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.