The second swim of the open water season in the Eastern Cape takes place on Sunday at Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay.
The Eastern Province Aquatics Swim Challenge Series will be held at the old shark aquarium, the same venue as the Jeffreys Bay Shell Festival Mile which took place last weekend.
Swimmers have a choice of distances to swim, ranging from the 10 K Olympic distance event to the entry level 1 K swim. U/10 swimmers will be catered for with a bank to bank swim.Wetsuit swimmers will be allowed but their times will not be eligible for Swim South Africa rankings.
Marina Martinique is regarded as one of the best open water swim venues in South Africa with events having being staged in the salt water canals since 2002, when the Marina Mile was re-established by local swimmer Brenton Williams and Yvonne Lentinello, a Jeffreys Bay estate agent.
The water temperature during summer ranges from 18 – 29 degrees and with no currents or rips to worry about; the Marina is a very safe venue to stage open water swim events.
Swimming past home owners who support the swimmers from their wooden decks on the canals creates a unique atmosphere for open water swimmers.
Roger Finch, who recently became the first South African to ever complete the triple crown of open water swimming, trained in the Marina as part of his preparation for the Catalina Channel crossing and the 10 K Olympic medallist in London, Martina Grimaldi also trained in Jeffreys Bay as part of her build up to Olympic glory.
The series dates are:
•Round 1 – Sunday 7th October
•Round 2 – Sunday 4th November
•Round 3 – Sunday 2nd December
•Round 4 – EP OWS Champs Sat 19/Sun 20 January
•Round 5 – Sunday 3rd February
Swimmers can register for the series at www.ecswim.co.za
Brenton Williams can be contacted at [email protected] for information about training at Marina Martinique as well as other swim events that take place in Jeffreys Bay.