Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Oliver Wilkinsen Swims the Kaiwi Channel

Ollie Wilkinson at Sandy Beach Oahu after swimming the Kaiwi Channel
The weather looked good except for the massive north swell. Captain  Matt Buckman, his first mate John and I powered over to Molokai where we met Ollie Wilkinsen whose plan was to swim the Kaiwi Channel between Molokai and Ohau. At about 3:40 am  Ollie Wilkinsen jumped off the boat, dodged some large swells, swam to some rocks at La'au Point, quickly scrambled up and off and started his swim to Oahu. The few hours of darkness were uneventful and Ollie was making very good time toward his destination of Sandy Beach. The winds were light the first 2/3 of the swim and then they picked up out of the south west ( a fairly rare wind around here) and the last six miles or so he was swimming into a strong breeze.
He swam up to Sandy Beach at 4:45 pm, 13 hours and five minutes after he started. Congratulations Ollie. You made it look easy!

For Oliver Wilkinsen's own story about his trip across the Kaiwi Channel Check out his blog

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