Its swim time this weekend as the popular Marina Mile watersports festival, presented by Nicholas Melck, takes place on Saturday and Sunday in the salt water canals of Marina Martinique.
The first event of the day will be the Double Mile which starts at 8:30 am and will be a test of speed and endurance of the swimmers.
A 500m and bank to bank swims will take place before the premier event – the Marina Mile will take to the water at 11:30 am.
There is R 6000 prize money up for grabs in this year’s Marina Mile, compliments of Nicholas Melck and Steers Jeffreys Bay and the first 200 pre entered swimmers will each receive Marina Mile medals, courtesy of Metsi Water Solutions.
The following day a new event will be held – namely the Dash for Cash.
Swimmers will have to swim 100m with the top swimmers in each heat going through to the next round. Eventually only 3 swimmers will dash for the R 3000 prize money on offer for this event.
“The Dash for Cash will appeal to sprinters, who will have their endurance tested as they will have to swim heat after heat with very little rest inbetween,” said event organiser Brenton Williams.
Afterwards there will be an auction at the Infood Blu restaurant with some top quality wine going under the hammer.
The Dash for Cash and the auction are fundraisers for the Democratic Alliance in Kouga and holiday makers who own property in the Kouga will have an opportunity to meet the local councillors as well as the Member of Parliament for Kouga – Elza Van Lingen.
Entries for the Marina Mile can be done online at www.swimmingplus.com and close today, after which a late entry fee will be applicable when swimmers enter on the day.
Entries for the Dash for Cash can be done on 20 December and on the day of the swim with no late entry fee payable.
Visiting swimmers are invited to join the JBay swimmers on Thursday evening at 5:45 at the Infood Blu restaurant at Marina Martinique for a final training swim prior to the Mile.
Brenton Williams can be contacted on 0835496795 for any queries regarding the Marina Mile or the training swim.