Friday, February 25, 2011

Rottnest Channel Swim 2011

It was an early start today.

My son went in the Rottnest Channel Swim today.  I was under instructions to deliver my son, the kayak and its paddler  to Cottesloe Beach no later than 5.30 this morning.  He was swimming in a duo.

There was a terrific atmosphere on the beach, even though it was barely light when we first arrived.  The escort boats were already all offshore and twinkling in the half darkness. I took a few photos whiclst we were waiting for the swimmers to start.

The escort boats waiting in the dark

My son

Getting ready

Lots of media attention

Starters' checkpoint

Starter's orders

And they're off! 

There are over 2,000 swimmers taking part this year so it was pretty crazy in the water as each swimmer tried to find their paddler.  It is a 20k ocean swim - so no mean feat.

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