Long distance swim: More than 320 athletes are expected to take part in Sunday’s Round the Sound Race. *Photo supplied
Long distance swim: More than 320 athletes are expected to take part in Sunday’s Round the Sound Race. *Photo supplied

FRIDAY, OCT. 12: While lesser athletes shy away from foul weather conditions, Sunday’s open water swimmers embrace the challenging conditions.

Brian Frick, race organizer referee for the Round the Sound Swim, said in spite of terrible weather conditions slated for Sunday’s event, the race will go on. He said the course may be affected if the waves in Harrington Sound become too rough.

“Open water swimmers tend to be an experienced and hearty bunch. If you look at open water conditions in other parts of the world, the conditions are fairly heavy for the hard-core guys.

“We play it safe but we have had some days with squally weather and rain. As long it’s lightening and overtly dangerous, we’ve been out there and gotten soaking wet before.”

He said the beauty of Harrington Sound is it is easy to modify the course if the weather becomes too tricky.

“That’s one of the reasons it’s such a nice place for an open water swim.”

“We’re expecting a record field. We have 170 overseas swimmers coming in…, which is a record number. We will have 150 to 160 locals which will push our field over 300. The most number of heads we had in the water was 305 and should have slightly more this year.”