MARCH 19-20 2022
TA CU MOUNTAIN / COCO BEACH CAMP
Hares: Chippy, Secs, Chom Chom, Mr. T
Hash Flashers: Secs, Chom Chom, Have-A-Chat
Ringmaster: Chom Chom
Report: Faulty Brakes
Congratulatory messages flooded in from the four corners of the globe on the occasion of Vung Tau’s Hash’s One Thousandth Run. From countries as far apart as Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Norway, Ireland and UK to acknowledge the entrance into the exclusive 1000 Club. A former member Richard Head also wished us future success.
How much has the world changed since 1992 when mobiles were only for exclusive use and had not entered into the realm of everyday use and computers on phones would have been just a pipe dream.The concept of hashing was conceived much earlier when the idea of walking up mountains and returning to swig copious amounts of beer and basically enjoying oneself.
The Vung Tau Hash Bugle is the symbol of Vung Tau hash, presented to the Hash by the original Grand Master and is not dissimilar to the concept of the mace in the House of Commons to theoretically exercise the power of the hash, legend has it that those who stray far from the original ideas will not have good fortune bestowed on them. The mismanagement committee lovingly and painstakingly restored the bugle some years at great expense and that’s the main reason it is only displayed on special occasions.
We were very grateful to Saigon Hash for they also being members of the 1000 Club and a recognized International Hash club founded in 1990 chose to celebrate the occasion at Coco Beach Camp Resort in La Gi with us.
The preparations began on Friday afternoon in Headquarters when supplies of beer and softies were pre-cooled ahead of the following day's excursion to Ta Cu Mountain. Saturday at 7.00am eager Hashers assembled for the forthcoming odyssey and at 7.30am we departed, full bus of able Hashers to head to La Gi. A pit stop occurred in Ho Tram at an old Down Down area which we had used previously, light refreshments and soon we were heading for the spectacular Nui Ta Cu to be joined in the Car Park with our brothers and sisters from Saigon both buses arriving at exactly the same time, there’s planning for you.
The choice as always was for what we call “Hashliters” to choose to climb up the 3 km trail to the Mountain or use the cable car, it’s impossible to put into words the spectacular breathtaking views which we encountered I will leave that to “the Chompster’s “ video. Relaxing and visiting the giant Buddha along with the gardens from the cable station and we had a mini Down-Down under shade at the foot of the mountain giving everyone a chance to recuperate and refresh after the earlier exertions. Boarding the bus again we headed for the Cocobeach club and despite a mini diversion we arrived to check in and prepared for the Wine, Swimming, and Song evening.
A spectacular sun sunset heralded the beginning of what will be long remembered in our club’s history as one of the most enjoyable fun filled music and dining experiences. The Vung Tau ladies looked like fashion models dressed to kill as we all tucked into a tasty seafood buffet which was washed down with Saigon Beer and softies joined by our friends from Saigon Hash. The entertainment was provided by a local couple with a guitar and aided and abetted from hash crooners Stuart, Chippy and other ladies and not to mention Faulty Brakes plus our friends from Saigon Hash. The ceremonial toast took place with a bottle of 10 year old Jameson when all our hashers had a nip of the “uisce beatha or “the water of life”. The musician and singer finished their session to generous applause from an appreciative audience.
Now it was time for the dancing, some magnificent moves from Michael Have-a-Chat set the ball rolling, Stuart Waring dancing on a wooden pallet and the general feel good factor lasted late into the night or early morning I’m led to believe for I had to seek refuge in my 4 legged friend (bed). A night to remember for everyone who joined in the fun of Run 1000 in Cocobeach.
The following morning at breakfast we saw fashion show number 2 where all the ladies displayed there finest regalia prior to checkout .The joint photo with our friends from Saigon and everyone displaying their new T-Shirts took place beside the reception area. It was time to part and we bade farewell to Saigon Hash and return to Vung Tau.
The next port of call was the Arboretum in Binh Chau where we stopped for a rest and to take a walk in the forest. The Down-Down took place and those who were responsible for the planning and hard work were thanked for all their efforts. It’s here we name and shame them (just kidding) and in no particular order, Secs, Mr T., Chom Chom and the ubiquitous Chippy. The new T-shirt to commemorate 1000 runs is definitely a collectors item with ultra light fabric and amazing graphics. We thank H.B.O for her guidance and expertise in the process.
Back on the bus for the final leg of the journey, a one hour ride to Vung Tau, a strategic mistake occurred where the drinks trolley was located at the back of the bus encouraging more singing, dancing and partying all the way to Headquarters in Le Ngoc Hanh. Trundling into Tommy’s the eskies were removed and placed in storage and tear filled eyes hashers departed. T- shirts were presented to Rob and Randy. The previous night had ended at 4.00am on the beach. Surely it couldn’t happen again? More lubrication was introduced into the equation, more music, more fun, everyone agreed one of the best weekends ever in VTH3’s history.
A special thank you to all our sponsors, Ray ‘Golden Finger’ Haveron, Saigon Chill, Tommy’s Bar, The Office Bar, RO uniforms Co.Ltd. Thanks to Saigon Hash (who incidentally had an early Sunday morning run on the beach of 7kms before breakfast) for making the weekend so enjoyable. Here’s to the next 1000 runs, not sure if I will be looking down or up at this event.
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