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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Whitsunday First By Christie Leet And Chris Palfrey

44-year-old Christie Leet and Chris Palfrey became the first people to successfully swim between one of the Whitsunday group of islands, off the coast of Queensland, and the Australian mainland.

"Leaving from Roma point, the southern tip of South Molle, we swam in a north west direction up the. Molle Channel and then around pioneer point, and heading into the popular tourist destination of Airlie. We had a 15-20 knot southeast breeze behind us for the first 10K and covered this in almost exactly 2 hours. FUN. But upon changing direction, we had a headwind and associated chop to punch into," explained Palfrey.

The distance was 15.2K in a time of 3 hours 58 minutes 44 seconds.

"This swim went so well, we are now hoping to do another swim on the weekend of November 4-5, from Hamilton island to Shute harbour, a distance of 19K." And they both know there are plenty of other islands to become the first to accomplish.

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