Do You Have What It Takes To Be Royalty?

Do You Have What It Takes To Be Royalty?

The Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival between April 22nd – 25th is going to host ten of the world’s best open water swimmers in a three-day extravaganza of open water excellence in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

First off on Day One will be the 7K Bell Buoy Challenge, won in 2009 by English Channel world record holder Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria and world 5K champion Melissa Gorman of Australia (shown on left). With over R60,000 (US$8,250) in cash prize, the event will draw some pretty strong swimmers from all continents who will showcase their talents in front of an estimated 600,000 spectators over the weekend.

On Day Two, there will be the World Ocean Swim, part of the Ocean Racing Series World Championships.

On Day Three, the always exciting King of the Bay and Queen of the Bay which is an elimination heat race with R29,000 (US$4,000) up for grabs in Nelson Mandela Bay.

The innovative King and Queen of the Bay event requires a strategic mano-a-mano approach to competitive open water racing. In an innovative race arrangement, the top swimmers line up and race each other in a single heat over a sprint course. The slowest swimmers in each heat are eliminated as the size of the field is reduced heat-by-heat. This knock-down, get-up-and-go racing format provides only limited rest between heats. The heats are alternated between male and female rounds. After four elimination rounds, the fastest four swimmers will face each other in the final heat for all the prize money. The event is a tough test of one’s sprinting speed, overall endurance and racing strategy.

Copyright © 2010 by Steven Munatones