On the 27th and 28th April 2013, Durban Ski Boat Club hosted the annual Festival.
This year, the weather conditions remained favorable even though Durban had recently had two cold snaps prior to the event. Competing teams saw sunny skies and little to no wind as well as reasonable swells during the two days of the festival. Almost perfect fishing conditions.
The two day event is run on an open format, which means that anybody with a boat that is licensed for offshore fishing can enter. This attracts teams from around the country making it South Africa’s largest ski boat event. This year saw 429 vessels take part in the festival with more than 1400 anglers all competing for the main prize for the biggest King Mackerel (Couta), a brand new Seacat 520, with two Yamaha 60hp motors, trailer, complete with electronics, safety equipment plus fishing rods and reels, all to the value of R400 000.
The competitors were given a section on the entry form to allow them to make a voluntary donation to the NSRI and approximately R17 500 was raised in this manner. The Durban Ski Boat Club committee then added additional money to make the
total donation R20 000 which was presented to the Station Commander of Station 5 at the cocktail function on the 26-06-2013.