Perfect weather drew in over 300 swimmers for the annual Rangitoto Island Swim. The swim, hosted by Auckland Central Masters, takes place just outside the Auckland harbor.
The swim consists of a 4.6km point to point route starting at Rangitoto Island and finishing on the beach on the mainland. Rangitoto Island is a beautiful volcanic island that is a landmark of Auckland with its cone shaped volcano visible throughout most of the city. The island itself is a scenic reserve with great hiking and the distinct volcano makes a pretty amazing backdrop for the race.
Water temperatures were reasonable last weekend with swimmers split between wetsuit and non-wetsuit divisions. Conditions were relatively calm as the swimmers made their way to the finish at St. Helier’s Beach where they were cheered in by some noisy and enthusiastic spectators.
In the wetsuit division it was James Matthews dropping the fastest time overall with a commanding 58:08. Rebecca Clarke was the winning female with a wetsuit coming in at just over 1:01.
In the non-wetsuit division it was the teenage Angus Falconer who continued his great season coming out on top with a 59:18. He was also 2nd overall. At 1:03:47 Kate Brookes-Peterson was top of the women in this division.
Worth mentioning Flynn Oberdries was 2nd in the wetsuit division. He was the last swimmer under an hour with an impressive 59:32.
With a number of impressive swims a number of the New Zealand swimmers, including Angus Falconer, are working their way into striking distance of the top of the rankings.
We’ll be back in New Zealand in a couple weeks for the Auckland Marathon Swim, the longest of the GSS races in New Zealand.