Wanaka lake swim back on track
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.
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