Ebotse Mile makes a welcome return

The Ebotse Mile, organised by Swim4Life, returned to the East Rand Speedboat Club (ERSC), at Rynfield Dam, for the first time in a few years on Sunday, January 15.

The event was the East Rand seeding event for this year’s Midmar Mile, the world’s largest open water swim, which takes place on February 11 and 12.

According to race organiser Willie Voster the field was smaller than expected, but it was still a good turnout.

“Now that the word is out that the event is back we hope that it will continue to grow,” he said.

Cape Town Swimmers dominate local open water swim

Sunday’s Eastern Cape Swim Series at Marina Martinique saw what is possibly the faster 10km time in this history of the Series when Cape Town swimmer Danie Marais touched at the end of the 10km marathon race in a time of 1hr 53min and 51secs.

Marais, a national swimmer, was followed home by fellow Western Province swimmers Dylan Wright (2:05.49) and Andrew Ritchie (2:06:02). Securing the clean sweep in the 10km swim for the Cape Town clubs were their ladies with Rebecca Meder (2:06:04) winning the ladies race from older sister Abigail Meder (2:10:09) and Carli Antonopoulos (2:11:03).

The largest race in the world joins the GSS… over 16,000 swimmers

You read that right, there are over 16,000 swimmers in South Africa’s “Midmar Mile“.

This makes it the third incredible race in South Africa to join the Global Swim Series.  In November the”Sanlam Cape Mile” joined the GSS.  It is a large race compared to most open water swims in the world with over 1,000 swimmers.  Then the spectacular “Freedom Swim“ joined.  It is a treacherous ocean swim from Robben Island to Cape Town.  Robben Island being historically significant for holding Nelson Mandela in jail for 18 of his 27 years in prison… before rising to become the President of a free South Africa.

Seidler wins 4th consecutive Jetty Mile

PHILIP Seidler won the Pupkewitz Jetty Mile for the fourth year in a row on 27 December while Heleni Stergiadis won the women's category for the first time.

The 10th Pupkewitz Jetty Mile took place at Swakopmund while sea conditions were mild with not much swell.

All systems go for Midmar Mile 2017

THE organisers of the 2017 Midmar Mile, the world’s largest open water swimming event, said it was all systems go for next year’s instalment of the race.

The 44th edition, which attracts everyone from serious international athletes and Olympic swimmers to purely amateurs, both young and old, takes place annually at Midmar Dam, just outside Pietermaritzburg.

Olympics-Swimming-Open water is next big thing for South African Ho

CAPE TOWN, July 30 (Reuters) - The marathon is the blue riband race that brings the athletics programme at the Olympic Games to a fitting close but swimming's equivalent is still an emerging event and a long way off enjoying the same gravitas, says open water world champion Chad Ho.

The South African is part of a 25-man field for the 10-kilometre race on Aug. 16 at Fort Copacabana against the backdrop of the world's most famous beach which will bring the swimming programme at the Rio Games to a close.

"We could definitely do with a lot more recognition for the sport," Ho told Reuters.

Will openwater swimmers be boiling in Qatar?

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Qatar is among seven countries preparing bids to host the swimming world championships in 2021 or 2023.

Swimming's governing body, known as FINA, says Argentina, Australia, China, Germany, Japan and Turkey have also expressed interest.

Why I'm not swimming in UAE race

By Alex Meyer Alex Meyer is an American open water swimmer who represented the U.S. at the 2012 London Olympics and won gold in the 25-kilometer race at the 2010 world championships. Outside of competition, he has also been a strong advocate in calls for reform in the sport after the 2010 death of close friend and teammate of Fran Crippen. Meyer helped search for Crippen the day he drowned after suffering from heat exhaustion during that competition in the United Arab Emirates.

Now, with the World Cup returning to the UAE on Friday, Meyer weighs in to about his concerns surrounding the race and why further safety measures are needed moving forward.

In October 2010, a dear teammate and friend to many, Fran Crippen, died in deplorable conditions during a FINA 10km World Cup race in the United Arab Emirates. Recently, FINA reinstated that same race, to be held in Abu Dhabi just 150 miles from the 2010 venue, and under the supervision of the same race director.

Many people -- friends, journalists, fellow Twitterers -- have asked me what my thoughts are on the upcoming FINA World Cup race, a race where U.S. swimmers have unanimously chosen not to participate. This contentious issue has deservedly been gaining traction in the American sports media and is starting to spread around the world (I was contacted by a German journalist this week). The articles have varied in their stance and tone, and I feel the need to sum up where I stand.