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Surreal Landscape: Rottnest Channel Swim Photos Bohdan Warchomij February 24, 2019

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Sam Sheppard wins The Rottnest Channel Swim Photo Aussies in Action

Victorian open water swimmer Sam Sheppard has taken out the Rottnest Channel Swim on his first attempt at the gruelling 19.7km swim solo from Cottesloe Beach to Thomson Bay.

The 29-year-old led the swim from Cottesloe, crossing the finish line 800m in front at a time of four hours and 11 minutes.

Sheppard said the conditions were perfect and calm.

“The last couple of kilometres were pretty tough but I’m really happy with the result,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“My plan was to get to 10km and pick it up.

“I’m just super stoked. I tried to enjoy the last few kilometres but I was in a lot of pain.”

Last year’s winner and current record holder Solomon Wright made it to Thomson Bay in second place.

A 3m shark was spotted off Marjorie Bay on Rottnest just after 9am.

Race officials said there was no risk to swimmers as it was on the other side of the island and was sighted swimming away from the island.

Another shark was spotted by Fremantle Sea Rescue north of the 17km mark of the course but was not thought to pose a risk to swimmers.

Bunbury’s Kyle Lee, celebrating his 17th birthday today, came in third with a time of four hours, 25 minutes and 11 seconds.

The scenario at the start in Cottesloe had a touch of the surreal at 5.30 am. The waters beyond the Cottesloe pylon, normally open empty water were solid with a flotilla of support boats and spectator boats as 2500 competitors headed away from the mainland. The Cottesloe beach embankments were full of supporters and early morning onlookers. The competitors, embalmed with multihued zinc cream and costumes that would not have been out of place at a Rio De Janeiro carnival added colour and vibrance to the early morning monochromatic light.

 

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