Sponsored by investment management firm, Pointbreak, the annual Pointbreak Open Water swim takes place this Sunday 5 March, at the Lake Oanob Resort in Central Namibia.
The organising team notes that the local dam is currently 70% full, a big increase from last year’s 42%. Traditionally the race has consisted of 2.1km; 700m or Fun Swim. This year a 5km distance has also been included. Event organiser, OTB Sport, said they were approached by the Namibia Swimming Union NASU to include a 5km, so that NASU registered swimmers could use the Pointbreak event to gain FINA points, which they could use at international races.
“We were only expecting a very small handful of swimmers for this distance, but a number of regular swimmers are excited to use this distance for a training race in preparation of a 10km race they will in do in SA later this year,” said an OTB Sport spokesperson. “Other swimmers have told us that it is on the ‘bucket list for 2018, when they are fit enough’. The 5km will have a 2h15 min cut off. In total, across the distance, we expect around 230 swimmers.”
The 5km swim will kick off at 09:00 local time; 09:30 for the 700m and 10:00 for the 2.1km. The Kids Fun event will take place at 11:00. Prize giving will take place around 11:45.
Online entries close 12:00 on Thursday 2 March. Late entries will be possible on Friday 3 March at OTB Sport Wernhil between 11:00 and 15:00.