Sunday, February 27, 2011

2011 Rottnest Channel Swim - race review and blueseventy swimskin winners!

Well the race has been run – oh,er, swum, and it was race favourite Tim Hewitt who took the win, completing the 19.7km swim in 4 hours 50 minutes and 49s. In his interview Tim commented that the swim was a lot harder than expected, which may have been due in part to an unusual north-north westerly swell as conditions were otherwise perfect.

It takes a fair amount of guts and determination to complete the 20km crossing, and that’s exactly what the women’s winner relied on to get her home first just 6 minutes behind Hewitt.

Christchurch based Louise Stevenson was inspired by her townspeople battling the after effects of a devastating earthquake earlier in the week. “When times got tough, all I thought was of those guys (in the quake),” she said. She will also have been very grateful of her blueseventy Nero swimskin, as a number of people were nursing jelly-fish stings by the end of the day!

Naming sponsor WA Today have a race gallery online and full race results have been posted.

2011 Rottnest Channel Swim Results

1. Tim HEWITT 04:50:49
2. Oliver WILKINSON 04:56:27
3. Benjamin HEWITT 05:02:50

1. Louise STEVENSON 04:56:42
2. Jaime BOWLER 05:00:12
3. Ceinwen WILLIAMS 05:32:39

About the Rottnest Channel Swim.
The swim has a long history with the first recorded crossing from Perth mainland to Rottnest Island being done in 1956 by Gerd von Dinkclage-Schulenberg. In 2011 2300 competitors set off from Cottesloe Beach to Thomsons Bay. The Rottnest Channel Swim website is a wealth of information on how this event came to be one the biggest open water events in Australasia.

blueseventy swimksin competition winners
A huge congratulations to our five winners who will get their choice of the super quick NeroTX or PZ3TX suits. Thanks to everyone who entered on facebook. TECH SUITS RULE!!

  • Dan Knott-Beaver, USA
  • Niklas Dellke, Germany
  • Michael Andrew, Australia
  • Kevin Holt, UK
  • Ali Kimber-Bate, NZ
We'll be in touch via facebook with a message on how to redeem your prize!

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