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Grey wins JBay Cold Water Classic

July 8, 2013


Experienced open water swimmer Kevin Grey won the first ever cold water swim in the Eastern Cape when he dominated the 7.5 km JBay Swim Classic at Marina Martinique yesterday.

PJ Duffey, who lead the race up to the 5 km mark finished second, with the 12.5 degree water eventually sapping his strength, and Grey upped his game in the third and final 2.5 km lap of the swim.

“I felt good in the latter stages of the race and made my move at the 5 K and managed to hold off PJ, who is a renowned sprinter in open water swimming”, said Grey.

Richden Jute finished third while experienced Robben Island swimmer Martin Vleggar came fourth.

Jeffreys Bay swimmer JC Van Wyk dominated the 2.5 K swim with Kendal Wright coming second.

Amy Erasmus won the women’s division in her first ever cold water swim, from Cecilia Belgraver.

“I was really nervous before the swim but I settled down and enjoyed the swim. Marina Martinique is an awesome place to swim” said Erasmus after her victory.

Jared Cassidy won the wetsuit division.

“We are very happy that we have established a legitimate cold water swim in the Eastern Cape, said event organiser Brenton Williams.

“Cold water is regarded as being sub 15 degrees C and with an average water temperature of 12.5 degrees, Marina Martinique will grow in stature as a cold water swimming venue during the winter months”, added Williams.

The Cold Water Classic was the opening event of the JBay Winter Fest, a multi sport festival that is currently taking place in Jeffreys Bay.

Full results of the swim can be found at


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