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High hopes for ‘Pinoy Aquaman’

  • Written by Ed Andaya
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Macarine Macarine

LAWYER Ingemar  Macarine will attempt to be the first open water swimmer  from the Philippines to swim without stopping the  English Channel, a  21-mile (33KM) crossing  from  the United Kingdom to France on Sunday, Aug. 13.

Macarine, dubbed as  “Pinoy Aqua Man”,   will swim continuously or  non-stop for approximately  13 to 15 hours, except hydration and  feeding stops for 15 seconds every 30 minutes, with  water  temperature of  17 degrees celsius.

“I   have  trained and prepared for this ultimate  swim for  two years,”  said  Macarine, who arrived in  Dover, United  Kingdom two weeks ago for the  cold water acclimatization training.

“I  have done  more than  30 charity swims in the Philippines and in the USA. Fifteen of which were certified as pioneering or  unprecedented  marathon swims (10KM or more) by the World  Open Water Swimming Association of  Huntington, California,” explained Macarine.

“Hypothermia would be my number one challenge as I am used to the  tropical waters of the Philippines,”  he added.
Macarine,  who  works as an  Election Officer III in Tubigon, Bohol, said experienced Boat Pilot Eric Hartley of Pathfinder Charter and CSA Observer  Keith Oiller informed  him that  swim  schedule will be around 2 a.m. Sunday depending on the weather conditions.
“I will be  abiding the rules of the Channel Swimming Association (CSA) by wearing only regular swimming trunks, a pair of swimming goggles, and one swimming cap. Wetsuits and other floating devices are absolutely not allowed. The rules also dictate that I should not touch  the boat nor can be touched by another person during the  entire course of the swim,” explained Macarine.
The  21-Mile English Channel is considered as  the “Mount Everest” for open water swimmers from all around the world. While Mount Everest has already been summited by seven Filipinos, the iconic English Channel is yet to be crossed by a Filipino.
Swim is  sponsored by South Seas Vision CATV System and Diadi CCS Poultry Farm courtesy of  Macarine’s wife Racquel.
Also supporting Macarine’s bid are the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), headed by Chairman William Ramirez  and Commissioner Ramon Fernandez and Comelec through Chairman Andres Bautista.
Swim is also sponsored by  Speedo Philippines thru VP Manish Mahtani, Maldita Man thru Irene  Chan, First Consolidated Bank thru President Argeo Melisimo, Martello  Building Consultancy  thru Andy Cruttenden, Kennington  Masonic  Lodge 1381 thru Worshipful Master Michael Duque, Congressman  Erico Aristotle C. Aumentado and Sparklab.
“This swim is dedicated to all Filipinos and to promote cleaner seas and tourism in the Philippines. Hoping and praying for good weather and a successful crossing,” said  Macarine.