Cara Baker benefitted from an unexpected major navigational error by rivalCharlotte Webby to won the women’s State Harbour Crossing.

Webby led Baker for most of the race only to swim to make an error 200 meters from the finish. She swam to the left of a turn buoy when should have swum to the right of it.

That allowed 22-year-old Baker to defend her win from last year. “It was really unfortunate for her; maybe it was my good fortune to go on the right side. I was certainly surprised to see the tape out for me not her, when I got out of the water.”

Webby was understandably disappointed.

It was my mistake; I was really hoping for a win against [Baker]. Cara’s an awesome swimmer. Maybe next time, hopefully next time.”

The State Harbour Crossing was round two of this season’s New Zealand Ocean Swim Seris six-race circuit where 1500 participants took part. The last four races in the series are held in the New Year, in Wellington, Akaroa, Mount Maunganui and Takapuna.

1. Cara Baker, 39:56
2. Charlotte Webby, 40:11
3. Kirsty Wannan, 41:56
4. Natalie Woodgate, 44:51
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