2019 SERIES EVENT #8- EVENT REPORT – SUNDAY 4 AUGUST 2019
A late Durban winter’s day and great weather and surf conditions for the penultimate event of the 2019 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series welcomed all who turned up at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club on Sunday morning. A very settled sea under lightly-overcast conditions had 203 swimmers entered for the Mile and 800 metre events, a good number for their very first Dolphin Mile swim.
Congratulations to David Tennick for joining the group of only four Dolphin Milers to have notched 70 Miles. Congratulations also go to John Love and Alexandra Torborg (60 Miles), Bailey Chatterton, Michele Hartslief, Surisha Murugan and Howard Player (30 Miles).
Sea and weather conditions again indicated a clockwise coursefor the Mile (1600m) from the start on the beach 100 metres south of MSLC. There was an air of anticipation as swimmers and supporters gathered on the beach in the still morning air, comfortably mild of temperature after the chilly mornings of the previous few days.
The starter’s whistle had the swimmers off the start lineand into the water at 7h00.
Swimmers made their way easily through the small breakers to the left turn at the first turning point, a red pyramid buoy,100metres off the beach. This turn had the swimmers on the 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 theswimmerswere on course for the red buoy off the start line. A left turn at this buoy, an easy approach to the beach through the small waves and a short run up the beach hadfinishers 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.
A brief summary table of event and age group category results for Sunday 4 August 2019 is as follows:
|DOLPHIN MILE (1600m)|
|First finisher||Chris McGlynn||Mykae Forrest|
|M/F 10 to 12||Connor Porter||Tasmin Nabbie|
|M/F 13 to 30||Chris McGlynn||Mykae Forrest|
|M/F 31 to 40||Jason Cooke||Ilse Steyn|
|M/F 41 to 50||Stefan van der Westhuizen||Amanda Koegelenberg|
|M/F 51 to 60||Michiel Kemper||Janine Serrurier|
|M/F 61 to 70||Mike Raubenheimer||Heather Jolley|
|M/F 71 and over||Jimmy Hughes|
|First Finisher||Jake Borrageiro||Christina Sauerman|
|M/F 10 to 12||Jake Borrageiro||Rene Sauerman|
|M/F 13 to 30||Matt Morris||Christina Sauerman|
|M/F 31 to 40||Storme Wilson|
|M/F 41 to 50||Heath Meadow||Cheree Dufner|
|M/F 51 to 60||David Dungan|
|M/F 61 to 70|
|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 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, and final, event of the 2019 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series is on Sunday 1 September 2019, 5h45 to 6h30 registration at Marine SLSC for a 7h00 start.
SEE YOU AT THE 5h45 to 6h30REGISTRATION (START AT 7h00)
ON SUNDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2019 at MARINE SURF LIFESAVING CLUB.
WATCH THIS SPACE AND CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS OF THE 2019 DOLPHIN MILE SURF SWIM SERIES