What’s happening at Port St Francis?
Port St Francis, one of a few privately owned Ports in South Africa, is situated in St Francis Bay, adjacent to the beautiful tranquil village and surfing mecca Cape St Francis in a region known as the Kouga.
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Port St Francis is hosting their annual Easter fun day on Saturday, March 30. All day entertainment includes fun activities at the St Francis Sustainable Seas Centre, calamari tastings, a family catch and release fishing competition as well as a tuna fishing competition organized by the St Francis Reel and Boat Club. The day will kick off at 09:00 with a 5km and 10km fun run through the Cape St Francis Reserve and walkers are most welcome. Registration will start at 08:00 at the St Francis Sustainable Seas Centre, with the race briefing at...more info
Early in August a group of tourists on Look Sharp, one of St Francis Whale Watching’s boats, experienced a very close encounter with three southern right whales in our Bay. Local photographer Martin Barbour was on another boat ready to take these lovely photographs. At the moment there are at least 7 southern right whales in the Bay. If you want to experience the same, contact Tim Christy of St Francis Whale Watching (the only whale watching boat permit holder in the area) on 082 569 3750...more info
A total of 24 yachts from all over the world are expected to visit Port St Francis over the next few days, all taking part in the annual World ARC rally. The first yacht entered Port St Francis on Thursday 22 November after leaving Saint Lucia and Australia some four months ago and the 6th one arrived today (28 November). World ARC is a 26 000NM tradewind circumnavigation of the world, the voyage of a lifetime. World ARC is a mix of cruising in company and free time to explore. The pace keeps the fleet together, enjoying the shore-side...more info
The St Francis Sustainable Seas Centre’s opening on 9 November was a great event and big success, with the highlight of the evening the talk given by the guest speaker, adventurer Pete van Kets. He had the audience captured for the shortest hour ever, and everyone left with a personal message. Pete has twice rowed the Atlantic ocean in unsupported races, and also finished the race to the South Pole in January this year. He shared the hardship of these journeys, and also the lessons he learnt each time. ”When you have...more info
Port St Francis is playing a major role in this year’s St Francis MTB Challenge, as Balobi Processors and The Port Hole has come on board as main sponsors for this event, together with Village Video. The Port will be a hive of activity on Friday 22 February with the Balobi Day and Night Rides, as well as on Saturday morning when the kids fun race will start and finish here. The fifth annual St Francis MTB Challenge is a weekend filled with cycling, and will kick off on Friday 22 February with a Day Ride (team event) as well as an...more info
This year was the leanest year in the history of tuna fishing, Tim Christy from the St Francis Rod Reel and Boat Club said, presenting the Rodman Grand Slam Trophies. These trophies are awarded to the anglers catching the heaviest fish during the Tuna Classic (Port Elizabeth), the Vangie-Tannie (Jeffreys Bay) and the Port St Francis Skiboat Club’s ‘Tuna & Marlin Challenge. The winner of the senior trophy is Ian Burell off Fundays Too, who also owns and skippered the boat. This year for the first time a trophy was...more info
The new craze, clay target shooting at sea, is on offer in our Bay from Tim Christy’s St Francis Safaris Safaris. The sport of clay target shooting is an Olympic sport requiring reflex and skill, and even more difficult practised at sea. “We purchased a fantastic mobile machine and launched this great new sport about a month ago in a safe, environment friendly area,” says Tim. “This exciting event is a great option for the non-golfer at about the same price.” If you want to take Tim up for this challenge, contact him on 082...more info
The winter visitors have arrived and those who would like to experience a close encounter with southern right whales, dolphins and other marine animals, should contact Tim Christy from St Francis Whale Watching, the only boat based permit holder in the Kouga. Tim offers trips in the bay at a special rate of R475 per person till the end of August. Contact him on email@example.com or on 082 569 3750. Images: Warren Manser location Shark Point CALF HEAD CALF HEAD CALF HEAD PROFILE SPOUT CALF...more info
Quintin Asher-Wood, a fishing guide for St Francis Safaris, was pleasantly surprised when he caught a once in a lifetime 48kg kob/salmon off the rocks close to Port St Francis last week. Quintin braved the huge swell and rough seas after severe storms when he went fishing on Sunday night, July 15. He caught the kob on 15kg line and the struggle lasted over 20 minutes. He landed the fish onto the rocks and had to lift it up onto a safe area without being washed off the rocks. The fish is the biggest caught so far by a rock and surf...more info
We have seen the tree, we have seen the landscaped gardens. What is this? Balobi Fishing staff members, Sunday and Gogga are having some fun! Take care when you turn down Triton Ave to get to Port St Francis – you never know what else might hide deep down a pothole!more info