Surf ski competition: Port to Port race
South Africa’s surf ski community have the unique opportunity to race from the Port of Port Elizabeth in a 12km loop in the inaugural People’s Port Festival happening on March 25th and 26th.
Open to single and double skis, competitors will leave the port on March 25th at 10am and follow the line of the harbour wall towards the majestic Nelson Mandela Bay stadium, and turn at a buoy to race back into the port.
This is an exciting and unique opportunity for paddlers to exit our port entrance and look up at the beautiful vessels docked for the festival, and the magnificent seascape of Algoa Bay” remarks Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) Port Manager for the Port of Port Elizabeth, Rajesh Dana.
Entry for single skis is R100 and for doubles is R150, you can enter online at www.zsports.co.za/port2port.
There will be goody bags for all paddlers who register before Wednesday 22nd March, with a prize pool of R5,000 up for grabs and a Line Prize Trophy for the first boat to cross the finish line.
Other festival watersports that spectators can enjoy include:
- Kyle Main’s extreme swim from the Port of Ngqura to the Port of Port Elizabeth, Kyle is expected to arrive in the port at 1pm on March 25th
- Surf boat racing can be viewed between 12 and 12.45pm on Sunday March 26th
- King of the Bay Lifesaving events will run from 1pm to 3pm on March 26th
About the People’s Port Festival
Throughout the weekend, there will be a number of unique experiences available for people to immerse themselves in:
- The iconic SA Agulhas which has just returned from Antarctica will be available to board, and some of its crew and researchers available to interact with
- Winners of the various festival competitions stand a chance to board a tug and have the unique experience and participate in the docking of a cargo vessel or board a pilot boat and cross the breakwater into open seas
- Experience some of the technological advancements in the ocean economy, and the technology the Port of Port Elizabeth and its valued partners have invested in
- Screening of documentaries including the SAS Mendi, to commemorate its sinking 100 years ago
- Explore the heavy port machinery used for handling cargo, including a boat hoist that can lift 90 tonnes.
“The event isn’t just about showcasing the port and the cargo that is imported and exported,” adds Dana. “Visitors can enjoy entertainment from national artists, purchase fresh produce in our fish market and even participate in watersports.”
The diverse programme of activities, demonstrations and entertainment includes:
- Automotive exhibition
- Maritime careers exhibition
- Discover ocean-based research in the Bay
- Bayworld experiences
- Virtual diving opportunities
- View and enjoy various watersports
- Family entertainment
- Popular live artists and DJs including Mobi Dixon and internationally renowned Mafikizolo
- Evening yacht procession
- Street soccer competition
- Angling competition
- Fish braai competition
- Tugboat ballet
- Firework display
- Ferry trips
- Fish market
- Food trucks
- Bocadillos pop-up restaurant
- Lifestyle market
Entrance to the event will be via Baakens Street and the Campanile entrance. There will be plenty of free parking available with hop-on-hop-off buses within the port running between the parking areas and the festival activities.
Gates open at 10 am, and close at 10 pm on Saturday, and from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday.
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