Tales relating to the exploits and achievements of many, who participated in the most challenging conditions of Event #3 of last weekend, would have appeared to have been exaggerated as one prepared for Event #4 on Sunday!

It was a most welcome return to the “near perfect” conditions of the first two Dolphin Mile Series events of 2018 for the many gathered at registration in the Marine Surf Lifesaving Club; 286 entrants, 220 for the Mile event and 65 preparing to test themselves in the inaugural Double Mile (3.2 km) surf swim.

Turning out in their numbers were members of the tri-athlete fraternity, loosening up ahead of their participation in the IRONMAN 70.3 DURBAN event of next weekend.

No breeze, a warm and flat sea with very little wave action on an outgoing tide again provided the winter surf swim conditions for which Durban is renowned.

The starter’s whistle had all the swimmers into the water from the beach in front of the Marine Surf Lifesaving Club and stroking out for the turning buoy 100m out.

A left turn at the red pyramid buoy had the swimmers heading north to the turning leg off Addington Beach. Two right turns at the buoys stretched the school in a southerly direction along the 650m, and longest leg, of the course. Two right turns off uShaka Pier and it was a 350m swim back to the red pyramid buoy and a short swim to, and jog up, the beach for the Mile swimmers.

The Double Milers continued on, completing a slightly-lengthened second lap of the course for completion of the 3.2 km swim, before turning left at the pyramid buoy for their 100m swim to the shore and the finishing tunnel up the beach.

First non-wetsuit swimmers out of the water in the Dolphin Mile event were Shaun Dias 19m05, followed by Asher Biggs 20m09 and Jared Bernon 20m42. First female non-wetsuit finisher was Carina Hambloch 22m41. But the tri-athletes in their wetsuits were in the leading pack. 2nd out the water was Amber Schlebusch 20m04, 4th Joshua de la Porte 20m36 and Matthew Goetsch 21m01.

In the Two Mile event, Martin Binedell in time of 35m27, led the pack for much of the two-lap course to take the honours ahead of Mark de Swardt,36m14 and 13 year old Arno Gauche 37m39. First female out was Sarah Ferguson in 41m25 in 8th position.

See table of results, with times, for Event #4 of the 2018 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series under the “Dates and Results”

A brief summary table of event and age group category results for Event #4 on Sunday 27 May 2018 is as follows:

DOLPHIN MILE (1600m) non-wetsuit
Category Male Female
First male/female Shaun Dias Carina Hambloch
M/F 10 to 12 Sivash Govender Tasnim Nabbie
M/F 13 to 30 Shaun Dias Bulelewa Mzimela
M/F 31 to 40 Haydn Skinner Carina Hambloch
M/F 41 to 50 Mark Duncan Ruthmaree Smith
M/F 51 to 60 Shannon Robertson Linda Phipson
M/F 61 to 70 Ashley Narramore Helen Lucre
M/F 71 and over Michael Burton

Two Mile Swim (3.2 km)
Category Male Female
First finisher Martin Binnedell Sarah Ferguson

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. Also most supportive of the series are those who come forward, donating product and the like for presentation to participants in the form of lucky draw prizes, after each series event.

Results are quickly correlated and a brief prize giving is held in the Marine Clubhouse soon after 9h00, where participants are also able to enjoy the fare obtainable from the Club’s refreshment facility.

Marine SLC has, once again, agreed to host all events of the 2018 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 2018 T-shirts will be on sale at the 5h45 to 6h30 registration (start 7h00) for the next event of the Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series on Sunday 10 June at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club. Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series’ swim caps (compulsory for all swimmers) will also be issued, at a nominal cost to participants, on registration for the event.

SEE YOU AT THE 5h45 to 6h30 REGISTRATION (START AT 7h00) ON *SUNDAY 10 June 2018 at

*SWIM DISTANCES: Mile (1,6 km) and 800 metres

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