The final event of the EP Open Water Swim Series was held at Marina Martinique over the weekend with local swimmers totally dominating the various races.
J’Bay swim coach Brenton Williams lead the charge by winning the extreme Insight Properties 10 Km swim on Saturday from another Jeffreys Bay swimmer JC Van Wyk. Both Brenton and JC will be attempting their first ever Robben Island to Cape Town crossing in May.
Kevin Grey from Port Elizabeth who has also qualified to swim the Robben Island crossing took third place while Denise Bosman was the first lady home in the taxing swim.
Brenton was back in action on Sunday morning and backed up his victory in the 10 K by winning the jbaynews.com 5 K event with Jacqui Phayre from East London winning the women’s event.
“I had been battling with a tendon injury in my wrist after swimming a 25 K race in December which has responded well to treatment and decided to do some major mileage to test it”, said Brenton. “Everything went really well over the weekend and now all the focus is on Robben Island on 7 May”.
The Cirrus 3 K swim was won by Alan Searle from Humansdorp who touched the buoy ahead of his father Francis, who finished in second spot. Up and coming open water swimmer Caro De Jager from J’Bay, won the women’s event.
The Training Edge Gym 1 K swim was won by JC Van Wyk with Brenton Williams coming 3rd. Caro De Jager capped a fine weekend of swimming by claiming her second gold medal of the event by winning the women’s race. Sally Waterworth came third in the race, touching ahead of Michelle Richmond (both from Jeffreys Bay).
The 500 m swim was totally dominated by J’Bay swimmers with Pieter Ellis winning the race from brother Danie with Andre Saunders coming third. Becky Baard won her second 500 m swim of the season, beating Kaylyn Wooding into second spot.
Roland Van Wyk came third in the bank to bank swim with little brother Christiaan coming 5th. Leah Saunders overcame her initial nerves to come third in the girl’s race.
This was the last event in the series but there are more events planned for open water swimmers in the area. “We will be hosting a winter swim at Marina Martinique as well as a sea swim during the Shell Festival”, said Brenton Williams. “There is a lot of interest in the sport and we will be looking at creating new events in the upcoming summer season.
Steers Jeffreys Bay has announced that they will be the title sponsor of the 2011 Marina Mile which will take place on 23 December. “The 2010 Steers Marina Mile was a great event and we are excited about growing the swim this year”, said Breyton De Beer from Steers.
The Jeffreys Bay open water swimmers will continue training throughout winter and will still be meeting on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 6 am and Friday afternoons at 4 pm at Marina Martinique. More information can be obtained by emailing [email protected]