Unfortunately, the past 5 months have been difficult times for all of us with the lockdown regulations and during this time our food and beverage partner at the club tendered his resignation to fulfil his dream of going back to farming. We would like to thank George, Lisa and their family for the fantastic food and memorable times that we all enjoyed at the club. We all wish you the greatest success and happiness in your new venture. George was always a true gentleman and we will all miss Lisa’s radiant laughter.
The Club advertised the position for new caterers through various social media platforms and we had a fantastic response. The Committee short listed the applicants to four, who were then interviewed. It was stressed to all during the interviews that the Member’s felt that the club had become a restaurant and lost the club “feel” which we wanted back. Functions for members, bar specials, braai packs for sporting events and a more family friendly menu was a must for us. In the end it was a very difficult decision and the committee agreed to appoint Harm Steyn as our new partner to run the food and beverage at the club. As most of you know Harm also runs Christy’s Catch and we look forward to some great surf and turf at the club.
The saying “it never rain’s, but pours” was also an issue for us at the club. Mid August we had over 120mm of rain in a few days and unfortunately the club incurred damages from water coming in from the window ledges above the club. The Chokka Block Association is liable for fixing the leaks which are being attended to. Good news is the club will be re-opening on the 21st September and with the 24th being a holiday, we hope to see many of you at the club over the weekend. Please follow the Port St Francis Ski Boat and Yacht Club Facebook page for opening specials and catering communication going forward.
Please also find attached Membership renewals for 2021. As the club was closed due to Covid 19 for several months we have decided that there will be no increase to subscriptions, however the Capitation fee has increased from R240 to R250.
December Comp: TBC
Annual Tuna Challenge: 26 April – 1 May 2021
Monday 21st December TBC
Chairman Port St Francis Ski Boat and Yacht Club
CHAIRMAN: RICHARD FULFORD
VICE CHAIRMAN: JOHN LAGAAY
SECRETARY: LAURA ROBSON
HONOURARY TREASURER: JANE FITCHET
SAFETY OFFICER (ex officio): CHRIS HATTINGH
BEN DE BRUYN
PAUL VAN JAARSVELD – YACHTS
CHAIRMAN’S REPORT 2019
I have pleasure in tabling my report for 2019.
During the past year the Club hosted 3 formal competitions: a December competition, an Easter members’ competition and the 17th Annual Tuna Challenge in June 2019. In each competition we managed to attract a large entry of boats and anglers.
The tuna season started early again with good catches being made from February 2019 with some tuna breaking the 100kg mark. Ian Burrell won the Easter members’ competition with a fish of +94kgs but the fishing tailed off towards the end of the season. Our Tuna Challenge was disappointing with only 3 fish being weighed and then none over 20kgs. The Tuna challenge was won by Francois Ellis on Catari with a fish of 19.2kgs. As the weather and fishing seems to be better in the early part of the season the Committee has brought next year’s competition forward to 27 April – 2 May 2020. The will again be preceded by the Members competition which is planned to be held over the Easter weekend on the 11th and 12th of April 2020.
Last year we advised that the Club had partnered with Lisa and George Pitsiladis to provide the catering service to the Club. They have now been with us for about a year and the benefits are there to be seen. The Club is now open 6 days a week and with the additional income the Club has been able to undertake some renovations and improvements to the facilities and increase the number of fishing competitions. Any external caterer needs to earn a living to ensure there is a sustainable service and prices have increased from those historically charged. Unfortunately, the Club cannot be everything to every member, and I am aware that there have been complaints regarding the prices charged for beverages, but unfortunately no service provider can provide the service we want on our historical mark-ups. The pricing is monitored and will be reviewed when turnover stabilises at a sustainable level.
I am pleased to confirm that the Club showed a marked increase in membership over the year and peaked at over 140 members including our 20 active life members. Not all members have renewed the subs for this year yet. One of the reasons for the increase in members may be that membership is cheaper than the annual launching fee. Historically we have paid the harbour an annual fee for members to be allowed to launch but this was recently increased to cover additional unrecoverable expenses the harbour had. As our renewals had gone out, the Club paid an increased amount to retain this benefit, but this is a matter that the incoming Committee must take up with the harbour in the new year to find a mutually agreeable way forward.
In closing, I would like to thank the Committee and particularly Jane, for their support and assistance during the year.
To the incoming Committee I wish you all the best for 2020.
Finally, dates to remember:
28 &29 (poss 30) December 2019 Family Fishing competition.
11 & 12 April 2020 – Club members tuna competition
27 April -2 May 2020 – Tuna Challenge 2020.
As promised, our yachting member Jasper Van Der Westhuizen and the yacht Tam Tam will be leaving the harbour early on Wednesday morning 4 December 2019 to begin their sail to Cape Town in readiness for the Cape 2 Rio 2020 in January.
Jasper will be at the club at 18.00 on Tuesday 3 December 2019. We hope that you will go and have a drink and wish him and his crew well on their Cape 2 Rio adventure – he is also happy to answer any questions that you may have. Its wonderful to have one of our own competing in a world renowned race.
Paul Van Jaarsveld, our “yachting commodore” will sail with him a little way on Wednesday morning to wish him well – part of the yachting comraderie and tradition.
JASPER VAN DER WESTHUIZEN AND TAM TAM
Other news is that “LYRA NOAH” and John Henrick is safely back in the harbour after a lengthly trip to Madagascar – we hope they had a wonderful trip
and welcome back John and crew!!!
Also Michael on “Spirit of Catherine” arrived at the port with motor problems and left this morning thanking the club for the warm welcome that he received.
So great to get some yachting news and renewed interest in that side of the club.
Below please find the annual renewal letter together with annexes for your kind attention.
Subscriptions for 2020 have been retained at the same amount as before, but for 2020 each member will receive a family membership card, at no charge, entitling members’ family to the club discounts on food and refreshment.
The AGM for the club will be held on Friday, 27 December 2019, at 17h00. Members are urged to attend and those willing to serve on the committee are requested to notify the Secretary so that their names can be put forward. In terms of the constitution, I must step down as Chairman and although willing to serve on the committee as a committee member, potential work commitments may make this difficult. Similarly, for Jane, as Secretary and Treasurer, she may have to spend more time in Johannesburg making it difficult for her to continue.
The committee has proposed that this year’s December competition, which will commence on 28 December 2019, should take the form of a limited species competition. The idea is that the competition should be a fun family event, fished over 2 days with a possible 3rd day for bad weather, targeting the more prolific species found along our coastline at that time of the year. Details of the competition will be circulated and posted on the website shortly.
As with last year, there will again be no specific day for boat inspections. Members are requested to contact Chris Hattingh, the Safety Officer, to arrange for their inspections. Contact details are in the attached letter to members.
The New Coastal Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)
Most members may be aware that during the year, South Africa declared or extended 20 new MPAs and that these came into force at the end of August 2019. Of these new MPAs, one has an impact on our “St Francis fishing grounds” – The Port Elizabeth Corals MPA.
The PE Corals MPA is of relevance as it covers a portion of the area that traditionally falls within our tuna competition area and particularly portions of the drop off between 500 and 1000 metres “in the East” where some of our bigger tuna have recently been caught.
The following is not meant to be a definitive legal opinion but rather the committee’s view of the regulations applicable to the PE Corals MPA.
Regardless of individual views, these MPAs are critical to sustaining and protecting our marine resources. The Ski-Boat article explains the difference between the types of MPA and the effect each type has on ski-boat anglers.
The PE Corals MPA is approximately 270 square kilometres and was created to protect the deep-water corals and kingklip breeding grounds and therefore has been zoned as a “Controlled Large Pelagic MPA”. This means that pelagic game fishing for the species listed in Annex 2 is permitted (tuna, wahoo, marlin sailies etc,) but no bottom fishing allowed. As such and with the depths in the area covered by the MPA, it has little effect on us as regards our traditional game fishing but there are legislative requirements that must be met.
Each boat, fishing within the area, must have with/on the boat:
- Certificate of competency (valid skipper’s ticket);
- Certificate of fitness (annual survey):
- Fishing permits/licences for each fisherman;
- Proper markings on the boat reflecting:
- Registration number (e.g. PSF ….);
- VHF call sign; and
- All safety equipment
The legislation provides that where a boat travels through the area and is not authorised (i.e. does not comply with 1 -5 above) all gear must be stowed in the manner provided in the legislation.
Members are urged to ensure that their boats comply with the above as the fines are onerous – up to R5m or 5 years imprisonment for a first offence rising to R10m and 10 years for a second offence.
A last word on the MPAs, our “traditional St Francis fishing grounds” remain open to us and the Tsitsikamma MPA remains as before as a restricted zone (no fishing although an exception has been made for traditional fishermen) but for those members fishing out of PE, please acquaint yourselves with the regulations for the Sardinia Bay MPA and new Addo Elephant National Park MPA the latter of which is a large MPA of approximately 1200 square kilometres, the larger portion of which is restricted.
DISCARD FISH CARCASS IN HARBOUR
LEAVE FISH CARCASSES AT THE
“H0G” THE STATION PREVENTING
FELLOW FISHERMEN FROM USING IT
CLEAN STATION AFTER USE
DISREGARD OF THIS RULE WILL END
UP IN R500.00 FINE
THIS IS A WATER RESTRICTED AREA.
PLEASE USE WATER SPARINGLY
THIS STATION IS THE PROPERTY OF PORT ST
FRANCIS HARBOUR ASSOCIATION AND FOR
RECREATIONAL USE ONLY
NO FISH CLEANING DURING COMPETITION
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE HARBOUR forwarded from the Harbour Master / Port Captain for your information
Copy of COF (Certificate of Fitness)
Copy of COC (Certificate of competence)
Copy of Buoyancy Certificate
Copy of VHF Radio Operator Certificate
Copy of Id
Copy of proof of membership / Card
Cost for entrance TAG: R 200.00 once off.
All existing members:
Copy of new COF once a year when old COF expires.
Harbour Master / Port Captain
CHAIRMAN: MIKE HALLIDAY
VICE CHAIRMAN: NEVILLE BOWDEN
SECRETARY/TREASURER: JANE FITCHET
SAFETY OFFICER (ex officio): CHRIS HATTINGH
PAUL VAN JAARSVELD – YACHTS