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Friday, December 14, 2012

Swimming The Cold Half In A Warm Place

Walking around in short pants and t-shirts is not unusual during the winter months in the Cayman Islands or Hong Kong, so when the water temperature dips below 20ºC (68ºF), the climate is considered chilly.

So the challenge is one for those in tropical locations to do the Cold Half swim in Hong Kong in mid-winter with Doug Woodring's new Cold Half 15 km winter marathon swim in Hong Kong Island on February 23rd 2013.

The Cold Half is modeled after Asia's most popular marathon swim, the Clean Half, except the water temperature is more to the liking of marathon swimmers, channel swimmers and adventurists of various types.

The Cold Half is either a solo race or a 2-person relay. If performed as a solo swimmer, a support paddler is required. If performed as a relay, the swimmers rotate every 30 minutes with motorized escort required.

Swimmers will start at Stanley Main Beach and finish at Middle Island Beach with a barbeque and warm-up dinner held at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in front of Hong Kong's only fireplace.

To offer a challenge to swimmers with all different body types and motivations, there are two categories in the Cold Half: Naturally Ocean and Wetsuited and Buoyant.

For more information and registration requests, contact Shu Pu at kittyp4@hotmail.com. For information and registration requests for swimmers outside of Hong Kong and China, contact Doug Woodring atdoug@oceanrecov.org.

The water temperature can be several degrees colder than 20ºC (68ºF) with an air temperature that can range from 12.7-22ºC (55-72ºF).

Copyright © 2012 by Open Water Swimming

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