The Open Water Swim season starts in the Eastern Cape on 19 October at Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay. The Marina is regarded as a world class swim venue with its protected salt water canals offering swimmers an environment that is safe from currents, tides, wildlife or waves. Swimming has been taking place at Marina since 1993 and this season the Metsi Open Water Swim Series will offer swimmers the opportunity to participate in either a 10K, 5K, 3K,1K or 500 m event. There will also be a bank to bank swim for U/10 swimmers. The Metsi Series is sanctioned by Eastern Province Aquatics and swimmers will be able to record ratified qualifying times for the 2015 South African Open Water Swim Champs. Presented by Swimming Plus, the Series is sponsored by Metsi Water Solutions, a company who specialises in providing water solutions to Municipalities and Water Boards across the Eastern Cape. “We are stoked to be involved with open water swimming and there is going to be some great swimming taking place over the summer at Marina Martinique,” said Clive Wright on behalf of the sponsors. The dates for all the Metsi events are: 19 October 16 November 11 January Instead of prize money for the 2014/15 Series, there will be a participation league where swimmers will be able to earn points for their Club’s, with R 10 000 up for grabs for the winning Club. “The goal of the Participation League is to grow open water swimming in the Eastern Cape, said Kevin Grey from Swimming Plus. Points will be awarded for participation and also for finishing times achieved. Points will be awarded for all events, with exception of the kiddies bank-to-bank swims. The club with the most accumulated points at the end of the year will be the winning club. To further encourage and to provide extended open water swimming opportunities to the regions triathlon community, Blu Smooth will this season sponsor the wetsuit category at the Metsi events. “Prizes will . . .
The Algoa Bay Yacht Club has voiced it's opposition to the proposed Algoa Bay Fish Farm and submitted an appeal. The proposed site is inshore of the Shipping zone and offshore of Port Elizabeth's beaches placing it in the path of many of the Algoa Bay Yacht Club's sailing regattas. ABYC exists to foster sailing as a sport. The local, provincial, national and international events that ABYC host bring many tourists to the region, city, port and club - all hosted by volunteer club members eager to promote the sport. Media coverage for a National event such as the Boardwalk Hobie 16 Nationals - which ran for four years offshore of Hobie Beach - was shown to be worth in excess of R420 000 per year for the event. International media coverage for an event such as the 60th SAP 505 World Championships to be held in Algoa Bay from 23 March to 3 April 2015, will easily exceed R3 million - valuable exposure for the club, the Port of Port Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela Bay. Tourism SA uses a figure of R1 350.00 spend per tourist per day - for 320 visitors ONLY to the 505 World Championships over 14 days that will represent a conservative boost to the city coffers of R6 048 000. Add the bed nights for around 250 international sailors at a conservative R500.00 per night for 13 nights and we add R1 625 000 to the expected spend. Add the expected spend by local sailors at the 505 SAP World Championships plus the expected spend by sailors in the Vasco Da Gamma Ocean Race from Durban to Port Elizabeth and we can conservatively expect another R1.5 Million in spend in Port Elizabeth. From one international sailing event, one offshore race, the annual ABYC Sailing Week and the many local sailing regattas the sport of sailing alone is expected to contribute in excess of R9.2 Million in turnover from tourism in Port Elizabeth during 2015. As a consequence ABYC is a valuable partner to all the tourist orientated business in our city. An ongoing youth development . . .
The Port Elizabeth based Algoa Bay Yacht Club held their annual opening of the sailing season sailpast on Sunday 14 September 2014. Hobie Beach swimmers and Shark Rock Pier strollers were presented with the pleasant sight of gaily decorated ocean going yachts, speedy sport boats and dinghies taking the salute from the President and Commodore of the ABYC just off of Shark Rock Pier at 1:00 pm. The Windguru had predicted a warm, overcast day with a light East - perfect weather for a sailpast and even more perfect for a first time sail out of the Port of Port Elizabeth onto the big ocean by young dinghy sailors who had never done so before. As Sunday drew closer more and more youngsters put their hands up eager to sail on the big ocean. On Sunday morning at 10h00 the ABYC carpark in the Port was already filling up and dinghy sails were visible. Shepherded by three support boats manned by ABYC members, Ronnie Baer, John Tudehope, Gordon van Zyl and their eager crews the dinghy fleet began to leave the Port of Port Elizabeth at 11h00 - destination Shark Rock Pier and a couple of hours of fun coupled with a huge sense of achievement with the bonus of adequate heroic stories for the coming school week. Gaily decorated yachts began leaving the moorings - Harry Lamprecht's, Lady, must come in for special mention as she was expertly decorated with flags, flags and more flags. The Algoa Bay Yacht Club were celebrating the start of what will be an awesome sailing season with two major high profile international events - the 505 World Championships and the Vasco Da Gamma Race - coming to Port Elizabeth in 2015. The 505 World Championships will bring an estimated 250 sailors to Port Elizabeth for two weeks. Close to 200 of those will be international sailors experiencing the warmth and hospitality of Nelson Mandela Bay and her citizens for the first time. The Vasco da Gamma race marks, for the next 3 years, the return of South Africa's oldest ocean race to Port . . .
The schools Quiz, an annual event for high school pupils, is sponsored by Varsity College and hosted by its eight campuses nationwide. The Port Elizabeth campus will be hosting its quiz at the Victoria Park High School on 21 August at 18h30. This year will be the fourth year with the collaboration between Varsity College and Algoa FM. Part of this collaboration included a lead up to the quiz where 5 schools were selected to go up against the Daron Mann Breakfast Show (DMB) live on air in studio. This year Victoria Park High School, Collegiate Girls High School, St Dominics Priory, Grey High School and Westering High School all got the opportunity to compete against Charlton from the DMB show and to meet the quiz master both on air and for the actual event - Daron Mann. The Quiz involves three rounds, each consisting of seven categories including current affairs, sport, entertainment, history, geography and the environment, arts and literature and general knowledge. The objective of the Schools Quiz is to engage learners in a different way on becoming more aware of what is happening in the world around them and to see the impact this can have on their lives. Danielle Campbell, Vice Principal of Marketing says: "Each member in the winning team will be walking away with a R1000.00 cash prize and a bursary from Varsity College. One grade 12 learner at the discretion of the winning school will also receive a full three year tuition bursary fund". Author: A'neil Philander from Varsity College. More Info link: Twitter: Facebook: Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Varsity College. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
KIDZONE Bring your children along for a fun-filled time in our secure area. At the KidZone we’ll be keeping it simple with games to encourage interaction in imaginative games as well as classics, like giant snakes and ladders or creative activities like Sandart and Design-a-T-shirt. SCASA BARISTA CHAMPIONSHIPS @ COFFEE LOVERS’ THEATRE Be inspired by impressive performances as our Eastern Cape’s best Baristas battle it out during the the SCASA Barista Championships in the Coffee Lovers’ Theatre. Creating the perfect Brew with some of the worlds finest Coffees, coffee will never be the same... CHAIRS FOR CHARITY See how local designers upscale old kitchen or dining chairs into something bold, bright & individual. GOURMET GARAGE Come and relax in the Gourmet Garage after meandering through the Expo. Take you pick of mouth-watering munchies and enjoy satisfying meals where you can sit down and catch your breath. Delectable options for even the fussiest of eaters…..” GINO FABBRI - MR HOMEMAKER-GUY-MAN We are all gearing up for a spectacular expo and are thrilled to have local comedian Gino Fabbri at this year’s show. He will entertain visitors as Mr Homemaker-Guy-Man while highlighting great show specials during the daily ‘HOTSPOTS’ in the Gourmet Garage. Follow him for fabulous once-off deals at the Expo! HOME SECRETS A new introduction at this year’s Expo is the HomeSecrets section – be introduced to local style secrets known by designers and decorators for their specialised skills and craftsmanship. SPRAY – BY NEILL PURDON Specializing in custom paint finishes, Neill will bring any piece of furniture to life – restoring not only the piece, but memories too. From the old dresser, kitchen cupboards, cane furniture and even Granny’s old lamp gets a new lease on life……bold colours to high gloss finishes. PAM DE BEER – COLOUR CONSULTANT Looking to create a new professional, individual look and feel to your home or business? Pam de Beer . . .
On the 8th of July 2014, Alpha Labour Solutions held an Industrial Relations Coffee Break at the Ibhayi Guest Lodge. Wayne Bolton, M.D at Alpha Labour Solutions spoke on "When Disciplinary Action makes Cents"; while Louise Baine of Global Business Solutions spoke on the Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill. This is a recurring event, and if interested in attending further IR Coffee Breaks please contact Nikki at: email@example.com Author: Nikki Bolton from Alpha Labour Solutions. More Info link: http://www.alphalabour.co.za Facebook: https://facebook.com/alphalabour+solutions Images: For high res version/s of Three image/s please contact: Alpha Labour Solutions. Wayne Bolton (MD Alpha LAbous Solutions) giving his talk on disciplinary action Photo: By: NIkki Bolton Wayne Bolton (MD Alpha Solutions) with Louise Baine (Global Business Solutions) and Avis staff Photo: By: NIkki Bolton Wayne Bolton (Alpha LAbour Solutions), Louise Baine and David Pattle (Global Business Solutions) and Alpha Labour Solutions Photo: By: Nikki Bolton CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
19 June 2014 – Kobie Potgieter, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Independent Properties, walks away with the Businesswomen’s Association (BWA) Regional Achiever Award in the Entrepreneur category. Port Elizabeth’s top 18 businesswomen attended a gala dinner to see who would take top honours in their respective categories. One woman from each of six categories received an award for their outstanding contribution and achievement in their various business sectors. The awards aim to applaud businesswomen who have made significant contributions to the economy and also to create role models for other women within the community to look up to and be empowered. “I’m so honoured to have received this award, especially considering the calibre of businesswomen who were represented at this prestigious event. Each and every one of them have truly been role models for other women within the business world and have achieved remarkable results in their respective industries,” said an elated Potgieter. “This would not have been possible if was not for my faith and amazing supportive family, who are a constant source of encouragement.” As a business owner and real estate professional, Potgieter has successfully negotiated some of the most challenging economic times in modern ages, flouting industry norms and succeeding where many other real estate agencies have not. She has been ranked within the RE/MAX of Southern Africa group as the top Broker/Owner Individual of the Year by registered commission, as well as the Broker/Owner of the Year in a Multi Office situated in a Non- Metro area. Potgieter also placed third in the Top 10 Individuals for International Residential agents at the 2012 RE/MAX International Convention, competing with over 90 000 international agents from as many as 85 countries for the award. “I love what I do and truly have a passion for people and an honest desire to look after their best interests. It brings me great satisfaction to play an integral role in . . .
Writing in the 505 Worlds sailing newsletter today, Peter Funke, the South African 505 Class Association President says; "The preparations for the 2015 World Championships are progressing extremely well. The Algoa Bay Yacht Club in the beautiful Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth, and the South African 505 Class Association have joined forces and formed an event Organising Commitee which is making excellent headway with its preparations." The 505 is a two person racing dinghy that offers fast and exciting sailing. From 23 March to 3 April Port Elizabeth will be host to hundreds of sailors and supporters contesting the 60th sailing of the 505 World Championships. The local committee of host club Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) have been hard at work arranging the bridge boat, mark laying and rescue craft with the assistance of the South African Navy. "The 2015 Worlds Organising Committee is also working hard together with the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, South African Sailing as well as the local and national Government to make this event very special," continued Funke. MyPE has sponsored technical support and web hosting for the 2015 505 World Championships who have reciprocated by providing links to accommodation in Port Elizabeth. As Funke said to the international community in his newsletter; "The section on accommodation on the website (www.505worlds2015.com) is live. Just click on “MYPE Accommodation” and you will find links to all types of accommodation from budget bed and breakfast to luxurious guest houses. Last week the Eastern Cape Sports Commission provided their letter of confirmation and support for the 505 World Championships 2015. This is the last step in the process of obtaining the blessing from SASCOC (the South African Sports Commission and Olympic Committee) to hold the 60th 505 World Championships in Port Elizabeth. As part of the local organisation's preparations for the 2015 Worlds, a number of 505 . . .
The Port Elizabeth based, Algoa Bay Yacht Club sails it's annual prestige regatta - ABYC Week - annually before the close of the sailing season. Traditionally the regatta has been one that offers mixed sailing conditions, keen competition and loads of laughs. In this year's regatta it was the idyllic windless conditions over four days that had the most laughs, though. Held over four days from 1 to 4 May 2014, the 'racing' was frustrating for sailors used to high winds and seat of your pants, hold on for survival racing. For the first time in living memory not one race sailed during ABYC Week was sailed over the full courses set. Of the six started races, Race Officer Ronnie Baer was forced to abandon two and shorten the course sailed of the remaining four. To compound frustration for the sailors even more the first race saw only one finisher - Jellybaby (Andrew Ward) - as the rest of the competitors failed to complete the course within 20 minutes of Jellybaby finishing, despite many of them being as close as 200 metres behind. With only two races sailed in the first three days of the regatta, sailors anxiously eyed the weather for the last day of the regatta, Sunday 4 May. A mixed bag of forecasts saw some sailors reefing down and preparing for an expected 12 midday forecast of "30 knots west, gusting 39 knots" whilst others defied the weather gods and sailed out of the Port Elizabeth harbour with full sails and light weather gear. Difficulties with a swinging wind led to a number of 180 degree course changes before the first race got underway at 10:16 am in a steady North West of 9 knots - a positive gale compared to the previous 3 days. The fleet managed to complete one sausage only to have the race shortened on the first reach of the triangle as the wind died. The fleets started the second race of the day at 11:15 and, once again the race had to be shortened ahead of a massive 180 degree wind shift to the east. Fleet 2 finished their course on a . . .
Port Elizabeth's North End Lake was the venue for a sailing World First on Saturday 26 April 2014 when 37 sailing dinghies took to the water for the very first ever interclub sailing regatta to be held on this inner city lake in the shadow of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium with sailing taking place along the shores of industry and the suburb of Sydenham. A South West wind over the kidney shaped lake presented an interesting course setting conundrum for Race Officer, Ronnie Baer who settled for a four mark course with a short beat from the Stadium side up to the Coca Cola Factory, followed by a short downwind run, a reach along the Sydenham shore past the Zports offices, another beat up to the mark off of Aspen followed by a long run down to the bottom mark off of the stadium. A rinse and repeat and the fleet finished the 40 minute course. Two races were sailed and the fleet sent home before the rising wind topped 30 knots on the water with a few capsizes leading to excitement on the water as rescue boats stood by sailors. Before the first race started Nelson Mandela Bay Councillor, Marion Harning presented Algoa Bay Yacht Club Member, Georgou Divaris, with his South African Sailing Colours which he was awarded for a number of significant sailing achievements - Georgou won the Laser 4.7 National Sailing Championships, he took the Gold Medal at the RS Tera World Championships and he achieved a Bronze Medal at the African Optimist Sailing Championships. Divaris, who is resident in Knysna and coached by Algoa Bay Yacht Club's, Ronnie Baer, also recently won the School Sportsman of the Year 2013 award presented by the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS). Councillor Harning handed Divaris his SAS Colours at the race headquarters situated in the EP Powerboat Club, Prince Alfred Road, on the shores of North End Lake. Sailing conditions on the lake present some interesting challenges with the surrounding industry creating very non . . .