Cape Town Day 1, Friday Sept 11

Cape Town Panorama
Cape Town Panorama

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.

Al (Team Fine Master) and Gwen
Al (Team Fine Master) and Gwen (Ottawa)
Photo Brian Murray.Shirley Fleming
Brian and Shirley (Toronto)
Photo Dennis Bishop.Esther Mettier
Esther and Dennis (Montreal)
Photo Paul.Jackie Stevenson
Paul and Jackie (Vancouver)
Photo Tim.Mary Bovaird
Tim (Team Captain) and Mary
Mike and Laura
Mike (Team Scribe) and Laura (Calgary)

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.

Canadian Jesters and Martin Brossy
Canadian Jesters and Martin Brossy
Richard Kearney (the chef) and host along with Sharon Kearney
Richard Kearney (the chef) and host along with Sharon Kearney
Kearney's Brie
Kearney’s Braai
Esther, Jackie, Gwen, Mary
Esther, Jackie, Gwen, Mary
Martin Brossy addressing the group
Martin Brossy addressing the group
Gunner and Colin
Gunner and Colin

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.

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