Stars Swim In The StarMile From Nevis To St. Kitts

Stars Swim In The StarMile From Nevis To St. Kitts

Ben Stubenberg provided this update on the first race of the West Indies Bluewater Swim Series 2011, the
Nevis to St. Kitts 2.5-mile Cross Channel Swim: The 9th annual 2.5 StarMile 2.5 Nevis to St. Kitts Cross Channel Swim ended in a photo finish by two world-class athletes: Olympian triathlete Olivier Marceau from Switzerland and two-time Ironman world champion Chris McCormick from Australia.

Chris led the race from the beginning, but Olivier edged him out by just one second with a time of 58:09.

The female winner, Emma-Kate Lidbury from Great Britain, had an easier – and impressive – victory when she finished third overall in a time of 1:02:40, setting a new course record for women. Maria Cimonetti of the USA finished second in 01:09:59and Jacqueline Jodham of Trinidad & Tobago finished third in 01:21:38.

100 swimmers from several countries participated in cross-channel race, reflecting the span of the open water swimming world ranging in ages from 10 to 66. True to inter-island swims, the race started smoothly, but the conditions quickly grew choppy and more difficult.

Emma-Kate explained, “The swell and currents made sightings near impossible, so I think we all ended up swimming more than 2.5 miles. It’s a truly beautiful setting for a race and there were several times when I had to pinch myself.” Race director Winston Crooke said “One of the attractions of this event is that it is not only a race, but also a challenge.”

Men’s Results:
1.Olivier Marceau(SWI) 00:58:09
2.Chris McCormack (AUS) 00:58:10
3.Ben Greenfield (USA) 01:07:07
4.Ben Britton (USA) 01:10:50
5.Ian Osborne (GBR) 01:14:07

Women’s Results:
1.Emma-Kate Lidbury (GBR) 01:02:40
2.Maria Cimonetti (USA) 01:09:59
3.Jacqueline Jodham (TTO) 01:21:38
4.Terry Latham (USA) 01:22:15
5.Chelsea Mohammed (TTO) 01:22:42

The next three races of the West Indies Bluewater Swim Series include the Saint John Beach-to-Beach Power Swim in the U.S. Virgin Islands on May 29th (1, 2.25 and 3.5 miles), “Race for the Conch” EcoSeaSwim in Turks & Caicos (1 and 2.4 Miles) on July 9th and Maracas Bay Open Water Classic 2.5K and 5K in Trinidad on September 25th.

Additional photos are here.

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Steven Munatones