Participants in Event #1 of the 2019 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series will agree that they were most fortunate to enjoy great surf and weather conditions for their first Series swim of the year.  The stiff south-westerly winds of the previous two days, accompanied by fairly heavy rainfall, settled very nicely overnight.  The gentle swells of the sea flattened as the morning wore on, with shaped waves breaking on the outer banks on the outgoing tide.

The favourable weather conditions encouraged swimmers keen to enjoy their first Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series event, many as first-time participants. The offer of an 800m swim event, as an alternative to a standard Dolphin Mile (1.6km) or the longer Double Mile (3.2km) swim on the programme, provided an opportunity for those wishing to try their hand at an open water sea swim.  Despite traffic flow challenges associated with the Durban City Marathon, and with a good number of regular participants in Port Elizabeth for the IRONMAN African Championships, registration in the Marine Surf Lifesaving Clubhouse saw a record number of 258 entrants signing up.

The Dolphin Mile (1.6km) course had swimmers leaving the beach from the start, about 100m south of Marine Surf Lifesaving Club, and moving through the surf zone to the red turning buoy 100m off the beach.  A sharp left turn at this buoy and the swimmers stroked aheadon the 425m leg north to the first turning buoy off Addington Beach.  A right turn at this inner buoy, a short 50m stretch to another right turn at the seaward buoy, and it was the long 650metre leg of the course south to the buoys off uShaka Pier.  Two right turns of the short turning leg off uShaka and it was a 225m leg of the course back to the red pyramid buoy off the beach.A left turn, a swim through the surf, and it was up the beach to the finish.

The Double Mile (3.2km) course consisted of two laps of the Mile course (with a suitably-lengthened second lap).

The 800m course took entrants from the start to anorange 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.

First out of the water in the Dolphin Mile event was Sanele Nxumalo in a time of 20min 05sec, followed closely by Tatum Botha in 20min 07sec and Sasha-Lee Nordengen.

In the Double Mile event, first onto the beach after a very strong swim was Gary Albertyne in a time of 39min 24sec followed by Matthew Pelser in 41min 42sec and Jared Bernon in 42min and 8sec.

Completion of their swims on Sunday saw a number of regular Dolphin Milers receive tokens acknowledging their achievements to date.  Geoff Harrison and David Tennick joined the small group of regular Dolphin Milers with 60 Dolphin Mile Series miles to their credit with Janine Serrurier clocking 50 miles and a number of others earning milestone medals.

See table of results, with times, for Event #1 of the 2019 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series under the “Dates and Results” 

A brief summary table of event and age group category results for Event #1 on Sunday 7 April 2019 is as follows:


Category Male Female
First finisher Sanele Nxumalo Tatum Botha
M/F 10 to 12 Damien Angel Gemma Fottit
M/F 13 to 30 Sanele Nxumalo Tatum Botha
M/F 31 to 40 Derek Footit San-Mari Louw
M/F 41 to 50 Douglas Crayston Jill Hanass-Hancock
M/F 51 to 60 Paul Judkins
M/F 61 to 70 Ted Townsend Rita Townsend
M/F 71 and over Michael Burton


Double Mile Swim (3.2 km)
Category Male Female
First finisher Gary Albertyn Barbara Lavett
M/F 10 to 12 Arjun Ramkaran
M/F 13 to 30 Matthew Pelser Bailey Chatterton
M/F 31 to 40 Carina Hambloch Stephen Hunt
M/F 41 to 50 Gary Albertyn Barbara Lavett
M/F 51 to 60 Michiel Kemper Janine Serrurier
M/F 61 to 70 Mike Raubenheimer Helen Lucre
M/F 71 and over


800 metres
Category Male Female
First Finisher Malcolm Keeping Kiara Gerber
M/F 10 to 12 Elliott Springate Dayna Deeble
M/F 13 to 30 Kiara Gerber
M/F 31 to 40 Jethro Snyders Liesl Heckroodt
M/F 41 to 50 Vincent King Caroline Futter
M/F 51 to 60 Malcolm Keeping
M/F 61 to 70 Brogan Robert Shelley Angelil
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, 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 event is on Sunday 14April 2019, 5h45 to 6h30 registration at Marine SLSC for a 7h00 start.




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