KONTIKI 2005 - Cape Eastern Perspective
- report by
We were advised months earlier of what to expect on our
adventure to the Cape Western Land. All thirteen of us, and our two faithful
leaders have survived the expedition and are back safely in our own homes
and with our own families. Our time at Sandvlei was an adventure never to
forget; now this is our story through my eyes.
All the meetings, discussions and
preparations leading up to the trip, made it very exciting, but nerve
racking, as I did not want to leave anything behind which will affect my
role in the team going all the way to Cape Town.
Arriving at the Greyhound Bus Station on
Thursday night, the 7th April 2005, I met up with all the other
excited Scouts and our two leaders. The beautiful T-shirts and new Cape
Eastern scarves were handed out, indemnity forms filled in and final
checklists ticked off. After saying our good byes to our “loving parents” we
boarded the luxury bus and we were on our way…
The ten-hour trip felt long, tiring and
for most…sickening! When we finally arrived in Cape Town in the morning, we
got warm welcomes and a packed lunch from Aqua’s family. We then sat (still
quite confused and dazed) and ate our KFC under the trees with the squirrels
and pigeons. After our meal we walked to the Museum, which expanded our
minds about dinosaurs, sharks and other little animals behind glass windows.
We then got onto the train to get to
Sandvlei. The one thing that I did notice was that there are so many
eccentric, arty people, with dreadlocks living in Cape Town. This made me
realise that I was not in Port Elizabeth any more, but the beautiful and
colourful Cape Town!
When we got to Sandvlei we were early but
that was fine because it gave us time to relax for a while before the action
started. We carried on building late into the night and then went for our
well-deserved sleep in warm bunk beds.
The next morning we were all awake and
ready to build our rafts, but first we had a yummy breakfast of an egg and
bacon roll. For some big hungry Scouts there was more than just one roll.
When our tummies were full we set out to finish our rafts.
Our raft consisted of 12 big barrels
lashed together with poles, wooden boards tied on with nylon ropes and then
our shelter, which was made out of wooden ‘sticks’ and a tent covering. It
never worked quite well on the vlei due to the gale-force
winds, but at least we know better for next year. We also had a toilet with
just a little wooden board around it. We all thought that we will never need
to use the toilet, but for some reason we needed it all the time. Maybe it
was all the cooldrinks we drank and hearing the sound of water all the time.
Of course, everyone was doing his or her
best to win a place on the raft. We were so focused on our building that we
missed the whole opening parade, so we never even got to wear our tree ent
costumes. Soon it was time to launch our rafts onto the water. The girls
were pleased to find out that all four Cape Eastern girls were going on the
raft and nobody got left behind. The two Rondebocsh girls, Monique and
Mikhaela, and the four of us boarded the raft with our belongings, the
trommel box, the food and our “precious” (an egg with a sign on it, which we
had to protect with our life). We waved goodbye and got dragged off into the
vlei. After we anchored ourselves, we got our STA requirements and
immediately started on them. After a while we realised that our door was on
the wrong side, the strong wind was blowing straight through our ‘tent’
door. That was not a problem, as clever Scouts; we moved our door to the
opposite side, which meant that we had to go through our toilet to get
outside but we tried to let the least wind in our tent as possible.
When it was time to start preparing our
food to be judged, we realised that our gas was leaking. We rowed in our
funny little blue canoe all the way to the base camp to ask for help but we
had to row all the way back without any help as it was ‘against the rules’
to ask for help. Luckily somebody saved us just in time and fixed it for us.
We were able to cook our stew and make the lembas bread. Then we realised
that the judging time for the meal was almost over and we quickly had to get
our table decorations, our three course meal and two of our Scouts into the
canoe to present our meal to the judges. They were obviously impressed as we
got one of the highest marks.
We had a cold, windy, noisy and disturbed
night but at least it was just for one night. In the morning, as soon as the
first bit of sunlight shone, we carried on with our STAs. We had to make
various Lord of the Rings theme objects. Things like a map, a black gate, a
crown and a tree ent (which we knew all about) which we made out of natural
and junk material which we had to take onto the raft before the time. The 5th
one was to catch a fish but we had no luck. We had to row to the base camp
to receive our 6th STA. A few of us got extremely wet doing the 6th
one. Two people from each raft had to canoe to each of the other rafts with
a form. They had to draw the sign which was on their “precious” (the egg),
complete the whole form and get it back to the base camp. It was quite a
tough job, but working with the boys as a team made it easier.
The rest of the day we relaxed in the sun
on the deck of the raft. We made coffee, ate chips and sweets and talked. We
also fed our resident birds: The pair of Egyptian Geese, the pair of little
brown ducks, the brave and beautiful white duck, the greedy seagulls and of
course the many dumb little black moorhens. One of which was a loner and we
It started getting windy again and we
could see rain coming and at about 2 o’clock it was time to be pulled in
back to shore. When we got to shore we must have looked terrible. We hadn’t
seen a toothbrush, a mirror, or even bothered to brush our hair but that’s
just being a true Scout. Our flagpole and our whole structure were just
about to collapse into a bundle of sticks and rags. When we finally hauled
the rafts onto the shore to be undone and packed away, the heavens decided
to open up, soaking us. It started to rain, then very hard drops of rain,
and eventually it hailed, along with strong gusts of wind. Undoing the wet
ropes was hard enough, but when you are wet and cold and working against
time, it is quite a challenge. With teamwork and able helping hands we
completed the task in time for the closing ceremony.
All packed, sore, tired, wet and for some,
very sick, our Cape Town adventure had come to an end and we could feel it.
Then all that was left was another 10-hour trip home. The ride back was not
bad, we knew what to expect and it didn’t seem so long. We arrived in Port
Elizabeth at about 7 o’clock on Monday morning. Most of us spent the rest of
Monday sleeping and the rest of the week catching up on the homework we
missed out on.
The Cape Town trip was an excellent experience for me,
and the rest of the Scouts. We plan on using our experience from this year
for next year, where we plan on giving the rest of the Cape Western Scouts
and Guides a run for their money. We’ll show them next year!
Cape Town every year for Kontiki - Report by Gerrit Lindeque
Thank you Aqua and Darzee for being part of the Cape Eastern team that could
go down to Cape Town for the Kontiki 2005. From the moment we got onto the
bus, we had fun. First of all they put me next to a girl, although I've
asked to sit next to Andile. Luckily we switched around as soon as the bus
left Port Elizabeth.
Kontiki was awesome especially for the raft building part. The fringe
activities was also cool. The food vouchers was the best plan ever. Very
organised. It was nice just to walk around with vouchers, and if you are
hungry, you can go and get food and cold drink.
I really like the squirrels but I still think they are dangerous because
they have long nails on their claws and they can scratch you.
I felt really sorry for the Scouts that return back to Port Elizabeth with a
bug and was throwing up all night. This was a very good experience for me
and I am looking forward to go to Cape Town every year for Kontiki.
West Cape Kontiki 2005
- Christine Postma
Just like last year, I got to
the bus station late. Something I seem to do way too often! We stood
together and Aqua handed out T-shirts, scarves and badges. The badges are
green with a gold ring in the middle with the words ‘CW Kontiki 2005’
written over it in white. It has a brown border with Elvish
writing on the inside. ‘Fellowship of the Eastern Cape & 6 Rondebosch’ is
written in black. The T-shirts were great although they were not lime green!
They had ‘Fellowship of the Eastern Cape’ written on the back and a Kontiki
badge on the front. While we were in Cape Town we really stood out and you
could tell who was from Eastern Cape from a mile away! The scarves were
black with a red boarder and thankfully, the badge had been sewn on! I was
seriously not looking forward to sewing the badge on in the bus, performing
acupuncture on yourself does
kissing all the mommies and daddies goodbye, mine had left thankfully (they
don’t love me any more) we boarded the bus. I was stuck sitting next to
Derrick who seemed kind of scared at the thought of being stuck next to me
the whole way there, but then again who wouldn’t be? If I were someone else,
I would be afraid of sitting next to me the whole way there too! I wonder
how Carmen does it. Well they saved him and sent me to sit next to Carmen.
Soon the guy came and asked, 'Coffee or Tea?’ They all say the exact same
thing, and then they give you two sugars, which you won’t need. The coffee
is so flow that if you add any sugar it tastes like sugar water. I never
I would find a coffee that I didn’t like but that came very close to being
bad coffee. It didn’t stop me from ordering more later though. Then they put
on some movie called ‘About Schmit’ it was black, white and boring.
at some weird little place with an Afrikaans name. We didn’t have many stops
there because there were roadblocks, which wasted our time. Later we went
past Mossgas. It was cool to see the balls of fire floating in the sky. We
finally got to Cape Town and rode a long way through the city where we saw
massive malls, Ratanga Junction, Table Mountain and many Golden Arrow buses.
When we got
to the bus station, we got food from Aqua’s dad for lunch, which Steven
already wanted to eat! Then we went to KFC for breakfast. It was so weird,
that wacky wig place is still there, only bigger. It is so big that even
could find a wig that would suit her but would not be so afro. I should have
changed my blonde status! We walked to the Gardens (this time without the
rain) and the cute squirrels were there again! Oh my word they are so cute
with their little, thin bodies and big fluffy tails. Aaw I want one! We sat
on the benches and ate KFC for breakfast. Many pigeons came and waited for
us to throw them scraps. We threw them many pieces of bread and I guess lots
of people do because it sure doesn’t look like they need it! There was a
bunch of fat pigeons pecking at the bread and then suddenly a skinny little
squirrel charged at them and stole their food while they flew away. It does
need the food more than they do! We also saw an albino squirrel which would
have been cute if it was not for the red eyes.
through the Gardens to the South African Museum. There was a seagull sitting
on the head of the statue of
Cecil John Rhodes. We walked through a small rose garden but it was too bare
and empty. When we got to the museum I was feeling a bit sick and, okay
maybe a little tired. (Aqua doesn’t need to know that though!) That’s why I
didn’t pay much attention, I was just looking for a place to sit down. There
was a huge shark jaw, which opened with rows and rows of teeth. We also saw
a whale skeleton. It could have swallowed all of us at one time, which Aqua
might have enjoyed! We went into this barrel thing where we heard a whale
sound get played. There were two cute black bears and a dead pangolin, which
I touched. To be honest if just feels like a giant pine cone. Pinned to a
board were pretty butterflies.
back through the Gardens and there was another seagull on Cecil’s head.
While we walked to the train station pickpockets tried to pick pocket Aqua,
David and Jason. None of their attempts paid off though. Jason was insulted
at being a target but very proud of himself and told each of us about it
about five hundred times! While Aqua went to buy tickets we huddled together
and two guys came up to us and started pointing to the badges particularly
on Steven and Kevin’s shoulder. When the saw Kevin’s cyclist badge they
started saying stuff about him fixing their bikes. It was sort of freaky
then but thinking back it’s funny because the guys were all trying to watch
the girls and David. When they asked Sam and Carmen (Sea Scouts) who they
were, they said that they were the mini police. Soon a security guard came
and chased the guys away.
We all got
off the train at Sandvlei and started walking to the Sea Scout base. The two
hours that we were early by made a big difference. Last time I had been
overwhelmed by the activity but this time it was relatively quiet… well at
least for the time being.
shown where our boat shed was and were impressed by the ‘cloak room’, which
had been formed, by a cupboard which had a blanket thrown over it and a rail
with a curtain on the other side. Inside was a locker and some hooks. It was
cool because we didn’t have to shut our door each time someone wanted to
change. It made up for the boat, which was standing in the middle but even
that was not so bad. The guys had the boat shed that the girls had had last
guy with a camera asked Aqua questions about the trip but she told him to
ask me. All I can remember was that I said a load of rubbish and made a
total fool of myself. I blame you Aqua! Soon we got the guys to help us push
the boat out. Well that was the plan but only Derrick helped us. Our
equipment hadn’t arrived yet so we painted our sail. It was green and we
were painting leaves on it to match with our
Tree Ent theme. Soon David was armed with a black koki and we all had our
fingers covered in different shades of brown and grey paint. Okay let me
change that, the girls’ fingers were covered in paint but the guys were too
lazy or too
afraid of getting their fingers dirty or… wait for it… Steven’s excuse… they
were supervising. Yeah right! Soon the sail was covered in brown leaves and
us in brown blotches. We washed our hands, lifted the sail, hung it from the
rail, took one look at the floor and put the sail back on the floor. The
floor had been redecorated and there were brown leaves all over it.
equipment came late but we were eventually unpacking a truckload of
equipment. We were scared when we learnt that all the truck contained was
barrels, rope and… BAMBOO? Not exactly what we had been planning to build
the rafts from, but we were told that another truck was on it’s way with
pioneering poles. We had our whole raft planned and with plenty of adult
help we started building our raft.
difference between Eastern Cape and Western Cape, in Eastern Cape the
parents don’t help, but in Cape Town it’s possible that the parents do more
work than the scouts.
We had soon
built both frames and I had even learnt how to use the frapping mallet with
a lot of help from Derrick.
adults had taken over lashing the barrels onto the rafts and Darzee told
Jason and I that Aqua wanted to speak to us. We found Aqua in the girls’
boathouse and she told us that we would be the team leaders. We went to the
team leaders briefing where Gandalf and especially Gimli looked really cool.
We were given one ‘precious’ per raft. We were told to protect it and that
they would like to see it in ‘it’s original state’ at the end. Each raft got
an egg each with a different symbol on it. Our precious was soon wrapped in
only about half a roll of toilet paper!
sister needed our brown t-shirts so that she could sew the leaves onto them.
We asked Monique and Michala (6 Rondebosch girls) for their brown t-shirts
but they didn’t have them. Eventually Monique told us that brown dresses had
been made so we rushed to Aqua’s sister to tell her not to sew leaves onto
our t-shirts but it was too late so we swapped t-shirts with the guys. The
dresses weren’t there so we would have to sew leaves onto them the next day.
Just as we
started laying down our floorboards to see where they would fit, we were
told that it was 11 ‘o clock so we
had to stop building. After setting our alarms for six, we went to sleep.
The alarm never went off but thankfully, Carmen W woke us all up. We quickly
woke the guys and then went to our raft to start putting on the floorboards.
We still had to drill holes into the floorboards but no one was there, not
even the drill, so we went back to the guys to check that they had woken up.
Some of them were still lying in their sleeping bags but they were all
awake. Walking back to the raft Aqua phoned me to check that we were all
awake. We were better than you thought hey Aqua?
still wasn’t there so we got the dresses from Liz, a really nice lady who
had organised a lot for us. We took them back to our boathouse where we
started sewing the leaves on. Two or three guys had slept outside our
boathouse and they were still sitting there in their sleeping bags. David
was sitting on the floor with us cutting roots and Andile was lying on one
of the bunks. Liz was standing next to the door on the inside so she
couldn’t be seen from the outside. The guys sitting outside were soon
talking to us and joking about me who had stabbed my finger too many times.
Laughing about the thread sewn to my finger the one guy introduced himself
as David. We told them that the guy cutting was also David so this guy
sitting outside said, ‘My name is also David.’ We said hi to him and the
first guy quickly said ‘Shut up Storm.’ We were busy laughing about this but
the funniest was still to come. They asked us what the average age of us was
so we said about fourteen, then Liz stepped out and said, ‘Does that
included me who’s forty?’ They got such a fright that they sat down and
stopped speaking to us.
us that they were busy drilling holes in the floorboards so we went to help
but there were already so many people that we decided to start building the
frame of the hut. The night before one hut had been erected by 6 Rondebosch
but the other one still needed to be put up.
the raft into the water and I’m not exactly sure what happened after that.
Well I know what happened but I wasn’t there because that was the time that
everyone chose to come and check that we had a whole bunch of stuff, lots of
which I had never heard of before! I didn’t know where much of the stuff was
so I imitated
Liz asking for all this stuff, figuring out what stuff was, finding the
stuff and eventually finding the people who were looking for the stuff
because by that time I had lost them. It was chaos! I did learn a lot
though, like what a trip line is. Until then, I had no idea what it was, I’m
not a Sea Scout and I had never been raft leader at West Cape Kon-Tiki.
helped us attach the mast to a pole that was jutting out of the back of our
raft and we started looking for toilet chemicals. We didn’t have time for
the opening parade so our dresses and my bloody fingers were all for
nothing. We had to give the West Cape guys a chance because they wouldn’t
have looked good next to us!
our A class certificate and after some unneeded comments made by guys that
accepted that girls are as good or better
than guys, we were pulled out. We knew that we could be tied to a rope but
we thought that most rafts would just drop their anchor so we were surprised
when we saw that we were one of the few rafts that weren’t attached to the
rope. We drifted a bit but soon realised that it was just because our anchor
ropes were too long so we shortened them. Admittedly, I was nervous at first
but soon I loosened up (just like my stomach).
clearing the inside of our raft because we did not have much space. That was
when Darzee and some other guys brought us our STA instructions. We had to
draw a map of Minas Tirith, build the black Gate, make Treebeard
from nature craft, make Gandor’s
crown or something like that, prepare a meal and the next day we would have
to collect our last STA. We divide the STAs and soon the inside of the raft
was covered with an assortment of nature and junk craft items. At about six
we started to prepare the meal. Carmen M and I cut, peeled and squashed the
three juicy fruits for the fruit juice while the others started chopping the
vegetables and cutting the chicken for the stew. Soon all the ingredients
were in the pot along with butter and a variety of herbs including Bay
leaves. We then debated whether to cook the meal then and keep it warm until
seven-thirty when it would be judged or whether we should just cook it
later. Everything was going really well and we were feeling rather good
about ourselves. That’s when it all went wrong. We screwed the gas hoods
into the gas bottle. Well, we tried but it only went in half way, which
wouldn’t have been so bad except that the gas leaked. We tried everything to
cover the hole that included stuffing plastic all around it but nothing
worked. Eventually Sam and Carmen W rowed to shore to set the table and to
tell them that we were having problems with our gas. By this time, it was
seven and the guys had agreed that we could use their cookers when they were
finished but they hadn’t started yet.
that the gas cooker might fit into the lamp’s gas bottle so we took the lamp
off and with only torches for
light we tried to put the cooker on but it didn’t work so we put the lamp
back on. Another problem was that in the process we had lost the matches.
Carmen W and Sam got back dripping wet and told us that all we could do was
borrow someone else’s when they had finished. They had also been too early
to set the table. We shouted to the guys and asked them if we could borrow
their matches so Sam and I rowed to their raft. Jason gave us the side of
the matchbox and two matches, one of which he dropped into the wet bottom of
our raft. They were carefully put into my windbreaker pocket. We got back
drenched and I dried my fingers before reaching into my pocket which I hoped
would be dry. I quickly found the side of the matchbox but I got nervous
when I couldn’t find the match. I finally found in between the seems. We
opened the gas although you are supposed to light the match first; we didn’t
want to row back to the guys. Finally, we had light. We lay inside our raft
with our uncooked food, waiting for the guys to finish, when this guy came
aboard our raft. He had come to fix our gas cooker. I felt bad that he had
to enter through the toilet but we had closed the entrance because the wind
was bad. He used some oil to make the thread more slippery, then using a
dishcloth and lots of effort he screwed the cooker on properly. He then
asked for matches so that he could check it and we were just about to launch
into a long story when he brought out a lighter. He checked that every thing
worked, lighting the one cooker to check it as well then he left. We were
very thankful, especially since he had left the cooker on so we wouldn’t
have to light it with our non-existent matches.
We lit a
paper, which we used to light the other cooker. The pot was on and the flame
as big as it could go since we didn’t have much time left. Sam, who knew the
recipe for lambas bread mixed the ingredients together. We then poured blobs
of it into a pan and since they cooked faster we were soon eating them. We
heard the guys going past and heard that they hadn’t made the lambas bread.
We emptied most of the stew into a smaller pot so that what was left would
cook faster. The guys came back the told us that nearly every one was
finished and that’s when we decided that the judges could rather have raw
potatoes than nothing at all. A square of lambas bread was wrapped in a big
leaf and many layers of tinfoil and newspaper and then a bit of stew was put
in a bowl which was also wrapped in many layers
of tinfoil and newspaper. Carmen M and I were given a push off and told to
hurry, which we did! When we got to shore someone took our tender and we ran
into the hall where the judges were on their way out. We were the only raft
team there and I felt very self-conscious but I generally stress too much.
Every one was taking photos and asking questions as we set the table, which
looked pretty good. The judges actually seemed impressed with us despite our
lack of punctuality and one of them even lit our candle.
Back at the
raft, we were all too tired to cook the rest of the supper so we had BNs,
chocolate and muffins for supper. Monique and Michala were meant to be on
night watch first but since Michala was already asleep, I went on in her
place. Pretty soon Carmen M came and sat with us because she couldn’t sleep.
Michala woke up and came outside so I went in to sleep. I was woken and told
that it was now my shift with Carmen. We sat there shouting to the guys who
were about twenty meters away. When the night watch people came around, we
greeted them before they even said hello and we got stuck doing five star
jumps. It was lots of fun but as the morning wore on, and after we were
woken up by the night watch, we called Sam and Carmen W for their shifts.
morning we quickly completed our STAs and took them to the hall. After
begging for coffee from the guys, we decided to boil water and make our own.
We had found our matches while we were making the STAs. We were soon
drinking coffee and then we rowed to shore to fetch our last STA. We had to
find out what each teams symbol was on their precious. We made a deal with
the guys who got half and we got the other half. Why not pool your
resources! After rowing to many of the rafts and collecting the other page
of answers from the guys we handed in our page.
had to be done was wait for two hours and then be towed back to shore. Well
that was how it should have been but our hut structure was giving in. Poles
that should’ve been standing at 90º were standing at a 60º angle. We packed
every thing away, all our sleeping bags were tied together, the pillows were
tied together and everything else had been thrown into the trommels. Happy
that if the structure fell everything would be safe we opened a can of
condensed milk, packet of peanuts and cans of cool drink which we ate while
sitting at the back of the raft sheltered from the wind in the sun. Every
one except Michala was urging the hut to fall. Michala though had a life
on and was busy holding one of the poles up.
eventually towed in and the hut had still not collapsed! We took down the
rafts and just as both of them were out of the water, it started to rain.
Not lightly, it rained. LOTS! We were soaking and I went to the closing
ceremony with a tablecloth wrapped around me because I never had time to
change. The few Eastern Cape scouts at the ceremony were all wet but all of
the Western Cape guys were dry so I’m just wondering who took the raft
apart, the scouts or the parents.
ourselves, packed our bags and went to the station where more pickpockets
met us. After a long boring bus trip we reached PE where I even got
of school. Overall I had an awesome time, the weekend was incredible, and
I’d like to thank the organisers and Aqua for all the effort that went it to
it. It really was appreciated.
From Lin Mould
It started late Thursday night at about quarter to ten. We all boarded the
Greyhound bus and left for Cape Town. We rode on the bus for about 11
hours !!! We all had a lot of fun talking and kidding around until we
were told to keep quiet by Darzee.
we woke up the next morning (Friday), they plated a movie called "About
Schmidt" - which was the most boring movie that I have ever seen in my
eventually got off the bus at 9.15 in Cape Town and we took our bags to
the bakkie and then we went to KFC. for breakfast. We each got a rounder
and a box of chips as well as a cool drink, although we all got different
ones. We took our lunch (?) to the gardens where all the guys went
squirrel mad - at least it wasn't Christine this time!!!
we ate we went to the SA Museum where there was a really weird guide
that spoke to us as though we were three year olds. Every time we got to
an animal he would say - " Now once again I would like to say that this is
not a live animal, it is NOT alive!). When we got to the whale -sounds
machine there was this huge model of the whale in front of us and he told
us that we mustn't be scared of the whale because it wasn't alive, and
that it wasn't making the noise that we were hearing. When we left the
museum we went to the station where we got another cool drink. We then
boarded the train and went to the Sea Scouts base in Sandvlei.
we got there we were shown our room (a boat shed), where we were to sleep
that night. When our stuff was unpacked in our room we all just sat around
for a while until Aqua told us that we could paint our sail - little did
we know just how thin it was - as we permanently left our mark on the
boatshed carpet. It now has beautiful brown leaves painted on it!!!
When the equipment finally arrived we started building our rafts - one for
the girls and one for the guys. We built until late that night and it was
FREEEEEEEZING cold. at 11 p.m. we were told to stop building and to go to
morning when we woke up we went outside to go and finish building the
raft, just to find that Rondebosch weren't there yet and that we couldn't
build until they got there. When our raft was almost done we were told
that all of us girls were going on the raft and that we must get our stuff
packed as soon as possible. When we were ready Aqua brought us lunch which
was 2 X chicken sandwiches and coffee. We got on the raft and dropped the
anchor of our class A raft.
On the raft we
did our STA's and cooked our meal. Our meal was the most fun thing on the
raft because we had a leak in our attachment pipe and we had to wait for
it to be fixed by a leader. When it was fixed we had a whole half an hour
to cook a meal that would normally take over an hour to cook - stew and lambos bread!!!!! But it all turned out O.K. even if the potatoes were a
bit hard! We got our food to the judges just as the clock struck 20h30!!!!
That night on
night watch, Christine and I were on watch from 23h00 until 04h00 Sunday
morning. When we finished our last STA we got towed in and started to
dismantle the raft when it started hailing! When we were done we tried
to get dry and went to the bus station, got on the bus and came home.
We were just
about all sick and I don't think that ANYONE will have gone to school that
SEE YOU NEXT
I attended the Cape Western Kontiki on 8th-10th
April. We drove down to Cape Town in a Greyhound bus. The trip felt long and
a number of us were car-sick, and felt nauseous from being on the top floor
of the bus. The bus swayed much more than the rafts! (so the raft team said
When we arrived in Cape Town we went and bought some food
from Kentucky Fried Chicken. Then we walked to the Gardens where we ate our
food, while the squirrels ran about us. Then we went to the Natural History
Museum where a tour guide showed us around. We had an interesting time at
While we were walking to the railway station, we passed
through a crowd of people when suddenly Jason, Aqua and I were pick-pocketed
all at the same time. With me someone sitting on the ground tried to take my
wallet out of my pants pocket, but I stopped him in time by kicking him and
he left me alone. With Jason someone actually stuck his hand into his pocket
and took his cell-phone. But Jason was quick enough and whacked the guy’s
hand and he dropped the cell-phone and Jason hurriedly put it back in his
pocket. With Aqua some really smart-looking guy tried to take something out
of a side pocket of her bag. He soon found out that he should not mess with
Aqua. Fortunately the pickpockets did not get away with anyone’s
We reached the station safely, and caught a train almost to
Sandvlei and walked the rest of the way to the Sea-Scout Base. When we
arrived at the Sea-Scout Base, we were shown where we were to stay. It was
in a boat-shed with bunks bolted into the wall and with a boat in the
We sat around for a few hours waiting for our equipment to
arrive. We knew our time was ticking away. We had to make two rafts: one for
boys and one for girls. Little things like this delay made our time shorter.
By the time it eventually arrived, all the other groups were well under way
with their rafts. From then we worked solidly until supper which Darzee
brought to us while we were working. We carried on working after supper till
11pm, which was lights out time.
We all slept very well, except for Derek who got sick in the
middle of the night. He then phoned his mom, who phoned Aqua, who came and
cleaned up for him.
When we woke up the nest morning, we immediately wanted to
start working again. However, the floorboards we were using for the rafts
had no holes in them so we could not tie them down and get on with the rest
of the two rafts that we had to build. So we had to wait for approximately 2
hours until we got hold of a drill. Then it took still longer because we
still had to drill the holes. Due to our delays we had to miss joining in
with the parade. This was a pity as we had prepared outfits to be the trees
from Lord of the Rings. In the end we managed to finish the rafts just in
We were all very surprised and proud that both of our rafts
got an A sea-worthy certificate.
Many people came to help us lift the rafts up and half drag
and half carry them into the water. However, in the process of getting them
into the water, a whole lot of barrels came loose and had to be retied in
the water. We had been given nylon rope with which to tie the rafts. It came
loose very easily. We had just finished retying the barrels and putting the
huts on the rafts, when the motorboat came to pull our raft out into the
Our rafts’ huts were made out of a wooden frame with canvas
pulled tightly over it. They were not very strong and
sturdy, so they had to
be tied on very securely. Other raft huts were made of wood and much better
decorated than ours.
Once all the rafts were towed out onto the lake, the Scouts
on the land began the fringe activities. I was part of the Fringe
Activities. The first thing we did was tug-of-war. We won the first few
rounds and then lost against some big guys, but all in all we had a lot of
fun (it was on a slippery mat with water on it.) We then did volleyball and
my hand got very sore and bruised from playing so many games. Eventually we
were eliminated, and I was quite thankful. We did not have time that day to
do knee boarding.
Later, when it got dark, there was a campfire for all the
land teams to come to. The Cape Eastern fringe team did a skit. Several
other groups also presented skits. The campfire had a lot of new songs and
skits that I had never heard or seen before. We then all went to bed and
slept soundly. There was no vomiting that night.
In the morning we did the cross-country run. Everyone who
wanted to run could do so. Everyone was sorted into different categories. I
was in the junior boys. The race officials showed us where to run on a map.
Then, suddenly BANG and the race was on. I came 3rd in the race.
As soon as everyone was back we went and did knee boarding. We won the first
round because the other team had chickened out of it, but we lost the next
round. Last year the kneeboards were far too big for me, but this year at
least my arms could fit over the sides a bit better.
Later in the afternoon the rafts were all brought safely in.
The weather was cloudy, raining and windy the whole weekend. As we started
to undo the lashings, the heavens suddenly opened and it poured with rain.
Then suddenly we felt a stinging feeling as hailstones hit us. It felt like
someone was throwing pebbles at us. We continued untying the rafts despite
the rain and hail because we had to finish before prize giving and leaving
to board the bus back to PE. The Capetonians were joyful, as they had had
very little rain over the last few months. It must have been Aqua’s coming
to Cape Town that did it!
When we had finished untying the ropes we went to prize
giving. Although we didn’t win any prizes, we were proud of how we had
performed despite all the setbacks we had experienced.
After prize giving we rushed to catch the bus on time. On the
sidewalk in the centre of Cape Town, while waiting to board the bus, we had
about 6 suspicious strangers walk openly around us, looking at us like we
were their prey. I am sure that if we had stayed on the sidewalk a bit
longer they would have attempted to steal some of our belongings.
On the bus-trip back home, a lot of us were sick again as the
bus swayed from side to side. Most of us did not sleep very well. We reached
PE at last - an extremely tired bunch of kids and 2 adults.
Although we had some hardships and frustrations, I enjoyed
the weekend and have some lasting memories. It was good to be part of such a
big event. I was proud to be part of the Cape Eastern Team. I would like to
thank all the organisers and sponsors for all their time and effort
(especially Aqua and Darzee).
It was a valuable experience.
Visit the 2005 Results and
Past Results pages to see how the various
teams did this year and how they have fared since 1998.