Carpenter-Warren retains Starcross swim crown.
PUBLISHED: 10:32 18 August 2010
CAMERON Carpenter-Warren won Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society's Starcross swim for the second consecutive year.
The swim this year had a record entry and, despite rough conditions past the docks for the closing stages of the swim, 28 swimmers finished out of 28 starters.
Carpenter-Warren took the 1.75 mile tidally assisted swim in a time of 32.03, over a minute clear of Olly White in second place.
Tara Dudley recovered well from her two way Windermere swim the week before to claim the lady’s title and narrowly beat Adam Tapp into fourth place overall.
The swim is also a chance for younger swimmers from the club’s competitive section to start open water for the first time and other members of the club enter the race as a personal challenge rather than a race.
George Cornwell-Brown, Liam Spiller, Jack Moss, and Tom Downer were competing in their first open water race and Rachel Strickland and Isabel Mitchell, also from the competitive squad, completed the swim for the second year.
After such a successful season for Exmouth Open Water the youngster’s performances were encouraging for the future with George Cornwell-Brown winning the inaugural junior championship finishing high up the overall field in eighth.
A number of Exmouth Lifeboat crew also completed the swim having been training in the sea regularly for a few weeks.
The record entry this year did cause some problems for swim organiser Barry Westaway; who had to find a kayaker to cover each swimmer. Exmouth Beach Rescue was able to provide a large number of kayakers to assist the swim as well as providing safety boat cover.
Without their help, the swim would not have gone ahead or a number of swimmers would not have swum due to having no escort.
Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society wish to thank beach rescue, all other boat crews, kayakers and officials, whose assistance was greatly appreciated on the night.
For more information on Exmouth Swimming see www.exmouthswimming.org.