|This was our travelling group|
Coach Jose, Eric Tan, Tip, Me, Iskandar from Melaka, Rupert Tan, George Lim (Labuan), Ru Yan Tan (Labuan) and Jill
I would say its really a wonderful weekend of sea sports and well organized. Only a local government authority would be able to pull this off and they have done a very good job. There was a gripe that the swim finishing chute was unclear (which is true), but what do you expect? Its not the Olympic Games.
The best place to check for information is the Labuan Tourism Facebook page. It has details of the event, official hotels and the results of this year's event.
THE LABUAN CROSS CHANNEL SWIM
Held on sunday at 7 a.m. on 30 April 2017. All categories started at the same time this year for the T.V.
Juniors (below 12 years) and veterans (above 45 years) swim one lap (2.7km). Taken back to Labuan by speedboat. Prize money goes five places deep.
The 13 - 17 years (boys / girls) and 18 - 44 years (men / women) categories swim two laps to Pulau Papan and back (5.4 km). Prize money goes ten places deep.
With the Organiser's permission, I joined the Men category as I wasn't going to win anyway.
I went all over the place
We swam in between large stationary rusty ships which was quite interesting. At Pulau Papan they gave us a rubber band for evidence and water. The buoys were actually in a straight line but it didn't seemed straight to me whilst swimming out to Pulau Papan. Its not the first time my mind was tricked. We don't trust the buoy's position and end up swimming all over the place. So trust the buoy and always keep sight of it. One person I know did get minor jelly fish stings but I would classify this Channel as "no jelly fish".
|This is Ahmad Fathi Junaidi from Brunei.|
I think his accomplishments in endurance sports exceeds any Malaysian.
Marathon Des Sables, Numerous Ironmans, Ultra runs (the toughest ones), Ultraman Australia etc
And Brunei is not known for its sports
|First timers George Lim and Ru Yan Tan were for me the stars. |
It was their first time but they finished exhilarated and with a smile
If that was not enough, they then went duck catching.
OK that's it. Next event is the 12km Samui Channel Charity Swim on 13 May 2017.