Swimming season kicks off

2016-10-05 06:00

OCTOBER sees the start of two iconic open water swimming events, the aQuellé Ocean Racing Series and the Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics EC Swim Series which offer open water swimmers unprecedented racing and training opportunity.

The aQuellé Ocean Racing Series kicks off on Sunday, October 16, as Africa’s largest family beach event, offering something for the whole family with its 7 simultaneous events on alternate Sunday mornings at Hobie Beach in Port Elizabeth.

Three beach events available include a 5km Beach Run, 5km Beach Walk and a Kids’ 12 years and under 1km Beach Run. These complement the ocean swim events which this year include a 400m, 1km, 2km and 3km swim – all taking place at the same time.

The Ocean Racing Series lucky draw prize giving on the beach immediately after each race day has also drawn a lot of attention over the past years with some fantastic prizes.

For the kids 12 years and under a prize giving takes place at 10am and this is followed by the adult prize giving which this year sees a R1 500 cash lucky draw prize each race day. Online registration ahead of the registration function at News Café on Friday 14th is highly recommended on www.oceanracingseries.com.

The EC Swim Series returns to Marina Martinique this season and will kick off on Sunday, October 23. Each of the 5 race days within the Series will feature a 10km, 5km, 3km, 1km and 500m swim and is one of the few SSA sanctioned events in the country offering swimmers the opportunity to register qualifying times for the SA Openwater Swimming Nationals and world championships.

The Series is hosted at Marina Martinique opposite the Marina Wharf Bistro with registration open from 8am on race days.

See www.ecswim.co.za for further information and to register. Late entry fees will apply for swimmer registrations on the day.

Legends head for fish river

This weekend sees the Hansa Fish Canoe Marathon, one of the world’s most popular canoe races, taking place in Cradock with legends of the paddling world lining up to try to win.

A star-studded field is led by South African paddling icon and 8 time world champion, Hank McGregor, who returns from Germany having won both the 2016 single and double canoe Marathon World Championship titles.

This year’s Fish takes place on Friday and Saturday starting at Grassridge Dam and finishing at the Cradock Sports Complex and is guaranteed to be extremely competitive. One of the favourites for the 82km race will be local paddler Greg Louw who was brought up on the banks of the Fish River and probably knows this river better than most.

Paddlers will also be excited for the new addition this year of a weir which has been added to take out the Baroda Bridge portage just after the start of day 2. This will ensure cleaner paddling with great rapids as the men and ladies battle it out for top honours and equal prize money for the top 3 finishers in both gender classes.

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