Bumper start to 2017 Series
The fantastic beach weather which was enjoyed by holiday makers to Nelson Mandela Bay during the festive period continued over the weekend resulting in a bumper attendance at the aQuellé Ocean Racing Series which took place on Hobie Beach on Sunday morning.
Once again the event enjoyed international participation with visitors from Dubai, New Zealand and Germany taking part on the morning. Midway through Season 12 of what has become Africa’s largest family beach event, over 500 participants registered for Round 6 and got to enjoy some of the beach beach conditions which the Series has seen this season.
With 7 events taking place at the same time, PE’s premier beach was abuzz with activity as 4 swimming events were complemented with the 3 events which take place on the beach. Winning the 5km Beach Walk for round 6 was Grobbie Grobler and Belinda Niemand whilst teenagers Vuyiswa Mtimkulu and Tara Sacke grabbed the gold medals for the 5km Beach Run with both the walk and run routes taking participants along the beachfront between Hobie Beach and just passed the Beacon off Admirality Way.
In the water, the increasingly popular 400m swim was won by 14 year old Connor Craig with 10 year old Tiara Finnis winning the ladies race. In the 1km Ocean Swim, Craig’s 13-year old brother, Cole, won the Gold with Kirsten Marriott winning the ladies 1km race. In the 2km ocean swim it was unbeaten champion Daniel Jones winning the Men’s Race with St Francis Bay swimmer Chane de Jager winning the ladies 2km race. De Jager’s younger sister Amica from Woodridge College won the ladies 3km Ocean Swim with Eben Haarhoff claiming the gold in the Men’s race.
Just under 100 children under the age of 12 years took part in the Kids 1km Beach Run on Sunday with medals available across 4 age groups. Winning the 6 years and under category for Round 6 was Lia Posthumus and Kamva Sowet. Hunter Dutton and Luqmaan Coetzee won the 7-8 year age group whilst Daniel Richter and Abbie Mitchell won the 9-10 year age group. In the 11 to 12 year age group it was Zack Serfontein and Kerri-Lee Barnard who won gold medals.
With still 4 more rounds of the aQuellé Ocean Racing Series scheduled to take place this summer, there’s still plenty of time for newcomers to join in the fun. Next round will be taking place on Sunday 22nd January. See www.zsports.co.za for links to the Ocean Racing Series website for all the results and other information