While at Hillarys Marina very early yesterday morning it was pointed out to me (thanks gentlemen) that the group swimming laps in the chilly water (don't be fooled by the blue sky) off the family beach were not slightly insane :) but in fact acclimatising and in training for this years English Channel swim in July. Swimming the 22 miles of the English Channel has been described as the ultimate long distance swimming challenge and compared in unpredictability, endurance and stamina to climbing Mt. Everest. The Barracudas, some who have already participated, are a Churchlands Senior High School based group of fearless swimmers who's names I have no doubt have and will again appear on the list of successful channel crossers!
My questions for head coach Pauline (red scarf main pic) were 'I guess they'll be wearing wet-suits'.. nope, 'well they'll be covered in goose fat (?) or something to keep warm' nope.. they'll be exactly as you see them here, oh la! Not too shabby a training spot though. Dodging the shipping traffic in the English Channel is a huge hazard for the swimmers, whereas here in the Rottnest Channel Swim it's the sharks! I'm sure I join with all in wishing the Barracudas the best of luck. Happy Sunday, take care and stay safe..