Iririki Island Charity Open Water Swim

Iririki Island Charity Open Water Swim

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The Port Vila Masterbathers of Vanuatu held their first Iririki Island Charity Swim last weekend.

With Air Vanuatu and BRED Bank as sponsors, the proceeds from the 3.2 km were donated to the Vanuatu Aquatics Federation for the benefit of swimming in Vanuatu.

Ivan Oswald writes, “Drownings are common in Vanuatu with no water safety awareness nor ni-Vanuatu swimming schools before the Vanuatu Aquatic Federation was established in 2014.

Although we have no public swimming pools and very few ni-Vanuatu swimmers, the Federation hosts a Swim Australia instructor course in May and plans to establish 3 new swim schools by the end of 2016. As Vanuatu is hosting the Pacific Mini-Games in 2017, we hope to get swimming established around the islands so we can have ni-Vanuatu representing their country on the starting blocks

The event offered a 3.2 km duo relay event where each swimmer swam 1.6 km each. “The water is normally like glass in the morning and crystal clear with an expected water temp of 24-26ºC (75-78ºF). High tide is at 9.50 am so most swimmers will be gliding over the reef edge with 2m+ of clearance.”

Top 10 Results:
1 Brent Foster 42:04.90
2 Matt Cook 48:15.60
3 Jake Ward 48:25.10
4 Anthony Midolo 49:10.60
5 Stefanie Master 50:51.20
6 Sarah Brewster 51:46.30
7 Malcom Paterson 52:43.10
8 Nicole Smith 52:50.30
9 Didier Maucotel 52:54.40
10 Phil Dooney 52:57.20

For more information on the ocean swims in Vanuata, visit Swim Vanuata.

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Steven Munatones