Join in the fun at Nautical Festival this weekend

2016-04-28 06:00

VISIT St Francis and celebrate all things nautical this weekend at the annual Nautical Festival held at Port St Francis - a full weekend of fun and entertainment for the whole family.

Nautical festival team spokesperson Janet Harrison, says: “Our committee, the Port St Francis Owner’s Association and St Francis Tourism have gone to every length to ensure that every facility and amenity is available to provide our festival-goers with a wonderful experience. There is something for everyone and we are encouraging our entire community to participate in the spirit of the nautical theme with all sorts of prizes available for innovative ideas.”

Pre-festival events include the SANCCOB Kiddies’ Festival at the SANCCOB Rehabilitation Centre inn Cape St Francis from 15:00 to 19:00 on April 28. This will be followed by an outdoor movie night showing Surfs Up.

The festival will get into full swing from Friday evening with the spectacular chokka boat light display at sunset when some 20 boats will light up the whole harbour.

The official opening ceremony will take place at 10:00 on April 30 with a flag parade by the TS Kromme Sea Cadets, followed by a SANCCOB penguin release from the harbour.

On display will be photography, quilts and other arts and crafts, and even an educational live shark tank on the square. A crafters market at the Port will offer irresistible mementoes, gifts and keepsakes.

“We are very excited to be including an inflatable zip-line, obstacle course and sumo suits this year,” says Harrison. “Another new event aimed at our pet lovers is a dog walk from the Port in aid of SPCA on the Sunday morning. Participants are asked to bring a bag of dog food, a dog blanket or collars in lieu of an entry fee.”

Sportsmen and women will have a number of events to choose from including the annual Rotary Makro Golf Festival played over two days on both the St Francis Bay Golf Course and the prestigious St Francis Links. Also on offer are bowls, tennis and volley ball at Quayside.

To further whet visitors’ appetite, the energetic can kick off the weekend with a 5km Park Run at the Links on April 30 and take part in the Colour Run in aid of SANCCOB on the Sunday.

For the keen anglers there is the St Francis Festival Fishing Challenge hosted jointly by the St Francis Rod, Reel & Boat Club and the St Francis Boat and Angling Club. Anglers will compete for fantastic prizes for the largest edible fish (game and bottom fish) and the largest weighed fish for both adults and juniors under 16. Entry is free and registration takes place on April 29. To register, contact Tim Christy at 082 569 3750.

For those looking for gentler pursuits try a canal or sea cruise, browse the Village market on Saturday morning, or take in one of the super music events at the Port, Christy’s Catch in the village and the new Rock Lily in Cape St Francis.

Plenty of refreshment will be on hand at the various restaurants, bars and tea gardens. Throughout the weekend DJ Shane Barnes, live music and Billy’s Bar will be in full swing at the Port. The proceeds from the tea garden at the Port are in aid of Talhado Children’s Haven.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/nauticalcapitalfestival.

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