Gear down for icy swim classic

2017-06-22 06:00
Top South African and local open water swimmers will tackle the ice cold water of Marina Martinique on July 16. Jessica Newman won the JBay Winterfest Cold Water Swim Classic last year.                                               Photo:DIRK ERASMUS

Top South African and local open water swimmers will tackle the ice cold water of Marina Martinique on July 16. Jessica Newman won the JBay Winterfest Cold Water Swim Classic last year. Photo:DIRK ERASMUS

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SPEEDO v GOGGLES v SWIM CAP v BRAVE v

Don your winter woollies this July and join top South African and local open water swimmers for the fifth Cold Water Swim Classic at Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay on July 16 at 09:30.

Presented by Nicholas Melck, the icy event has become one of the core events on the JBay Winerfest calendar. With water temperatures ranging from 11 degrees Celsius to a warm 14 degrees Celsius, this extreme event is the only re-cognised cold water swim in the Eastern Cape.

Swimmers competing in the Mile or Double Mile event, can either wear a wetsuit or compete in accordance with channel rules and wear only a speedo type costume, goggles and a swim cap.

Those competing in the Triple Mile event, which is an official qualifying swim for the notorious Robben Island Crossing, are only allowed to wear a speedo.

This year all eyes will be on two young swimmers, who will test their cold water swimming skills.

Abriella Bredall (10) will compete in the Triple Mile event as part of her journey to become the youngest swimmer to swim from Robben Island to Blouberg. Her sister Issataya (8) has her eyes set on becoming the youngest swimmer to complete the Mile event at the Cold Water Swim Classic.

The final training for the Cold Water Swim Classic will be held at Marina Martinique at July 9. All swimmers are welcome to join.

Enter at https://www.zsports.co.za/coldwaterclassic.

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