2019 SERIES EVENT #3 – EVENT REPORT – SUNDAY 5 MAY 2019
Great conditions for a surf swim!
This was the welcoming scene that greeted the 300+ (a Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series event record) entrants for Event #3 of the 2019 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series at registration in Marine Surf Lifesaving Club on Sunday.
Thank you to all, from far and wide, who supported the event. Turning out to swell the number of entrants were those busy with final preparations for the IRONMAN 70.3 Durban event on 2 June.
As has been the case for all 3 Dolphin Mile events to date, conditions again indicated a clockwise coursefor 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, 650m, leg of the course.Two right turns at the buoys off uShaka Pier and theswimmerswere 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 two 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.
Congratulations to Paul Judkins on becoming the first Dolphin Miler to notch up 70 Dolphin Miles! Siva Padayachee reached the 60 Dolphin Miles mark and Michiel Kemper, Byron Morrison and Ian Wessels joined the small, but rapidly-growing, band of regular Dolphin Milers who have completed 50 Dolphin Miles since 2010.
The completion of a single open water mile swim is a significant achievement in any person’s book of life experiences; an open water sea mile completed certainly takes that achievement up a notch or two!
Results were quickly correlated and a brief gathering was held in the Marine Clubhouse with proceedings completed by 9h00.
See summary table of provisional results below and full list of provisional results here
A brief summary table of event and age group category results for Sunday 5 May is as follows:
|DOLPHIN MILE (1600m)|
|First finisher||Guy Brooks||Tatum Botha|
|M/F 10 to 12||Luc Lepront||Madison Alberts|
|M/F 13 to 30||Guy Brooks||Tatum Botha|
|M/F 31 to 40||Gian-Nicola De Dominics||Kirsty Hodgson|
|M/F 41 to 50||Owen Sheftz||Barbara Lavett|
|M/F 51 to 60||Michiel Kemper||Boenie Bees|
|M/F 61 to 70||Ted Townsend||Rita Townsend|
|M/F 71 and over||Les Hadenham|
|First Finisher||Leshen Pillay||Megan Stewart|
|M/F 10 to 12||Connor Porter||Megan Stewart|
|M/F 13 to 30||Leshen Pillay||Rebecca Dickens|
|M/F 31 to 40||–||Angela Marlton|
|M/F 41 to 50||William Stewart||Linda Behrens|
|M/F 51 to 60||Craig Behrens||Sue Keal|
|M/F 61 to 70||Steve Evans||Pamela Chadderton|
|M/F 71 and over||–||Zoe Slade|
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 26 May 2019, 5h45 to 6h30 registration at Marine SLSC for a 7h00 start.
SEE YOU AT THE 5h45 to 6h30REGISTRATION (START AT 7h00)
ON SUNDAY 26 May 2019 at MARINE SURF LIFESAVING CLUB.
WATCH THIS SPACE AND CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS OF THE 2019 DOLPHIN MILE SURF SWIM SERIES