Nov 22 2017
Great Scott! The defending champ has done it again.
Defending Ocean Swim Series champion Matt Scott has done it again with a glorious swim across the Auckland Harbour on Saturday 18 November to win the opening event of the Banana Boat Ocean Swim Series.
The Harbour Crossing is the first of seven open water swimming challenges in the series, which takes place in stunning coastal and lake locations around the North Island and Nelson this summer. The series culminates in the pinnacle event, the King of the Bays in the stately surrounds of Takapuna Beach.
Scott exited the water for the win in an impressive 36 minutes and 17 seconds, just seven seconds in front of fellow competitor, Auckland teenager Jackson Dawson. Scott won the 2016-2017 NZ Ocean Swim Series with victory in the final race — the King of the Bays — in April this year.
The first female to make it over the line, Stefannie Gillespie took out the event in 38 minutes and 33 seconds.
The competition attracts swimmers both young and old, novice and experienced, all wanting to conquer the Auckland Harbour. This year's challenge saw an estimated 1300 swimmers don their swimming caps and enter the water. The oldest competitor was an 82-year-old retiree from Papamoa and the youngest, a 12-year-old Auckland schoolboy.
The Harbour Crossing started at 7.15am from Quinton Park in Bayswater, with swimmers making their way 2.9 km across Auckland Harbour, into Wynyard Viaduct and exiting at the Tidal Steps in Karanga Plaza.
Entries are still open for the remaining events. For more information visit oceanswim.co.nz.