As these things go, it took longer than expected to get them into the car and we sat in heavy traffic into town.
Once there, we were confronted by kilometres-long queues of people eager to explore the SAS Manthatisi, or one of the two Valour-class frigates docked just outside the Table Bay Hotel.
What a disappointment. Some people had been queueing since 9am and by 2pm had still barely come close enough to the frigates to get a decent selfie.
It’s a wonderful initiative, inviting the public onto navy vessels to see where our hard-earned tax money is being spent and these craft by their very nature inspire young minds, sowing the seeds that could lead to many a young one following a path to becoming able seamen, and instilling pride in adults who may wonder what goes on behind the massive steel gates at Simon’s Town Naval Base.