Open water swimmers embark on Channel
DARING open water swimmers Christie Leet and Michael Hanisch have embarked on their mission to tackle the English Channel.
Known as the Mt Everest of marathon swimming, Leet and Hanisch hope to conquer the 33.79km (depending on tides and swell) early next month.
The pair has been training for months in the Whitsundays, but nothing could possibly prepare the real estate figures for the freezing temperatures to come.
The water is expected to be between 13-18C, and wetsuits are not allowed to be worn.
Australia holds the record for the fastest channel swim (Trent Grimsey 6.55 hours in 2012) and the oldest swimmer (Cyril Baldock 70years-old in 2014), however Hanisch and Leet will be content to complete the swim, let alone break any records.
Earlier this year, PRD nationwide Whitsunday principal Christie Leet told the Whitsunday Times how much preparation went into the trip.
“We’ve been training since November last year. Doing 30-40km a week and a lot of pool laps,” he said.
“Only 1000 people have done it before. The mileage and distance is going well and we’re ahead of where we need to be. The only difficulty is being in North Queensland with no cold water...we’ll be right for distance it’s just about staying warm enough.” Hanisch and Leet hope to complete the swim in the first few weeks of September, however that is subject to tides and swell in the Channel.
BRAVE SWIMMERS: Brad Sobott made a presentation to Christie Leet and Michael Hanisch last week before the the pair jetted off to Europe to swim the English Channel.