Story: Open water swimming

Retracing Hinepoupou’s swim (1st of 2)

Retracing Hinepoupou’s swim

In 1990 a team of six swimmers retraced Hinepoupou’s swim as a relay over four days. Here, Donna Bouzaid swims the last stage, across Admiralty Bay in the Marlborough Sounds. A support vessel is in the background, with helpers including coach Tony Keenan. The support crew plays a vital role in any open water swim: making decisions on the route according to changing tides and weather; providing food and medical attention; and offering all-important encouragement to the swimmer.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Open water swimming - Early New Zealand swimmers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/6953/retracing-hinepoupous-swim (accessed 18 October 2021)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Feb 2016