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Through the Porthole – Flexing the Springbok

Through the Porthole – Flexing the Springbok

This macho photo was taken on board the Fusion 40 catamaran Jamesby while travelling on the Coomera River bound for Tipplers Passage.

Joey and Gary Angove hosted the South African Springbok Rugby Team aboard their boat Jamesby, which can quite comfortably accommodate 15 passengers for a day cruise.

Gary handled the possible dangers of his expensive “cargo” without a hassle on board. He did however stress to the players the potential for serious injury if they happen to kick the deck fittings!

Jamesby sailed the team to Tipplers Café. “This is such an awesome location to visit, and food at the café is really impressive. We frequent the area and wanted to share this jewel with the team,” says Joey and Gary.

Joey explains the remarkable circumstances surrounding this overtly masculine Gold Coast boating image. “We were asked to host the team for a boating experience while they were in the city for the Tri-Nations tour. As ex-pat South Africans, we were honoured to share our local boating life with the team in our newly adopted city,” reminiscences Joey excitedly. But it almost did not happen! “The boys were actually scheduled to play golf that day. However, for some reason, it was cancelled. And we received a last minute call requesting our help to entertain the team onboard our boat. We put on a spread for the team with beers and wine, a cheese platter, fresh prawns from the local trawler, and of course some biltong (South African style jerky) which was donated by Springbok Foods.“

With the Gold Coast sun shining, the team members had a chance to take it all off. Gary says, “They absolutely loved sailing down the Coomera River looking at all the waterfront properties and were flabbergasted at the high prices of waterfront real estate on the Gold Coast compared with similar homes in South Africa. The boys were also impressed at how many boats and varied size of crafts frequented the waterways.”

Gary having experienced life in other boat countries says, “There is an enormous difference between the two countries as far as boating is concerned with the Gold Coast having a vast waterway system and much calmer seas. The boating fraternity is also much larger here on the Gold Coast, with boaties being able to visit various places of interest with many anchorages.”

Joey explains how South African people are very patriotic, explaining that their Constitution defines the importance of relationship, to bring togetherness, so it is no surprise this was an important milestone for the Angoves. “It is an absolute honour to socialise with our birth nation’s sporting team, especially a rugby union team which is our favourite spectator sport. These opportunities don’t come around too often and it was a pleasure to accommodate the request.”

Now that it has been published, this photo is sure to be popular among our female readers!

About the photo
The photo was taken with an iPhone 6. Joey requested the team to line up facing forward, took a shot, then got them to turn around for another one. Calling her “Tannie” (meaning Aunty), which is a sign of respect, they were very obliging. It was a calm day with light winds, so keeping steady was quite easy.

Gary says, “Taking photos on the water is very special, you are able to get a different view of things which most people don’t normally see because you are aboard and looking at the object from a different perspective.”

Gary’s photography advice: “Make sure the sun is behind you and you are able to stand steady. Be very mindful of your surroundings when taking photos while on a boat. Too many times have I seen equipment fall overboard especially with people that don’t spend much time on boats.”

Read more about Joey and Gary, and their dreamboat Jamesby HERE, or type in this link:

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Words by Andy Kancachian



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