Entries open for InFood Blu Cold Water Classic

2015-06-11 06:01
Last year the King of Robben Island, Theodore Yach entered the Infood Blu Cold Water Classic and he described the event as being a “superbly organised swim that presented some real challenges”.
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DIRK ERASMUS

Last year the King of Robben Island, Theodore Yach entered the Infood Blu Cold Water Classic and he described the event as being a “superbly organised swim that presented some real challenges”. Photo: DIRK ERASMUS

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JEFFREYS Bay has become known as the home of open water swimming in the Eastern Cape, with regular events being held in the salt water canals of Marina Martinique.

The Marina Mile, which is held every December, is a bucket list event and there are more gruelling events like the 5km or 10km swims, or even a 12 miles in 12 hours endurance swim.

Everything changes in winter, however, as the water temperature drops to a chilly 12 degrees Celsius and the toughest swimmers in South Africa will congregate in JBay to take on the challenge of swimming the Infood Blu Cold Water Classic – a 7.5km swim, wearing nothing more than a speedo type costume, goggles and a swim cap.

Known as Channel Rules, swimmers will have to be conditioned to be able to spend up to two hours in the cold water and hoping they will be able to finish the swim before hyperthermia starts kicking in.

There will also be a 2.5km swim where participants have a choice of wearing a wetsuit or swimming according to Channel Rules. The wetsuit category is being sponsored by Blu Smooth.

The inaugural event was won by Kevin Grey in 2013, while Rebecca Newman won the title in 2014.

Last year the King of Robben Island, Theodore Yach entered the Infood Blu Cold Water Classic and he described the event as being a “superbly organised swim that presented some real challenges”.

Only pre entries are being allowed for the event due to safety considerations and swimmers can enter online via www.swimmingplus.com

Regular training sessions are held at Marina Martinique and visiting swimmers are welcome to join the locals. More information can be obtained from Brenton on 083 549 6795

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