There was cake, cake and more cake as almost 500 competitors and 1,000 spectators enjoyed Kon-Tiki's 25th birthday bash.  The flying trapeze rig was decorated in red and white bunting and the Sea Scout Base looked like it was ready to rock.   The circus theme was an opportunity for everyone to get dressed up in their red noses and there were some really imaginative theme costumes.  The weather, predicted as 60 to 90% rain for the weekend, played along and except for a bit of wet weather on the Saturday morning, the rest of the weekend was pretty good.

The only major upset of the weekend was the girls spoiling the boy's party.  The girls of Naruna and Constantia Scouts that is.  They came, they saw and they conquered.  The boys from Naruna and Constantia posed a threat last year and the girls came along and finished the task.  In what must have been one of the most innovating raft designs of the competition, they still could not take the construction trophy away from 1st Durbanville, winners of the Darryl McEwan shield for raft construction for the 4th consecutive year.

The Naruna and Constantia girls came first in the STA competition, joint 4th in the raft construction, and second for the raft meal competition, winning the competition with the highest overall aggregate.  The prize for the spectators was to see their reaction when the winners were announced.  

Yep, the girls had come along and spoilt the boy's party but they did it in style !!  Well done Naruna and Constantia.  You sent everyone a signal last year and this year you saw it through.  

1st Durbanville also went on to win the Dolphin Lawson Trophy for the highest aggregate in the Kon-Tiki fringe.  

The boys of 7th Green and Sea Point showed the true spirit of the competition.  They waited the whole of Friday night and part of Saturday morning for their equipment, which never arrived.  They then asked for permission to build a smaller raft using the few items that they had managed to bring along.   They launched on time with the rest of the fleet.  Their tenacity earned them a special merit award for construction, for not giving up and for competing against the odds.

The event was officially opened by the CEO of SA Scouting, Luke van der Laan.  This was followed by the always spectacular launching.  For myself, the raft that caught my eye was that of team number 36, 1st Somerset West.  Their bright red, specially designed T-shirts, caught everyone's eye.  The beautiful art work on their raft was commented on by everyone who saw it. 

And what a birthday it was.  The cake was baked and the streamers were flying.   So were the young guys and gals on the flying trapeze.  The young artistes of the Circus Workshop gave a performance worthy of any big top. 

The presentation of the prizes and the final words came from Area Commissioner, Brian February.  "That's all Folks!"

Keith Anderson - our 2003 VIP

Special guest at Kon-Tiki was well-known stage designer, Keith Anderson.  Keith designed the T-shirts for 2003.  He has trained many flying trapeze acts that are still touring the world and the trainers of Circus Workshop trained under him as well.   Keith was the stage designer as well as the designer of the animals for the ICC Cricket World Cup Opening Ceremony.  He was also Show Director with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus for many years.  His current project is designing the sets for "The Sound of Music" which will be opening at ArtScape soon.


Kon-Tiki works with a support team of nearly 50 people.  Without even a single one, the event would never be as successful. 

Peter Bosch, who has been the "soundman" for as long as anyone can remember, was busy putting up all the speakers and equipment with Terry Coetzee.  They were busy with the last set, on top of the superstructure when Peter decided to test his swallow diving skills and fell off of the top of the superstructure, the equivalent of a two and a half storey building.   He got off lucky, fracturing his humerus, which wasn't funny.  And a dislocated shoulder and badly lacerated arm.  He was back on the Friday evening enjoying curry and rice in the Kon-Tiki Kitchen.

Planning for Kon-Tiki starts in earnest in September each year.  Then, from the beginning of February, the details are put into the event, books are printed and score sheets prepared.   The weekend of Kon-Tiki started on Wednesday with the setting up of the flying trapeze rig.  Then on Thursday the campsites and construction sites were laid out.  Early Friday morning the setting up of the sound equipment started alongside the finalising of the sites.   Around all this activity, preparations were made for the kitchen and tuck shop with deliveries and collections happening all week.   The new ablution facilities were still being finalised on the Friday morning.

Teams started to arrive around lunchtime and the Info Desk opened at 15h00.  From then, until 8pm Sunday, the entire team were on the move, judging and refereeing and moving this and that and preparing something else.  For the staff, Kon-Tiki is hard work, but it is fun.   Our guest Scouters from Port Elizabeth, Kathy Douglas and Mark Akers will be back next year.  Well, Kathy is always back.

In recognition for the years of active involvement in the event, Kathy Douglas and Terry Coetzee were presented with Certificates of Appreciation from the Scouters and Guides and event organisers.

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