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Rebecca Newman wins the Cold Water Classic

Cold and cloudy conditions greeted swimmers taking part in the Cold Water Classic at Marina Martinique, Jeffreys Bay this morning.

The water temperature was 14C with the air even colder at 12C, but this did little to deter some of the most extreme open water swimmers in South Africa from completing distances ranging from a Mile to a triple Mile.

Reigning Cold Water Classic champion Rebecca Newman took her third title with a dominant swim in the triple Mile event.

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Swimmers could only wear costumes, goggles and a swim cap for the triple Mile, as it was swam according to Channel rules.

“The water was way warmer than last year where we had to deal with 11C water and I felt comfortable the entire swim,” said Newman after her victory.

Jeffreys Bay swimmer JC Van Wyk won the men’s division of the triple Mile.

One of the stars of the Cold Water Classic, presented by Nicholas Melck Properties, was 9 yr old Abriella Bredell, who swam her first ever sub 15C Mile, wearing nothing more than her costume, goggles and swim cap.

“I do wear a wetsuit when I go surfing but I want to swim Robben Island so I have to get used to the cold water and swim in my costume,” said a satisfied Bredell after her swim.

Abriella Bredell swimming the Mile. Photo" Dirk Erasmus

Abriella Bredell swimming the Mile. Photo” Dirk Erasmus

Bredell aims to swim the Robben Island – Blouberg Beach crossing in the next few years and the Cold Water Classic is an integral part of her open water swim journey.

Full results can be found at www.swimmingplus.com

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