Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series

2017


 

 2017 SERIES EVENT #6 - EVENT REPORT – SUNDAY 11 JUNE 2017

 Despite the stiff north-easterly wind of Saturday having dropped to a light breeze by late afternoon, the sea conditions of early Sunday morning were still somewhat unsettled as the 239 participants for Event 6 of the 2017 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series, and a large band of supporters, gathered at registration in the Marine Surf Lifesaving Club.

 The many first time entrants, amongst them triathletes preparing for the IRONMAN 70.3 Durban event next weekend, were keen to seek out some of the more seasoned Dolphin Mile swimmers on matters related to open water sea swimming technique. Early indications, due to the wave pattern and shape in the wave zone, were that water entry and exit conditions would be the most challenging of the 2017 Series’ swims, to date, and might prove to be a real challenge to the more inexperienced sea swimmers.

 At the whistle on the start line some way down the beach towards uShaka Pier, due to sand reclamation pumping and related activities, the swimmers took to the warm water through the shallows, prepared to face the challenge of making their way through the sets of breakers on their way to the pyramid turning buoy about 100m from the beach.  The negotiation of the wave zone proved to be the earlier-anticipated challenge to a good number of swimmers, and of significant advantage to those with sea swim experience to their credit. 

 This early hurdle caused the school of swimmers to stretch out very quickly with Martin Binedell and Keown Delamoney soon leading the way around the course. A sharp left turn at the pyramid buoy had all striking out on a longer-than-usual leg in the direction of Addington Beach.

 A right turn at the inner “Dolphin Mile” buoy off Addington, a short stretch to another right turn at the seaward buoy and it was the usual long 700 metre leg of the course south to the buoys off uShaka Pier.  Martin and Keown had opened up a good gap on a chasing group by the start of this leg, with the rest of the swimmers stretched along the length of the course. Another two right turns of the short turning leg, featuring the second “Dolphin Mile” buoy, and the pyramid buoy off the beach was reached after a swim along a relatively short leg of the course. A left turn at the pyramid buoy, and the excitement of an exit through the wave zone had to be experienced before the athletes could run up the beach to the finishing pen.

 Again it was the experienced sea swimmers who were able to take advantage of the breakers to overtake, or move ahead of, swimmers around them. Spectators on the beach were able to enjoy the spectacle of a few of these swimmers achieve a “nose-to-the-beach” exit from the water! 

 Martin again used his powerful finish to take the honours ahead of Keown with Joshua Gultig in third place. First lady out of the water, and in 8th position, was Alice Edwards with Lauren Bezuidenhout close behind. Johan Terblanche (4th overall) and young Amber Schlebusch (11th), respectively, took the honours in the male and female categories for swimmers wearing wetsuits.

 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 3 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 23 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 6h00 REGISTRATION ON SUNDAY 23 JULY 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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