Nautical Festival to throw anchor in St Francis

2016-03-31 06:00

AHOY Matey! It is all hands on deck as the third annual Nautical Festival is set to sail into St Francis Bay at the end of April - offering visitors a unique experience.

A jam-packed week of entertainment and fun awaits visitors to the annual Nautical Festival in St Francis Bay from April 27 to May 1.

According to Nautical Festival spokesperson, Janet Harrison, this year’s festival will cater for festival-goers of all ages, no matter their varied preferences.

“Sportsmen and -women will have a number of events to choose from and those looking for more laid back entertainment will be spoiled for choice between restaurants, markets, and live entertainment on offer. We are encouraging our entire community to participate in the spirit of the nautical theme with all sorts of prizes available for innovative ideas,” says Harrison.

The festival will officially open with a flag parade by the TS Kromme Sea at 10:00 on April 30.

Keen anglers will not want to miss the St Francis Festive Fishing Challenge hosted jointly by the St Francis Rod, Reel & Boat Club and the St Francis Boat and Angling Club. Great prizes will be up for grabs for the largest edible fish, as well as for the largest weighed fish for adults and juniors. The entry is free and registration takes place on April 29. For more information, or to register, contact Tim Christy at 082 569 3750.

The annual two-day Rotary Makro Golf Festival will tee off at the St Francis Bay Golf Club and the St Francis Links on April 30 to May 1.

For the more energetic festival-goers, there is the 5km Park Run at the Links the Saturday morning. Do not miss out on the fun Colour Run at the Port the Sunday morning in aid of the SANCCOB Penguin Rehabilitation Centre in Cape St Francis. Tennis and volley ball tournaments are also on the festival map.

Pre-festival events include the Harbour Master’s Port clean-up on April 27 from 09:00 to 16:00. This is open to all divers, scuba and snorkel enthusiasts - both individuals and clubs. The idea is to get as many divers as possible into the water to start cleaning up underwater. This is a great community project with super prizes to be won.

For those looking for gentler pursuits try a canal cruise – choose between a breakfast, lunch or sundowner option – sit back and enjoy! Or what about a sea cruise? Sunset or Dolphin/ Eco cruises are on offer by St Francis Safaris. Browse through the village market on April 30, or take in one of the many planned musical events.

Those wanting to book a market stall, can send an email to info@balobi.co.za, while musicians wanting to perform at the festival must contact Bridget Rogers at 072 386 0259.

For more information about the festival, visit the festival Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/nauticalcapitalfestival, or contact the St Francis Tourism office at 042 294 0076. Alternatively, send an email to accommodation@stfrancistourism.co.za.

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