The 10th Pupkewitz Jetty Mile took place a fortnight ago in Swakopmund, where 114 swimmers participated in the race, which started at Tiger Reef.
Phillip Seidler took only 20min 24sec to complete the nautical sea mile swim (1.85km) swim and short beach run to the finish line, while the first female was 14 year old Heleni Stergiadis in a time of 25min 13 sec.
Phillip Seidler said, “I am very happy to win the Jetty Mile for the 4th consecutive time. I trained hard and was very focused to defend my title. Being an open water swimmer and competing in 5km events internationally, the Jetty Mile will always be my highlight”.
14 year old Heleni Stergiadis who was swimming the Jetty Mile Full event for the first times said, “I love open water swimming. I did a number of training swims in the Mole as well as training swims around the Jetty with Dolphins Swimming Club and Phillip so that I could get accustomed to the sea conditions and bigger swell around the Jetty. At the start of the race I was nervous, but once I was in the water I relaxed and focused on swimming. I was very happy and surprised to be first female and did not expect to win.
Meanwhile, over the 10 years that the event has been hosted only Peter Brinkmann has done the event all 10 times, while Thorsten Horn, Boris Kullikowski, Mark Brinkmann, Paul Brinkmann and 62 year old Jan Sterk have participated 9 times.