16 Talk of the Town ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook April 5, 2018 Thrills and spills at jet ski races LOUISE KNOWLES THERE were thrills-and-spills a-plenty at the Royal St Andrews Hotel Amanzi Festival jet ski races on East Beach last Saturday. Spectators were left in a panic following a heart-stopping incident, when local jet skier, Tim Fetherstonhaugh, fell into the water. Fellow jet skier John Johnson on a blue jet ski, who was watching Fetherstonhaugh, did not notice Noel Greyling passing in front of him on a yellow ski. Johnson collided with Greyling, severely bruising his leg and cracking his jet ski’s hull. The NSRI assisted Greyling from the beach and Gardmed medics attended to him after which he was able to return to the race. However, the friendship was also bruised, despite Johnson’s apology to Greyling who used some very strong language in reply. At that stage, Greyling was tied first with Simon Thiessen to win the race. “The bad language was in the heat of moment, with adrenalin rushing,” said Fetherstonhaugh who estimated the cost of repair to the jet ski at about R30000 to R40000. Fetherstonhaugh, a former Formula 1 powerboat racer, enjoyed jet ski racing for the first time on Saturday. The waves were a challenge as he is used to riding powerboats on flat, inland waters. “You have to keep the ski straight as you approach a wave. If you are skew, you will fall off,” he said. Fortunately, when he came off the jet ski on Saturday he was wearing, a regulation helmet and lifejacket with an impact vest. LONG HAUL: John Johnson riding in the Royal St Andrews Hotel Amanzi Festival Jet Ski Barnacles Challenge from the Kowie River into the sea, around the buoy on West Beach and back into the river mouth on Sunday. Johnson also rode in the surf section on Saturday to earn a combined score putting him in fifth place in the jet ski races Picture: LOUISE KNOWLES “We were doing 60-80km/h depending on the surf, and 110km/h in the river,” he said as compared it to powerboating speeds of about 250km/h. At the prize-giving Morgan Thiessen received first prize, second spot went to Simon Thiessen, Fetherstonhaugh came in third, Greyling received fourth prize and John Johnson fifth. Fetherstonhaugh did not expect to come third in the race. “I was riding a stock 1.8, against supercharged 1.8 and rotex motor and having a wrist injury also didn’t help,” he said. Fetherstonhaugh has not competed in any Formula 1 racing since 2012. “I won the championship in 2010, in three different divisions, one division three times, and five or six times I was a Formula 1 Springbok. “But I don’t know I’ll if race again in SA,” he said. “The sport [F1 powerboating] was stopped in South Africa not because it is too dangerous, but because of the politics,” said Fetherstonhaugh. “You are strapped in [in Formula 1] and the sport has the lowest death rate in the world among motorsports. “More guys are killed in cars and bikes than in Formula 1 p o w e r b o at i n g , ” he said. He has raced in Ajman, Khorfokkan and Abu Dhabi in the UAE, Dubai and Singapore. Asked to compare inflatables with Formula 1 powerboats, Fetherstonhaugh only shook his head. “No comparison. I’m a speed freak. I like Formula 1,” he said. However, he had a serious accident in 2008 when his Formula 1 boat flipped in the water. He was upside down in the water and the buckle of his harness jammed. Fetherstonaugh almost drowned and doesn’t remember anything after the start, before waking up in hospital. After that he gave up Formula 1 racing for a year when his son was three years old. Now the jet ski bug has bitten. “Next year as long as I can get a jet ski, I will definitely be in,” he said. Most of the participants footed the bill themselves this weekend because the race is not part of the national leg. “I also need to find a coach and get fit,” he said. He would like to race overseas again, but his grandmother, Dot Fetherstonhaugh has cancer and he has made a serious commitment to stay at her side. Those who would like to sponsor Fetherstonhaugh next year are welcome to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org SUDOKU - WIN A WIMPY VOUCHER Complete this Sudoku and be in line to win a R60 voucher from Wimpy at 80 Southwell Road. 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April 5, 2018 ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook Talk of the Town 17 OUT ON THE TOWN CONTACT US Newsdesk: (046) 624-4356 (Jon Houzet) Advertising: (046) 624-4356 (Mauneen Charter) IN SECOND PLACE: Yogan Reddy’s rich and gentle pork and pea curry WILD FLAVOURS: John Tweedie’s lovingly tended kudu venison knuckle potjie RESTO: Andy ‘Pickle’ Moore shows his creamy chicken and Brussels sprouts potjie RICHLY TEXTURED: The creamy chicken and Brussels sprouts potjie made by Andy ‘Pickle’ Moore and Charl Waters won third place LITTLE HELPER: Matthew Steck was keen to assist with the bellows to keep the fire going as John Tweedie watched the progress of his potjie HAPPY WINNERS: Route 72 Saloon owner Louwrens van Rooyen, left, presents the winners of the potjiekos competition, the three generation Schultz family, grandpa Wim, son Sean and granddaughter Sarah with their prize Pictures: JON HOUZET Tasty oxtail clinches victory in potjie contest JON HOUZET WITH half a dozen mouth-watering dishes to choose from, judges from Talk of the Town had a tough time deciding on a winner and even a top three in the Route 72 Saloon potjiekos competition last Saturday. After sampling each pot, with rice provided by the Saloon, judges settled on the Schultz family's oxtail and dried peaches potjie as the winner. The oxtail had a very rich flavour and was nicely offset by the butternut served on the side. We joked that the child labour element, with young Sarah Schultz helping prepare the meal, was a nice touch, and made us say, “Please sir, may I have some more.” The winners received a R1000 cash prize. We awarded Yogan Reddy's pork and pea curry second place, earning him R500. It was a very gentle curry with a smooth texture, and our taste buds were pleased with the small carrot salad that accompanied it. In third place was the creamy chicken and Brussels sprouts potjie made by Andy "Pickle" Moore and Charl Waters. They got R300. Among the other delectable dishes were a seafood potjie with mussels, prawns and hake made by Geoff Cowley; a kudu venison knuckle potjie by John Tweedie; a chicken and potato curry, also by Reddy; and two potjies by Saloon owners Louwrens and Jacobie van Rooyen which were not in the competition but still available at R25 a plate – a biltong and pasta potjie and a Thai chicken p ot j i e . Every potjie sold out. BUSY MAN: Yogan Reddy prepared two pots at the Route 72 Saloon potjiekos competition, chicken and potato and pork and pea curries SWEETENING THE POT: Route 72 Saloon co-owner Jacobie van Rooyen adding some ingredients to her Thai chicken potjie CONTACT US ON 085 3000 255 HAPPY HOUR - MON TO FRI 16:30 TO 18:30 Monday Friday Pensioners Day!! Calamari, Chips & Salad Come & Get your Pensioners card & Make everyday yours!! R60 (Add 3 Prawns for Only R39) Fresh Bake of the day Available EVERY Monday Saturday Wednesday RIBS & CHIPS (ALL DAY) Get 1 KG of Pork Ribs for R149.00 OR 500G For ONLY R99 “Ladies Night” One night you can bring your ladies out for a great time with GREAT prices on ladies drinks! Pop in @ Tash’s to find out more, or check us out on Facebook SUNDAY FUNDAY... Thursday 3 FOR 2 PIZZA SPECIAL (ALL DAY) 2 for R99 Burger & (PICK 3 AND PAY FOR 2) Chips AND from 15:30 to 18:00 Karaoke from 20:00 2 for 1 Cocktail Special on all our cocktails! RIGHT OF ADMISSION RESERVED - DAILY SPECIALS EAT IN ONLY OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Come visit our Non-Smoking Venue with One of the best views in town Wood Fire Pizza Oven 9 Craft Drinks ON TAP MILKSHAKES COCKTAILS Kids play area Tash’s Craft Bar Bringing something different to Our Beautiful little town