Rottnest Channel Swim

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Sam Sheppard, a single Rottnest Challenge swimmer, is ecstatic about his first win

WINNER FOR THE FIRST TIME

Victorian open water swimmer Sam Sheppard won the Rottnest Channel Swim, a 19.7km solo swim from Cottesloe Beach to Thomson Bay.
The 29-year-old took the lead in the swim from Cottesloe, finishing 800 meters ahead of the pack in four hours and eleven minutes.
Sheppard described the weather as “ideal” and “quiet.”

“The last couple of kilometers were challenging,” he said, “but I’m really satisfied with the result.”

“The plan was for me to get to 10 kilometers and then pick it up.”

“I’m just ecstatic.” I attempted to enjoy the final kilometers, but I was in excruciating pain.”

Solomon Wright, last year’s champion and current record holder, finished second at Thomson Bay.

After 9 a.m., a 3m shark was spotted off the coast of Rottnest Island’s Marjorie Bay.

According to race officials, there was no danger to swimmers because it was on the other side of the island and was seen swimming away from the island.

The situation is being monitored by the event’s official helicopter.

Fremantle Sea Rescue observed another shark north of the 17km mark on the course, but it was not believed to threaten swimmers.

Kyle Lee of Bunbury, who turned 17 today, finished third with four hours, 25 minutes, and 11 seconds.

With four hours, 44 minutes, 41 seconds, Jamie Bowler was the first woman to cross the finish line.

The 37-year-old admitted that she was still stunned after winning for the second time.

“I’m overjoyed that it’s finished, and the conditions were better than I had anticipated,” she remarked.

“After the 10 to 15 kilometers, it became more difficult for me.” I just had to keep reminding myself that everyone was struggling at the time, so I had to persevere.

“I’m overjoyed that I got it across.”

Forty-eight minutes, 26 seconds, Rebekah Weller came in second among the solo women, followed by Josie Page in third with four hours, 51 minutes, 41 seconds.

EARLIER

Around 2500 swimmers set out from Cottesloe Beach this morning for the 19.7-kilometer Rottnest Channel Swim.

Last year’s shark sighting, which resulted in the Rescue of more than 100 swimmers, did not deter participants, with a record number of solo swimmers signing up for the arduous swim to Thomson Bay.

After last year’s shark incident, Stacey Havenstein, vice-president of the Rottnest Channel Swim Association, said further safeguards had been put in place this year.

“This year, we have a specialized helicopter and additional racing official boats,” she explained.

“It just provides us with more resources and a faster response time.”

The conditions for today’s swim, according to Ms. Havenstein, were ideal.

WINNER FOR THE FIRST TIME

Victorian open water swimmer Sam Sheppard won the Rottnest Channel Swim, a 19.7km solo swim from Cottesloe Beach to Thomson Bay.

The 29-year-old took the lead in the swim from Cottesloe, finishing 800 meters ahead of the pack in four hours and eleven minutes.

Sheppard described the weather as “ideal” and “quiet.”

“The last couple of kilometers were challenging,” he said, “but I’m really satisfied with the result.”

Jamie Bowler was the first woman to cross the finish line in a solo swim.

Jamie Bowler was the first female solo swimmer to reach the finish line. Australians in Action (Credit: Australians in Action)

“The plan was for me to get to 10 kilometers and then pick it up.”

“I’m just ecstatic.” I attempted to enjoy the final kilometers, but I was in excruciating pain.”

Solomon Wright, last year’s champion and current record holder, finished second at Thomson Bay.

After 9 a.m., a 3m shark was spotted off the coast of Rottnest Island’s Marjorie Bay.

According to race officials, there was no danger to swimmers because it was on the other side of the island and was seen swimming away from the island.

The situation is being monitored by the event’s official helicopter.

Fremantle Sea Rescue observed another shark north of the 17km mark on the course, but it was not believed to threaten swimmers.

Kyle Lee of Bunbury, who turned 17 today, finished third with four hours, 25 minutes, and 11 seconds.

With four hours, 44 minutes, 41 seconds, Jamie Bowler was the first woman to cross the finish line.

The 37-year-old admitted that she was still stunned after winning for the second time.

“I’m overjoyed that it’s finished, and the conditions were better than I had anticipated,” she remarked.

“After the 10 to 15 kilometers, it became more difficult for me.” I just had to keep reminding myself that everyone was struggling at the time, so I had to persevere.

“I’m overjoyed that I got it across.”

With four hours, 48 minutes, 26 seconds, Rebekah Weller came in second among the solo women, followed by Josie Page in third, 51 minutes, 41 seconds.

EARLIER

We’re ready to leave.

We’re ready to leave. Ross Swanborough is to thank for this.

Around 2500 swimmers set out from Cottesloe Beach this morning for the 19.7-kilometer Rottnest Channel Swim.

Last year’s shark sighting, which resulted in the Rescue of more than 100 swimmers, did not deter participants, with a record number of solo swimmers signing up for the arduous swim to Thomson Bay.

After last year’s shark incident, Stacey Havenstein, vice-president of the Rottnest Channel Swim Association, said further safeguards had been put in place this year.

“This year, we have a specialized helicopter and additional racing official boats,” she explained.

“It just provides us with more resources and a faster response time.”

The conditions for today’s swim, according to Ms. Havenstein, were ideal.

“We have a low wind and a low swell of roughly one meter, which is providing us with ideal circumstances, particularly for the support crews,” she explained.

This year, Barbara Pollack is trying her 30th solo swim, putting her on par with Peter Tanham for the most solo swims.

She stated she continued coming back because she enjoyed swimming the channel.

“It’s easy to say that this has been an eventful year, one of the most memorable of my life.” “I never imagined I’d be so close to becoming a recorder holder when I first started this 30 swims ago,” she said.

“Thanks to my support team, I’ve been able to achieve my goals. Without them, none of it would be possible.”

“It’s easy to say that this has been an eventful year, a highlight for me.” “I never imagined I’d be so close to becoming a recorder holder when I first started this 30 swims ago,” she said.

“Thanks to my support team, I’ve been able to achieve success.” Without them, none of it would be possible.”

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