Escape from Managaha
Escape from Mañagaha hosted by the Saipan Swim Club is held in Saipan in May. The swim is a 2.4 km crossing of the shipping channel between Saipan and Managaha in the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a chain of 15 tropical islands in the western Pacific Ocean about 190 km north of Guam. Managaha is a small islet which lies off the west coast of Saipan within its lagoon. Although it has no permanent residents, Mañagaha is popular among Saipan’s tourists as a day-trip destination due to its wide sandy beaches.
Swimmers meet at Smiling Cove at 5:30 am. The Sunrider will depart for Managaha promptly at 6 am from the boat dock by the boat ramp and DPS. The swim will start at 6:30 am and finishes at American Memorial Park near the play ground. Swimmers must be through the channel by 9 am. DPS will be on hand to patrol for safety purposes. Saipan Swim Club will also have one patrol boat and kayakers as support. Fins, mask, snorkel, paddles or buoys may be used.
$20 that includes the boat ride, a t-shirt and snacks.
Registration forms may be turned in at Rob Torres’ office in Chalan Kiya or at the Kan Pacific pool during swim practices. If you want to assist as a kayaker or have questions, email Suzy Kindle.
Victoria Chentsova has won the race 3 consecutive years in 2011, 2012 and 2013.