Wanaka lake swim back on track

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - MAR­JORIE COOK SUP­PORT THE SWIM:

Two boat cap­tains have rushed to the aid of a Wanaka group’s plan to swim a 46km re­lay down Lake Wanaka for char­ity on Satur­day.

On Mon­day, re­lay swim or­gan­iser Fi Fair­bairn feared the team’s plans had sunk when she couldn’t find two sup­port boats.

Af­ter pleas to the Mir­ror and other lo­cal me­dia, two boat­ies came for­ward and by late Mon­day night, Fair­bairn’s swim was back on track.

Fair­bairn said an en­durance swim of some sort would have still gone ahead, but with­out the right sort of safety boats she had not been pre­pared to take the swim­mers through the most dan­ger­ous part of lake, near Mou Waho Is­land.

The north­ern arm of Lake Wanaka is no­to­ri­ously choppy dur­ing nor-west­ers – and they’ve been many of those this sum­mer.

The swim is the 10th an­niver­sary of a re­lay that raised $10,000 for a chil­dren’s coun­selling char­ity, the Dar­ryl Fair­bairn Me­mo­rial Trust, named af­ter Fair­bairn’s late hus­band, a for­mer Dunedin surf life saver.

Do­nate to the lake­wanakare­lay Givealit­tle page or drop con­tri­bu­tions to Com­mu­nity Net­works.

BARRY HAR­COURT

Work is pro­gress­ing on the new bridge over the Kawa­rau River.

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