The Secbands EPA Swim Challenge series kicked off with master swimmer Kevin Grey being the only athlete to take on the 10 K swim, which was swam over 4 x 2.5 K loops.
Rebecca Newman got her season off to a good start by swimming the 7.5 K in a time of 1: 52:04. “I was happy with my swim, especially as there was a lot of chop in the canals with all the wind”, said Newman afterwards.
Reegan Tait from Pinetown was the first male home in the 5 K, with Tammy Geyer from Port Elizabeth the first woman to finish, followed by Chane de Jager.
JC Van Wyk from Jeffreys Bay was the first non wetsuit master swimmer to finish, followed by fellow JBay swimmer, Brenton Williams, who swam a 5 K butterfly.
Reegan Tait capped a fine day of racing by taking the honours in the 3 K with up and coming Jeffreys Bay swimmer Caro de Jager winning the womens race.
PJ Duffy was the first master swimmer home in a respectable time of 43:51, which is a South African national qualifying time, followed by Richden Jute.
Denise Bosman was the first woman veteran to finish, with Angela Finlay coming second. Bosman also recorded a national qualifying time in the 3 K.
The next swim in Jeffreys Bay will be on Saturday 27 October. Details can be obtained by emailing Brenton Williams via firstname.lastname@example.org
The attention of the open water swim world will turn to Shelly Point in St Helena Bay on the West Coast for the Deep Blue 10 K Invitational with a 3 K swim also being staged this coming Saturday.