Photo by Mark Price.
Swimmers and boaties on Lake Wanaka are being advised to
look out for each other ahead of the Challenge Wanaka triathlon
Queenstown Lakes harbourmaster Marty Black said yesterday
with 1600 athletes ''descending on Wanaka'' water safety was
a major consideration. He advised swimmers training for the
event to swim on the south side of Roy Bay.
Those who wanted to swim in the middle of the lake should
swim in a group or have a safety kayak with them.
They should also wear a brightly coloured swimming cap or a
fluorescent visibility device.
Boat users should be aware there would be more swimmers than
usual in the lake and they should keep a sharp lookout at all
times ''particularly in choppy conditions that could make it
difficult to spot a lone swimmer''.
Pictured, Challenge competitor No 137, Emanuel Citron, of
Venice, Italy, said yesterday competing was just a hobby for
him, but he would normally train in Venice's Grand Canal.