The Kaieiewaho Channel has never been crossed before, although Jonathan Ezer in the 1970s and Penny earlier this year, gave it two extremely courageous attempts.
“I’m trying to put together another attempt…in early October. My pilot Captain Don has agreed to support my swim and I have the two Hawaiian lifeguards Bill Goding and Jeff Kozlovich who assisted me during my attempt in April back on deck.”
Success in this channel will require a world-class athlete in peak condition with an iron-willed mindset, giving a deeply felt courageous attempt and benefitting from a healthy dash of good fortune to avoid large, aggressive sharks and tiny, painful Portuguese Man-o-War and escorted by local experienced crew.
Penny has all that, although she’ll have to hope for the good fortune in October – after a long season in which she did the 19.7 Rottnest Channel Swim in February (5:41), did 58K in an unsuccessful Oahu-to-Kauai crossing in April (12:08), a two-way 38K Strait of Gibraltar in June (8:27), the 8K Magnetic Island to Townsville race in July (1:49) and a Catalina Channel crossing this September (10:36).
Stay tuned for one of the world’s greatest marathon swim attempts – Part Two.
Copyright © 2010 by Steven Munatones