2016 The 4th Annual Cold Half

The “Cold Half”, modeled after Asia’s top extreme ocean swim, the Clean Half… except the water temp is more like a good “cool” channel crossing.  This is a perfect training ground for your next big swim.

This is a SOLO race only, or 2-person Relay.  If a relay, the change over cycle is mandated at every 30 minutes, or one change only at the 7.5km point.  You will depart from Stanley Main Beach on Hong Kong Island, and finish at Middle Island Beach.  A post-race BBQ, meal and awards will be held at Royal HK Yacht Club on Middle Island.

Sign up with an email to Shu Pu (shu@avra.cc).
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The Most Unique Turn Buoy In The Open Water World


Courtesy of Doug Woodring, race director for the Clean Half Extreme Marathon Swim, Hong Kong 2015, California.

The open water swimming world’s most unique and interesting turn buoy is shown 1 minute 9 seconds into the video posted above. Highly visible and musical, the famed ‘tunes buoy‘ that cannot be missed.

The 9th annual Clean Half Extreme Marathon Swim was held in Hong Kong from Stanley to Deep Water Bay. It is a 15 km sea swim with carbon-neutral relay teams of 5 people, soloists, and yak swimmers (i.e., 2 swimmers and a kayak who rotate every 30 minutes through the course).

Video photographers included Carlos Leung, Jimmy Leung, Eddie Hui Bon Hoa, Jan Chan,Coleman Lam, Christine Yang, and Doug Woodring.

Cover story of Open Water Swimming Magazine Aug 2015

Nice to see the Damon Mok and the Jax Sheko Challenge on the cover of Open Water Swimming Magazine for August. Thanks for the good photo too – Jeff Mein Smith. See you in the water at the Clean Half and Swim for Millions in Oct!

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[Correction] – Jax Sheko Challenge – Swim & Run team results

We do apologize for the error at prize presentation and please join us to congratulate Team – Shek You Laterz for winning the 2nd place of Run & Swim Category. Michael Cavander 2.2km finished ocean swim in 36:31 and Kurt Evans completed 8.5km trail run in 39:17. The correct winners of the competition are as follows:

1. HKFC All Rite Vegemite 01:14:52
Simon Brewster 2.2km Ocean Swim 00:35:01; Iain Veitch 8.5km Trail Run 00:39:51

2. Shek You Laterz 01:15:48
Michael Cavander 2.2km Ocean Swim 00:36:31; Kurt Evans 8.5km Trail Run 00:39:17

3. HKFC A 01:17:10
Stuart Tait 2.2km Ocean Swim 00:34:34, David Gething 8.5km Trail Run 00:42:36

Brilliant efforts of Mike and Kurt. Congrats!

Jax Shek O Challenge – Results

IMG_5585 For the second year in a row, both Craig Andrew Nortje and Aneekah Styles won the 2.2 km Jax Sheko Challenge, a point-to-point race from Big Wave Bay to Shek O Back Beach.

Race founder Doug Woodring reported from Hong Kong, “It was a great day out today, with over 200 swimmers, 40 runners and 12 paddlers. This was the 11th annual Jax Sheko Challenge, and the biggest one so far.

The residue from the typhoon in the water was blown offshore for great seas, but it remained hot for the runners and paddlers. The swim was won overall by Craig with a time of 31:24 in the 30-39 age group. Second place went to Angus Kelleher of the under 18s in 31:31.

The women’s race was won for the second year in a row, by 14-year-old Aneekah Styles in 32:39 with second place going to former Olympian sprinter, Hannah Wilson at 33:54.

The top Trisolothon team, made of one swimmer, one paddler, and one runner, was won by HKFC1 and a combined time of 2:14:47 by Craig Nortje (swimming), Chan Wan Hei (running) and Andrew Watts (paddling). In the trisolothon, open water swimmers teamed up with a runner and a paddler, all who start at the same time from different locations, and converge on the same finish line together.

The event uses filtered water from Lifesolutions so that no plastic bottles are used at the event, bringing a message of ocean awareness to all of the participants who are ambassadors for the outdoors, ocean and the environment.”

Swim – Top 25 Results:
1. Craig Andrew Nortje 30:24
2. Angus Kelleher 30:31
3. Mark Cummings 31:50
4. Jeff Faiola 31:57
5. Alwyn Li 32:03
6. Aneekah Styles 32:39 [first female] 7. Matthieu Barry 32:52
8. Hannah Wilson 32:54 [second female] 9. Fredric Liljestroem 33:00
10. Tobias Chu 33:14
11. York Schilling 33:40
12. Doug Woo 33:52
13. Stuart Tait 34:34
14. Jane Kelsey 34:41 [third female] 15. Ivan Stamenovic 34:45
16. Vasco van der Flier 34:50
17. Marcus Chu 34:58
18. Scott Lake 34:59
19. Scott Burton 34:59
20. Simon Brewster 35:01
21. Christena Pazos 35:01 [fourth female] 22. Farah Master 35:04 [fifth female] 23. Scott Day 35:13
24. Steve Taylor 35:18
25. Adam Phua 35:53

Run
Men
1. Wong Ho Chung 00:36:46
2 Kurt Evans 00:39:17
3 Iain Veitch 00:39:51
Women
1. Eleni Himaras 00:53:07
2. Stephanie Bret-Morel 00:55:20
3. April Chan Ka Man 00:57:51

Paddle
Outrigger
1. John McLennan 00:59:29
2. Francesca Zino 01:06:28
3. ranck Tetard 01:09:26

Surfski
1. Andrew Watts 00:51:39
2. Matthew Bennett 00:56:49
3. Clare Baldwin 00:59:33

Team Results

Swim & Run
1. HKFC All Rite Vegemite 01:14:52
Simon Brewster 2.2km Ocean Swim 00:35:01; Iain Veitch 8.5km Trail Run 00:39:51

2. Shek You Laterz 01:15:48
Michael Cavander 2.2km Ocean Swim 00:36:31; Kurt Evans 8.5km Trail Run 00:39:17

3. HKFC A 01:17:10
Stuart Tait 2.2km Ocean Swim 00:34:34, David Gething 8.5km Trail Run 00:42:36

Swim & Paddle
1. Dynamic Duo 02:06:43
Clairssa Becker 2.2km Ocean Swim 00:54:29, Erin Juhl 9km Ocean Paddle 01:12:14

Run & Paddle
1. Plastic Catch 02:03:03
Michael Roper 8.5km Trail Run 00:56:35, Francesca Zino 9km Ocean Paddle 01:06:28

Trisolothon – Swim, Run & Paddle
1. HKFC 1 02:12:45
(Craig Andrew Nortje 2.2km Ocean Swim 00:30:24; 51 Chan Wan Hei 8.5km Trail Run 00:50:42; 24 Andrew Watts 9km Ocean Paddle 00:51:39)

2. Andrew, James & John 02:22:20
(James Sweeney 2.2km Ocean Swim 00:39:24; Andrew Schantz 8.5km Trail Run 00:43:27; 13 John McLennan 9km Ocean Paddle 00:59:29)

3. Babelfish 02:29:57
(Farah Master 2.2km Ocean Swim 00:35:04; Stephanie Bret-Morel 8.5km Trail Run 00:55:20; Clare Baldwin 9km Ocean Paddle 00:59:33)

Link: http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2015/07/craig-nortje-aneekah-styles-return-at.html?m=1

Jax Sheko Challenge 2015 – Race Briefing Note

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