Monday, February 3, 2014

Your Questions

I'm starting to hear from people who want to do this race. Its crazy, yes, but an exciting,  beautiful and intense experience if you can manage it. 
You still have lots of time but if you want the discounted entry fee you need to register and pay before the end of March.
A few questions that came up;

How long do we need to be in Hawaii for the race?
You might want to stay a while and relax but if you're looking for a minimum I'd say 4 days. Here's a sample minimum itinerary. 
You get to Oahu on Thursday August 21st early enough to have a meeting with your team and  boat captain.  (I'm pretty sure all boats will be on Oahu and go to Molokai the day before the race.)  That meeting is very important. Spend Thursday night on Oahu. (Pick from the hundreds of possibilities in Waikiki.) and Friday August 22 head to the Honolulu Airport and fly  to Molokai. (Its also a possibility to go over on your escort boat but that is not a relaxing boat ride!!!) Stay the night at the KaluaKoi Resort. Get up and race on Saturday and fly home on Sunday the 24th. 
As soon as you register we'll walk you through the whole process.

How do we find an Escort Boat?
There are plenty around here.  Send an email to the very experienced  Matt Buckman - (I think he is already taken for this race) and say you need an escort boat for the Kaiwi Channel Swim. He'll help you out.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Registration is Open

The Registration process is OPEN for the 2014 Ka'iwi Channel Swim - 2 and 6 person teams racing head to head across the Ka'iwi Channel from Molokai to Oahu. The date for the swim is August 23, 2014. 
The race will start fronting the Kalua Koi Resort on Molokai at 6am and will finish at Sandy Beach, Oahu with an 8pm cutoff time.
Please read all rules and regs carefully. Here are the basics.

Relay swimmers must touch or tag each other in the water at Start/finish of EACH swim leg.
Relay swimmers must keep the same order throughout the swim.

Each swim leg is ½ hour.

And obviously all teams need an escort boat.

With the experience of the 2013 Ka'iwi Channel Swim still fresh in our minds, fellow race Director Steve Haumschild and I are excited and hopeful about the 2014 Swim. We learned a few things last year.

We got as high as 9 confirmed registrations last year and only 2 teams raced. That caused much pondering on our part. We really needed to address that issue.

The main issue  is that while you, the team captain, are really stoked and ready to sign up and  buy the plane ticket, you still have to get five friends to all get the the same time off work and meet on Oahu the last week in August. Apparently most teams last year couldn't manage this.

This year we're going to help. Below the posts on this sight, on our FACEBOOK page and through email, we will be keeping a list of single swimmers or teams looking for more swimmers. So if you can't or don't want to put together a swim team or are looking for more swimmers for your team, we'll be keeping a list. Have half a team? We'll put you in touch with the other half.

This is an extreme swim. Actually part swim and part expedition. Its not going to be a huge race with lots of teams. We're guessing between 8 to 12 teams this year. We'll keep you posted on that but you'll have to wait for at least June for any meaningful numbers.

As long as the confirmed registration totals are under 15 teams we are only giving awards to the top 3 teams. However we will keep a list on this blog of the times and rankings of  all swims. We'll rank them male, female and mixed both under and over 40 average age. As the years go by you'll know where you stand even if there weren't enough teams to make that meaningful in your particular race. And  we'll be mentioning everyone at the post race party this year.

The cost for a six person team is $2000 and a two person team is $1200. We're really looking for a good early indication of interest so 20% off if you register and pay before April 1st.

Registration button is to the right. Fill out the info on the form and we will send you an invoice by email that you can pay thru PayPal with your credit card.

Keep checking back both here and on our facebook page for updates as this race evolves.

Remember, we're a small race (so far but we have big plans) and we can easily answer questions and help you with the logistics. Ask questions!

-Jeff Kozlovich, Race Director

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Kaiwi Channel Association Info on Swimming the Ka'iwi Channel

In response to the many requests Steve and I get about organizing a swim across the Ka'iwi Channel, I made this instructional video. I have to warn you its 23 minutes long. Wait, don't fall asleep just yet, there is some really good stuff here. I would even say its required watching for anyone contemplating this swim.
I have some ideas for the second edition of this video (maybe in two or three shorter parts) but for now this really does explain all the other stuff you need to know other than how to swim for long hours on end.

 I really am working on the next edition and your comments are welcome.  -Jeff Kozlovich

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ka'iwi Channel Association Awards Katie Benoit "Gold"

Katie Benoit

Katie Benoit Started her Ka'iwi swim  at 11:09pm on 10/5/13 from Papohaku Beach on Molokai  and finished at Sandy Beach, Oahu 18:00:21 later. 
She stood up all the way out of the water on Molokai and swam unassisted all the way to Oahu. She did not touch the boat or kayak and did not use a Shark Shield or any other swim aid.

Husband Destin Benoit was in charge of feedings
Captain Matt Buckman piloted the boat
Steve Haumschild and Jeff Kozlovich kayaked next to her

National Weather Service says for October 6, 2013: 20 knot (23 mph) NE winds for the Ka'iwi Channel. 7 foot seas.

"What was supposed to start with a cozy sunset boat ride turned into a crushing 4 hours of seasickness on our way over to Molokai. I had never been seasick before but had also never been on a boat in such swells before. I could not keep anything down. I also quickly learned what great sports my kayakers, Jeff Kozlovich, and Steve Haumschild were - after choosing the wrong side of the boat to get sick on...Let's just say they did not get discouraged and remained positive under"very nasty" conditions. Nothing made my seasickness better and I finally decided to just start swimming. We started the swim just after 11pm. As soon as I was in "my water" the seasickness went away. We had to time our start pretty well to not get hit by the incoming waves...I barely made it but Steve was not so lucky and got to empty the water out of the kayak before plunging back in. That goes to show that even a highly experienced kayaker will face some challenges in this channel...Both Steve and Jeff were my lifelines out there and I think it was their experience that made the swim possible. I'd encourage anybody to get in touch with these two if you wanna do the Kaiwi channel. We swam through a night full of white caps and the windbreak I had hoped for when I finally had some daylight never came. The swells and the lateral water movement didn't help me much and became really taxing over the hours. Around 12 hours I could see the beach....It was just a matter of making it there. A matter of another 6 hours. Finally, about 1.5 miles away from home, roughly 25.5 miles already behind me, I got hit by a man o war. Pretty intense burning sensation but too close to home to give up. I got hit in the left shoulder first and only minutes later took another one to the other side followed by one to the neck and finally to the face. I remember telling Steve to just get me out of the water...He kept a watchful eye on me and finally Jeff swam next to me and helped me to land safely on Sandy Beach. Where one final big wave face planted me in the Sand...A last slap from the Kaiwi channel . I could not help but feel like this channel just wanted to let me know I underestimated it. Assuming that everything in warm water would be easy I learned a rough lesson out there. I am not saying the English channel is easy but this was my roughest swim to date...Now a few weeks of taking it easy and then we'll start cold training for Ireland next July...This seven oceans adventure has been a great journey so far  and I feel pretty grateful I get to do this stuff...Thanks Jeff, Steve, Matt, and of course Destin Benoit ! One hell of a crew " - Katie Benoit

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance Of The Year Nominees


 is an annual recognition of the world's best open water swimmers, coaches, crew members,
pilots, writers, associations, services and products in four different categories.

The nominees for the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year are always
 an heroic and amazing group of individuals with exceptionally inspirational exploits, histories
 and lifestyles. This year presents an especially accomplished field of individuals.

The WOWSA Awards are not necessarily only for the best athletes, but are meant to
honor the men and women who:

* best embody the spirit of open water swimming,
* possess the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers
are known for, and
* have most positively influenced the world of open water swimming in any calendar year.

The 2013 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year nominees include:

1. BCT Gdynia MarathonPrizing the Pros (Poland)
2. Bering Strait SwimCrossing from Asia to America (International)
3. Emily BrunemannFINA World Cup Winner (U.S.A.)
4. Héctor Ramírez BallesterosBattling Butterfly From Spain to Gibraltar (Spain)
5. Ka'iwi Channel SwimMaking the Most of Molokai (Hawaii)
6. Mateusz SawrymowiczThe Polish Tiburon (Poland)
7. Melissa CunninghamEvery Stroke Counts (Australia)
8. Mohamed MaroufEnergizing Egypt (Egypt)
9. Ned Denison9 Swims Around The World (Ireland)
10. Night Train SwimmersCalifornia Coastal Cruising (U.S.A.)
11. Richard WeinbergerChasing Gold (Canada)
12. Swim4GoodStrait of Gibraltar Charity Crossing (Mexico)
13. Sylvain EstadieuFlying Frenchman (France)
14. Wendy Trehiou, Two-way Toughness (Jersey)
15. Women’s 10K World Championship, Pack Finishing Fast (International)