What would a PE Waterfront be without a Yacht Club? * Algoa Bay Yacht Club and Transnet Port Authority agree on an interim settlement over R1 906 594.95 'arrear rental' * Parties agree to negotiate over 6 months as high court action is settled before trial * Could this be a body blow to the much vaunted PE Waterfront * Algoa Bay Yacht Club rental increased by 310% The Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) was established on 14 September 1959 and has become a landmark in the city. From paying a sporting body rental of R150.00 per month prior to 2000, ever increasing rental demands - some increases as high as 61% - have led to the TNPA instituting legal action against the well known yacht club. With humble beginnings from a 'garage' the club has grown to it's present size after reclaiming 66% of what was then broken land, building a hard and slipway and then re-building a clubhouse after the devastating fire in 2006. ABYC's sole reason for existence is 'Foster an interest in Sailing'. To that end the yacht club hosts regattas and services dinghy and yacht owners. A number of high profile and world championships have been hosted by the ABYC - Lipton Cup, Algoa Bay Week, J22 World Championships, Hobie 16 World Championships, Mirror World Championships, Annual Vasco da Gama Ocean Race and the 5O5 World Championships. These serve to showcase and support Nelson Mandela Bay's claim as the Watersport Capital of South Africa. A succesful partnership with LoveLife between 2003 and 2006 saw over 600 pupils introduced to the sport with five being chosen to continue on a higher performance level. In 2006 the Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) signed a lease for a three year period to 31 May 2009 with the Transnet National Ports Authority. With escalations the rent payable was R23 010.90 per month at the end of the period. The lease allowed for the 2009 renewal of the 3 083 square meters occupied by the club. In 2009 TNPA, in reponse to an enquiry by ABYC, renewed . . .
Subaru Cape Town has signed on as a partner of the Torpedo SwimRun, the event that sees two-person teams swim and run their way around the breath-taking Cape Town coastline. The second edition of the event takes place on 19 November 2017. The Torpedo SwimRun takes participants through world-famous sites like Llandudno, Oudekraal, Camps Bay and Clifton form part of the 16km route. There are 6 swim segments (totalling 3km) and 6 run segments (totalling 13km). Subaru Cape Town Dealer Principal, Tienie Bester says, “SwimRun is a rapidly growing format on the global scene and participants align perfectly with the Subaru customer. As an adventure and lifestyle brand, our range of vehicles are the logical choice for matching the demands of all adventure seekers.” During the build-up to the event and during the event Subaru Cape Town will provide a number of their ever-popular Forester and XV models for the event crew and race management. The cross- over nature and capability of the Subaru vehicles is a perfect match for the cross-over nature of the Torpedo SwimRun and its participants. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Johannesburg Boat & Water Show is taking place at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit from 1 - 3 September 2017. The event will showcase South Africa’s best marine products, trends and exciting entertainment for the entire family. With two weeks till the commencement of this highly-anticipated event, take note of the main attractions: • South Africa’s Biggest Boat Show The Johannesburg Boat & Water Show is one of South Africa’s biggest boat shows, attracting over 10 000 people and showcasing a number of exciting brands such as Yamaha, Waterworld, Boating International and Suzuki, to name a few. • Exhibitors and Exclusive Showcases This event brings the entire boating industry together; manufacturers, dealers and lifestyle consumers unite for a weekend dedicated to recreational boating activities. The 3-day lifestyle expo will see over 200 exhibitors on display showcasing the best the marine products, trends boats and equipment. Selected exhibitors will be showcasing their unique SUPs and kayaks. • Fun for the whole family The weekend’s family-friendly features make the Johannesburg Boat & Water Show a stand-out. The event offers something for everyone: Rave reviews from families and corporate clientele alike boast that there’s “no better way to spend the day.” Adults can enjoy the beer garden and choose from the delicious options available from a variety of food trucks. For those with little ones there will face-painting, clowns, magicians and jumping castles. • Meet some of SA’s Top Celebs Spot some of South Africa’s top celebrities and radio presenters at the Johanesburg Boat and Water Show, with a special appearance by presenter Janez Vermeiren. • Special Features For Adrenaline Junkies Over the course of the weekend there will be wakeboarding athletes doing stunts in a supersized pool, and a variety of activities available for those brave enough to test the waters. A cable wakeboard activation will be open to the public to view along . . .
Bestmed-ASG's new signing Kristen Louw started her tenure with the team on a high note when she won the 50km mountain bike title at the Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Championship on Saturday. The race started from Sun City in the Pilanesberg and took riders through sections of the Gary Player and Lost City golf courses as well as the Letsatsing Game Reserve. The petit 19-year-old from Potchefstroom said she had been determined to put on a good show for her new team and set off in hot pursuit of the men's field after the start, which helped her to gap the top women. "The men went full out so it was tough to chase them, but I enjoyed the challenge," she said. "I'm very excited because this was my first race for the team. I'm very glad and grateful to have won it," said Louw, who admitted she started with ambitions of challenging for the title on her third attempt. She won the race, which consisted of two 25km loops, in 2:11:42 and was followed home two minutes later by teammate Nicolene Marais. Sharon van den Heever completed the podium. "Once we started I didn't see Nicolene again. It was just me by myself for the whole race," said the education student from North-West University. Team manager Owen Botha said he was delighted with Louw's successful debut. "This weekend was quite a prestigious event and we're happy that we can be a part of somebody's excitement and success." Botha explained he'd first been impressed by the young rider's attitude when she crashed badly in a training session before a mountain bike race in Pietermaritzburg last year. "She was so insistent on getting up and riding the next day, so they bandaged her up and she looked like a mummy. She had severe injuries but she had the heart of a lion and wanted to ride. "She's a real talent. With a little guidance, we can be sure she'll do even better in the future." CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The 19th and 20th of August 2017 saw Jeep Team OCR Athletes, Thomas van Tonder and Jay Jay Deysel, take on Race 5 of the Toyota Warrior Series, powered by Reebok, at Blythedale Coastal Estate on the KZN North Coast. Over the weekend, the Toyota Warrior Series Race 5 attracted just shy of 2000 competitors eager to tackle the world-class obstacles in the seaside race. For van Tonder, the racing started on Saturday with the Reebok Individual Sprint race – a short, fast and high-intensity race covering 400m and featuring 10 obstacles. With a strong field present at the race, van Tonder was knocked out in the semi-finals. Sunday saw van Tonder and Deysel compete in the Black Ops Elite race, designed to challenge endurance, strength and agility, the most challenging race of the weekend featured 30 obstacles over a 15km trail. Thomas “BeastMode” van Tonder, finished the tough race in second place in a time of 01:44:06. First place went to Claude Eksteen in a time of 01:40:24, and rounding off the top three was Hlelani Radebe in 01:45:48. Van Tonder’s fellow Jeep Team athlete, Jay Jay Deysel, crossed the line in 21st place in a time of 02:20:39. Says van Tonder, “It was a crazy day of solid OCR racing. I took 2nd place behind ‘The Flash’, Claude Eksteen. Thank you to the Warrior Race for an awesome event. It was so much fun running on the beach.” The Jeep Team SA teammates then partnered with Dominique D'Oliveira to take on the Reebok Team Sprint race. The experienced trio finished in second place behind race-winners, Team Nevarest. Third place in the sprint went to the team BattleRush. Results – Warrior #5 Black Ops Elite Men 1. Claude Eksteen 01:40:24 2. Thomas van Tonder 01:44:06 3. Hlelani Radebe 01:45:48 Women 1. Trish Bahlmann 02:16:30 2. Nedene Cahill 02:26:37 3. Dominique D'Oliveira 02:27:56 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
In an epic weekend of paddling, eight-times World Marathon Champion Hank McGregor (Jeep Team/Euro Steel) and S2 partner, Lee Furby claimed a double victory, winning the KZN north coast’s 2017 Gara Dolphin Coast Challenge and claiming the South African Doubles Surfski title. It was a busy weekend for McGregor, who also won Race 3 of the Euro Steel McGregor Paddle Series at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg on the Friday night. Despite freezing weather conditions, the event attracted 179 paddlers of all abilities. The race broke records in terms of development paddlers – over 70 young paddlers from various academies in KZN attended the race. Following his victory on the Friday, McGregor set off to the KZN north coast to defend his title at the two-day Gara Dolphin Coast Challenge with S2 partner, Lee Furby. The two-day stage race saw paddlers take on a 32km out-and-back route from the Durban Underwater Club on Saturday, and a 32km paddle from Zinkwazi to Salt Rock on the Sunday. McGregor and Furby dominated from the start, winning the first stage with a 20-second lead. Seasoned paddlers, McGregor and Furby finished the first stage in 02:03:44.47, with Steve Woods and Luke Nisbet second in 02:04:04.05, and in third were Gene Prato and Bailey de Fondaumiere in 02:04:18.78. Going into Stage 2 with a solid advantage, McGregor and Furby needed to maintain their strong paddling prowess but Woods and Nisbet still forced a sprint for the finish, with McGregor and Furby beating Steve Woods and Luke Nisbet to the line, claiming consecutive stage wins. The winning duo finished the second stage in 02:14:44.03, just ahead of Woods and Nisbet, who finished in 02:15:06.43. Third place again went to Gene Prato and Bailey de Fondaumiere in a time of 02:15:57.70 “I am really stoked to take the win at the Gara Dolphin Coast Challenge and the SA Double Surfski Champs with my partner Lee Furby – it was his first national title win. We had to dig deep on Sunday to get to . . .
Lisa Williams (Kyalami) continued her impressive showjumping form with a dominant display at the inaugural Shongweni Festival held over the weekend (8-13 August) at the Shongweni Club. Consolidating her lead atop the South African FEI Jumping standings, Williams and her horse Discovery Campbell made the most of the fantastic conditions and the acclaimed course, built to international standards by German designer Stefan Wirth. The Dealer Principal of Land Rover Durban, Andre Shrink, was on hand to award the title of the 4th leg of the South African FEI World Cup Qualifier Competition to the on-form combination of Lisa Williams and her Hanoverian gelding Discovery Campbell. The Andreas Hollmann Memorial Trophy was presented in memory of the much loved and highly respected International Course Designer, the late Andreas Hollmann, who designed and built numerous courses for FEI World Cup Qualifier Shows in KwaZulu Natal. Martin Minett (Pietermaritzburg) and his fabulous Namibian Warmblood gelding Zonjati Bonny Clyde were worthy winners of the 1.40m FNB KwaZulu-Natal Outdoor Grand Prix Championship, and Howard Arrand (the Provincial Head of FNB Business KZN) presented them with The Tongaat Hullett – KZN Showjumping Grand Prix Floating Trophy. The consensus amongst all who were involved with this first edition of The Shongweni Festival was that it was a resounding success. Top class course design, riders and horses of the highest standard from around the country including participants from Zimbabwe and Namibia, very good prize money and excellent crowd participation all combined to make a most memorable weekend. The Durban Shongweni Club’s top-class facilities and hard-working staff also made a telling impact on the success of the show. Jodi Wolhuter and Lorraine Peters of Highway Shows believed that “the concept of hosting the FEI World Cup Qualifier and top Championship Classes on Saturday followed by the Gala Awards on the evening was a winning formula. We most . . .
Sivuyile Mfunelwa is ready for the biggest challenge of his coaching career yet. In the space of just two years the 23-year-old who hails from Khayelitsha in the Western Cape has established himself as one of the top coaches at the Gary Kirsten Foundation. Now he is all set for a whirlwind three-month coaching assignment on the beautiful island of Mauritius. The project is a continuation of the work done to develop and promote further interest on the island by Gary Kirsten Cricket (GKC) from 2016 and will see Mfunelwa based at the Northfields Cricket Club. The trip is just reward for Mfunelwa who has worked tirelessly identifying and honing young talented players from his hometown. “It is an amazing opportunity for me,” said Mfunelwa who will be travelling overseas for the first time. He continued, “I am so grateful to Gary Kirsten Cricket and the GK Foundation for the positive difference they have made in my life. They took me from the township and introduced me to the world.” Mfunelwa was identified by Gary Kirsten Cricket in 2015 and currently manages the GKF township cricket ecosystems at Chris Hani, Siphamandla, Impendulo, Sivile and Masiphelele Primary Schools. “I never imagined that my career would shift towards cricket and that I would be fortunate enough to work with the GKC team. Two years ago I was working in sales and marketing hoping that one day I would get the chance to coach youngsters,” he said proudly. “The trip means I am entrusted by Gary Kirsten and the management team at the GKC to represent the coaching brand and this is a great honour for me,” Mfunelwa said. Mfunelwa says his aim is to provide quality coaching and learn as much as he can from the experience. “I will make sure that I am always available for the kids and try to make a difference not just in cricket but in their lives as well,” he said. “I want to focus more on one-on-one coaching because cricket is all about quality. It will take time but I . . .
Timing his sprint to perfection, Nolan Hoffman edged ahead of RoadCover rival Clint Hendricks to retain his Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Championship title at Sun City in the Pilanesberg today. The BCX professional, who finished in a fast 2:23:21, took advantage of a cross-tailwind and excellent teamwork in the 103km feature race to hold off last year's Cape Town Cycle Tour champion and RoadCover's Ryan Harris in the gallop to the line. The 32-year-old Hoffman said his third title in the 20th edition of the road classic in the North West Province was a boost for his confidence for the second half of the season. "This is the first big one for the rest of the year and it's always good to pull off a win when things are close," said Hoffman, who lives on the West Rand. "The team rode a phenomenal race today and it's very rewarding to give them a win. It's a big relief and helps to settle the nerves for the forthcoming races." Hoffman, who learnt his trade in Franschhoek in the Western Cape where he grew up, said they had been pushed hard by RoadCover, who sent Hendricks and teammate Willie Smit up the road with about 40km to go. "Although it was a bit of scare I still had David Maree and Wesley Eslick with me and, with help from the Rand Water guys, we put in a solid chase and caught them with about 20km left. "This neutralised the race again and that set it up for the sprint because in this race, from that distance, it is always going to end in a bunch finish." Hoffman said he went into the last kilometre with three teammates at his side and knew they were in a good position. "We got it right today because there was this tailwind from the side and I have done this so many times that I know that if you get it right it's impossible to come off the wheel." He said a last-gasp attack by an in-form Brendon Davids (RoadCover) with one kilometre to go was the carrot they needed. "I was waiting for them to do a lead-out. My teammates had me well . . .
For medical professional and avid cyclist Hendrik Theron the Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Championship is a bit of a personal crusade. As a cancer survivor, he returns to the Sun City event every year to support the organisers' fundraising efforts in aid of the Cancer Association of South Africa. "I always enter the race because a part of the income goes to helping people who are sick with cancer and I see it as an opportunity to give back," said the general practitioner from Brits. He will line up alongside his two sons and one of their girlfriends for the 20th edition, which consists of 25 and 50km mountain bike events on Saturday and 70 and 103km road races on Sunday. They will join more than 5 000 other riders who are expected to line up for the road races alone, with the traditional R10 donation per entrant going to Cansa. This year, participants will also have an opportunity to challenge anyone else to match their entry fee in the form of a donation to Cansa as part of the #WeCAN campaign. Theron said he was diagnosed with malignant melanoma, the most aggressive and life-threatening form of skin cancer, in 2004. He explained the initial lesion had been excised before having sentinel lymph node biopsies done to determine whether the cancer had spread. "These were fortunately clean and I had intensive follow-ups for five years. At the moment, I just go for mole mapping at my dermatologist," said Theron, who confirmed he was in remission. Throughout his treatment, he said, cycling had acted as a balm of sorts, allowing him to keep fit and get his mind off the disease. "I continued to cycle on a regular basis. It's good for your immune system, which, with a tumour like melanoma, is very important because it's basically your immune system that has to fight the cancer. "It was also a way to escape mentally from my day-to-day work stresses." Theron said he had been well and truly bitten by the cycling bug after lining up for his first Cape . . .