The highlight of August 2007 in the white shark cage diving fraternity in South Africa, must be the inaugural Great White Shark Festival, that was held in Kleinbaai over the week-end of 18-, and 19th August.
It started on Friday evening the 17th with a black-tie affair in grand style with all present entertained by well known cabaret artist, Elsabe Zietsman introduced by master of ceremonies J.P. Botha formerly of Marine Dynamics. We were proud to represent Seal Island in False Bay and to associate ourselves with which we are sure will still build into a great festival on the South African outdoor calendar.
Saturday morning saw a beehive of activities in and around the harbour area of Kleinbaai where all the exhibitors and stall keepers were pitching up tents and stalls furiously to get ready for the days events. Fortunately for us all, the weather played along fabulously for the whole of the week-end. Our “stall”, drew lots of attention with our fabulous display of “Breaching” pictures taken over a number of years by some very well known overseas photographers like Maik Aschemann from Germany, Klaus Jost also from Germany, Amos Nachoum from America as well as Lars Svensonn also from America. Most people that is ignorant to “Breaching” were astounded at some of the fantastic pictures and were amazed to find out that Seal Island is the place on planet earth where this activity takes place in most regularity because of its unique topography.
Obviously the beer tent were also very popular, (we must confess) especially when a 17 piece brass jazz band from Cape Town took to the stage. These guys were great!
During the day many visitors not only from Kleinbaai and Gansbaai visited all the stalls, but also from out of town.
Sunday was another great day however the turn-out was not as big as for Saturday, which was quite understandable.
We think however that in total it was a great success and most certainly are looking forward to next years second Great white shark festival.
After having a huge successful weekend of endless White Shark Festivities in Kleinbaai Harbour – we are glad to announce that we are proud to be apart of such a GREAT and successful festival.
Shark activity up and till now has been hot. We were honoured to have Maik Aschemann back on our boat during the month of August to ply his trade of wild life photography. Dammn, the guy is good. He did not miss a single breach during his expedition with us. Taking photographs of breaching sharks, takes a huge dose of discipline and dedication. He has both those in abnormal quantities. Besides that, he is a great guy and friend.
It is drawing towards the end of our False Bay shark season now so we expect predation and breaching activity to slow down shortly, but we are still out their trying our best to make it happen for our customers.
August also saw us losing both our new Evenrude e-tec outboard engines due to mechanical failure on a mere 195 hours. Fortunately, both were replaced under guarantee by the manufactures. We now thus are boasting two brand new 2007 engines on our boat once again. It none the less caused us to suffer substantial loss of income.
We hope this won’t occur again in the near future causing such inconvenience not only to us, but also to our many disappointed customers we had to turn away during the down time. We apologies to all who were inconviened.