Open water swim at Royal Alfred Marina – Royal St Andrews Hotel Easter Festival

A NEW course has been developed for swimmers who are brave enough to take on a mile swim in open water in the form of the Royal Alfred Marina Mile schedule to take place April 14 as part of the Royal St Andrews Hotel Easter Festival presented by Amazing Events.

The Royal St Andrews Hotel Easter Festival is the brainchild of owners and organisers Dave Lawson and Zwelinzima “Sxeaks” Nkwinti who both dreamed of a massive multi-day sport event in Port Alfred. As the debut event, focus will be placed on five individual competition events, namely the Royal Alfred Marina Mile, Rubber duck races, West Beach Warfare, East Beach Easter Surf Classic, Kiddies Tube Race to take place over the course of the weekend, as well as beach soccer and volleyball by Eastern Province Volleyball at West Beach throughout the weekend.

PLOTTING THE COURSE: The route of the Royal Alfred Marina Mile during the Royal St Andrews Hotel Easter Festival

On April 14, the start of the Royal St Andrews Hotel Easter Festival will see the Royal Alfred Marina Mile which will be swum on an incoming tide on Friday afternoon. Registration will commence at 1pm at the Halyards Hotel in Port Alfred. At 3pm, a compulsory briefing will take place and thereafter, the first swim batch will enter the water at a jetty alongside the hotel and drift towards the entrance of the first canal of the Royal Alfred Marina at which point the swimmers will be set off on their swim with a siren from the NSRI Port Alfred boat.

The circular course will take the swimmers through this canal, returning along the Kowie River, and then heading back towards the Halyards Hotel, through the small boat harbour to exit at the slipway.

Three age categories will be swum: 12 – 18 years (yellow caps), 19 – 29 years (red caps) and 30 years+ (white caps). Entry fees are R50 / R70 / R70 respectively and the colour-coded caps, which are compulsory, cost R30. Prize-giving will be held at the finish at about 4.30pm with 1st/2nd/3rd in each age category (male and female) receiving R1 000 / R500 / R250 respectively along with a gold / silver / bronze medals. All finishers of the mile will receive a certificate.

Event of the year to make big splash

Please see Talk of the Town’s Facebook page and next week’s edition for full event programme. Online entries on will close April 12.

Rubber duck races are back for Easter weekend

FEATURED IMAGE: Start of the Midmar Mile by JACKIE CLAUSEN

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