The Kontiki Fringe started in 1993 when
the organisers saw a clear need to provide the land support crews with some
activity while their fellow Scouts and Guides had the excitement of the raft
The Fringe has grown into one of the most
exciting aspects of the Kontiki weekend, providing Scouts, Guides, family
and friends with a lot of excitement as the land crews compete for the
Andrew "Dolphin" Lawson Trophy for the team that scores the most
overall fringe points.
The Tug-O-War event is a quick knockout
event with the winner being decided out of the best of three
pulls. To add a difficulty factor and make it a bit more fair
for the smaller teams, the event is held on a soapy slippery vinyl mat.
Team members are not allowed to let their feet stray off the mat or they get
disqualified for that pull.
The volleyball event is an exciting
knockout event held on the main parade ground at the Base. It is
always well supported by spectators and the highlight starts with the
quarter-finals on Sunday morning.
The kneeboard relay has become
so popular that the Base has purchased it's own lifesaving Malibu boards,
which also get used during the Lifesaving course. The
event is held in front of
the raft mooring sites in "Kontiki Bay". Teams
of 4 compete in a relay knockout event around demarcated buoys in the
bay. It is fast and exciting and the teams are improving in
their kneeboarding skills each year.
The Cross-Country race on Sunday morning
has become very popular with over a hundred competitors taking part in a
race from the Base to the foot bridge in Muizenberg and back.
The race has been divided into categories: Junior and Senior girls,
Junior and Senior boys. The Junior race is approximately 5km long and
the senior race is approximately 8km. Juniors are boys and girls
who have not yet turned 14 and Seniors are those 14 and over.