By Shaanaaz de Jager
THE Weekend Post Ocean Racing Series Season 7 which ended last Sunday has been an overwhelming success, with almost 4 000 athletes participating in the various categories during the summer.
Organiser Mike Zoetmulder said the turnout confirmed the series as “Africa’s largest family lifestyle beach event” and contributed to Nelson Mandela Bay’s reputation as South Africa’s watersports capital.
The most popular discipline was once again the Dis-Chem one-kilometre Ocean Swim, with 1033 entries received. However, the Varsity College Beach Run/Walk was close on its heels, attracting 1007 entries, while the Kingfisher FM Kids Beach Run proved to be another drawcard, with 950 entries this season. The three- kilometre swim attracted 881 entries.
“The start of our season was hampered by poor weather which resulted in the cancellation of all swim events for Race 4, traditionally one of the busiest race days of the season.
“Poor weather saw a decline in entries over the first half of the season compared with last year, but overall we are very pleased with the season and still believe the series has a lot to offer the city,” Zoetmulder said. “We are looking forward to a bigger and better Season 8 with new sponsorship prospects.”
Season 8 of the ORS will return on Sunday October 14 for another 12 race days between October 2012 and April 2013.
Overall Winners (top 3) in the various categories:
Dis-Chem 1km Swim
Men: Jason Jones, Daniel Jones and Joshua Bellair
Ladies: Lauren Billson, Chantelle O’Kennedy and Natalie Billson
Dis-Chem 3km Swim
Men: Wayne Jones, PJ Duffy and Siegfried Lokotsch
Ladies: Adri Louw, Tammy Geyer and Chrislie Niehaus
Kingfisher FM Kids Beach Run
Boys: Nicholas Kingston, Brad Breetzke, Joshua Voigt
Girls: Kayla Ferreira, Jade Voigt, Courtney Wood
Varsity College 5km Beach Run
Men: Antonio Seconds, Marinus Johnson, John Lombardo
Ladies: Margie Saunders, Lee-Anne Collyer, Jenna Parry
Varsity College 5km Beach Walk
Men: Colin Korkie, Johan Ferreira, Michael Eales
Ladies: Sweta Das, Bev Hoog, Narelle Everson.
This is a shortened version of an article that first appeared in the print edition of Weekend Post on Saturday March 31, 2012.