Record field for anniversary race
A RECORD field of 795 swimmers entered the 30th anniversary Cottesloe to Swanbourne Ocean Classic swim on January 31, tackling the 2.2km course.
“The conditions were perfect, a record-breaking number of competitors entered and there was a tremendous sense of community spirit,” Swanbourne-Nedlands Surf Life Saving Club race director Beth Williams said.
More than 14,000 swimmers have competed since the first open-water competition in 1986 and more than $170,000 has been raised for lifesaving at Swanbourne Beach. This year, the race was part of Surf Life Saving WA’s Ocean Swim series and competitors battled it out in the water and on the sand, in swimming, stand-up paddleboard and beach run legs.
Peppermint Grove swimmer Patrick Hoey (22) was the first ashore in 23 minutes 16 seconds, while the first woman was City Beach resident Jamie Bowler (22) in 24m 51s.
The beach run was won by Nedlands resident Sam Foster (20) in 6m 12s in the men’s section and Claremont’s Bernadette Williams (26) in 7m 9s for the women.
The stand-up paddleboard race offshore had 12 entrants and was won by Melville resident Steve McCullough (50) in 14m 8s, while Fremantle’s Kelly Chesters ( 30) was the fastest woman in 21 minutes.
Over-70s swimmers Rob Watkins (30m 38s) and Carol Wannell (34m 11s) won their men’s and women’s sections.
The swim started at Cottesloe Beach.