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A Judge Decided by Helen Fenwick

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction Act of 1996 is a unilateral treaty which seeks to protect children from the harmful effects of abduction and retention across international borders. Its main objective is to enforce rights of custody over a child or children who have been wrongfully removed or kept in a foreign country in breach of those rights and to secure their prompt return to the country where the child or children habitually reside.

In the story I have written a judge must decide the future of two very young boys caught up in the complications of this law.

In our modern world divorce is a reality for many couples. But when one parent is in one country and the other in another sharing custody of the children can become the focus of a bitter battle. Who ought to have the children? Should it automatically be the mother? Why not, the good father?

”A Judge Decided” is a fictionalised story based on some true events.

It is available for purchase from Eloise of Sonopuitgewers for R250,00 plus shipping. If you wish to purchase a copy, please email her with your details and she will quote you the final price.


Or contact me @ fenwickh@jebomail.co.za


Child custody – a topic often avoided, but when discussed, one that inevitably leads to heated debate; a controversial subject since King Solomon and his verdict on the rightful custodian of the disputed child.

Families are known, not only to divide, but to split because of the issue of child custody. Now Helen Fenwick examines in depth this contentious topic in her gripping new book, A judge Decided.

Written with circumspection and great sensitivity, Fenwick deftly interweaves other underlying issues of parent separation and third party involvement.

A Judge Decided is not only a remarkable legal case study based on true events, it exposes the human face of the dramatis personae in a deteriorating relationship.  In her groundbreaking work, Fenwick casts the reader into the roles of parents and children alike –  the latter caught between two counter poles. Central to the sub-plot of a husband substituting his loyal wife for another woman, is the presence of a mother pining for her children.

Written in the present tense, the book is refreshingly candid and characterised by  rare-found honesty, expressed in engaging dialogue between the characters.

Always hovering in the background, in another dimension,  is Leigh’s mother – her spirit guide who acts as mentor and counselor. Carey appears in the form of a bird – a heron, a sparrow, an owl –  to comfort both Leigh and Penny.

The author successfully portrays and explains bewilderingly legal issues, such as custody of the central character’s children in a disarmingly honest way. Her style is loose and pragmatic, and she paints her narrative in a flowing and easy way.  Enshrined in  the issue of custody, is The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, Act 72 of 1996. Helen Fenwick not only untangles this complex legal web, but presents it to the critical reader in a palatable and credible way.  

At the risk of spoiling the reader’s potential enjoyment of this excellent work, I shall restrict myself to saying that the tension builds up palpably up to the point where the judge finally has to give his verdict. Will the forces of good prevail?

The print and layout is pleasing and attractive and Eloise Krige’s Sonop Uitgewers deserves a commendation for a job well done.

In conclusion:  A book dealing with the topic of A Judge Decided is long overdue and will be thoroughly appreciated by parents and individuals of all ages world-wide. Rating: *****

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Share Your World 10 January 2022

My blogging has been a bit erratic recently and will be again due to travel and other things but today I am participating in Share Your World from Sparks who asks some thought-provoking questions.

Who do you think is an example of a successful person?

Success comes in many forms. We tend to think of people who have accomplished great things as successful and they certainly are. Inventors, scientists, entrepreneurs, etc are all successful but you can be successful on a lesser level too. Even if you have not accomplished everything you set out to achieve in life you can still be successful. Put things in perspective. Even if you don’t get to the top of your field you’re probably doing great things somewhere in the middle or even at the bottom. We can’t all be leaders. Some of us have to be willing followers. I believe a successful person is one who is happily living their best life and doing the best they can in the circumstances they find themselves in. It’s all to do with attitude.

Why are you doing what you’re currently doing?   (take this in any context you like, either as a “what you’re doing RIGHT NOW THIS SECOND” or “what you’re doing in your life at this point” or any other way that occurs to you.  The question is a bit ambiguous..)

I am doing what I am doing because I am retired and I can do what I want to. At this stage of my life, I can do things spontaneously. I can choose to get up early or late, I can choose to cook or not. There is a great deal of freedom in not having to care for others anymore. The only other person who is affected by what I am doing is my husband. We are together 24/7, enjoy doing things together and long may this last.

What is your personal theme song?

Che Sara Sara – What will be will be.

It does no good to stress over the future. My motto is to deal with each thing as it happens.

What do you think about tofu?

Tofu may or may not benefit my health. It is processed and I try to avoid most processed foods. However, I have nothing against it. I eat healthily enough not to bother with something that is not easily available to me anyway. Any food is better than no food so if I need to eat and tofu is the only thing on the menu then eat it I will.

GRATITUDE SECTION (as always, optional)

Where did you find bliss this past week?

Road tripping on The Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa, is always blissful. Travelling from Plettenberg Bay to Struisbaai after a wonderful three weeks with the family was the perfect end to our holiday. The scenery was superb and the traffic was light in spite of many holidaymakers returning home.

Family Holiday in Plettenberg Bay Part 2

01 January 2022

Happy New Year to you all. We are continuing to have a wonderful time here in Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape, South Africa in spite of some of our family members being unwell. Fortunately, the COVID tests were negative.

There were 7 of us for Christmas Dinner. Lauren, Alan, Simon, Laurie, Sahana, Earl, and me. I made the starter, the salad, and the dessert. Lauren did the main course of roast beef and gammon with roast sweet potato and vegetables. It was totally delicious. My starter was a layered seafood cocktail of smashed avo, salad, salmon and prawns topped with pink sauce. Dessert was a trifle without jelly as requested by Allan. Lauren bought a lovely German marzipan and chocolate loaf cake. I spread each slice with strawberry jam then layered slices of cake, strawberries, and custard while making sure plenty of sherry was added as I went along. Then it was topped with whipped cream and decorated with more strawberries. It went down a treat.

The two Laurens on Christmas Day

The weather has been a bit odd – hot but overcast most days and a bit muggy.   We have enjoyed long beach walks along the beautiful Robberg early each morning and sometimes in the late afternoon too.  Lookout Beach is also one of our favourite destinations and walking alongside the lagoon is fun. 

Look Out Beach – walking alongside the lagoon
A Black Oystercatcher posed for me
Jan-Hendrik, Laurie and Sahana at Lookout Restaurant where we had drinks after the long walk

Laurie celebrated her birthday on the 29th and we all went to a restaurant called Sky Villa – for good reason as it is perched on a high hill with magnificent views over the ocean. 

The Birthday girl with Lauren and Sahana at The Sky Villa

My grandson, Simon, has recently taken an interest in squash and has joined the local club. Back in the day, I was a pretty keen player myself but I haven’t touched a racquet for at least twenty-five years! But I was persuaded to join Alan, Sahana, and Simon for a game or two. Now back in my twenties and thirties I absolutely loved the game but now just warming up the ball is exhausting. After ten minutes of knocking about with Simon, I gave up and let first Sahana and then his dad take him on. Then I played a game with Sahana which was just awesome. It’s amazing how the muscles have a memory. I even managed to score a point or two.

Playing squash with Sahana

On the 27th we were about to go out to meet friends I stupidly took a tumble with my camera and broke it. Fortunately, I was unharmed except for a bruised knee and a feeling of utter ridiculousness. I love that camera and never leave home without it. But it has served me well for almost eight years so perhaps it was time for an upgrade Hopefully we will get a bit of compensation from the insurance. On Wednesday I went ahead and ordered a Canon Powershot SX70HS which has a few more great features that the SX65HS did not. It arrived yesterday and I am thrilled with it.

Here are some photos I took with the new camera.

Sahana and Lollz indulging in wine and Flings
Earl and Sahana’s young man, Johan taking care of the braai
Playful cat
Lauren, Allan and Si are visiting friends in Kenton for a few days so it was just us for a braai last night.

Family Holiday in Plettenberg Bay Part 1

21 December 2021

After making sure our house was packed up, cleaned, and ready for holiday tenants we left Struisbaai at quarter to six on Saturday morning. We popped into Stilbaai to drop off something to a friend, spent an hour or so there, and then set off for George where we went to see our sister-in-law’s new home in a very beautiful retirement village. We took her to Padstal for lunch before we continued on to Plett arriving at around three o’clock.

Cute sign at the turnoff to Stilbaai

Our kids have moved from Jubilee Farm where they lived for three years and are now in a lovely home just five minutes walk to Robberg Beach 5.

Sunny Office
Galley-style Kitchen
Braai Room

The weather has been a bit ‘off’ for this time of year. There has been quite a bit of wind and rain and the mornings thus far have been cool and misty. Nevertheless, the sun wakes us up early and before the crowds arrive we have been doing some lovely beach walks.

Robberg 5 looking toward Beacon Island Hotel

I also walked around the Longship neigbourhood and admired the lovely lush gardens. Everything grows beautifully in this warm temperate climate.

Yesterday Lauren and I made it to the shops before half-past eight. We did most of our Christmas and some grocery shopping. Lauren had a leg wax appointment and while I waited for her I went to a lovely little coffee shop called Bon Appetit where I had a coffee and read my book. When she was done we ordered more coffee and Eggs Benedict which was totally delicious. Because the town was ridiculously crowded by this time, we headed back home, deciding to complete our chores another day. So this morning after our morning walk she, Earl and I, were in town by 8 o’clock. We needed to get a few more gifts, and a variety of household items. I had been looking for a tankini in Struisbaai, Cape Town, and online without success so I hoped to find one in Plett. There is an awesome beachwear shop called Summer Sands near Central Beach and I was delighted to finally get what I was looking for there. We then went to have breakfast at the Beacon Isle Hotel.

The Beacon Isle Hotel is the best-known landmark in Plettenberg Bay. We spent a few holidays there in the late eighties/early nineties and loved it.

Beacon Island is at the mouth of the Piesang River and is built on the site of the first navigational beacon erected in 1771. It was made of a square block of stinkwood which was inscribed with the latitude and longitude of Plettenberg Bay enabling mariners to check their location and chronometers.

The first Beacon Island Hotel was erected by Hugh Owen Grant in 1940 and the present hotel was built in 1972.

Beacon Island Hotel today
View from the outdoor restaurant where we had breakfast
Delicious Eggs Benedict and Eggs Florentine
View toward Central Beach
Not anybody from my family – but if you’re feeling adventurous – a fun thing to do
At the Central Beach parking lot, there is an Egret Tree

What a pleasant morning we had and how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful country. Plettenberg Bay is full of tourists and holidaymakers at this time of year but there are enough pristine beaches to ensure that there is room for everyone. The town is buzzing but there are wonderful places to shop and eat. The secret is to get there early, find the hidden gems and just enjoy being in a place that has as much or more to offer than any other place in the world.

Gecko goes to Addo – Day 4

Usually, when we travel with our grandchildren the Earl and I are the first up. It’s then several calls before the kids get themselves into gear. This trip, however, we have had no problem getting Simon up early and this morning when I opened the caravan door at quarter past six, he had already packed up his tent and was waiting for us at the picnic table! Grandpa hadn’t even opened his eyes yet. But with little else to be done but hitch up the caravan we managed to leave camp by half-past seven.

The weather was slightly cloudy but pleasantly warm. We drove slowly through the park and left via the Colchester Gate.

The first creature to capture our attention was a grey heron on top of a tree.

Such good balance
He had a tiny insect as a pre-breakfast snack
He then spread his wings and flew away

We did not expect to see elephants at the waterholes this early on a cool morning but were rewarded at Marion Baree. Some of the elephants were already heading into the bush but some remained to play and chat.

What is that face pack you’re using? I love the colour.
Can I go into the water now, please Mom.

We were just about to move on when the Earl saw a few buffalo coming down the road. They were making their way to the water hole.

Oh heck – elephants at the pond!
I thought they’d be gone by now!
Come on – there’s room for everyone
I hope those buffs don’t think they can come into our pond
What do you think of that buff over there?
He’s okay – let him stay!

After watching the buffs and ellies we continued on and enjoyed seeing large herds of zebra and red hartebeest.

Lovey green grass at this restaurant
Cute baby zebra
These guys had to wait for two buffalo to finish at the water hole
I hope they hurry up – I’m thirsty
It’s going to be a while – those hartebeests will just have to wait.

We reached to exit gate at around quarter to ten and then went to Taste of Africa in Colchester for breakfast.

There is indoor and outdoor seating – we chose outdoor which was very pretty
Grandpa and Grandson enjoying the outdoor ambience of this lovely restaurant

They were very busy and so service was a little slow but the breakfasts were excellent and the coffee good.

It was around quarter past two when we got back to Plettenberg Bay. They had had rain while we were away and it was very misty when we arrived. But it was good to be back with the family. We will spend two more nights here before returning to Struisbaai.

Gecko goes to Addo – Day 3

Once again we woke to a beautiful day with just a bit of cloud cover and a slight nip in the air. We left camp at 7:30 and made our way to Carol’s Rest stopping along the way to look at various creatures.

House martin taken by Simon
Scrub Hare taken by Simon
Zebra Eye by Earl

Simon spotted the ellies marching to the pond first then called – hey – there’s also a rhino! We must have just missed it taking a drink as it was heading back to the thickets.

Black Rhinoceros
Aren’t the babies cute
There were red hartebeest about too (The Earl’s photo)
Simon’s Photo

When the elephants left we moved on and found many more decorating the landscape.

Baby sticking close to Mom
Oh my – A white elephant!
Protecting the little ones
And then there was a Buffalo crossing
Breakfasting together
Simon’s Photo

There were a few birds about but most refused to pose.

A very photogenic Crowned Lapwing
This ant-eating chat always obliges and makes an excellent model
There were plenty of speckled mousebirds
Bokmakieries were constantly dueting and finally one posed for a portrait
I think this is a Common Buzzard?

When we returned to camp at around 10 am it had warmed up quite a bit. We went to the Cattle Baron for breakfast. The Earl had an omelette, Simon had the Classic Breakfast – 2 eggs, bacon, mushrooms, pork sausage, rosti and toast and I had the Sunrise – 2 eggs, bacon, tomato and rosti. We also enjoyed their excellent Americanos and Cappuccinos. We then relaxed in camp till around 1 pm before going out again. There were lots of elephants dotted about the landscape but we were too late for the waterhole activities. We did not see anything new and decided not to drive around too much as tomorrow we will do the south of the park before exiting.

Oom Olifant was there to greet us
Lots of warthogs about

When we got back I took a walk and went to the camp waterhole and the bird hide. The waterhole was quiet except for a few birds. The blacksmith lapwing was still sitting on her nest.

There was a great deal of activity at the bird hide. It was alive with weavers and bishops building nests and chatting to each other. A bushbuck also made an appearance and spent quite a while drinking and nibbling the water plants.

Cape Weaver
Southern Masked Weaver
Red Bishop
A sweet little bushbuck enjoying a snack and a drink

In the evening we braaied and had Magnum ice creams for dessert then we took down the canopy and packed up as much as possible in readiness for tomorrow’s departure.

Gecko Goes to Addo – Day 2

Friday 19 November 2021

Temperatures rose to around 24 degrees C today and we enjoyed the sunny conditions. We were up and ready to explore by quarter to eight.

These sweet yellow mongooses were catching the early morning rays
We came across quite a few elephants feeding in the bush – they love the spekboom
We have never seen so many Scrub Hares before – we had at least four today
A Karoo Scrub-robin posed beautifully
We saw a few warthogs but not as many as we usually see
The Sombre Bulbul calls all the time – Willie – Come out and fight – but he is not usually so conspicuous
Usually, we see the Spekboom with just their little green leaves but at this time of year, they burst into blossom. The leaves of the tree are highly nutritious. Elephants, rhino and kudu love them. They are good for human consumption too. I have some growing in my garden and use the leaves in my salads. They have a delicious lemony flavour.
Ellie feeding on the Spekboom

We stopped at Jack’s Picnic Site for a loo break and to stretch our legs. It’s a good place to look for birds too.

Cape Batis (Male)
Southern Boubou
Greater Double-collared Sunbird
A terapin at one of the waterholes

We returned at 10:30 and made breakfast and then went out again at 12. But first, we checked out the camp waterhole. All we saw were Egyptian Geese, Lesser Striped Swallows, Hadedas and Blacksmith Lapwings.

Our Campsite Number C25
Our Chef preparing breakfast
Lesser-striped Swallow
Blacksmith Lapwing on her nest

Our afternoon trip produced elephants at most of the waterholes we visited and we also had good sightings of zebra, kudu and red hartebeest. Simon has excellent spotting skills and got us a black rhino. It was far off and kept disappearing into the bush so we did not get a photograph but it was lovely to see.

Fun in the water
Heading straight for the vehicles!
Uh oh – Right next to my window!
The cutest baby ever
Safe under Mommy’s tummy
Trunks in a twist
We had a chinwag through the window
Zebra affection
Lovely to see a couple of these guys – Red-necked Spurfowl

Supper this evening was braaied chicken, chops and boerewors with potatoes and salad.

The men taking care of the braai
It was rather good!

Gecko goes to Addo – Day 1

In spite of LockDown restrictions, Gecko 81 has managed to break away and do a bit of exploring this year. After our long Kruger trip, we really did try to stay home for a while. We had a few things that needed our attention in Struisbaai but once they were over we felt drawn to hitch up the caravan again. But first, we had to pop over to Cape Town so I could attend a College Old Girls’ gathering. We were there for four days, did some chores that needed doing, visited a few friends and relatives, and then came back to Struisbaai to fetch the caravan. Our daughters, Lisa and Laurie drove up too and then travelled with us to Plettenberg Bay where we stayed with our middle daughter for a few days. We celebrated her 50th birthday on the 16th. We had not planned to take any of the grandchildren to Addo with us but discovered that our youngest, Simon (almost 17) has completed his school year and was on holiday. His sister (almost 20) is studying and working so could not take time off much to her and our disappointment!

So after spending three nights in Plett with the family we set off to Addo this morning. It poured during the night and was raining still when we awoke. We worried that it would be raining in Addo too but by the time we left Plett at 8:30 it had stopped and we had no rain on the trip. We found out though, that it had also rained here the day before and this morning. Simon is sleeping in a tent so hopefully, the rain will hold off for the rest of the time that we are here.

It is not easy to get caravan sites in Addo Elephant Park at short notice and when I booked ten days ago there were very few sites available. We entered Colchester Gate at 1 pm and arrived at Addo Rest camp an hour later.

One of the first creatures to greet us – A Male Ostrich – He might be sitting on eggs?
Simon alerted us to this guy
A big hello from this buffalo herd

Although the Eastern Cape has had a terrible drought for the past few years, the park was lovely and green. Clearly, the recent rains have brought on new growth. Much more is still needed.

The campsite was pretty full but we managed to get a really nice, shady spot near the ablution block. Two staff members appeared and helped us set up. It really wasn’t necessary especially as we had Simon but it did speed the process up considerably.

A lovely corner site – more pics to follow tomorrow
After this morning’s rain, lots of dung beetles emerged from the bush and this one decided to visit our campsite.

After setting up, doing a bit of shopping and having a cup of coffee and a snack we set off for our afternoon drive.

A Cape Weaver in breeding plumage
Grey Heron on a nest
We saw quite a few suricates (meerkats) but they were far off and quick to scurry away
Lovely to see zebra
There were lots of babies too
An amusing tree of monkeys
Most of the elephants we saw were hiding in the bushes
And gave us a fright when they suddenly emerged
They really look magnificent against the skyline
These ant-eating chats were everywhere
Decorating the tops of bushes
We also saw one or two scrub hares
And of course warthogs – this baby was with his mom – more of these creatures to follow

We returned just after 6 pm and decided to go to The Cattle Baron for dinner. Skukuza has a Cattle Baron that does excellent Chateaubriand and we hoped Addo’s would be as good. And it was! It is served with a choice of chips, rice or baked potato plus spinach and butternut for the table. Simon had calamari and thoroughly enjoyed that too. It was a real treat to get such lovely food and excellent service.

Simon enjoyed his calamari
The Earl with Chateaubriand

SADSAA Bottom Fish Nationals 2021 Closing Function

For the Closing Function and Prize Giving of the SADSAA Bottom Fish Nationals held at Suidpunt Deep Sea Angling Club, Marinda, and her team catered a delicious brunch.

Marinda and her team

All the results were ready and kept a strict secret and there was certainly an air of expectation as the teams dressed in their formal uniforms arrived for the big reveal.

Before the proceedings began I took photographs of some of the teams in their smart provincial uniforms.

Skipper of Piromero with SADSAA U19 Team
Jan du Plessis (Jnr) (Captain) – Robin Vermaak (skipper) – Chais Gaul, Werner van Zyl
Skipper of Piromero with the Western Province Team
Colin Joubert (Captain) – Robin Vermaak (Skipper) – Iaan Viljoen, DP Burger
Border finally posed for a group photo
Gary Lunt, Everitt van Loggerenberg, Andrew Harris
Border Ladies in their smart uniforms
Sue Botha, Belinda Fischl, Jacky Luef

DP Burger, Vice Chairman of Western Province Deep Sea Angling Association welcomed the teams, skippers and dignatories and then handed the proceedings over to Chris Schorn, Vice President of SADSAA.

After the results were announced and the prizes were presented by Chris Schorn, Vice Chairman of SADSAA.

Two competitors were presented with certificates for competing in a SADSAA team for the first time.

Nick Nel (SADSAA Tournament Officer) – Werner van Zyl (Under 19) – Chris Schorn (Vice Chairman of SADSAA)
Nick Nel -Louis Becker (SADSAA) – Chris Schorn

Emotions ran high when some competitors received their Protea colours. They will be representing their country in Iceland and Denmark.

Nick Nel and Chris Schorn with the Iceland Team
Allen Ford, Daniel Hughes, John Luef, Francois Beukes
Nick Nel and Chris Schorn with the Denmark Team
Daniel Hughes, (Captain) Louis Becker, Kobus Koekemoer, John Luef, Francois Beukes

Appreciation was expressed for the hard work put in by those working in the background.

Colin Joubert (Western Province Chairman) presents Sonja Marais with a gift for her hard work and excellent organisation on the tournament committee. Without her, this tournament would not have been as successful as it was.
Colin presents Philip van der Walt with a gift for his role as weighmaster and scorer.
Colin thanks Riaan van Staden for the part he played in both organising the launching of the fleet each morning and managing the SADSAA U19 team. He also gave a lot of assistance to the tournament committee.
Marinda de Kock manageress of Suidpunt Deepsea Angling Club receives a lovely protea bouquet for her excellent catering for this tournament
Earl Fenwick who did radio communication duty and ensured the fleet’s safety at sea receives a gift pack from Colin. Thanks also to Andrew Perrins who ran Nationals Control from England on 82 D.
Yes – that’s me with Colin. What a beautiful bouquet of proteas – our national flower.
It was a huge pleasure doing the photographs and writing the daily reports.

It was then time to present the medals. The skippers were awarded one point if the team on their boat earned the most points. Each day their points were added up and thus the skipper with the fewest points became the winner.

Brian Haywood was third but was not there to receive his medal.

Piet Wessels of Bayswater received a Silver Medal
Gold went to Daniel Hughes skipper of Relentless

The competition was divided into a Men’s and Ladies’ division and medals were awarded accordingly. There were just four ladies teams and they did very well indeed.

Bronze went to the beautiful Border Girls.
Jacky Luef (captain) Chris Schorn, Belinda Fischl, Sue Botha
Silver went to the wonderful Western Province Lasses
Karla Rautmann, Chris Schorn, Amanda van Staden, Adele Palmer
And the awesome Eastern Province Ladies took Gold!
Vanessa Gerber, Chris Schorn, Jen Nelson, Sheena Gerber

The Eastern Cape Ladies had the third highest points out of all fourteen teams.

Medals were then presented to the winning men’s teams.

By the skin of their teeth, SADSAA Masters Green took Bronze
John Luef (Captain) – Chris Schorn – Wayne Gerber, Gary Truluck
Eastern Province took Silver Chris Schorn – Kevin Clark (Captain), Ben de Bruyn, Ian Peinke
Western Province took Gold
Iaan Viljoen – Chris Schorn – Colin Joubert (Captain), DP Burger

The teams fished four out of the five possible days. The fourth day was called off due to inclement weather and poor conditions at sea. The final results are tabled below.

PositionTeamDay 1Day 2Day 3Day 5 Total
1 Western Province263,00371,16308.3273.231015.71
2Eastern Province429.14149.58217.7719.65816.13
3SADSAA Masters Green 237.40197.21150.0940.45625.14
4SADSAA 106.44111.28317.3820.14555.24
5Southern Cape342.56122.0910.0661.97536.68
6SADSAA U1917.91193.53262.7141.12515.27
9Free State62.6120.5789.4772.84245.49
10SADSAA Masters Gold43.9652.3633.5922.66153.57
Men’s Team Results
1Eastern Province Ladies20.13379.6970.45311.55781.83
2Western Province Ladies59.55168.25140.5444.60412.94
3Border Ladies115.78111.8387.7591.63406.99
4Barbarian Ladies104.1511.44`8.633.92138.14
Ladies’ Team Results
BoatTSkipperDay 1Day 2Day 3Day 5Total
1RelentlessDaniel Hughes451414
2BayswaterPiet Wessels1122116
3RapidcatBrian Haywood537722
4Double DErik Dahl269623
5ZeemanDe Wet Zeeman6481028
6Booby TrapOwen Pretorius3710525
7Tails UpHarry Botha7112929
8Wee NenyaBryan Fitchat895830
9Sea DodgerRoger Marais91061136
10@WorkRick Kuisis111131237
11Stompie 2Riaan Swart122131441
12MoelasChris Moelman108111342
13PiromeroRobin Vermaak14134334
14CapetonianHubert Meyer131414243
Boat Positions

SADSAA Bottom Fish Nationals Day 5 Afternoon Report

The weather and sea conditions were not the greatest today and the anglers went to sea with the understanding that they might be called to safer areas if the wind got up and that early lines up would be called if conditions worsened even further. By 11:00 the call went out for everyone to move from the deeper waters to an area closer to the harbour and lines had to be up by 12 noon. In spite of the shortened day, some good fish were caught by some of the teams. There are likely to be some surprises at tomorrow’s prize-giving!

Jen Nelson from Eastern Province Ladies has a possible record gurnard
Jaqueline Luef (Border Ladies) with potential record hake.
Eastern Province Ladies Vanessa Gerber, Jennifer Nelson, Sheena Gerber
Barbarian Ladies Michelle Richards, Mable Liebenburg, Bronwen Singleton
Border Ladies – Jacqueline Luef, Belinda Fischl, Sue Botha
Western Province Ladies Karla Rautmann, Adelle Palmer, Amanda van Staden
Eastern Province Men Ian Peinke, Kevin Clark, Ben de Bruyn
Western Province Iaan Viljoen, DP Burger, Colin Joubert
Free State Andrea Papachristoforou, Martin du Plessis, Ruan Coetzer
Natal Sayed Cassim, Riaz Hussain, Jan Harm du Plessis (Snr)
Southern Cape Chris Schorn, Johann Crouse, Johan Slabbert
SADSAA Louis Becker, Abed Khan, Kobus Koekemoer
SADSAA Masters Green John Luef, Wayne Gerber, Gary Truluck
SADSAA Master Gold Allen Ford, John Watkins, Francois Beukes
SADSAA Under 19 Werner van Zyl, Chais Gaul, Jan Harm du Plessis (Jnr)
The Border Boys escaped my camera today – so here is one from a few days ago!
These are their names but I don’t know whether I have the order right or not.
Andrew Harris, Gary Lunt, Everitt van Loggerenberg

After the weigh-in and recording of the catches, there was a lively spirit at the clubhouse as the teams mingled and discussed the wonderful week of fishing they had enjoyed together. Having four out of five potential days was just awesome and so nobody minded the gusting winds, darkening skies, and later a downpour of rain. They were back safely onshore and the competition was over!

Marinda, manageress of Suidpunt Deep Sea Angling Club, and her amazing staff have catered excellent boat packs and dinners during this week and tonight we are all looking forward to her famous lasagne! Then tomorrow the prize-giving and closing function will take the form of a brunch. All results will be posted thereafter.

SADSAA Bottom Fish Nationals – Day 5 Morning Report

Here are Day 3’s results which were held back in case of poor weather and sea conditions putting an end to any further fishing days. The final results are always only revealed at the closing function and prize-giving.

TeamDay 1Day 2Day 3Total
Western Province 263371.16308.32947.48
Eastern Province429.14149.58217.77796.48
SADSAA Masters Green237.40197.21150.09584.69
Southern Cape 342.56122.0910.06474.71
SADSAA Under 1917.01193.53262.71474.15
Eastern Province Ladies20.13379.6970.45470.28
Western Province Ladies59.55168.25140.54368.34
Border Ladies115.78111.8387.75315.36
Free State62.6120.5789.47122.65
Barbarian Ladies104.1511.4418.63134.22
SADSAA Masters Gold43.9653.3633.59130.01
Day 3 Results

The boat positions (remember the lowest score wins) stand as follows:-

BoatSkipper Day 1Day 2Day 3Total
RelentlessDaniel Huges45110
BayswaterPiet Wessels112215
RapidcatBrian Haywood53715
Double DErik Dahl26917
ZeemanDe Wet Zeeman64818
Booby TrapOwen Pretorius371020
Tails UpHarry Botha711220
Wee NenzaBryan Fitchat89522
Sea DodgerRoger Marais910625
@WorkRick Kuisis1111325
Stompie 2Riaan Swart1221327
MoelasChris Moelman1081129
PiromeroRobin Vermaak1413431
CapetonianHubert Meyer13141441
Boat Positions

Hereunder is the boat allocation for today, Day 5.

SADSAA Masters GreenWee NenyaBryan Fitchat
Western Province LadiesDouble DErik Dahl
SADSAASea DodgerRoger Marais
SADSAA Under 19RapidcatBrian Hayward
Free State RelentlessDaniel Hughes
Eastern Province@WorkRick Kuisis
SADSAA Masters GoldZeemande Wet Zeeman
Western Province PiromeroRobin Vermaak
BorderMoelasChris Moelman
Eastern Province LadiesBayswaterPiet Wessels
Barbarian LadiesStompie 2Riaan Swart
South CoastBooby TrapOwen Pretorius
NatalTails UpHarry Botha
Border LadiesCapetonianHubert Meyer
Boat Draw – Day 5

After a rest day yesterday, the anglers were raring to go this morning. This is their last chance to forge ahead and improve their scores. It was really chilly during the launch and the light was not good but here are a few impressions of the morning’s send-off.

Moelas and Capetonian
Stompie 2 – Barbarian Ladies
Double D
Wee Nenya

May all the teams have an awesome last day.