Hobie Beach will be a buzz of activity on Sunday morning as the final round of the aQuellé Ocean Racing Series for 2017 takes place from 9am. With around 500 participants expected to take part in what has fast become Africa’s largest family beach event, an event which is unique to Nelson Mandela Bay.
Participants can select from any one of the 7 events on offer which include a 5km Beach Run, 5km Beach Walk, Kids 1km Beach Run and a 400n, 1km, 2km or 3km Ocean Swim. Oracle FM broadcast live from the event which features two prize giving ceremonies immediately after the races and includes the kids prize giving at 10am and the final prize giving at 10.30am featuring fantastic lucky draws. Over and above the R2,000 shopping voucher from Greenacres Shopping Centre, Blusmooth will be offering one of the internationally aclaimed Mk1 wetsuits up as a lucky draw this weekend.
The aQuellé Ocean Racing Series is currently enjoying it’s 13th season in Nelson Mandela Bay and Sunday will be the 5th round of a scheduled 11 rounds this season. After 4 rounds, Natalie Hagedorn-Hansen and Heinrich Vorster lead the 3km Ocean swim whilst Antonella Saporta and Keegan Cooke lead the 2km Swim, Hannah Counihan and Cole Craig the 1km with 12 year old swimmers Aminah Lindoor and Connor Craig leading the 400m swim.
On the beach, Sarah Gibson and Grobbie Grobler lead the 5km Beach Walk with 13 year old Lea de Villiers and 16 year old Vuyisa Mthimkhulu leading the standings in the 5km Beach Run. The very vibrant Kids 1km Beach Run, open to kids from 6 months to 12 years of age, sees Imani Allah and Kaitlyn Richter (6 years and under), Callum Loftus and Roxy Geldenhuys (7-8 years), Tristan Marais and Hunter Dutton (9-10 years), Ibanathi Bhuqa and Amber Joubert (11-12 years) leading the Series.
After Sunday the Series takes a little break and will be back for Round 6 on Sunday 14th January.