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SWIM | Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series #9

[image] 07 September 2017

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226 entrants for Event #9, early spring weather and great surf swim conditions made for a fitting end to the very successful 2017 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series.

The changeable winds of the week prior to the swim had settled and left a good sea swell on the smooth waters, creating a steep surf break on the outer sand bank on the outgoing tide.

The large school of swimmers took to the water on the blast of the starter’s whistle from the beach start of the course 100 metres south of Marine Surf Lifesaving Club.  The surf break, with a bit of a northward drift in the inner channel, presented a challenge for some of the less experienced surf swimmers in the narrow surf zone as they aimed for the red pyramid buoy 100m off the beach.  A left turn north at the buoy and the swimmers spread out towards the buoys marking the short turning leg of the course off Addington Beach.  Two right turns and the swimmers were headed south on the longest stretch of the course to the turning leg buoys off uShaka Pier.  A further two right turns had the school heading back to the pyramid buoy off the beach.  A left turn, a carefully judged swim through the surf break on the sand bank, and the finishers were at the marshal’s pen on the beach.

The pace at which a group of 4 swimmers set off soon had the school of swimmers spread along the length of the course. They were followed by a further group of swimmers, matching strokes all around the course.  Martin Binnedell, showing his usual strong finish around the last buoy and through the surf, took the honours on the beach.  He was followed by Joshua Gultig, the wetsuited Joe Terblanche and Keown Delomoney.  1 st lady out of the water, and in 7 th position, was Alice Edward.

At the opening of the 2017 Series’ prize giving, organizer Heather Campbell thanked all who had participated in, and supported, the 2017 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series.  Major supporter of the Series, in the provision of venue and support and safety crew, was Marine Surf Lifesaving Club.  Sponsors of events in the 2017 Series in the form of services and product, IT WORKS and TEGWEN AGENCIES respectively, were mentioned in the thanks as were all the volunteer assistants.

In a special presentation, a Marine Surf Lifesaving Club representative received a significant donation from the Dolphin Mile Surf Swim organizer on behalf of all the Dolphin Mile swimmers. The donation comprised a portion of every Series participants’ entry fee collected over the 2017 Series and would be used to assist MSLC to purchase an outboard motor for their inflatable rescue craft.

764 individual swimmers took part in the Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series of 9 events in 2017, an indication of the most promising and continued growth in the number of swimmers participating in open water sea swims.  Receiving special recognition for their commitment and achievement were the 17 swimmers who participated in all 9 of the 2017 Series events and a further 98 who participated in at least 6 of the 9 events.  Significant achievements!

The above swimmers qualified for receipt of 2017 Series age group prizes, awards being made to the top three Series’ finishers in each age group.

Also recognized for their significant achievement, 8 swimmers were presented with their “50 MILER” medals. These swimmers have completed 50 Dolphin Mile Series events since 2010!

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