1st Cape Peninsula team with the Neville Coxon TrophyThe roar of the crowd said it all.   It has been a long time since a Guide Company has won Kon-Tiki, certainly more than ten years. Cape Pen have been hard on the heels of the Neville Coxon Trophy for a number of those years and their diligence and hard work has finally paid off.    In the last ten years, they have been in second place no less than three times and now their time had come.   They put on a brilliant performance in most categories as can be seen from the results. 

The last time that a Guide team won the Neville Coxon Trophy, for the best overall raft team, was in 1986 by 2nd GASP Guides.   The very first Guide team to win was at the very first Kon-Tiki in 1978, which was won by 1st Fish Hoek Guides. Out of 28 times that the trophy has been awarded, the Guides have only won it 4 times, so it's hats off to 1st Cape Pen for a job well done.  

Overall their performance was superb.   They won the John Stratton Trophy for the best cooked raft meal, came 3rd in the Safmarine Trophy for Spare Time Activities and 3rd for the DB McEwan shield for raft construction.   Their winning margin was just two points ahead of runners up, 1st Bergvliet. 

The Base
- day to day

For months leading up to the competition, the various activities are planned, but one of the more critical jobs is to ensure that the entries are received and raft numbers allocated to the various teams.

Dawn and Brian Long ensure that the Base is prepared for the busy Kon-Tiki weekend long before the time.  Dawn takes care of entries and ensures that requested team campsites are reserved.  Brian arranges for the setting out of construction sites and the massive cleanup after the weekend.

Besides the activities of Kon-Tiki, Brian and Dawn run the Base from day to day, ensuring that visiting Scouts have a comfortable and pleasant stay.   They are often hosts to visiting international groups who leave the Base with nothing but good words and memories. 

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Adrian Velaers and Neil Coxon on board the refurbished rescue boat

Kon-Tiki Flagship

Some of you might have been wondering where the new Base rescue boat comes from. 

Thanks to Adrian Velaers and a team of volunteers who put in a number of hours, the rescue boat was transformed from its old red self, badly in need of repair, to the showpiece that was the flagship of the water safety crew at Kon-Tiki.  The work took Adrian a number of months and the original boat was completely gutted and the hull scraped down to bare metal.  From there it was a case of fixing up every little hole and bashing out the dents and slowly, but surely, transforming it into what all of you saw.

Well done to Adrian and his team for a great piece of work, not to mention the hours they put in, ensuring that everyone on the water was well watched over.

Into the rain
 

Good Weather Prediction

I think the city fathers give a sigh of relief when the Kon-Tiki dates are announced and realise that there will be rain in Cape Town after all.  Who would have thought that after the dreadful Kon-Tiki weather of 2005 that we would have similar for 2006, but without the wind.  The weatherman decided the rain would be enough and when the rain stopped it was stunning.  Saturday night the rafts had one of the nicest , calmest evenings any raft teams had experienced in a number of years.  A calm, windless evening allowing them to go about their work without worrying about whether their rafts would withstand the Cape weather.  And our Scouts and Guides proved that they had stickability throughout the entire construction process and during the competition.

 

Terry Coetzee hiding from the rain

 

Kon-Tiki April events started in 2000 when March was so covered by public holidays that it was impossible to find a suitable date that was not in the middle of term.  Traditionally the competition was always held during the last weekend before March school holidays. This will be the case in 2007 when the competition runs from 23 to 25 March, the weekend before the March school holidays.

The Neville Coxon Trophy for the overall winner at Kon-TikiA Change in Pace

2006 saw a change in the timing of some of the items at Kon-Tiki like running the Tender Race on the Saturday evening instead of Sunday morning.  One of the reasons for this was because of the meal having changed from Saturday supper to Sunday breakfast and also for raft teams to complete their raft figureheads for judging on the water.   This also put the time out for the raft race, should it be held.

Most teams guessed what was happening with the meals and that breakfast was going to be judged.  This did mess up the well-laid plans of those teams who were convinced that the meal was going to be a hamburger supper, as could be seen from some of the hamburgers that arrived at breakfast with the hash browns.

The Spare Time Activities also changed somewhat in that two of the STA's had to be completed before 8pm on Saturday evening and the 4th STA didn't need to be brought ashore. The STAs for Saturday night were to complete a cartoon by drawing the final panel of a 4 panel cartoon.  It had to continue the story and had to come to a logical, funny conclusion.  The other Saturday night STA was to make a cartoon hero marionette puppet.   Very few teams dismembered their plastic dolls and ended up with marionettes with frozen joints. 

1st Bergvliet, winners of the raft construction and STA trophies.The STAs for Sunday morning were a gadget that Wile Coyote would make to catch the Road Runner.  The gadget had to have four stages with each stage triggered by the previous one.  It also had to be accompanied by operating instructions that even Barbie could understand.  After all, we expected the judges to operate them.

The final STA was for the raft teams to construct a bowsprit and figurehead on board their rafts.  These had to be pioneered to the raft deck.   This was judged on the water.

A few teams missed STA6 which always allowed for some social catch-up and meeting the other teams.  STA6 will be re-introduced next year in one flavour or another.   STA5, which was the Sunday morning fishing competition, was dropped because of the other early Sunday activities.

The weather seemed to accommodate the various activities.  Saturday afternoon the sun came out for the tender race and brilliant weather was enjoyed as the teams raced around the island.   The strong team of 2nd Plumstead held on to the trophy that they won in 2006.  The rain and wind stopped during the night hours when the teams brought STAs to shore and while the campfire was on.  This was repeated on Sunday morning when teams brought STAs and meals to shore.   The only activity that the rain did spoil was the opening parade.  It came down in buckets, and the smurfs and hulks saw their body paint running while other teams had their costumes clinging to them like Superman suits. Parents, Scouts, Guides and judges were soaked to the skin before the launching started.    But when the rain stopped, the weather was good.

Teams have learnt to construct really solid, weatherproof rafts over the years and this was clear to see during the weekend as rafts rode out the various buckets of rain that dropped on their heads and the wind squalls that came through periodically.  The other thing that many teams can be proud of is that they managed to ride out the weather on their own anchors.   A lot of focus was placed on the anchor gear that rafts were using this year.   Judges made recommendations as to which rafts had anchors good enough to ride out the South Easter should it be windy.   Of course we need to remember that a one ton raft in calm weather could create up to three tons of strain on anchor lines should the wind come up.

The rafts on Saturday night, as usual, were a stunning display and a number of visitors returned to enjoy the spectacle on the water, as well as the campfire on the jetty. 

Through the course of the next few weeks, the Chief Judge will be submitting the various criteria that were looked at during the competition, in particular the judges brief during raft construction.  

Later in the year you will be able to see the visual criteria for 2007, but for those of you that want to get an early start, have a look at their original Kon-Tiki raft and it will b e a good indication of what will be expected.  Most definitely you will need to have a mast and sail similar to the original raft.   You will not need to use balsa wood for the raft construction (I can hear the wheels turning inside those heads).  Drums will still be the order of the day. 

To the various winners, congratulations. To the rest of the fleet, I hope that you enjoyed the competition and if you have any ideas for the future, then please let us have them well in advance.  If you have any point that you would like us to make a note of, good or bad, then please send an email .

3rd Guglethu at the Kon-Tiki AdventureKon-Tiki through the years has seen Scouts come to the aid of Scouts more times than anybody can remember.  2006 was no different and one example was when 3rd Gugulethu arrived at the Base with a campsite but no tent - and the rain was coming down.  Brian Long opened up his workroom and in no time, with the help of Mike Duthie, Manelisi Jack and his Scouts were in a dry and warm environment that enabled them to experience their very first ever Kon-Tiki.  Hopefully next year they will be on a raft on the water.  Just recently Manelisi put a call out for any donations of tents and he has the right idea.   It is a lot easier for people to provide equipment if they know exactly what is required by those Troops in need of tents, sleeping bags, gas equipment etc.  So, those Troops who do have specific needs, put a call out with exactly what it is that you require and you could be in for a pleasant surprise.  


Pardon the Pun as the Kon-Tiki Kitchen Cooks Up a Storm. The volunteers who helped in the Kon-Tiki Kitchen during the weekend had their hands full with hundreds of people looking for some hot food and drink as the Cape winter let us feel a sampling of what we are in for this year.  Hot fried chips and burgers were the order of the day as time after time, Brian and Dawn had to head back to the suppliers to top up their stock.   Thanks to all the ladies and guys who gave up their time during the weekend to help feed the masses.
 

Mark Jennings of Pick 'n Pay was once again the presenter of awards at the closing ceremony of Kon-Tiki.   Pick 'n Pay have financed the purchase of two up-to-spec anchors and have also enabled the Base to refurbish radios for use by the water safety crews at the various water activities that are held at the Base and Simonstown. Here Mark (second from left) is seen handing a certificate to Gareth Forbes, winner of the veterans section of the Cross-Country. Far left is Chief Judge, David "Seagull" Roux.

Gavin Withers can be seen at numerous Scouting competitions taking photographs of the various teams.  He is certainly no stranger to Kon-Tiki and has for a number of years provided stunning Kon-Tiki photographs for this website as well as competitors.   There is a sample of photographs taken at this year's competition on the photo album pages and you are welcome to contact Gavin if you want to get copies of photographs of your team.  He has photographs of every raft that took part as well as a number of photographs taken of the STA's, prize-giving and the fringe activities.   Gavin can be contacted at Gavin Withers Photography cc, mobile: 083 658 0332 or e-mail gwphoto@iafrica.com

 

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR FURTHER NEWS AND REPORTS DURING THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

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Thanks to

for their generous sponsorship of rescue safety equipment and vouchers for the overall winners.

Visit the 2006 Results and Past Results pages to see how the various teams did this year and how they have fared since 1998.


Friday    23    to    Sunday    25    March    2007

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