Rayner Trophy 1972 Report

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L to R: E Rutter, Kuba Miszewski, Greg Hudson, Neil Morton and Peter Loubser

Route: Wit Els

This event was held on the 11th and 12th February, 1972.

The competition itself consisted of a simple hike up and down the Wit Els Kloof near Ceres, with the usual tests and S.T.A's. The extremely bad weather with high winds, heavy rain, thunder and lightning made this year's Rayner a particularly tough one. The teams themselves, were able to decide how far up the valley they went and it was expected that only the very best ones would do the whole set journey. Due to the weather however, only one team went all the way.

15 kg. is plenty for any Scout to carry on a Rayner! Some of the packs were nearly double this. How can 4 Scouts consume 10 kg. of food at one meal? This is what one Patrol's lunch weighed. What is the point of light-weight packs, sleeping bags, utensils etc., if Scouters allow their boys to load up with food they cannot possibly consume?

Hats off to 2nd Rondebosch team, who arrived at the final base in the pitch dark, at 22.00 hours. This was an epic journey. The spirit of most of the teams was extremely good in spite of everyone and everything being damp. The stunts were well done but the S.T.A 's suffered somewhat as most teams were concentrating on survival near the end. Preparation of meals was extremely well done. Our Scouts can turn out really appetising food under the most appalling conditions. In spite of a gruelling experience, all teams came out safely and the competition ended at 16.30 hours on Sunday (as advertised).

25 teams, i.e., 100 senior Scouts, took part in this competition which is a record entry and augurs well for the future in our Division.

Congratulations to 1st Pinelands the winning team and to their leader K. Miszewski, who set the pace for the others all the way.

Results:

1st 1st Pinelands 67%
2nd 2nd Rondebosch 61%
3rd 1st Somerset West 59%

4th - 2nd Pinelands; 5th - 1st Parow; 6th - 1st Green & Sea Point; 7th - 2nd Bergvliet; 8th - 1st Claremont & 3rd Pinelands; l10th - 1st Wynberg & P1umstead; 11th - 2nd Somerset West; 12th - 1st Worcester; 13th - 1st Bothasig; 14th - 1st Meadowridge & 2nd Green & Sea Point; 16th - 1st Milnerton, 17th - 1st Bothasig; 18th - 1st Bergv1iet; 19th - 1st Constantia; 20th - 1st Strand; 21st - 3rd Wynberg; 22nd - 1st Durbanville; 23rd - 20th Cape Town; 24th - 9th Cape Town; 25th - 2nd Bellville.

Chief Judge: K ‘Bunny’ Bennington