Clean, extreme and lucky
SWIMMING ON OCTOBER 8TH, 56 TEAMS, 12 solo swimmers, and six paired teams, defied Typhoon Aere, poised offshore, to take part in the Clean Half Extreme Marathon Swim. Thankfully the typhoon stayed f a r e n o u g h a way t h a t h i g h e r alerts did not need to be raised. Swimmers who had come from as far away as Argentina and Australia could therefore concentrate on enjoying Hong Kong’s premier open water swim, starting from Stanley and ending in Deep Water Bay, 15km later. Solo swimmers included the eventual winner from Spain, Jose Luis Larrosa, who finished in three hours 30 minutes. Larrosa had recently won the famed 81-km Ganges River Swim in India in 10 hours and 51 minutes. Hong Kong’s own Bill Thorley – only 15-years-old – challenged him for a time, as well as Australian Scott Miers who has previously swum the English Channel. Other big names included Valeria Solanas, Florencia Schlie and Fernando Dario Ciaramella who have all swum the 88-km Hernandarias Parana in Argentina also participated in the event. “The weather was incredible today and though we thought of delaying the race, it turned out to be one of the best days ever to help celebrate the event’s tenth anniversary. We are excited to be developing the sports community, whi l e a l s o r a i s i n g a ware n e s s about ocean protection,” said race director Doug Woodring. Each relay team had five members and an accompanying s upport b oat, wit h e a ch r a c e r swimming for 20 minutes for the first rotation of the team, and then swimming in 10-minute intervals thereafter until the race finished in Deep Water Bay. A fundraising drive was also been part of the event, to raise funds for the Grate Art Project and “Uncle Roo – Recycling Rooster” play, both of which are organised by Ocean Recover y Alliance, a Hong Kong based charity that focuses on ocean protection and the reduction of plastic pollution.