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Legendary sea-swimmer Theodore Yach dies aged 60

South Africa’s most renowned open water sea swimmer‚ Theodore Yach‚ has died at the age of 60.

In 2016‚ Yach completed his 100th swim between Robben Island and the Cape Town shoreline‚ saying he was getting quicker thanks to dietary advice from Tim Noakes‚ a leading advocate of low-carbohydrate high-fat nutrition.

Great turnout for the start of the Eastern Cape Open Water Swim Series

The Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics (NMBA) open water swimming season kicked off on Sunday morning with the first round of the provincial Swim Series taking place at the pristine Marina Martinique, home of the SA Open Water Swimming National Championships in 2019.

Over 100 swimmers from around the Eastern Cape took full advantage of the opportunity to secure early qualification times for the season with great swimming conditions on the morning with water temperatures permitting wetsuit legal races.

PE's Jendamark Bell Buoy Challenge included in Open Water World Tour

Jendamark Bell Buoy Challenge to kick off Open Water World Tour

Nelson Mandela Bay has confirmed its status as the watersport capital of South Africa with the announcement that the Jendamark Bell Buoy Challenge has been included as the first stop on the Open Water World Tour next year.

The 5km ocean swimming race, which celebrates its 10th edition in 2019, will see hundreds of local and international swimmers taking to the waters off Port Elizabeth’s Pollok Beach on Saturday, April 13.

7 Qualities found in an Elite long distance swimmer

The Long distance swimmer doesn’t expect you to understand them. If you only appreciate the power of their goals and the energy they have inside.

It’s been over an hour and your teammates went to change. You aren’t even close to the end of your own training session. You’ve been swimming for three hours and have 3,000 meters to go. You’re arms are heavy, they hardly respond any more. Your momentum drives you to keep going. If you want to win such a demanding long-distance event; you need to work hard and giving up is not an option.

South Africa's siren call to the 'wild' open-water swimmer

Open-water swimmers are a unique breed. They flirt with danger while maintaining a calm resiliency that would serve nearly any difficult challenge. You can identify the species by their especially fit frames and foam neoprene markings.
This adventurous yet disciplined breed tends to migrate toward certain areas of the world, with South Africa as one of the most habitable for them.

He’s Nigerian-born, a British broadcaster and world record swimmer. Meet Ayo Akinwolere

Throughout his career as a British television presenter, he has gone by the name Andy but last year, he made news and shocked fans when he went on the BBC using his Nigerian birth name, Ayo Akinwolere.

In 2011, Akinwolere has set two world records for swimming in one of the deepest stretches of water on the planet. He swam five miles across the Palau Trench, an 8,000-metre deep abyss in the Pacific Ocean. He is the first person to swim across the deepest part of the trench, and now holds the record for the deepest location for an open water swim. He took three and a half hours to complete his swim.

Gambia set for 7th Regional Open Water Swimming championship

The 7th Edition of the National Open Water Swimming Championship organised by the Gambia Swimming Association is scheduled to take place on Saturday 6 May 2017 in Barra, North Bank Region at 11am.

The swimming race will be contested in two categories; 1.5KM for the junior swimmers and 3KM for the seniors. Scholarships will be awarded to the best junior swimmers at the end of the championship. 

SA swim champs crowned

JEFFREYS Bay has been confirmed as a world-class open water swim venue as hundreds of swimmers from all over the country descended upon the coastal town for the 2017 South African Open Water Swim Championships.

Conditions were close to perfect for racing at Marina Martinique with the 10km swim and the 3km swim taking place last Saturday and the 5km event on Sunday.

South Africa’s former world 10km champion and double-Olympian Chad Ho looked very relaxed during the early stages of the 10km, and only put the hammer down at around the 8.5km mark.

Africa’s toughest Indian Ocean Swim is wide open

WITH just under a week until the Eastern Cape’s richest open water swim takes place, it is clear that it is going to be a wide open race for line honours in the two different categories.

With an overall prize pool of R39 000 and the winners in both the swimsuit and wetsuit categories taking home a whopping R4 500 each, swimmers from around the country are being attracted to Nelson Mandela Bay on Human Rights Day (Tuesday, March 21) to compete in Africa’s toughest Indian Ocean Swim.

Midmar Mile champion Matt Meyer owns the #HotSeat

The 2017 Aquelle Midmar Mile was probably the most anticipated in years. Chad Ho, who had won the Midmar Mile seven times in a row, lost to young star Matthew Meyer.

If you speak to Chad, he will tell you that he was very aware of Meyer, as he had pushed him all the way last year. What made the rivalry even more interesting was the fact that they train together.

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