View across the Knysna Lagoon

A couple of us got over-excited in the run-up to the Big 5 Challenge and entered a couple of additional events. The Dragon Mile Swim was one of these, and I was good to see some of the top dogs from the Big 5 Challenge stepping gingerly into the cool lagoon water on Friday at lunchtime.

Registration was at Cruise Café and was handled quickly and efficiently.

Bryan Allott and I jumped in to test the water and found it to be a few degrees chillier than expected at 12.5°C. Still not unbearable in a wetsuit and quite frankly quite a good feeling for the legs after the week’s activities!. We did establish that there was an incoming tide pushing quite a current past the slipway.

We started on the slipway. Slipways are nasty things that generally live up to their names, and a wet-start may have been preferred?

The course took us for a dingle loop through the Knysna Waterfront yacht basin, passing the floating green that was in place for a chipping competition. Once around this unique obstacle, we swam under the bridge and into the  Knysna Quays Marina for a clockwise lap through the canals.

My finishing time was 00:30:04 which is pretty much on par with similar races in the past.

The water quality seemed good, there were plenty marshalls in paddle craft, and of course my heroes the NSRI were present as well: love seeing those guys and gals.

There was hot chocolate waiting for us and then prize-giving at Cruise Café. All-in-all a superb event — Knysna Big 6 Challenge, anyone?

By David

Outdoor adventure enthusiast living on the Garden Route.

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