The first 10 km event of the 2010/11 swim season will take place on Saturday afternoon at the Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay.

Chris Van Der Sande and Jessica Roux, the top open water swimmers in the Eastern Province will be in action and will be keen to swim their best times for the season as both gear up to defend their Marina Mile titles in December.

The weekend’s action will kick off at 3 pm on Saturday afternoon with the first 10 km event of the season. Swimming for 10 km is not easy and tests an athlete’s mental and physical abilities to the maximum.

The salt water canals of Marina Martinique are tailor made for open water swimming

Last weekend one of the top open water swimmer’s in the world, Fran Crippen died while competing in a 10 K World Cup swim in Dubai. The water was around 30 degrees which was too hot to sprint swim a 10 km event.

Thomas Lutz, the most successful open water swimmer of all time was critical of the fact that there is no maximum temperature for open water swims. There are minimum temperature requirements for sanctioned swims but officials will have to look at swims taking place in warm water venues.

Kouga Swim Club coach Brenton Williams will be taking on his first big swim of the season after swimming the 5 Km at the first event at Marina Martinique earlier in the month.

“The 10 Km is the most challenging open water swim that is being regarded as a sprint event. We are hosting the first ever 25 km swim as part of the Steers Marina Mile in December so all the swims are just building up to that right now”, said Brenton.

Sunday will see the jbaynews.com 5 km swim as well as the Cirrus 3 km swim take plave at 09h00 at the Marina. All the swims are taking place in front of the LaCaribe flats.

The 500m swim will start at 10h30 and the bank to bank at 10h45 while the Training Edge 1 km swim will start at 11h00. Swimmers must have entered half and hour before the start of their respective race.

The Kouga Swim Club has commenced with open water training at Marina Martinique at 06h15 on a Tuesday and Thursday morning as well at 16h00 on a Friday afternoon.

Online entries can be completed at www.ecswim.co.za

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