|Picnic Bay Start. Photo: Karen Uhlmann|
This was a good challenge
An 8k swim across Cleveland Bay from Magnetic Island to Townsville
Conditions were tough, with a big wind swell, although the tide and wind direction were in our favour
A few nervous swimmers at the start, some attempting their longest ocean swim
The timing of this swim in July was perfect - A trip away to Tropical North Queensland in mid winter. Warm water 23c - no wetsuits required for Southerners. And a good race to train for out of season.
Good effort by the Townsville Open Water Swimming Association. This event was well run. A professional race briefing, A relaxed start on Magnetic Island, Friendly volunteers at the finish, Water safety boats and a chopper all the way, Festivities in the surf club afterwards