Priscott takes second win in Banana Boat series in Akaroa
Words Peter Gibbs
Photos by Mark Tantrum
Auckland swimmer Sebastien Priscott took line honours in the 5km Generation Homes La Grande swim in Akaroa on Saturday, while Nelson swimmer Abbey Smale finished fourth overall to take the women's title.
The Akaroa event was race three in the national Banana Boat series, following races on Auckland's North Shore and in Wellington Harbour.
Sebastien Priscott of Auckland was the winner of the 5km Generation Homes La Grande swim in Akaroa.
Abbey Smale of Nelson placed fourth overall to take first place in the women's field.
Priscott added the win to his first place in the King of The Bays swim, while Smale made it three from three, having won all the races so far.
Wellington winner Luke Kelly added to the Nelson success story, finishing second on Saturday, ahead of Dominic Fawkner.
Sammi Harnett of Canterbury was the second woman to finish, ahead of Kate Godfrey.
More than 300 swimmers aged from 12 to more than 80 took on the turbulent crossing of the harbour from Wainui to Akaroa, with cold, rough conditions providing a challenge to navigation and endurance.
While Priscott made the crossing in a touch over the hour, the backmarkers took close to three hours to reach land at the Akaroa Reserve.
Race four of the Banana Boat Ocean Swim Series is the Interislander Big Tahuna in Nelson on March 7.
Full details and results at oceanswim.co.nz