DOLPHIN MILE SURF SWIM
2019 SERIES EVENT #2- EVENT REPORT – SUNDAY 21 APRIL 2019
Near-perfect surf conditions (the strong westerly and big swell of Saturday had died down overnight to leave the sea flat with little swell, at the start of an incoming tide, under overcast skies with a light drizzle of rain) were a most welcome sight, after the disappointment of the postponement of Event#2 last weekend, to those gathering for registration in the Marine Surf Lifesaving Club.
Despite the necessary rescheduling of the event from the previous Sunday due to the presence of bluebottles in great number, there was a good turnout of 158 swimmers for this event. A good number of Dolphin Mile “first-timers” were able to participate as they were in Durban for the Easter weekend.
Events on the day, once more, reminded us that electronics and water are an undesirable mix! The race computer received a bit of a “bath” at the start of the event and officials had to resort to the old, tried-and-tested method of manual capture of times and finish positions at the beach finish (“call back the past” for some of the experienced Dolphin Milers!).
Conditions indicated a clockwise course for the Mile (1600m) from the start on the beach 100 metres south of MSLSC. Swimmers took to the water through the small surf break at the sound of the starter’s whistle. A left turn at the first turning point, a red pyramid buoy, 100 metres off the beach had the swimmers on the first short leg north towards Addington Beach. Two right turns at the buoys of the turning leg and the school stretched out south along the longest leg of the course. Two right turns at the buoys off uShaka Pier and the swimmers were on course for the red buoy off the start line. A left turn at this buoy, a swim through the breakers and a short run up the beach had the finishers across the line.
The 800m course took entrants from the start to a blue turning buoy 100m off the beach. A right turn and the swimmers set off to round the uShaka buoys with two left turns to follow a course back to the red pyramid buoy off the beach. A 100m swim through the surf and they were through the finish area.
Results were quickly correlated and a brief gathering was held in the Marine Clubhouse with proceedings completed by 9h00.
See summary table of results below and full results, with times, here.
A brief summary table of event and age group category results for Sunday 21 April is as follows:
|DOLPHIN MILE (1600m)|
|First finisher||Leshen Pillay||Kira Ribbink|
|M/F 10 to 12||Adrian Truter||Madison Alberts|
|M/F 13 to 30||Leshen Pillay||Kira Ribbink|
|M/F 31 to 40||Donn Stewart||Carina Hambloch|
|M/F 41 to 50||Trevor du Plessis||Arita du Bruyn|
|M/F 51 to 60||Graham du Toit||Caren Naude|
|M/F 61 to 70||Mike Raubenheimer||Clare Davie|
|M/F 71 and over||John Barnes||Beverley Shuttleworth|
|M/F 10 to 12||Damien Angel|
|M/F 13 to 30||Caleb Celotti||Gayle Milln|
|M/F 31 to 40||Tasneem Docrat|
|M/F 41 to 50||Anel Fenske|
|M/F 51 to 60|
|M/F 61 to 70||Robert Brogen||Pam Chadderton|
|M/F 71 and over|
The start of a Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series event follows registration in the impressive Marine Surf Lifesaving Club clubhouse facility between Addington and uShaka Beaches. The course is set, marshaled and patrolled by members of the Marine SLSC safety team with a crew in an inflatable, and others on surfskis and Malibu boards under the watchful eye of the MSLC crew and Safety Officer, Mike Raubenheimer, and event Organizer, Heather Campbell. The course start and finish positions are adjusted for each of the Dolphin Mile events, according to prevailing surf conditions and in the best interests of the participating swimmers’ safety.
The size of more recent groups of entrants, both male and female from age ten through to seventy-plus years, indicates the growing appeal of the challenge of this event to all levels of participating swimmer.
With the organizer’s emphasis on the promotion of participation, with a small measure of recognition for elite performance, the success of this nationally unique and self-sustaining series can be attributed to the support of the local swimming fraternity.
Results are quickly correlated and a brief gathering for announcements and a “lucky draw” is held in the Marine SLC Clubhouse soon after 9h00, where participants are also able to enjoy the fare obtainable from the Club’s refreshment facility.
Marine SLC, once again, agreed to host all events of the 2019 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series. A word of thanks, on behalf of the Dolphin Mile participants and organizers, must go to the Marine Surf Lifesaving Club members for inviting the Dolphin Mile Surf Swim participants to make use of their wonderful facility for these surf swim events.
Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series’ swim caps (compulsory for all swimmers) are issued, at a nominal cost to participants, on registration for events.
The next Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series event is on Sunday 5 May 2019, 5h45 to 6h30 registration at Marine SLSC for a 7h00 start.
SEE YOU AT THE 5h45 to 6h30 REGISTRATION (START AT 7h00)
ON SUNDAY 5 May 2019 at MARINE SURF LIFESAVING CLUB.
WATCH THIS SPACE AND CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS OF THE 2019 DOLPHIN MILE SURF SWIM SERIES