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Aloha ‘Aumakua Swimmers,
RACE DAY ENTRIES (at a
because they impose higher costs to run, and less ability to plan):
Entries are due Saturday, Sept 3, 2011 at the channel swim or by midnight
on-line at club assistant, or received in by
Maui Dolphins Swim Club,
880694, Pukalani, HI 96788, or at the Maui Masters
Pukalani Practice 7:30-9am. Malcolm Cooper will be at the Maui Channel Swim and can be reached at the
Captain’s Meeting Friday night (if there’s no blockage on the road to Kaanapali
that night), the Banquet Saturday Night, and Saturday afternoon after the
channel swim we’ll be staying in the room next to Ian Emberson (race director
for the Maui Channel Swim) at the
Ka’anapali Beach Hotel.
(Click on satellite overlay at top to see detailed map) The race starts from the Malu’aka beach fronting the
Makena Beach and Golf Resort at
5400 Makena Alanui; Makena, Maui, Hawaii 96753. (FYI ... this
is a BEAUTIFUL place to stay even for just one night.) Makena is south of
Kihei and Wailea on the south coast of Maui. For those participating in the
Maui Channel Swim, it’s normally a 45-50 minute drive from Ka’anapali to
Makena. For a satellite view of the
course marked up with the course and start times, see attached graphic at
No Parking in the Maui Prince Hotel
parking lot. Other parking is limited to the north and south
sides of the hotel. CARPOOLING IS STRONGLY
ENCOURAGED. There are approx 100 spots available just past
(south) of the Maui Prince Hotel on the first paved road (Dead End) to the
right. Approx 50 are paved. There is more parking along the access
road on the grass – but with construction this may be on only one side. (Do
not park in the red zone.) There are another 25 spots available on the
north side beach access across from a church. Finally, there is parking at
Big Beach (Makena Beach) approx ½ mile beyond the South access.
- 2.4 Miles or Sprint Mile: Many
registrations did not indicate whether you plan to swim the (default) 2.4
Mile or the Sprint Mile race. If your race number is 500+, you are entered
in the Sprint Mile. We will start the sprint mile shortly after the
2.4 mile. Caution: some 2.4 milers and sprint
milers may meet at the buoy and will have to merge with care!
- Registration & Check In:
You MUST check
in Monday morning to swim the race. At check in, you pick up your
t-shirt(s) and cap(s) and your race number
is put on your right AND left arm and thigh ((USA SWIM Req) or leg if wearing a longer suit -
please don't use sunscreen on your arm & thigh until after your number is
applied) with a magic
- Final Race
Instructions and a blessing will be delivered beginning ~8:20am
on the grassy area above
Start and Finish
(See Beach Map at Top) The start
will occur after a tour boat
loads its passengers from the beach between 8:40-8:55am or so. With
many swimmers, we will probably do start the 2.4 mile swim from waist deep
in the water like last year. The Sprint Mile will start 12 minutes
after the 2.4 mile swim.
- The finish
will be at the "top" of the beach at the entrance to the Maui Prince grounds. There will be a
large red time clock for you to read when you cross the line (and you will
be videoed crossig), we'll be entering your number as you cross the finish
directly into a computer. As a backup, there will
also be two separate teams to record your number and time. After you
pass these backup timers, you must continue through the chute until we check
for your "arch token". You are responsible to NOT lose your token nor
Leg #2 from first Buoy to Makena Landing.
Long leg #4 from Makena to Pu'u Ola'i.
Leg #5 from the point at Pu'u Ola'i in to brown
beach. Swim to the left edge of the house.
Last Leg for 2.4 and 1 mile from last Buoy to
Malu'aka Beach and Maui Prince.
Course & Site Lines:
The course shown and described will almost certainly be the course.
In case of unsafe conditions (eg; dangerous breakers, murky water, etc.), the
race director and referee may choose to change the course, change the starting
location, delay the time of the start, change how the start and finish is
conducted or the like to ensure your safety. Because we are in a bit of a
bay with islands (Kahao'olawe and Lanai) towards the south and southwest, this
is highly unlikely.
The course heads out from Malu’aka beach, turns RIGHT
towards Makena Landing just off
near a rocky point, out (left) for a short distance, then (left) towards
Pu’u Ola’i. Sprint Milers will turn in at the yellow buoy back to Makena
Landing. 2.4 mile swimmers swim all the way to the Pu’u. There will be 4’
Tetrahedral Race buoys at each turning point along the route and at the
arch. The Yellow Buoy will be the mile-turn-in buoy … 2.4 Mile swimmers may
ignore it. I have pictured some site lines on the longer sections. The Sun
may be bright on the last leg coming IN to Malu’aka Beach toward the hotel.
- As per the “special
fun rule” in the race notice: you can collect one token (from a
SCUBA diver) good for one
minute off your
time by passing through the arch. The arch is located past the 7th
buoy approx 2 miles into the 2.4 mile swim.
You may be tired at this point during the race. Even if you are
familiar with diving to a depth of approx 15 feet, your fatigue may
make the dive more difficult or even dangerous. You may not gain
any significant time doing this and we recommend against
doing this unless you are practiced, know your limits, and feel
rested enough to make it safe at the time. When diving to a depth
of 15 feet without equalizing ear pressure, you can permanently
damage your ear drum; and the pressure on your eyes can be painful –
especially from small & hard goggles.
Caution: If you swim through
the arch, you will be diving through an arch approx 4’ tall and 8’
wide at a depth of ~10-15 feet with jagged edges from coral and
rocks sticking out. Touching coral can also kill the coral.
This sight is where local Maui swimmers normally come for a "Sunday Swim".
We have laid out a course that
tries to maximize your chance to enjoy seeing coral, fish, some interesting
rock formations, and hopefully turtles & rays. We have collected some pictures and Dave Rostetter put together text for a display of some of the animals you might encounter along the way with
information about them. The pictures shown were all taken by swimmers who
enjoy easy fun swims Sunday morning on different places along Maui’s shores
(www.tropicallight.com/swim.htm). Sharks (mostly white tips) have also
been seen on some of our ocean swims – we often check little caves where
they’re known to hang out (we call him/her "Bruce").
See Safety page for YOUR SAFETY, SAFETY PLAN and GENERAL OCEAN SAFETY.
- Pictures & Results:
We're working on getting someone to take pictures of the race. More
info to be posted later. There are pictures from the area of our Sunday
- Awards: For
the 2.4 mile swim, there are awards for to top 3 places in each age group –
for both USA-S (10-U, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18) and USMS (19-24, 25-29 … 65-69,
up to 70+) events. For the Sprint Mile, there is only a first place award
for each age group. The top male and female finisher for the 2.4 mile and
the Sprint Mile will receive a special trophy and will be removed from their
*Krueger & Keck
*The Learning Center of Maui