4 days of sailing and 9 races later Blaine and Roxanne Dodds sailing for Knysna Yacht Club finally clinched the 2014 Boardwalk Hobie 16 Nationals - a title that has eluded them for the last three years of keen competition in Algoa Bay. The three days of sailing presented a range of conditions but Port Elizabeth saved the best for last. A mid morning start for bridge and officials saw the support team dotted around the still bay in the windless conditions whilst the fleet waited for the call for the final race which came at 1:30 pm as the promised South South East made it's appearance over Cape Receife and settled into 9 to 10 knots. An over eager start saw the dreaded Black Flag being raised for the restart and the slow jostle for the line began - two boats were adjudged over at the start; Andrew and Angela Ward from Algoa Bay Yacht Club and David and Rebecca Scott from the Dar Es Salaam Yacht Club earning them an OCS and maximum points of 31 points each. The Dodds pair sailed a faultless and conservative race - getting ahead of the second placed William and Lucinda Edwards and covering them the whole course. Belinda and Ryan Hayward slipped in between the Edwards' and Dodds' boat to gain second place and a clear winner was apparent with Blaine and Roxanne finishing the regatta on 13 points with the Edwards' 2 points behind and the Haywards' trailing a further 20 points behind in third place. The top Port Elizabeth based boat finished in 4th place sailed by Robert Archibald and daughter Alexa. Despite two OCS' Andrew and Angela Ward sailed to 7th place in the 30 boat fleet. The top three finishers overall: Blaine and Roxanne Dodds - Knysna Yacht Club on 13 points William and Lucinda Edwards - Knysna Yacht Club on 15 points Belinda and Ryan Hayward - Fish Hoek Beach Sailing Club on 35 points. Author: Alan Straton from ABYC. No of Images Uploaded: Three More Info link: http://abyc.co.za Twitter: Facebook: Images: For high res . . .
Shifty conditions greeted the Boardwalk Hobie 16 Nationals fleet on Saturday 22 March 2014 - the 3rd and 2nd last day of sailing. After no sailing on the first day in Port Elizabeth the shifty conditions presented a challenge for Race Officer Doug Allison who had his mark laying crews shifting the course as the wind swung from North to North West to West to South West where it settled for the day. Four races were sailed in winds increasing from 7 to 22 knots with the last race completed just as the wind increased to over 25 knots at 4:00 pm. A short chop and decent wind made for some exhilarating sailing as Blaine and Roxanne Dodds reveled in the strong conditions to draw level with William and Lucinda Edwards on 12 points each but placed first by virtue of their four 1st places over the 8 races sailed so far. The discard has kicked in and helped Andrew and Angela Ward to move into 3rd place on 32 points - a scant one point ahead of Belinda and Ryan Hayward on 33 points. With one day to go the battle royal will be for 1st and 2nd place and 3rd and 4th. The top three finishers overall on Day 3: William and Lucinda Edwards - Knysna Yacht Club on 12 points Blaine and Roxanne Dodds - Knysna Yacht Club on 12 points Andrew and Angela Ward - Algoa Bay Yacht Club on 32 points. Photos: Andrew Fourie and Chad Bilsbury sailing for LDYC and currently in 9th place. Mark Kopel and Laura Ilgner sailing for LDYC and currently in 26th place. Blaine and Roxxane Dodds sailing for KYC and currently in 1st place. All Photo's credit: Alan Straton Author: Alan Straton from ABYC. No of Images Uploaded: Three More Info link: http://abyc.co.za Twitter: Facebook: Images: For high res version/s of Three image/s please contact: ABYC. Blaine and Roxxane Dodds sailing for KYC and currently in 1st place.. Photo by: Alan Straton . Photo by: Mark Kopel and Laura Ilgner sailing for LDYC and currently in 26th place. Andrew Fourie and Chad Bilsbury . . .
Mountain bikers who sign up on April 1 for this year's FedGroup Berg & Bush can look forward to some radical route changes, organisers have announced. The eighth edition of the popular stage race takes place near Winterton in the Central Drakensberg in October. Race director Gary Green said the three-day Descent and Great Trek routes would feature brand-new trails coming down off the escarpment into the Tugela Valley bushveld around Spioenkop. "New farms with great new single-track have been discovered and we're also looking at innovative ways to cross Spioenkop Dam. "Our tunnel of floating JoJo tanks that we used to cross the Tugela River washed away in the recent floods, so we're also investigating new possibilities there." Green said would-be participants could enter either the three-day races or the original two-day event. "A few riders enter all three and stay for 11 days as they think the riding is that good!" He said the field had been marginally increased to allow cyclists on the waiting list a chance to enter. "The event is mainly for two-man teams but we do allow solo entries in the Great Trek." Green said those riders who took part last year would be guaranteed an entry if they entered and paid in full by April 4. "We really do value their support." Once the events were fully subscribed, he said additional entrants would be placed on a waiting list and notified via e-mail should spaces become available due to cancellations. While anyone could enter any of the three events, Green said the Descent would be the official prize money race for the men's and mixed teams. "This year, prize money in the women's racing category will be awarded only in the Great Trek, while only medals will be given to the first five ladies' teams in the Descent. "We believe that this option suits the ladies as the Great Trek field is smaller, you get your own tent, great food and roving mechanics to help with mechanicals along the . . .
After no sailing on the first day of the Boardwalk Hobie 16 Nationals being sailed in Port Elizabeth from 20 to 23 March 2014, day two saw an early start in a East North East which then swung to the South East and stayed steady. Varying wind strengths ranging from 4 to 12 knots saw the fleet challenged for 4 races in a sea state ranging from flat to long chop. Four races were sailed - all on a gated sausage with two rounds to the finish off of Hobie Beach giving good sightings for spectators enjoying the sunshine and Shark Rock viewpoint. Fresh from their Hobie Worlds Masters win in Australia this year, William and Lucinda Edwards dominated the day with two firsts and two thirds for a nett point tally of 8 and seven points in the lead ahead of arch rivals, Blaine and Roxanne Dodds with a smorgasbord of placings - 1st, 2nd, 4th and 8th. The Dodds and Edwards teams are sailing for Knysna Yacht Club. Finishing the day on third are Belinda and Ryan Hayward from Fish Hoek Beach Sailing Club with 17 points and the first local boat is in fourth place with Robert Archibald at the helm and crew, daughter Alexa, on 22 points. Race 2 was sailed under a black flag (under a black flag if any boat crosses the start line within the last minute before the start then it is immediately disqualified and marked OCS) unfortunatey for local sailing team Andrew and Angela Ward they were judged OCS and now carry an additional 31 points which they will be happy to discard as soon as th efirst discard race kicks in. The Top three finishers today: William and Lucinda Edwards - Knysna Yacht Club on 8 points Blaine and Roxanne Dodds - Knysna Yacht Club on 15 points Belinda and Ryan Hayward - Fish Hoek Beach Sailing Club on 17 points Sailing on Saturday 22 March looks as if it will be challenging with a 8 - 16 knot North North West swinging to South West and a high temperature of 32 degrees centigrade and no cloud cover. Author: Alan Straton from ABYC. No of Images . . .
South Africa's fastest rapper F.A.B has officially responded to the diss by Teargas rapper K.O on his single 'Mission Statement'. F.A.B took advantage of his collaboration with Cameroon rap king Stanley Enow to show K.O that every statement has a consequence. Stanley Enow was Trace TV's new artist of the year for 2013 and is the samsung ambassador for Cameroon. The song sees the Cameroon kingpin pay tribute to South African greats, Winnie Mandela,Nelson Mandela, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, etc and F.A.B addresses the 'Bryan Habana' rapper diss by Teargas member K.O on his track 'Mission statement' Track info Stanley Enow (@stanleyenow) ft F.A.B (@fabriazo) - Hein Pere remix (KO diss) www.stanleyenow.com www.fabriazo.com Download link: http://goo.gl/NZC9NE Soundcloud stream link: https://soundcloud.com/piyerecords/stanley-enow-ft-fab-hein-pere Author: Fabriazo Langford from PIYE Records. No of Images Uploaded: One More Info link: http://goo.gl/NZC9NE Twitter: http://twitter.com/fabriazo Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fabriazo.langford Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: PIYE Records. Hein Pere remix. Photo by: Quest Entertainment YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1NNIwUT6yCqRrnGXqDNIZIlr-aSaepxq Submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
TCI hosted the Omni-Channel Retailing Conference on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 and Thursday, 13 March 2014 for retail professionals from both physical and online stores whose responsibilities include: Branding, Logistics and Supply Chain, Product & Pricing, Marketing, Strategy and Innovation implementation, Cross Channel Marketing, Retail strategy and Technology. The conference which was held at the Focus Rooms in Sunninghill, Johannesburg helped retail professionals gain insight on how to integrate their offline and online store activities by hearing about the requirements for retailers to remain competitive throughout the channels through the implementation of strategies relevant to the connected consumer; strategies such as the effectiveness and efficiency of omni-channel logistics. During the informative two day event delegates and attendees discussed best practices for the expanding mobile retail market as retailers gear towards the role of omni-channel in creating a competitive advantage ; this was achieved by engaging discussions on how local retailers can keep abreast of developments in this environment by understanding the business and technology challenges of an omni-channel strategy. In the meantime, we are busy working on events that are still to take place; events such as: Insurance Claims Management Conference 2014 (15 & 16 April 2014) Multi-Channel Contact Centre Optimisation Conference 2014 (14 & 15 May 2014) Banking Customer On-boarding & Cross-Selling Conference 2014 (14 & 15 May 2014) Banking Omni-Channel Conference 2014 (28 & 29 May 2014) Transactional Banking: Looking Beyond 2014 Conference ( 11 & 12 June 2014) Cross border payments and remittances ( June 2014) Please contact us should you wish to receive further information about future TCI conferences on : Website: http://www.tci-sa.co.za Tel: 011 803 1553 E-mail: email@example.com Faxmail: 086 5822 988 Once again thank you all for . . .
Trade Conferences International will be hosting the Banking Customer On-boarding and Cross Selling Conference on 14 & 15 May at the Focus Rooms in Sunninghill, Johannesburg. If you value building trust, customer loyalty and forging long-term relationships with your customers, then this conference is for you. In an informative, interactive and conducive atmosphere, the conference will take you to the fascinating and challenging world of customer retention through on-boarding and cross-selling. The conference will give you practical life experience perspectives on the when and how to embark on an on-boarding and cross-selling exercise, with the ultimate aim of acquiring new customers and retaining existing ones. To make sure that you are one step ahead of your competitors, take advantage of this final early-bird discount offer and register now to secure your seat. A quick glance at the speaker panel that will be addressing key issues at this conference: Ann Nurock, Relationship Audits & Management Larry O’Sullivan, Rand Merchant Bank Jainita Khatri, Prana Business Consulting Mornay Roberts-Lombard, University Of Johannesburg Andries Noeth, Consulta Research Chris Huntingford, Karabina Solutions Ros Siddle, Truth Ferdi Maritz, P: Cubed Francois Muscat, Wsioms Yaron Assabi, Digital Solutions Group To avoid losing market share to your competition you will have to improve product and service offerings and quality in order to meet customer expectations and maintain this throughout the customer lifecycle, this includes cross selling products to satisfy all their financial needs and requirements. In order to learn more about this lifecycle of the industry, join experts at this event and gain insight into the minds of the professionals. Register now and remain a step ahead in the sector. Email project manager, Naison Chilenge on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 011 803 1553 for more details. Author: Sian Wirth from Trade Conferences . . .
FNB NMMU have named an unchanged squad to take on log leaders FNB NWU-Pukke in their do-or-die FNB Varsity Cup semifinal clash in Potchefstroom on Monday night. Madibaz head coach David Maidza said his players had all been declared fit and were raring to go after a bruising 33-34 loss to FNB Shimlas in Bloemfontein this week. Playing to the final whistle, the Madibaz scored a last-gasp converted try to earn the bonus points that catapulted them into the play-offs. Maidza said his men had shown good character throughout the tournament and were ready to tackle the next challenge. The Port Elizabeth side will face their toughest test yet as they look to remedy their 16-52 fourth-round loss to the team from North-West Province. "We have a huge task ahead, playing an in-form Pukke team at their home ground," said a circumspect Maidza. "We are very aware of the round-robin result, where we were completely outclassed, but this is a whole new game. "Our homework is done and it is now time to go out and execute as perfectly as possible our game plan as one unit." The Madibaz have marched an often rocky road to the elimination rounds, notching up four wins and three losses en route. Maidza said what lay behind them was now less important than what lay before them. "I've told the players to go out and play to the best of their ability and not worry at what stage of the competition we are at. "We are very excited about the challenge and prospects that lie ahead." Captain Roy Godfrey will lead from the front once again as he takes his troops into their second semifinal in as many seasons. Madibaz lost to Maties in the penultimate round last year. The burly prop has had an outstanding tournament thus far and was nominated as part of the Varsity Cup "best 15" team this week. Fellow "dream team" member Daniel Acker will play a key role at scrumhalf, while flyhalf Gavin Hauptfleisch will be looking to put points on the board with his golden . . .
20 MARCH 2014, CAPE TOWN – Johannesburg’s Diepsloot Mountain Biking Academy and Team Absa taking part in the Absa Cape Epic, starting this week, rallied behind Cape Town’s drive to become the world’s most sustainable city, whilst preparing for the epic race yesterday. Voting in the We Love Cities campaign – an initiative by the World Wildlife Fund to create sustainable cities throughout the world ahead of Earth Hour on 29 March – comes to an end today (20 March). Actress, activist, humanitarian and motivational speaker, Hlubi Mboya (pictured), who is originally from the Cape, is a newcomer to the Absa Cape Epic MTB race, which is now in its 11th year, and is riding for Team Absa, partnering with racing driver, Gugu Zulu. The winner of the We Love Cities contest by WWF will be announced on 27 March. Votes are collected by directly voting on the We Love Cape Town Page or by using #WeLoveCapeTown on social media. Author: Megan Hodson from Bronwen Blunden PR. No of Images Uploaded: One More Info link: http://www.cape-epic.com/ Twitter: Facebook: Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Bronwen Blunden PR. 2014 Absa Cape Epic Team Absa rider and celebrity, Hlubi Mboya, originally from the Cape, votes for #WeLoveCapeTown. Submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
NMMU student Jonguxolo Mani has his sights set on walking off with the gold medal in the mile event at the Varsity Athletics meeting in Port Elizabeth on Friday night. Mani will be aiming to set his home track on the South Campus alight in the opening item of the two-hour televised track and field programme. The 10 000m walk specialist said he was looking forward to competing in the shorter distance, which is a new addition to the Varsity Athletics line-up this year. "It uses speed, which is what I'm good at, and the pace is a lot quicker than my usual distance." Mani said his objective for the four-meet national series would be the top spot on the overall podium. "I'm aiming high but if I don't get gold, then at least a top-three position." The KwaNobuhle resident is currently ranked fourth in South Africa after clocking a personal best of 54:36 in his specialist distance at the national championships in Cape Town last year. The 20-year-old made a promising start to the new season when he claimed victory in the 5 000m at the opening meet of the EPA Track and Field League in February. Mani achieved a season's best of 27:32:97 but said his goal was still to set a sub-25-minute time and earn a spot in the national team. "I was well prepared as I was opening my season. Competing alone against the electronic timer was very challenging." The Madibaz athlete said he was still recovering from a hip injury, which he sustained during training. "But I'm definitely getting there," he said. Mani said his role model was Wayne Snyman, who is due to represent South Africa at the IAAF Race Walk World Cup in China in May. As for his own ambitions, the first-year inventory and stores management student said he still hoped to compete in the Olympics one day. The made-for-television format of the Varsity Athletics series could provide the national platform Mani needs to achieve his aims. He will compete against athletes from the eight top . . .