There is an old axiom amongst local sailors; “There will be wind every month with an R in it”.
Members of the local Algoa Bay Yacht Club will also tell you that the wind is more likely to blow a gale on the Opening of the Sailing Season and for the Great Circle race.
It just so happens that yesterday was the Opening of the Sailing Season at ABYC and the wind blew hard enough for the sail-past to be cancelled with sailors taking the salute from the President and Commodore from the safety of the club lawns.
Unfortunately the South African flag on the Donkin Reserve did not have the choice of retiring to the safety of the ABYC when the wind came up and split asunder in the gale. People tell me that the wind anemometer alarm has had it’s siren disconnected so the ‘flag saving reaction team’ where not warned in time of the wind picking up to more than 25 metres per second and so doing our beloved flag was left bereft and alone to rip itself to shreds.
Some other wag said that the manner of the rip was indicative of the SA middle class leaving whilst the upper and lower classes cling desperately to South Africa………….