All systems “Go” for the postponed (from 24 June – due to sardine activity along the KZN South Coast) Event #6 of the 2018 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series!

The sardines appeared reluctant to enter the sheltered waters of the Addington Beach area of Durban Bay, the shark nets were down and weather conditions had settled very nicely behind the advance of a cold front from the South on Saturday.

A mid-winter chill in the early morning air with a light Southerly wind, a flat sea, comfortable water temperature and good water visibility.  Great sea swim conditions!

Well done to the 120 intrepid Dolphin Milers, and their supporters, who turned out at registration in the Marine Surf Lifesaving Clubhouse to enter for either the Mile (1.6 km) or Double Mile (3.2 km) swim events.

Completion of their swims on Sunday saw a number of regular Dolphin Milers receive tokens acknowledging their achievements to date.  Particularly noteworthy achievements were those of Barbara Lavett and Sandile Shange, having completed 60 Dolphin Miles (Paul Judkins leading the way with 64 Miles to his credit!).  Bryan Barker, John Love, Peter Lavett and Alexandra Torborg joined David Tennick (57), Les Hadenham (55), Geoff Harrison (55), John Barnes (53), Peta Harrison (53), Siva Padayachee (53), Alan Gibb (52) and Rocco Trollip (51) in the group having completed 50 Miles.

The starter’s whistle had all the swimmers into the water from the beach directly 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 and the swimmers stretched out in a northerly direction to the turning leg off Addington Beach.  Two right turns at the buoys and the school stroked south 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 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 as they reached the red pyramid buoy for the second time before undertaking their 100m swim to the shore and the jog to the finishing tunnel on the beach.

First out of the water in the Dolphin Mile1.6km event was first time swimmer Xavier Beukes, followed by wetsuited Kayla-Leigh Ribbink, Matt Collins and Kira Ribbink.

In the 3.2km event, it was an interesting duel at the head of the pack all along the course between wetsuited Mitch Emanuel and Donovan von Gelder that had the spectators on the beach abuzz.  After trading positions along the way, the two swimmers rounded the red buoy together on their way to the finish.  Mitch enjoyed a strong finish to take the honours ahead of Donovan. First female out was wetsuited Hayles Mee and non-wetsuit Sarah Ferguson.

A brief summary table of event and age group category results for Event #6 on Sunday 15 July 2018 is as follows:


DOLPHIN MILE (1600m) non-wetsuit
Category Male Female
First male/female Xavier Beukes Shreya Govender
M/F 10 to 12 Dhilan Govender Tasnim Nabbie
M/F 13 to 30 Xavier Beukes Shreya Govender
M/F 31 to 40 Paul Watson Liza Jane Fowler
M/F 41 to 50 Shaun Dickson Tracy McKay
M/F 51 to 60 Alan Gibb Linda Phipson
M/F 61 to 70 Geoff Harrison Jenny Ireland
M/F 71 and over Bevin Calvert  


Two Mile Swim (3.2 km) (non-wetsuit)
Category Male Female
First finisher Matthew Pelser 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 22 July 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 22 July 2018 at


*SWIM DISTANCE: Mile (1,6 km)

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