News of annual events and holidays on Tristan da Cunha.

Event News

Message for Tristan da Cunha's Anniversary Day

The Administrator reflects on recent developments, on the 205th Anniversary of the British settlement of Tristan da Cunha.
14-Aug-2021
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Ratting Day 2021

Report and photos from Randal Repetto

Ratting Day 9th April 2021. This event is held once a year, it was first created to try and get rid of the rats, but now it has become more of a competition amongst the islanders which everyone enjoys.

Early Morning, the island men gathered in their groups and set out with their dogs to various parts of the potato patches looking for rats. Later on in the morning the women go out to the patches with refreshments for the men, who have spent the whole day hunting. In the evening everyone made their way back to the settlement to get their rat tails counted and measured, to see which groups were the winners.

The Second Watron team discusses tools and tactics

The Second Watron ratting team discusses tools and tactics

The men and their dogs hunting. Cutting tails from dead rats
The men and their dogs hunting. Collecting the tails,

The dogs dispatch a rat

The dogs dispatch a rat

A ratting gang with their haul. L-R: Dean, Clifton, and Riaan Repetto

A Second Watran gang with their haul. L-R: Dean, Clifton, and Riaan Repetto. Not shown: Randal Repetto.

Judging

The day's results were judged at the Veterinary Department. Dr Silvio Morales counted and measured the tails, overseen by Martin Green, Administrator Steve Townsend, and island vet Riaan Repetto.

Martin Green, Dr Silvio Morales, and Steve Townsend examining Riaan Repetto's haul of tails Measuring the longest tail
Dr Silvio Morales counts a haul of tails. Measuring the longest tail.

Winners

Most Tails

Prize Tails per man Winning Team
First 36.5 Coolers
Second 32.3 Jacks Pieces
Third 24.4 Second Watron

Longest Tail

Prize Longest Tail Winning Team
First 29cm Second Watron
Second 27cm Jacks Pieces
Total Number of Tails Caught = 482
Booby Prize: Redbody Hill

Steve Townsend announcing the winners, with Martin Green, Dr Silvio Morales and Kate Sherry

Steve Townsend announcing the winners, with Martin Green, Dr Silvio Morales and Kate Sherry

Martin Green awarding prizes Steve Townsend awarding a prize to Ramon Repetto
Above and below: Prize being awarded to the leaders of the winning gangs.
Steve Townsend awarding a prize Awarding prizes

Queen's Day 2021

Reports and photos from Rachel Green, Fiona Kilpatrick, Kelly Green and Emil Pirzenthal

Queen's Day was held on Friday the 26th February 2021. This is a public holiday where we celebrate the Queen's Birthday. Tristan's Queen's Day is held in February or March to enable a produce show to be held in the austral late Summer/Early Autumn.

The gong sounded early morning to ensure that everyone knew Queen's Day was to be celebrated. Although the morning started with showers of rain, everyone was very happy that the weather improved as the day went on. St Mary's School is normally where Queen's Day is held. Morning competitions are held in the school hall and sport events, which are held in the afternoon, take place on the 'American Fence' situated just below the school. At 11am all entries to the competitions had to be submitted and at 12pm the judging took place. Everyone gathered in front of the school at about 2pm to take part in or watch the sport activities.

The women's sack race.

The women's sack race.

Programme

06.30am Fishing Competition starts for adults and children age 5-16yrs - Fisheries
09.30-11.00am Competition exhibits/entries assembled at St Marys School:
- Best traditional fry Teddy Cakes - Telecommunications. (Judges: Clinton & Emil)
- Best Bacon & Egg Pies - Factory. (Judges: Fiona & Helene)
- Art competition - School. (Judges: Sally & Vincent)
- Vegetables/pot plants/wild flowers - Agriculture. (Judges: Kumi, Roxanne, Sally & Steve)
- Best Raw Potato Sculpture - Police. (Judges: Richard & Omar)
- Best Fry Octopus - PWD General. (Judges: Steve & Jessica)
- Best Portrait of a Northern Rockhopper Penguin - Conservation. (Judges: Dr Silvia & Steve)
- Best Fry Tristan Crisp (pensioners & non pensioners) - Mechanical. (Judges: Fiona & Kate)
12.00 Judging to take place.
1.00pm Onwards Events held on the American Fence:
- Adults Sack Race - Tourism and Post Office Dept.
- Wheel Chair Race - Hospital Dept.
- Fishing Stall for Children - Finance Dept.
- Guess the number of sweets in the Jar - Island Store
- Best Paper Air Plane - (CTBTO)
2.00pm Variety of Children's Games - School
2.00-4.00pm Bar open at School
3.00pm Football Rounders - Electrical and Plumbing
5.00-6.00pm Administrator and Mr Towsend's reception, raffle and presentation of prizes at the Residency.

Everyone enjoyed the events that took place and later went to the Residency for prize giving, refreshments and to raise a toast to HM Queen Elizabeth. It was a fun filled day and enjoyed by everyone.

Food

Co-Administrator Fiona Kilpatrick and Kate Sherry judging the home made crisps

Co-Administrator Fiona Kilpatrick and Kate Sherry judging the home made crisps

Judging the Teddy Cakes

Emil Pirzenthal judging the Teddy Cakes

Food Winners

Fry Teddy Cakes
  1st - Debbie Swain
  2nd - Nora Swain
Bacon and Egg Pie
  1st - Amanda Swain
  2nd - Elizabeth Rogers
Fry Octopus
  1st - Randall Repetto
  2nd - Anita Repetto
Tristan crisps (pensioners)
  1st - Agnes Lavarello
  2nd - Audrey Green
Tristan Crisp (non-pensioners)
  1st - Anita Repetto
  2nd - Maria Swain

Fiona Kilpatrick adds: "We take judging the produce seriously on Queen's Day. I personally tasted 17 different types of Tristan Crisps. It's a tough job...The winning potato sculpture celebrated our Northern Rockhopper Penguins."

Art

The winning potato sculpture of a Northern Rockhopper Penguin A potato sculpture
Above and below: Potato sculptures, including the winning Northern Rockhopper Penguin (top left)
Potato sculpture Potato sculpture

Miniature garden

Above and below: Miniature garden wild flower arrangements

Wild flower arrangements

Art Winners

Rockhopper Penguin (adult)
  1st - Randal Repetto
  2nd - Leanne Swain
Rockhopper Penguin (child)
  1st - Aiden Repetto
  2nd - Ella Repetto
Wild Flowers Arrangements
  Children (7-16yrs)
    1st - Katie Repetto
    2nd - Kailey Swain
  Children (3-6yrs)
    1st - Hannah Green
    2nd - Sophie Swain
Potato Sculpture
  1st - Kelly Swain
  2nd - Amanda Swain
Best drawing of a Rockhopper Penguin - Children Best drawing of a Rockhopper Penguin - Adults
Best drawing of a Rockhopper Penguin - Children Best Rockhopper Penguin - Adults

Vegetables Produce

Vegetables in the produce show

Vegetables at the produce show in the school hall

Pot Plants

Pot Plant Competition

Co-Administrator Steve Townsend weighing entries for heaviest potato

Co-Administrator Steve Townsend weighing entries for heaviest potato

Produce Winners

Best Cabbage
  1st - Joseph Green
  2nd - Hannah Green
Best Turnip or Swede
  1st - Clive Glass
  2nd - Savanna Green
Best 3 Tomatoes
  1st - Cliff Swain
  2nd - Ella Repetto
Best Pot Plant
  1st - Tasha Glass
  2nd - Miranda Repetto
Heaviest White Blossom
  1st - Debbie Swain
  2nd - Clive Glass
Heaviest Smooth Skin
  1st - Dean Repetto
  2nd - Katie Repetto

Races and Competitions

Lined up for the Potato and Spoon Race Potato and spoon race - Tristan's take on the egg and spoon race
Potato and spoon race - Tristan's take on the egg and spoon race

Competitors lined up for the wheelchair race in the school's games court

Competitors lined up for the wheelchair race in the school's games court

Wheelchair race underway

Wheelchair race underway. There is a video of the race on Facebook.

Race and Competition Winners

Fishing
  Adults
    1st - Clifton Repetto (Cape Mackerel 116cm)
    2nd - Philip Rogers (Cape Mackerel 112.5cm)
Fishing
  Children
    1st - Calvin Green (48cm Five-Fingers)
    2nd - Savanna Green (47cm Five-Fingers)
Sack Race
  Men
    1st - Dean Repetto
    2nd - Shane Green
  Women
    1st - Rhyanna Swain
    2nd - Lynette Green
Wheelchair Race
  Adult
    1st - Shane & Savanna
    2nd - Philip & Lucas
Guess Sweets in the Bottle
    1st - Christopher Swain
    2nd - Randall Repetto
Lucky dip at the school Administrators presenting prizes
Lucky dip at the school Administrators presenting prizes

Old Year's Night 2020

On the 31st December 'Okalolies' (men in costumes and scary masks) wander about the village to chase and capture any children or ladies outdoors. The fishing dong is sounded to ring in the New Year.
5-Jan-2021
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Chief Islander's Message for Christmas 2020

Seasonal greetings from Tristan's Chief Islander, James Glass, after what has been a challenging year around the whole world.
25-Dec-2020
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2020 School Christmas Show

St Mary's School presented their Christmas Show to family and friends on Monday 14th December 2020 in the school hall.
18-Dec-2020
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Christmas Carol Service 2020

Tristan's churches held a joint Christmas carol service on 13th December 2020.
18-Dec-2020
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Sheep Shearing Day, December 2020

The annual Sheep Shearing Day was held on the 12th December 2020.
15-Dec-2020
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2020 Ratting Day

Ratting Day is the annual tradition when teams of Tristan da Cunha men compete to rid the Potato Patches of rats.
3-May-2020
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