Swim duo triumphs at Kromme River Descent

2016-06-16 06:00
Cape St Francis  local and owner of Liquid Lines, Haydn Holmes.             Photo: SUPPLIED

Cape St Francis local and owner of Liquid Lines, Haydn Holmes. Photo: SUPPLIED

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WETSUIT, goggles, determination, and years of experience . . . this swimming duo is a winning combination.

Cape St Francis local and owner of Liquid Lines, Haydn Holmes and his swimming partner, Chris Mowbray from Port Elizabeth, triumphed at the recent Kromme River Descent challenge with an overall time of 2 hours and 45 minutes.

The second team home was Port Elizabeth swimmers Brad Reen and Craig Walland, while Cape St Francis’s Maria Holmes and her partner Tracy Gous of Port Elizabeth were the third team overall and the first wo-men’s team home.

Now in its third year, the Kromme River Descent is a two-day14km swim that currently only accommodates 50 swimmers who swim in teams of two.

On day one, swimmers complete a distance of 6km and 8km on day two.

According to event organiser, Kevin Richards, each day is swum with the outgoing tide. “Day one starts at the top of the Kromme River, as far as it is possible to go by boat,” says Richards. “Swimmers are ferried to the start from the Kromme Island Lodge, which is the head quarters for the swim. The first day ends at the Kromme Island Lodge.

“Day two starts at the Kromme Island Lodge and finishes at the entrance to the St Francis canals at The Cove.

“Conditions for this year’s swim were perfect, with the only obstacle being large numbers of jellyfish on day one, which the swimmers had to swim through. Fortunately these jellyfish don’t sting.”

The swim enjoyed support from local businesses, including Woodlands Dairy, Blu Smooth, St Francis Bay Resort, St Francis Brewery, Pam Golding Properties and the Kromme Island Lodge.

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