Smoothy family hopes for smooth seas on Port to Pub swim

Martin Smoothy with his children Sam (19), Esther (18) and Luke (14). Picture: Martin Kennealey d466619
Martin Smoothy with his children Sam (19), Esther (18) and Luke (14). Picture: Martin Kennealey d466619

MINDARIE’S Smoothy family will be hoping for smooth seas in this weekend’s Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub swim.

Martin Smoothy and three of his children will tackle a 25km ultra marathon in the March 25 event.

“There is a 25km ultra marathon where the competitors swim from Leighton’s towards Cottesloe and back for a 5km circuit and then swim to Rotto,” he said.

“As you can imagine there hasn’t been many takers – last year three of my family did the event.

“Myself and three of my children will be participating as 25km solo swimmers – this will give us 100km for the day for the family.

“All my kids want to beat me.”

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His youngest son Luke was the youngest under the new rules to swim the channel on his 14th birthday last year and will be swimming his third crossing while still 14.

“My daughter Esther (18) will be swimming to raise funds for the Esther Foundation,” he said.

“This is her second 25km after she pledged that she would not do it again but after helping the foundation she was moved to do this again.

“Samuel (19) is now pursuing open water swimming and came ninth this year in the main (Rottnest Channel Swim) event after only three years in the sport.”

The event has different categories ranging from teams of six to solo swims, most doing the 20km crossing from Leighton’s to Rottnest.