DOLPHIN MILE SURF SWIM
2019 SERIES EVENT #6- EVENT REPORT – SUNDAY 23 JUNE 2019
The 180 swimmers and supporters gathering at registration in the Marine Surf Lifesaving Club for Event #6 of the 2019 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series were not disappointed. The light overnight, westerly breeze had settled the sea and the sun rose on a great Durban winter’s day to reveal near-perfect surf swim conditions. Air temperature was comfortably mild and the sea temperature still pleasantly warm for the middle of winter. How typically Durban!
Congratulations to Bryan Barker, Les Hadenham and Peta Harrison for each completing their 60th Dolphin Mile and to Jeremy Lister-James on completion of his 40th Dolphin Mile.
A good number of visitors to Durban took the opportunity to add a Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series swim to their list of achievements, some participating for the first time. In this group was a visitor, Justin Zhang, from California USA. We trust that all enjoyed their experience.
The starter’s whistle had the swimmers off the start line and into the water at 7h00. The incoming tide had wave sets building as they crossed the outer sand bank, causing the swimmers, making their way off the beach, to time their swims through the breaker zone.
Sea and weather conditions again indicated a clockwise course for the Mile (1600m) from the start on the beach 100 metres south of MSLC. Swimmers made their way to the left turn at the first turning point, a red pyramid buoy,100 metres off the beach. This turn 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, with a few experienced surf swimmers taking good advantage of the waves to bring them into the shallows, 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 23 June is as follows:
|DOLPHIN MILE (1600m)|
|First finisher||Xavier Beukes||Kira Ribbink|
|M/F 10 to 12||Connor Porter||Madison Alberts|
|M/F 13 to 30||Xavier Beukes||Kira Ribbink|
|M/F 31 to 40||Brett Ireland||Carina Hambloch|
|M/F 41 to 50||Chris Mowbray||Megan Albertyne|
|M/F 51 to 60||Michiel Kemper||Boenie Bees|
|M/F 61 to 70||Mike Raubenheimer||Jenny Ireland|
|M/F 71 and over||Jimmy Hughes|
|First Finisher||Jake Borraoeiro||Rene Sauerman|
|M/F 10 to 12||Jake Borraoeiro||Rene Sauerman|
|M/F 13 to 30||Kevin Primer||Jenna Ladnder|
|M/F 31 to 40||Abraham Kritzinger||Anne-Marie Beneke|
|M/F 41 to 50||Roy Primmer|
|M/F 51 to 60|
|M/F 61 to 70||Kelvin Johnson|
|M/F 71 and over||John Barnes|
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 host all events of the 2019 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series. A word of thanks, on behalf of the Dolphin Mile participants and organizers, go to the Marine Surf Lifesaving Club members for inviting the Dolphin Mile Surf Swim participants to use 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 21 July 2019, 5h45 to 6h30 registration at Marine SLSC for a 7h00 start.
SEE YOU AT THE 5h45 to 6h30REGISTRATION (START AT 7h00)
ON SUNDAY 21 JULY 2019 at MARINE SURF LIFESAVING CLUB.
WATCH THIS SPACE AND CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS OF THE 2019 DOLPHIN MILE SURF SWIM SERIES