice. YouTube: https://youtu.be/UXLrD6Bwhqs CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Going Back to . . .
The race organisers have added a fresh dimension to the Takealot Tour of Good Hope this year by opting to hold the time-trial midway through the five-day race next month instead of at the start. In recent years the time-trial has taken place on the second day, a Tuesday. However, ASG Events chief executive Erick Oosthuizen confirmed this week that it would now be held on the Wednesday. South Africa's premier road cycle race takes place in the Drakenstein Municipality in the Cape Winelands from Monday March 4 to Friday March 8, covering 490km of clover-leaf racing. Starting and finishing each day at the Boland Landbou school just outside Paarl, the race organisers have introduced a number of changes which they believe will present a strong challenge for the riders. The only exception to the finish venue is on the 71km last stage when the riders will make the climb to end at the Taal Monument just outside Paarl. After two stages of 63.5km and 97.8km, Oosthuizen said the time-trial on Wednesday - it was originally scheduled for the opening day on Monday - would see the cyclists riding a distance of 26.5km. "We felt that by holding the time-trial on the Wednesday it would help to keep things interesting," he said. "If a strong rider or team rides a couple of minutes into the rest in the time-trial [on the first day], the race is virtually over. "We have a story to tell over five days of racing and this will be one chapter midway through that story." Looking at the rest of the route, Oosthuizen said the riders would experience a slightly flatter profile this year, but he was confident it would still provide a proper examination of the competitors' credentials. "It remains five days of intense rivalry, especially now that the event has UCI 2.2 status, and we still believe the challenge will be there." He outlined a number of changes they had been forced to make this year. "The N1 tunnel on Du Toitskloof Pass is undergoing a period of . . .
With little over 50 days left until the Morocco Desert Challenge, South Africa’s DAKAR 2018 Rookie Award champion Hennie de Klerk is in the final stages of preparing for this gruelling desert race, taking place from 13 – 20 April 2019. This year, the Morocco Desert Challenge span 8 days and cover just over 3,000 kilometres. It will cover a spectacular coast-to-coast route in which magnificent parts of the notorious desert will be represented. The 2019 route will have two and a half stages in Western Sahara (now Moroccan Sahara), and will offer fast tracks, technical parts, wide African plains, many dunes, salt lakes as well as legendary Paris-to-Dakar-stages. Hennie’s MDC rally car, his well-known Amarok, will undergo its last testing on Thursday 21 February. After that, the car, along with all its accessories and spare parts, will be shipped in a container to Spain, where Hennie and his team will collect it early April. From there, they will depart to Agadir in Morocco, approximately 1,200 kilometres from the port, where the official MDC scrutineering will take place to ensure that all vehicles meet the technical regulations. Hennie is mainly sponsored by TreasuryONE, a treasury company in Pretoria, while the tyres are sponsored by Cooper Tyres South Africa. Hennie commented, “We use the Cooper STT Pro tyres – the same tyres we used in the DAKAR. In 10,000 km we covered in DAKAR, of which 5,000 was dunes and dirt roads, we only lost 2 tyres. The STT Pro’s has 3 layers of metal in the sides, which makes it ideal for sand and dunes.” CIM Lubricants is the official oil sponsor, and Hennie explains, “In a 3,000 km race over very hot and tough terrain, engine and gearbox oils plays a crucial part in the performance of the car. CIM Lubricants provides us with specially formulated oils that we use in these races.” Roy Obery from Haval Edenvale and Lionel Lewis from LAS Sport, good friends of Hennie that also supported him at the Dakar, will be going for . . .
Madibaz rugby coach Jarryd Buys is buoyant after getting five points from their opening FNB Varsity Shield game in Port Elizabeth, but says they realise a tough challenge lies ahead for the team. The FNB Nelson Mandela University side defeated Cape Peninsula University of Technology 38-21 at the Madibaz Stadium on Monday, achieving their goal of collecting the full five points. Now they must turn their attention to a testing period when they travel to East London for tomorrow's clash against Walter Sisulu University at the Buffalo City Stadium (7pm). That will be followed by their second home game on Monday when they host Grahamstown rivals Rhodes. Happy with the start, Buys said the team knew they needed to stay focused. "We are obviously delighted to get the five points from the first game of the season," he said. "There are areas to work on, but the main thing is that we wanted to get the five points and we have ticked that off. "Now we must turn our focus to the next couple of games because this is going to be a tough week. "It will be a big one on Thursday because Walter Sisulu had a good win [36-22] over Fort Hare last night," said Buys. "The whole Eastern Cape derby on Thursday [Rhodes play Fort Hare in the early game], with televised games, is going to be something these guys have not experienced before. "There is going to be an awesome atmosphere and Walter Sisulu do a form of the haka. So there will be a lot of hype and we need to be prepared for that." He added that their priority would be to make sure they did not deviate from their game-plan. "Unfortunately when we conceded tries against CPUT it was because we were trying to play a different game, which allowed them in. "That is one of the main things we need to learn from Monday's game because most of our opponents will try to play a similar pattern, taking quick taps and the like. "We need to look after our discipline to stop conceding too many penalties, and . . .
South Africa’s biggest biking festival, the South Coast Bike Fest™ (#SCBF19), will be returning to the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast shores from 26 to 28 April. The event - which is presented by Ugu South Coast Tourism with endorsement and support from Ray Nkonyeni Municipality; Ugu District, the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs; and Tourism KwaZulu-Natal - is hosted by Margate, home of the country’s best-performing police station. Margate SAPS received this prestigious award – out of 1 164 stations nationally - at the SAPS National Service Awards held in November 2018. The station was awarded for – among other things - its impeccable service delivery, corporate image and strong partnerships with community-based organisations. Station Commander, Brigadier William Slabbert, has proved an immensely impactful leader after taking up the post 18 months ago. Through effective community partnerships, Margate SAPS has already seen a 30% drop in house break-ins, with more focus on the enforcement of bylaws. “We always work closely with the security at every South Coast Bike Fest™ to ensure all visitors are kept safe for the duration of the event,” explained Slabbert. “This is of great importance to us and our track record shows the partnership works well.” Vicky Wentzel, event organiser for the South Coast Bike Fest™, commended Brigadier Slabbert and his team from Margate SAPS on this incredible award. “It is no surprise that Margate SAPS was named best-performing station, “said Wentzel. “All our interaction with the police, which includes security risk analysis and on-site security measures, has been hugely productive and we look forward to another successful partnership at this year’s event. South Coast Bike Fest™ is all about family fun in a completely secure festival arena.” UGU South Coast Tourism CEO, Phelisa Mangcu, said she looked forward to welcoming visitors to the country’s biggest biking festival: “Tourism is a . . .
Four years ago, Palesa Manaleng thought any chance of a career in sport was over when she suffered a cycling accident that left her paralysed from the waist down. Today the University of Johannesburg public relations student is the South African handcycling champion in the H3 category and planning a future which includes representing her country at a range of international para competitions. The 31-year-old Manaleng won the SA title at the national road championships in Pretoria this month and said she wanted to build on that achievement. "Looking ahead, I plan to represent South Africa at all major competitions, World Cups or world championships," she said. "You name it, I plan to be there and to break records." Manaleng, who is also a wheelchair track athlete, grew up in Polokwane before moving to Johannesburg, where she stayed in Ackerville. She has since moved to Westdene. She described how she went through a "roller-coaster of emotions" when her accident happened, aged 27. After her bicycle brakes failed going downhill, she crashed into the palisade fence around the UJ rugby stadium and dislocated her spine, broke two ribs, punctured a lung, fractured a shoulder and also sustained head injuries. "I was angry that it happened to me and I was sad that I may never play sport again," she said. "But I was also relieved that I had a second chance at life and, in the end, I came to the conclusion to live my life to the fullest and not to miss any opportunities." Manaleng did doubt the possibility of doing sport again, however. "I thought it was the end of my sporting career, mainly because I had never seen a differently abled person, besides Oscar Pistorius, compete in sports. "And Oscar did not use a wheelchair, so I was sure that my sporting days were over." But while doing rehabilitation at a rehab centre she saw videos of wheelchair users who took part in sport and realised it was still possible for her to compete. "Once I . . .
SA cricket legends Allan Donald, Brett Schultz and Meyrick Pringle will attend coaching clinics for new and developing talent at next week’s Sasfin Cape Town Cricket Sixes. The event, now in its fourth year, introduced its social responsibility initiative, Hit Poverty For A Six, in 2016. “The initial aim was to bring previously disadvantaged young players to the festival for coaching and net sessions and provide transport, food and beverages. In addition, an allocation was made for two development teams in every league to be sponsored so they could join the competition. The winners of last year’s social league, The Breva Team, hailing mostly from Khayelitsha, have now been promoted to the main Castle Lager League this year, and are expected to be one of the favourites,” explains Ryan Christian, the organisation’s founder. “Every year the talent of the township players has been inspirational. These kids just need to be given opportunities that we are providing to reveal their potential and experience the thrill of succeeding on a larger stage,” he adds. Explains Donald, “The first thing that struck me was how this event got the kids and community involved. The interaction was amazing. We noticed one kid for example last year, Lucky, from Masiphumelele, who had a beautiful and seemingly natural away swinger - we hope he will continue to develop and be given the right support and coaching. He and others had a similar look to the likes of Lundi Ngini or Rabada - the potential in the Western Cape overflows - these kids just need the facilities and opportunities.” Donald continues, “I always say, you never know how good you are until you discover what your talent is. For youngsters out there, the message I have for you is that, ‘It’s not about how good you are, it’s about how good you want to be’.” Held over three days, from 22nd to 24th February at the Greenpoint Cricket Club, the Sasfin Cricket Sixes is Africa’s largest amateur cricket festival and will . . .
Madibaz rugby coach Jarryd Buys wants his team to create a winning habit when they begin their Varsity Shield campaign at the Madibaz Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Monday. The Nelson Mandela University team's opening game is against Cape Peninsula University of Technology, heralding an intense start to the competition when they play three matches in eight days. After Monday's fixture, Madibaz take on Walter Sisulu University in East London on Thursday, followed by a clash with Grahamstown rivals Rhodes in PE on February 25. With their preparations having gone well, Buys said they were focused on creating a winning culture in the squad. "If you can start the competition on a successful note and build up a winning habit, before you blink that becomes the pattern for the rest of the season," he said. "We want the guys to be mentally attuned to that because if we can create that environment it's something you can build on in the years ahead." Regarding the tough programme next week, Buys said the players were looking forward to seeing some action. "We are exiting the pre-season mode and preparing for competition mode and I think it will be a relief to get out on the field. "What we have tried to do in our training is to replicate what we will face in the first week so the players will have an idea of what to expect. "We will also use a rotation of players in that period and then we have a bye on March 11, so that will help us a bit." Playing in the Varsity Shield for the first time, Buys said it was not always easy to know exactly what to expect from the opposition because of the changes in coaching personnel and players from year to year. "But we definitely won't underestimate anybody," he added. "I know it's an old cliché but our priority will be to focus on what we need to do to get the required result. "I believe we have a good enough squad to maintain a high standard and if we concentrate on the execution of our plans, that is 80% . . .
Cyclists who are targeting the Takealot Berge & Dale title next week will need to make sure they are well prepared for a challenging finish to the popular road classic. The feature race of 108km in the 20th edition of one of South Africa's longest-running events will see the leading bunch having to tackle the Sterkfontein climb in the closing stages. A huge entry is again expected for the February 23 race, which also includes an alternative distance of 60km. Entries close at midnight tonight. The Berge & Dale is a premier seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour and ideal preparation for the Western Cape race on March 10. Erick Oosthuizen, chief executive of race organisers ASG Events, said safety issues had played a prominent role in them deciding to reverse the route for the race in Krugersdorp on the West Rand. "The decision to ride counter-clockwise to the previous route was taken in consultation with the traffic department," he said. "This will allow us to get everyone off the N14 highway early in the race and we will now also end the race on the top of the Krugersdorp hill. "This will alleviate the anxiety of the entrance into a venue and will give the guys a nice run down into the race village at the Silverstar Casino once they are done." The changes, Oosthuizen added, would not detract at all from the challenge facing the riders. "It will definitely test them because the finish will be just as hard, as you now have to contend with the infamous Sterkfontein climb in the closing kilometres. He described the feature race as one which would test the riders' mental fortitude as well as their conditioning. "The first couple of kilometres will allow them to ease into the race, but the legs will be tested in the cradle [Cradle of Humankind], so they must be careful not to burn all the matches. "I believe the last couple of kilometres into Krugerdorp is where the guys will hurt the most." Oosthuizen added, though, that . . .
The Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club have hit on a winning formula after hosting a successful meeting for senior and junior athletes at the Madibaz Stadium at the weekend. For the first time the club, in conjunction with EP Athletics, joined forces with the Port Elizabeth High Schools Athletics Association (PEHSAA) to hold a bumper meeting for athletes across the board. With plenty of incentives at stake, Madibaz athletics manager Nellis Bothma said there had been an excellent response from the athletes and that the initiative looked set to continue in the future. "For something that we hosted for first time it really went off very well," he said. "We had a discussion with all the role-players after the meeting and everyone was very happy, which means we will definitely look at the concept again next year." He added that the athletes had impressed with their performances in the track and field events. Prizes for the top three athletes of R500, R300 and R200 were up for grabs. In the men's category, Remano Felix took the honours with his efforts in the 200m and 400m, earning a total of 746 points. He finished narrowly ahead of Casper Lotter (100m, 200m), who collected 742 points, with Jade Schutte (100m, 200m) in third place on 691. In the field events, high jumper Garth Ellis took first place on 761, followed by Chrissio Roberts (long jump, 692) and John Mamabolo (high jump, 668). Lizhare Botha led the way in the women's track events, earning 1 387 points in the 200m and 400m, followed by hurdler Lara Dippenaar (1 308 in the 100m and 400m). Cayla Seddon (400m hurdles) filled third place on 845 points. Anneke Kapp took the honours in the women's field events, finishing with a total of 1 608 points from the shot put and discus. Hammer thrower Monique Vosloo (800) filled second place and triple jumper Maruska van Rensburg (663) was third. Junior sprinters Saskia Wait (DF Malherbe) and Bulumko Nthuthu (Grey High) are in line for the . . .