Out-of-towners excel at family beach series

2016-11-02 06:00

VISITORS to the fortnightly aQuellé Ocean Racing Series are taking their fair share of podium medals amid tough competition in the events on offer at Port Elizabeth’s Premier Blue Flag Beach, Hobie Beach.

With seven events on offer at Africa’s largest family beach event, this season sees some strong competition from those that travel to the city from out of town.

In the 3km Ocean Swim, East London’s Deshaan Pillay won from Cape St Francis swimmer Hadyn Holmes with fellow St Francis Bay swimmer, Amica De Jager, winning the ladies 3km race.

In the 2km swim, De Jager’s older sister, Chane, placed second while another St Francis Bay triathlete, Vilem Horak, placed third in the Men’s category. Holmes’ wife, Maria, completed the onslaught by finishing third in the 1km Ocean Swim for ladies.

Sunday’s 5km Beach Walk was won by Juan Slabbert and Belinda Niemand with Heiri Schuck and Taryn Ferreira taking the silver and Milé Vermaak and Gary Nass the bronze medals.

In the 5km Beach Run this week’s gold medals went to Xolisa Tshona and Tara Sacke, silver to Vuyolwethu Mbanyana and Sanet Owen with bronze to Estian Hess and Dawn Denysschen.

The 400m swim is starting to attract an increasing number of Nippers lifesavers with round 2 winners being Liam Liston and Tiara Finnis while Dane Iverson and Jodi Wilson placed second with Connor Craig and Roxy Camp in third place.

The most popular event on the morning was the 1km Ocean Swim which was won by Ian Venter and Kirsten Marriott with Credence Pattinson and Amy Mardon in second place and Byron Lockett and Maria Holmes in third.

The 2km Ocean Swim saw Daniel Jones and Paige Black winning from Slater Black and Chane de Jager with Vilem Horak and Liza Kingston in third place while the 3km Ocean Swim saw Deshaan Pillay and Amica de Jager winning from Haydn Holmes and Hannah Haswell with Kevin Richards and Idelette Olivier taking the bronze medals.

With just under 100 children between the ages and 1 year and 12 years taking part, the Kids 1km Beach Run is always a popular event on the morning with an equally exciting lucky draw prize-giving which follows.

Results were as follows:

Boys 6 and under: 1 Kyle Rosser; 2 Joshua Marais; 3 Jacques Van Wyk

Girls 6 and under: 1 Kayleigh Marais; 2 Kaitlyn Richter; 3 Sarah-Ann Steven

Boys 7 to 8: 1 Aiden Joubert; 2 Liam Marais; 3 Therciano Williams

Girls 7 to 8: 1 Troy Biddulph; 2 Jessi Whitebooi; 3 Ava Iverson

Boys 9 to 10: 1 Daniel Richter; 2 Matthew Froneman; 3 Kai Whitaker

Girls 9 to 10: 1 Abbie Mitchell; 2 Hannah Charles; 3 Amber Joubert

Boys 11 to 12: 1 Carl Van Der Spuy; 2 Cade Hoffmann; 3 Connor Roff

Girls 11 to 12: 1 Kerri-Lee Barnard; 2 Jessica Orrey; 3 Ilze Hattingh

The aQuellé Ocean Racing Series takes place on mostly alternate Sunday mornings at Hobie Beach starting at 9am and is open to all. Online registration is highly recommended and is possible on www.oceanracingseries.com. Next event takes place on Sunday, November 13.

Open water swim series at Marina

One of the few sanctioned open water swimming events in the country takes place this Sunday morning at Marina Martinique when the Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatic’s EC Swim Series takes place from the stunning Marina Wharf Restaurant beach area.

This incredibly stunning family-friendly facility offers the perfect backdrop for one of the best open water swimming courses in the country and offers local swimmers the great opportunity to register Swimming South Africa qualifying times for the SA Open Water Nationals taking place in Port Elizabeth in March next year.

On offer will be a 500m, 1km, 3km, 5km and 10km swim with pre-registration for the 10km swim essential. Online registration for the event is possible on www.ecswim.co.za to avoid a R30 late entry penalty if registering on the morning of the event.

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