Jeffreys Bay can proudly claim to be the only cold water swim venue outside of the Western Cape after the inaugural JBay Cold Water Classic was held in 12.5 degree water on Saturday.
The 7.5 Km swim was tough and Kevin Grey used all his experience to claim victory over PJ Duffey, who was the race leader until the 5 K mark.
“I was still feeling alright at 5 K and decided to up the pace of the swim and managed to take the lead and keep it”, said Grey after the race.
Richden Jute finished in 3rd position with Cape Town swimmer Martin Vleggaar finishing fourth.
Jeffreys Bay swimmer JC Van Wyk won the 2.5 K swim over Kendal Wright with Amy Erasmus winning the women’s division from Cecelia Belgraver.
Jared Cassidy won the wetsuit category.
The youngest swimmer who entered, Etienne Jordaan (11 yrs) managed to swim 2 K before the cold water claimed him.
“I will be back next year as I really want to finish the Classic. Marina Martinique is a great place to swim and I also want to swim the Marina Mile in December” said Etienne.
The Cold Water Classic was held at the beach area of the new Infood Blu restaurant at Marina Martinique and all future swims will be held from the new venue.
“We are very happy that we have established a legitimate cold water swim in the Eastern Cape, said event organiser Brenton Williams.
“Cold water is regarded as being sub 15 degrees C and with an average water temperature of 12.5 degrees, Marina Martinique will grow in stature as a cold water swimming venue during the winter months”, added Williams.
The opening function of the JBay Winter Fest was held at the Marina right after the swim and the festival was officially opened by Councillor Benjamin, who said she had a huge amount of respect for all the swimmers who took part in the swim.
Full results can be found at www.swimmingplus.com