Swim­mers com­plete in­cred­i­ble Hamil­ton Is­land to Air­lie cross­ing

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SWIM­MING

WHIT­SUN­DAY open wa­ter swim­mers Christie Leet, Michael Hanisch and Dwayne John­ston spent over seven hours in the wa­ter on Satur­day as they com­pleted an im­pres­sive open wa­ter swim from Hamil­ton Is­land to Air­lie Beach.

The trio set off from Hamil­ton Is­land early Satur­day morn­ing and swam their way into the record books with a suc­cess­ful cross­ing of the 30km stretch.

Hanisch said they had been plan­ning the record-set­ting swim for the last few months and said it was im­por­tant to take into ac­count the weather, tides and cur­rents.

“It’s im­por­tant to pick the ex­act time to go, es­pe­cially when go­ing through the Whit­sun­day Chan­nel. We were hop­ing to fin­ish in un­der nine hours and were ec­static when we ar­rived in Air­lie af­ter seven hours and 28 min­utes,” he said.

“The swim def­i­nitely took it out of us, it was the big­gest swim any of us has ever done and cross­ing the two chan­nels was a real chal­lenge.”

The 30km dis­tance was 2km longer than Hanisch’s pre­vi­ous best, a 28km swim along the coast of Long Is­land.

“Al­though it was only 2km longer than the Long Is­land swim, the cross­ing was a lot more dif­fi­cult and took a far greater ef­fort,” Hanisch said.

Af­ter a brief break Hanisch and Leet plan to get back into train­ing to take on the Townsville to Mag­netic Is­land swim be­fore look­ing for a new swim to chal­lenge them in the Whit­sun­days.

OPEN OCEAN: Open wa­ter swim­mers Christie Leet, Michael Hanisch and Dwayne John­ston swam their way into the record books on Sun­day with the first ever open wa­ter swim from Hamil­ton Is­land to Air­lie Beach.

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