It was a good race. I am still shocked by the closeness,” describes Bill Ireland who was on the winning Veterans team in the 28-mile Ka’iwi Channel Swim.

The difference [between the 9:53 and 9:56 final times] was incredibly small. I assumed the two teams would have been an hour apart. The difference was about the equivalent of one tenth of a second per 50. It was real tight.”

Co-race director Steve Haumschild saw the teams battle it out all day long, trading the lead like swimmers in a professional 10 km race.

The teams traded the lead so many times, we could barely keep up. This was an incredible showcase of athleticism by both teams in the ultimate open water swimming proving grounds. Towards the end, both teams stepped it up.”

Photo courtesy of Kaia Hedlund shows The Veterans (Karen Schmidt, Amy Dantzler, Brent Blackman, Bill Ireland, Bruce Thomas, and Dianne Gleason) and The Youngsters (Terence Young, Brian King, Mitchell Degeus, Jamison Grove, Brittney Yim, and Erin Yamamoto) on Sandy Beach at the finish. Videos of various scenes across the Channel of Bones are posted here.

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