Organisers of an Ocean Swim in the Waitemata Harbour on Sunday say only one person pulled out of the race because of concerns over a fatal shark attack.
More than 500 people took part in the swim from Rangitoto to St Heliers.
Adam Strange was training for the Auckland Central Masters swim on Wednesday when he was killed by a shark at Muriwai beach.
Geoff Carter who organised Sunday's race says he was concerned more people would pull out, but in the end he only heard of one person and that was because their family was concerned.
At the prize giving, Geoff Carter read out a tribute to Mr Strange that had been drafted by his family.
It described a man who loved ocean swimming and who had enjoyed taking part in the harbour races.