SA attempt to win world’s longest braai from the Swiss

2014-01-06 00:00

SOMERSET WEST — By day the beers were kept cold and by night the coffee hot as six South African braaiers attempted to set a new world record to bring home the world longest braai record, which is currently held by Switzerland.

Nino Messina, Odette Maytham, Chris Ingram and Marike Myburg lit the fires on Friday at 10 am aiming to stop only 30 hours later in order to break the current 28-hour Guinness world record for the longest barbecue over coals, which was set by a team of Swiss braaiers.

“We could not allow a braai record to be held outside South Africa. It had to come to South Africa, because no other country can braai as lekker as we do,” Maytham said.

The SA hopefuls were supported by Wayne Gerard and Louis Venter, who kept the coals hot and the libations coming.

On Saturday morning Myburg dropped out, suffering a problem with her eyes.

“This was not a problem as the rules call for two people to be braaiing at all times,” said braai leader Messina.

Messina said the small mountain of raw meat they put on the coals had been donated by companies and they had in turn donated the braaied meat to old age homes.

People were also asked to join the patriotic record effort with a bring-and-braai.

“Our bodies are tired and our feet are sore from all the standing. Being awake for 30 hours takes its toll,” said Messina.

He added it would be a couple of weeks before they would know whether the record is official.

It would have cost too much to host an official from Guinness at the record attempt, hence they opted to send a video to Guinness.

“The braai was also broadcast live on YouTube,” Messina said.

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