Strait swim ditched
Ann Rogerson’s dream of swimming the Cook Strait has been foiled by mother nature.
The Sandringham resident first spoke to the Central Leader in January about her desire to take on the 26km swim.
After covering around 10km in the first two hours earlier this month, the tide turned on the 54-year-old.
“There was a rather strong current. I went sideways for the next four hours.”
Ms Rogerson began her swim around 8am, but with the water tem- perature dropping, her attempt was abandoned around 3pm.
“The thought was it wasn’t going to happen. I remember saying, is there any point to this?”
But the unsuccessful attempt hasn’t extinguished her determination to conquer the swim at some point in the future.
“It’s been a great learning experience. Next time I’ll be a lot more wise on what to expect. I’ll keep up my fitness levels and work out what things I can do to build myself up.”
Ms Rogerson will also have more opportunity to get used to the chilly waters of Wellington when she moves to Palmerston North to start a three-year PhD at Massey University.
“I had thought if I got across this time, I could pack it away. Now I’ll have to swim around my PhD. I’m not looking at it as a finality. It’s not unfinished business, it’s just the beginning.”
Cook Strait swims normally take place between January and April when the water is at its warmest.