Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series

2017


 

 2017 SERIES EVENT #7 - EVENT REPORT – SUNDAY 23 JULY 2017 

Perfect sea swim conditions! 

An accurate description of the conditions for the 7 th Event of the 2017 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series held on Sunday.  The 130 participants in the event were treated to an experience epitomising all of that which mid-winter in Durban has to offer open water swimmers.  These favourable conditions make Durban a popular venue for a wide range of outdoor activities at this time of year, as evidenced by the busy programme of water sport-related events in the city on Sunday. 

With the pumping of sand onto the beach, forming part of the annual beach maintenance  programme, having come to a most welcome end, swimmers were treated to a beach start directly in front of the Marine Surf Lifesaving Club’s clubhouse. 

The starter’s whistle saw swimmers take to the relatively warm water through very small surf to set out for the pyramid buoy about 100 metres from the beach to take the first left turn of the 1600 metre course.  Many regular participants of the Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series were to record their “personal best” in this event, thanks to the great swim conditions. 

The flat sea also afforded the many spectators on the beach the opportunity to watch the participants as they spread out along the length of the course. Two right turns at the buoys off Addington beach and the swimmers had the longest leg (750 metres) of the course ahead of them.  A further two right turns at the buoys off uShaka Pier and the pyramid buoy was again in sight.  A left turn at this buoy was followed by a swim to the beach and a short jog up to the finish line. 

Wetsuit-clad Joe Terblanche led the way at the head of the school for much of the course and emerged from the water in 1st place.  Young Arno Gauche took 2 nd position after a very good swim and Tatum Botha, 1st female, placed 3 rd. 

Results were again quickly correlated and a brief prizegiving was held in the Marine Clubhouse with proceedings completed by 9h00.                               

 The start of Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series events follows registration in the Marine Surf Lifesaving Club clubhouse facility.  The course is set, marshalled and patrolled by members of the Marine SLC safety team with rescue swimmers in the surf break, a crew in an inflatable, and others on surfskis and Malibu boards under the watchful eye of the Safety Officer, Mike Raubenheimer, and his staff of MSLC crew, and event organizer, Heather Campbell.  The course start and finish positions are adjusted for Dolphin Mile events, according to prevailing surf conditions and in the best interests of the participating swimmers’ safety. 

Thanks go to MSLC members at the Club for sharing their Club facilities with the growing number of Dolphin Mile swimmers, their families and friends.

The dates of all the 2017 Series events (only 2 Series events left on the 2017 calendar!) are carried elsewhere on this website. Swimmers completing 6 or more of the 9 Series events will receive special recognition, at the end of the series, for their level of participation.  

Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series 2017 T-shirts (with a limited number of long-sleeved T-shirts available) will be on sale at the 6h00 to 6h45 registration (start 7h00) for the next event of the Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series on Sunday 6 August 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 6h00 REGISTRATION ON SUNDAY 6 AUGUST 2017 at

MARINE SURF LIFESAVING CLUB.

 

   

 Discovery/ Vitality Members

You will now be awarded 600 Vitality points for every Dolphin Mile swim you do for the rest of the year. please make sure you advise us of your full initial and ID number to ensure you get placed in the system.

  • #1 Sunday 9th April 2017
  • # 2 Sunday 23rd April 2017
  • #3 Sunday 7th May 2017
  • #4 Sunday 21st MAy 2017
  • #5 Sunday 4th June 2017
  • #6 Sunday 11th June 2017
  • #7 Sunday 23rd July 2017
  • #8 Sunday 6th August 2017
  • #9 Sunday 3rd September 2017

 

IMPORTANT :  ENTRY FORM INFORMATION 2017

 

1. The Declaration on the Entry form is for ALL events in 2017 Series.

2. Therefore, Entry form only needs to be completed once for 2017 Series.

3. If you are swimming the next event on the calendar, please sms/email Heather by the Friday beforehand so your name can be entered into the timing system.

4. If you are pre-entered as above then on Sunday morning go to the Pre-Entry table to pay and get your race number. 

5. If you have queries please contact Heather 0823207083.   

 

 FURTHER INFORMATION:

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 MSLC crew 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 sizes of the recent fields of entrant, both male and female, for events of the series of nine events in 2017, from age 10 through to 70+ years, indicates the steadily 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 have come forward, donating product and the like for presentation to participants, in the form of lucky draw prizes, after each series event.

Results are always 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 hosted all 11 of the events of the 2017 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim events.  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.

 

FIRST DOLPHIN MILE SURF SWIM SERIES EVENT FOR 2017, SUNDAY 9 APRIL 2017.

 PLEASE NOTE: Registration at 6:00 AM Start at 7:00 AM

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