From The Age:
WHEN you are tossed about in the water like a sock in a washing machine, certain truths become clear. Manners, for example, have no place in the Lorne Pier to Pub swim. Hands, feet and thighs crash about the salt water; goggles and gentle tempers disappear.
Wayne Sweeney, winner of the first Pier to Pub 30 years ago, was in the water of Louttit Bay yesterday, along with more than 4000 swimmers.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Massive open water swim: "Pier pressure sends 4000 into the sea for a summer tradition"
4,000 swimmers in an open water swim is an incomprehensible number for me to get my head around. From a distance, the neoprene suits must have looked like an oil slick. Since the the race is a short 1.2-kilometers long, I suspect that the last swimmer into the water was probably told who won the race before he or she was even able to get wet. Here is some press on Australia's Lorne Pier to Pub swim