Sharkbait Swim From Pier To Pub Again

Sharkbait Swim From Pier To Pub Again

Somewhere after Sam Sheppard (second-straight victory in 12:42) and Harriet Brown (three-peat in 13:03) defended their titles at the 31st annual 1.2K Pier to Pub race in Lorne, Australia and somewhere in the middle of the 4,300-strong pack of swimmers, a bunch of Sharkbait swam shoulder-to-shoulder with their fellow open water swimmers…again.

Sharkbait is the honorific title given to Pier to Pub veterans who have competed in at least 10 swims. The title is named after Vic Marshall, a Lorne beach inspector from the mid-1940s to 1970s who frequently swam miles out to sea and was nicknamed Sharkbait.

The Sharkbait had lots of company, both in the water and onshore. “The weather’s come through, it’s not too hot, it’s not too cold, and people are taking advantage of that all around the place,” said race director Mark Williamson.

Photo of Harriet Brown charging out of the water by Mark Dadswell of Getty Images AsiaPac. More outstanding photos by Mark Dadswell here..

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Steven Munatones