Our tour officially started on Friday, Sept 11 (although some Canadians had been in Cape Town for some time). We met up with our billets, got settled in and then got ready for the initial meet and greet “BRAAI” with the South Africans at Richard and Sharon Kearney’s place overlooking the ocean. Interesting to note is that some of the Canadians had never met before as well!
Although the Canadian guys Mike, Dennis, Tim and Brian had met before during doubles tournaments they had yet to meet Al, Gwen, Paul and Jackie. The gals, other than Shirley and Mary had never met before as well. It was great getting together, doing some intro’s and getting ready for our journey to come.
We enjoyed fine wine and conversation before Martin Brossy (Cape Town Jester chair) prepared us for the next 3 days to come with a most detailed itinerary. The first item was to make sure we got got good and fat at the Braai as there was no shortage of great food, great company and beverages. We caught on real fast to the South African master plan of killing us with kindness.
We were prepared by Martin for the next 3 days and this what I got out of it
- Get Canadians stuffed with food
- Get Canadians well lubricated
- Keep Canadians really busy
- Be overly generous and accommodating to the Canadians
- Give them exercise before any squash match
- Give Canadians a beating on the squash court
The Master plan was in place.