Scrabbling to support seafarers

Old seadogs and young landlubbers alike put their word skills to the test as they threw their preconceived ideas overboard at South Africa’s first ever maritime Scrabble tournament.

Celebrating the International Day of the Seafarer (June 25) at the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town, the fun event comprised three knock-out rounds during which competitors were only allowed to use maritime-themed words.

Time limits were enforced to create the ultimate in speedy Scrabble matches, a concept which was thoroughly enjoyed by the entrants, who represented many different sectors of the industry.

African Marine Solutions (AMSOL) dominated the competition, with Dave Maine and Guy Barter taking the team trophy, while colleague Lisa Barnard took the overall individual honours on the evening.

Hosted jointly by SAIMI and Maritime Review Africa, the unusual competition also had a purpose – raising much-needed funds for projects that support the future of youth in the maritime industry, with R20 000 raised for developing seafarer opportunities and assisting with seafarer well-being.

The event was sponsored by AMSOL, Subtech Group, Sea Safety Training Group, Sachal and Stevens, and Maersk.

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