Knysna Oyster Festival 2012
Article and photos by CPO Byron Lombard
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The South African Navy has
been involved with the annual Knysna Oyster Festival for
a number of years and very good relationships have been
built with the local community in Knysna. To maintain
these relationships the SA Navy participated in the
Knysna Oyster Festival from 9 till 16 July. The SAS
Umhloti and SAS Umkomaas were deployed to attend this
The unfortunate weather
conditions at the Knysna Heads were not conducive for
the ships to come through the heads. Swells of 6 meter
and gale winds coupled with limited visibility made it
unsafe for the ships to make the treacherous attempt at
entering the heads.
6m swells made it close to impossible to enter the heads
The weather played a huge
role in the rest of the events that had to take place
for the weekend ahead.
The cleaning up and
commemoration ceremony of RN Mascot Dog “Bondi” was
conducted at Thesen’s Island by Cdr Steve Erikssen and
the sea cadets of TS Knysna. The sea cadets applied
brasso to the plaque and cleaned around the grave.
The courtesy call to the
mayor and Chief magistrate was cancelled due to the
ships not being along side in Knysna.
The Navy also entered the
always entertaining, oyster eating competition at the
Oyster Catcher restaurant. Five members entered and did
really well to keep the Navy’s name high at this epic
competition. Having the support of R Adm. (JG) Kubu
supporting the teams really made it a memorable time for
The right of entry parade
moved from the Main Road of Knysna to a parking lot in
Thesen’s Island due to the gale force winds and rain.
This provided cover for all those on parade. Ceremonial
Warrant Officer WO1 B. Moodley was tested with limited
space, but rose to the occasion. R Adm B. H. Teuteberg
represented C Navy at the parade. R Adm Teuteberg
thanked the community for always welcoming the SA Navy
to Knysna and relationships that have been fostered over
the many visits to Knysna. Executive Mayor of Knysna Mrs
Georlene Wolmarans inspected the parade which also
included the sea cadets from TS Knysna and the South
African Police Services (SAPS). The SAPS entertained the
crowd with a musical routine and the sea cadets let the
crowd speechless with a well planned and executed
The Navy’s Public Relations
team also had an exhibition on Thesen’s Island who was
accompanied by recruiting from Pretoria.
Due the weather the rest of
the events for the festival had to be cancelled.
Ships company before the parade
Although the festival was
not well attended due to the weather the SA Navy can be
proud and has made its presence felt in the town of