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Stilbaai, ons rustige vakansie- en aftreedorpie in die Hessequa-streek in die Suid-Kaap, is vanjaar gekies as die gasheer vir die tweejaarlikse Opblaaskragboot Wêreldkampioenskap wat vanaf 21 tot 28 Maart 2020 aangebied word.
Dié kampioenskap, bekend as die Union Internationale Motonautique P750 (UIM P750) World Championship, is in 2018 in Frankryk aangebied terwyl dit vantevore ook al in Kaapstad, Port Elizabeth en Oos-Londen aangebied is. Die kompetisie is uiters straf met spanne van regoor die wêreld van sover as Brittanje, Frankryk, Ierland, Duitsland, Noorweë, Swede en Sri-Lanka asook plaaslike en Namibiese spanne, ding vir die wêreldkampioenskapstitels in die Pro-Stock en Gemodifiseerde ‘Modifieds‘ Klasse deel. Daar word verwag dat tot 65 spanne bestaande uit twee persone elk vir dié kompetisie sal inskryf met die ondersteunings- en diensspanne wat nóg ongeveer 400 persone kan insluit.
Die sentrale punt van die aktiwiteite is die Ellensrust Karavaanpark in Stilbaai-oos waar die deelnemende spanne en hul diensspanne tuisgaan. Die kompetisie bestaan uit verskeie afdelings met die Surf- en Langafstand-kompetisie wat oor drie dae by die Lappiesbaai-hoofstrand sal plaasvind terwyl die baanren op platwater (Flatwater Circuit) oor twee dae in die see by die hawe sal geskied.
Daar is ook twee rusdae in die program ingewerk wat voorlopig vir Dinsdag (24 Maart) en Vrydag (27 Maart) beplan word. Die program is egter onderhewig aan veranderings met die weer wat ‘n groot rol in die aktiwiteite speel. Die span van Stilbaai, Raynor Becker en Hugo Erasmus, wat in 2018 as die Pro-Stock-wêreldkampioene aangewys is, sal poog om dié titel met titel Inverroche-kragboot suksesvol te verdedig.
Stilbaai, wat laas jaar tweede in die Kwêla Dorp van die Jaar-kompetisie geëindig het, is gereed en voorbereid op dié belangrike byeenkoms wat boonop ook in die skoolvakansie plaasvind. Dit beteken dat vakansiegangers en besoekers al die aksie ten volle sal kan ondersteun.
Die groot toename in besoekers gedurende dié tydperk in Stilbaai beteken ook ‘n bykomende ekonomiese inspuiting vir die dorp en besighede, organisasies en ander plaaslike byeenkomste sal daarby baatvind. Organisasies soos die Stilbaai Sakekamer kommunikeer reeds met hul lede in aansporing om gereed te wees vir dié byeenkoms en die meeste daarvan gedurende die vakansietydperk te maak. Stilbaai Toerisme sien ook daarna uit om die besoekers te verwelkom en oor die dorp en aktiwiteite in te lig.
Besoekers kan gerus ook uitkyk vir ander aktiwiteite wat gedurende dié tydperk in Stilbaai aangebied word. Dit sluit in die Stilbaai Craft Beer, Gin & Wine Expo op 26 en 27 Maart in die gemeenskapsaal; die Brugmark wat elke Saterdag in Stilbaai-oos aangebied word asook die Jongensfontein Kunsmark (Saterdag, 28 Maart) en die Kasselshoop Farm Run op Saterdag, 21 Maart. Daar is ook ‘n kunsuitstalling in die gemeenskapsaal van 21 tot 25 Maart terwyl die duo, Coffee Snobs, Saterdagaand (28 Maart) ‘n buitelug piekniekkonsert by Stilbaai Toerisme aanbied.
Volgens Ryno Becker, wat ‘n groot rol gespeel het om dié byeenkoms na Stilbaai te bring, is hulle uiters dankbaar vir besighede soos Inverroche Distillery asook OK Foods Stilbaai wat as borge tydens die geleentheid optree terwyl dit ook nie moontlik sou wees sonder die ondersteuning van rolspelers soos die Hessequa Munisipaliteit nie.
(Saamgestel deur Elza Thiart-Botes van www.mystilbaai.co.za in samewerking met Ryno Becker, rolspelers en betrokke organisasies)
“A baby springok named Missy is the luckiest Bokkie in South Africa,” wrote Jenni Baxter in an article that was published on 1 March 2020 on www.sapeople.com. “She has been saved not once, but twice, by a Stilbaai farmer who has the hugest heart.”
Baxter tells the story that started on 23 October 2019 when Alison Bryant, who has a herd of 11 springbok (along with various other animals) had bought a few new pregnant ewes for her 72ha farm on the banks of the Goukou River outside Stilbaai. There was, however, tragedy when the ewes began to lamb as the farm’s dominant springbok ram attacked and killed them!
Alison told SAPeople that Missy was luckily still wet from birth when she saw the ram attacking her and she ran into the camp and saved her. She then explained how it then took her every two hours to get Missy to suckle from a bottle with a mix of milk and egg yolk. Little Missy got stronger, but earlier this year there was more sad news when Alison discovered that Missy had fractured her pelvis and that her back legs were paralysed.
Missy was moved back to the spare room in Alison’s house on the farm and needed care 24/7. According to Alison’s Facebook posts, Missy needed to be contained for six to eight weeks for the hip to mend. It is not clear as to how she injured herself and Bryant thinks that she was maybe too close to the two Damara lambs and a Dorper and that the she might have been butted, causing her to fall and fracture her pelvis.
The little injured springbok was initially kept in a dog bed as she suffered form pressure sores and a raw left knee before Alison created a sling for her. Missy has grown and has been eating well and according to the vet, her fractured pelvis should heel as she is still young. “The vet has suggested she stays longer in the sling during the day so that her front leg elbows/knees can recover,” Bryant told SAPeople.
Bryant is the owner of Stonehouse Lodge, a private farm that specialises in olives, game and studrooi-poenskop cattle. Visitors can book self-catering accommodation at the lodge (sleeps up to eight guests) or at the White House Cottage. The olive estate contains over 5 000 olive trees of the cultivars Kalamata, Mission, Frantoia, Leccino and Coratina and the farm produces Extra Virgin Olive Oil that are hand picked and cold pressed.
@dejongha posted this special photo of a ‘Blue Sea Dragon’ spotted at Stilbaai.
Here are some more information: Glaucus atlanticus, more commonly called the “blue dragon,” the “blue angel,” the “sea swallow,” or the “blue sea slug,” is an unusual mollusk devoid of a shell. The brilliant blue and silver markings provide contrasting camouflage for the creature through counter-shading, allowing the Blue Dragon to be camouflaged both above and below. The vivid colors also warn of its extremely venomous nature. Common for slugs, the Blue Dragon has a singular muscular foot and rhinopores that provide sensation. It spends most of its life floating upside-down on the surface of the water due to a gas-filled sac in its stomach. These tiny nudibranchs can have up to three sets of long, black cerata (appendages on either side of its body) which can be utilized for respiration, digestion, and protection from predators by storing venom.
Typically only an inch long in length, the miniature creature has never been documented to grow more than 1.2 inches and is usually very slim and sleek. They reproduce as hermaphrodites, as they all have both female and male reproductive parts, and both mating partners will produce egg strings. These eggs are typically laid on drift wood or the carcasses of their parents’ kills where they grow and develop air sacs of their own. The Blue Dragon is in no danger of extinction as the population thrives in every location. Accustomed to tropical, warm waters, the Blue Dragon can be found along the coasts of South Africa, Australia, and parts of Europe. This tiny sea slug is well-known among divers, swimmers, and surfers in those regions because while small, it packs a mean punch. (www.reefnation.com)
This is such a striking photo by Bertus Preller – we thought we will share it for everyone who already miss Stilbaai…
The photographer (@bertus_preller) posted the photo with these words:
The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds – even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.
Joseph B. Wirthlin
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Do you miss Stilbaai already? Then enjoy this spectacular photo taken at Stilbaai… By @bertus_preller . ? @bertus_preller The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds – even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less. Joseph B. Wirthlin #stilbaai #southafrica #clouds #southafrica #westerncape #stillbay #clouds #beach #goldenhour
Family time and beauty in nature – this photo explains it all.
📷 @mzmarlida – Under a blood red African sky.
Iemand wat jy ken het ‘n oupa en ouma in Stilbaai…
This is such a sweet photo – and showing that age is just a number.
Look after your parents and grandparents – and enjoy the time spent together… – in Stilbaai
📷 @willem_g4l (Willem Engelbrecht) – You don’t stop having fun when you get old… you start getting old when you stop having fun…
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This is such a sweet photo – and showing that age is just a number. Look after your parents and grand parents – and enjoy the time spent together… . ?• @willem_g4l You don’t stop having fun when you get old… you start getting old when you stop having fun… #stilbaaiadventures #stilbaai #2019 #adventure #kayaking #southafrica #thewesterncape
The Stilbaai boat, a much-loved and well-known beacon at the N2 turn-off to Stilbaai, has been damaged by strong winds and the weather and the mast has broken off for the third time this year.
It will cost R12 000 to repair it again and the Stilbaai Business Chamber has called on inhabitants and friends of Stilbaai for donations to make sure that the iconic beacon can be restored in time to welcome the holidaymakers.
Deposits can be made into the Stilbaai Business Chamber account and additional funds will be set aside for future reparations to the little boat.
Account Number: 2188-146-166
Reference: Boat followed by a mobile telephone number
Stilbaai photographer Richard Webb took this spectacular photo at the harbour – and yes, the moon was exactly there!
To view more of his beautiful Stilbaai photos, click here.
He will also be displaying and selling a selection of special photos, enlarged and printed on canvass, at the annual Arts & Crafts Market that will be taking place on 16, 17 and 18 December 2019 in the Stilbaai Community Hall.
To feed Stilbaai’s special ‘inhabitants’, the eels that have been living at the Palinggat Homestead in the freshwater pond for more than two decades, is quite a unique activity when in Stilbaai.
The Palinggat Homestead is also a historical building and it is here where Stilbaai Tourism / Information Centre is situated. Here you will find the Archaeological Museum; the school museum; the Country Shop and the Thyme to Relish Restaurant as well as lots of information.
The eels are being fed every day at 11:00 (excluding Sundays) and visitors can join in the experience for a small fee.
Video by Luminescence Productions
16 October 2019 – Two months to go to the summer holiday when families and visitors from all over the world flock to the quiet town of Stilbaai. With an estimate of between 40 000 and 60 000 visitors during December, one can just imagine how busy it can be – from the beaches to the streets to restaurants and shops. It is however always nice to see so many happy people enjoying everything Stilbaai – and Jongensfontein – has to offer.
www.mystilbaai.co.za and the Stilbaai App (download it for free on your mobile device) will keep everyone updated with information and news about activities and events and lots more.
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— Esmari Cruywagen Du Toit (@EsmariDu) October 12, 2019