Swimmers complete incredible Hamilton Island to Airlie crossing
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.