Held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, thunderstorms had been predicted but luckily missed us so we ended up having lovely weather after all. Actually, it got quite warm and had I had a break, I might have jumped in to cool off a bit!
|11-12yrs waiting to start|
|Ready, Set, Go.....|
|Start of the Mens 13-15yrs 5km|
A little hectic at the start but it soon sorts itself out. The strong and experienced open water swimmers pull out ahead right from the beginning and mostly maintain this pace throughout.
Some get clear of the pack and find their pace by themselves whilst others stay in a group.
|One happy swimmer spots her family!|
What really surprised me was how closely the top swimmers stayed together after such a long race. It really was a fight to the end!
|Jarrod Poort and Kane Radford go stroke for stroke for 5km|
|Jared Poort touches first followed closely by Kane Radford|
Boats patrol the lake and watch for swimmers that miss the buoy turn or who may need some help. I only witnessed one or two cases of this.
The awesome Canon Australia kindly loaned me their 200-400mm lens. It allowed me to get really close with a flick of a switch and then pull back when needed.
It is a pretty big lens but not too heavy. To give you an idea, I am only 152cm (5 feet) tall and 50 kilos (100 or so pounds) and I had to run a couple of km's to the start and back again for the presentation photos and held it all day without getting too tired. Not bad.