I am sure that when the heralds announced the arrival of King Arthur and his
entourage at the opening parade of Kon-Tiki, what they were really causing
is a diversion while 1st Durbanville stole the silverware. It is
easy to see why Durbanville did the impossible and won the event for the
third year running. They have a well-disciplined team of adults
and boys that get down to the job at hand, whether it is raft building,
cooking, spare time activities or just having fun at the fringe.
The standard of the event was much higher than the previous year and this
could be seen by the scores from all the teams. Still Durbanville managed to pull it off and the
fleet will now have to pull out all the stops to match and better the
standard for 2003. Well done to the Troop from the northern
suburbs. You did well, and deserved it. Congratulations.
Kon-Tiki 2002 - A Scouting Spectacle
Kon-Tiki 2002 was as spectacular as the previous events, with the rafts
all depicting the theme, "Camelot." The colourful display of
rafts as they left the secure mooring of the jetty to Kon-Tiki Bay was
awesome to see. People not involved with the event will not possibly
understand how that could have been built from the bits of timber and other
bits and pieces that littered the banks of Sandvlei on Friday afternoon.
1st Durbanville were overall victors for the third year in a row, taking
both the DB McEwan Shield for raft construction and the Neville Coxon Trophy
as overall winners. Not only did their raft crew come out on
top, but their support crew took the Andrew "Dolphin" Lawson
trophy as well, for winning the overall fringe event.
1st Naruna and Constantia were only 2 points behind Durbanville and they
have every reason to be proud of their achievement. They were
unfortunate to be disqualified as winners of the tender race when they
missed one of the turning buoys but they certainly made up for it on the
While the support crew played volleyball, tug-o-war and kneeboarded around
the vlei, the raft teams knuckled down to cooking the meal to be judged and
worked on their STA's. The STA's consisted of a pioneering
project of a working drawbridge made with twine, dowels and cotton reels; a
painted Kon-Tiki Coat of Arms; a knights helmet made out of cereal boxes and
a soap carving of a knights head showing all the facial features.
All the teams that entered have got a lot to be proud of. Kon-Tiki
takes an enormous amount of planning and project work and the results were
there for everyone to see on the Saturday when they launched.
A staff of 50 people ensured that the judging of the various events,
including the fringe activities, ran smoothly and they must be thanked for
the time that they gave to be part of the biggest Scouting/Guiding event in
the Western Cape.
Next year marks the 25th anniversary of Cape Western's Kon-Tiki and the
theme is "The Greatest Adventure on Earth." And what an
adventure that is going to be.
Cape presence once again felt at Kontiki
It is always a pleasure to have visiting
Scouters assist at Kon-Tiki and 2002 was no different to previous
years. This year we had Kathy Douglas (AGAIN!!), Richard von Well and
Darryl Garner. It was great having the extra help and they managed the
steep learning curve very quickly. Thanks guys (yeah yeah - and
gal). We hope to see you at the 25th Anniversary.
The 2002 Kon-Tiki Fringe was a hive of activity from 2.30pm on Saturday
with two volleyball courts in operation, two kneeboard relays on the go as
well as the tug-o-war on the jetty. A total of 38 teams took part in
the fringe and total chaos reigned as teams were being called from one event
to the next and rushing to tell Alan Turnley-Jones that they were busy with
one thing while being called for another. Hundreds of feet took
to the streets of Lakeside and Sandvlei as the cross-country got underway.
An enjoyable time was had by everyone, not least of all 1st Durbanville who
won the Andrew "Dolphin" Lawson trophy.
BRAVO - Dolphin and Cappy
After three years as Sea Scout Base wardens,
Alf and Sheila Barratt will be leaving at the end of April to return to
their home in Brackenfell. When asked what they will miss the
most? The boys. The boys have been absolutely wonderful and we have
come to know them like our own. We wish them luck and hopefully they
will be with us at Kon-Tiki 2003 and join in the celebrations.
Special guests at Kon-Tiki were Robert Bell, who ran the event for eleven
years from 1981 to 1992, Beaver Rose, Neville and Anna Coxon and Captain
Keith Meyer (Retired). Captain Meyer has for many years been a
benefactor of the Sea Scout Base and he presented the certificates and
trophies to the recipients. David Roux, Kon-Tiki scorer since
1993 was presented with a special Certificate of Merit for his services to
A BUSY YEAR
FOR THE FIRST AIDERS.
Our First Aid officers were once again kept very busy
and the injuries ranged from a saw breaking while being used and bouncing
back into a waiting forehead, an accidental stab wound, fainting, sea
sickness, lots of scratches and bruises.
Hey Doc, can you fix up the base jetty as well?