This open water swimming event forms part of the Royal St Andrews Hotel Amanzi Challenge, which started in 2017.The circular course is swum in a clockwise direction  through two of Port Alfred’s prominent landmarks, namely, the Royal Alfred Marina & the tidal Kowie River. The swim has a wet start with the participants entering the water off a jetty at the Halyards Hotel & drifting to line up at the entrance to the first canal of the  Royal Alfred Marina. The swimmers exit the mile swim at the slipway of the picturesque Small Boat Harbour. The swim-leg down the Kowie River will be slightly tide-assisted.

The swimmers are assured of excellent water-safety with the presence of Port Alfred’s NSRI team on the water throughout the event! The banks of the canal as well as the river will have an abundance of cheerful supporters, encouraging the swimmers & large, colourful buoys will be strategically positioned in the water to assist the swimmers with direction.

All swimmers who complete the swim will be given a finishing time.

The prize-money is substantial –  the first three finishers in each of the 4 Age Groups will receive prize-money as well as medals (gold / silver / bronze). The overall fastest swimmer ( boys/men category //// girls/ladies category) will each receive a trophy. All finishers will receive a Royal St Andrews Hotel Amanzi Challenge T/Shirt and a certificate.


Halyards Hotel
Albany Road
Port Alfred


Swimmers will enter the water from the Halyards "Spirit of Adventure" jetty, float to the start of the first channel led by Willem Nel, where the race will commence. Swimmers will be required to stay on the East side of the channel and will all wear caps for identification.


Registration - TBA
Compulsory briefing - TBA
Start of first swim batch - TBA
Prize Giving - TBA

Depending on the number of entries, the race will either all commence at the same time, or per age group at 5 minute intervals

Entry Fees

Yellow cap - 12 to 18 years - TBA
Red cap - 19 to 29 years - TBA
White cap - 30 to 49 years - TBA
Lime green cap - 50+ years - TBA


Prize Money

The first three in each category will receive medals (Gold, Silver and Bronze) as well as the following prize money.

Age Category: 12 – 18 years
1st Male/Female >> TBA
2nd Male/Female >> TBA
3rd Male/Female >> TBA

Age Category: 19 – 29 years
1st Male/Female >> TBA
2nd Male/Female >> TBA
3rd Male/Female >> TBA

Age Category: 30 – 49 years
1st Male/Female >> TBA
2nd Male/Female >> TBA
3rd Male/Female >> TBA

Age Category: 50+ years
1st Male/Female >> TBA
2nd Male/Female >> TBA
3rd Male/Female >> TBA


1) Wetsuits COMPULSORY at water temperatures BELOW 18 degrees Celsius

2) Wetsuits OPTIONAL at water temperatures from 18 degrees to 20 degrees Celsius (not eligible for prize-money/medal if worn)

3) Wetsuits NOT ALLOWED at temperatures in excess of 20 degrees Celsius


Swimmers undertake to participate in the event entirely at own risk. There will be no claim whatsoever against the organizers, officials, marshals, volunteers, sponsors, any local authority, any landowner or employees of the aforementioned parties, for any damage, injury whatsoever sufferred as a result of arrival at, participation in and departure from this event.Swimmers acknowledge that they must obey the officials and marshals at all times during this event.

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