Aloha!  Kaiwi Channel Swim Underway

Aloha! Kaiwi Channel Swim Underway

The two teams started right on time at the inaugural Ka’iwi Channel Swim this morning on Kepuhi Beach in Kepuhi Bay on the western shores of Molokai Island.

Considering the conditions, co-race director Steve Haumschild predicts a crossing of the 28-mile (45 km) channel under 12 hours. “The conditions are pretty good – 15 mph winds coming from the east with 4-6 foot swells. They will probably only have to make one course adjustment in order to get into Sandy Beach [on Oahu].”

The Ka’iwi Channel Swim teams include the following swimmers:

The Youngsters
Terence Young
Brian King
Mitchell Degeus
Jamison Grove
Brittney Yim
Erin Yamamoto

The Veterans
Karen Schmidt
Amy Dantzler
Brent Blackman
Bill Ireland
Bruce Thomas
Dianne Gleason

Follow the race, sanctioned by the World Open Water Swimming Association, via KAIWI CHANNEL SWIM TRACKER.

Photo shows lead swimmers heading out to sea from the start on Kepuhi Beach.

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Steven Munatones