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fos tallies 2019/20... And that's final!

West dominates in season cut short by Covid


WA's Max Coten (2nd l) is the youngest swimmer ever to top the fos tallies.

It's official: the fine ocean swimmers' tallies for season 2019/20 are dominated by swimmers from anywhere other than NSW. Swimmers from Western Australia fill 13 of the highest 20 positions in terms of distances swum over the course of the season, with Victorian swimmers filling another four positions and Kiwis another two. NSW's sole representative in the highest 20 comes in at 17. 

But the results in 2019/20 were notable for another reason: the highest ranked swimmer was also the youngest swimmer ever to top the fine ocean swimmers' tallies: Max Coten, at 16, is the only teenager ever to figure so prominently since we've been running the tallies over the past-15-odd seasons.

Swimmers from the West and NZ have been ranking for years, but this is the first time that mugs from NSW have not figured prominently. The highest ranked NSW swimmer in season 2019/20 was last year's top-ranked swimmer overall, the ubiquitous Jim Donaldson, who did 79.6km from 22 swims, averaging 3.62km per swim. Jim was 17th on the list in 2019/20. In contrast, the highest ranked swimmer overall was Max Coten, from WA, with 121.6km from 21 events at an average of 5.79km. Another swimmer from the West, Tara Grout, was 2nd with 116.7km from 17 swims (6.86km average). Eveready Kiwi Mike Cochrane is 3rd with 106.7km from 35 swims (3.05km).

The reason for the difference this season is --  you'll be surprised to hear -- Covid-19, which closed off all states and national swim seasons in mid-March. At that point, some areas, such as Victoria, South Australia, Tassie and Queensland, were pretty well over for the season -- Queensland has swims over winter, so their season is weighted differently anyway -- whereas NSW, and to some extent New Zealand, still had events to run. Indeed, with the dramatic growth of ocean swim events in NSW over the years, late March and April have become the sport's busiest period there; the Covid curtailment cut off the opportunity for as much as 45-50km in further event distance in  NSW.

Indeed, as one delves into the figures (see link below), the effects of the pandemic are stark: season 2019/20 saw 658 individual swim events, after 957 in season 2018/19. There were 45,071 individual swimmers, after 53,025 the previous season. Total distance swum was 172,853.55km, after 200,887.38km in 2018/19; and 81,347 swims (by individuals) after 96,113. The only key stat that remained constant was average distance swum, which, at 2.1km, has remained constant now for four seasons, up from 2km for four years prior to that.

It is what it is. As this is not a competition, none of this really matters, but it is interesting, and it's important, we feel, to acknowledge the efforts of all swimmers.

(It's important to understand that the fine ocean swimmers' tallies are not a competition. We simply tally up everyone's distances as a matter of interest, and to recognise the effort that all swimmers put in over the course of the season, irrespective of whether they are or how they figure in individual event results.)

We had a few swimmers come to us after we posted preliminary tallies a few months ago, and our tallist, propellor-head Colin Reyburn, has made a couple of adjustments as a consequence. But if there are still issues for individual swimmers, please let us know... Click here

Understand that many organisers, and many timers, are sloppy with their reporting of results. They record only name, usually — but not always -- gender, sometimes age, but only rarely other identifying data, such as where a swimmer is from. Often, too, their input of data is misspelt or otherwise in error. This means that it is often very difficult to identify swimmers, and to separate swimmers with similar names. Thus, some swimmers will appear several times in these lists as if they are different swimmers. We need you to check the lists and to draw these anomalies to our attention, so that we can then edit the master list to ensure the final tallies are as accurate as we can possibly get them.

Thak you to Colin Reyburn for his work in compiling the tallies. It's an enormous job, but Colin is a dab hand with Excel and makes it easier than it would be for most, including us.

With errors, please let us know... Click here

Tallies 2019/20

Regional leaders

  Swimmer From Distance km Swims Ave. Dist. km
Overall Max Coten WA 121.6  21 5.79
New Zealand MIke Cochrane NZ 106.7  35 3.05
NSW & ACT Jim Donaldson NSW  79.6  22 3.62
Queensland & NT Julie Boxsell  Qld 46.7  6 7.78
South Australia Andrew Legge  SA  50.0 13 3.85
Victoria & Tasmania Dee Greenwood  Vic  91.6  19 4.82
Western Australia  Max Coten  WA 121.6 21 5.79


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Thank you to absolute genius Colin Reyburn for his work in compiling these tallies. We couldn't do it without him.

This form is to be submitted by managers of teams or solo swimmers.

South Head Roughwater Support Team

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Safety Equipment:

All support boats must be equipped with all the REQUIRED MANDATORY MARINE SAFETY EQUIPMENT as per the NSW Maritime regulations. These requirements can be found on the NSW Maritime web site. http://www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/sbh/safety_equipment/safety_equipment.html

Emergency Management – Vessel Safety:

It’s important for the organisers of this event to know that your vessel is in good working order for an event such as this.

  • Each support boat must be capable of travelling a long distance to the starting point at Bondi Beach, move slowly alongside the swimmer during the swim, have competent crew on board and have sufficient fuel to run the motor for up 6 hours.
  • The swim director needs to be informed of any incidents that occur relating to the support boat, crew or swimmer during the event. If a person needs to be transported to shore or rescued, the swim director must be informed.
  • In the event of a boat emergency, all crew and the swimmer must don a lifejacket and wait for assistance. Marine Rescue should be notified of any ‘May Day’ emergencies or an emergency distress call should be made.
Sea sickness:

During the event, we cannot attend to crew sea sickness issues as we will be attending to the management and safety of the swimmers. Sea sickness is a problem for many people who are not used to being offshore or remaining stationary and we need all skippers to manage their own crew accordingly.

Swimmer Retrieval

If a vessel is to retrieve a swimmer from the water at any time during the event, the engine must be in neutral or preferably turned off and the skipper in charge of the engine gears at all times when picking up a swimmer.

Swimmer Withdrawal

The swim director must be informed immediately by the boat captain if any swimmer is withdrawn from the event. The details required if a withdrawal is taken are the swimmer name, swimmer number, proposed drop off location.

Briefing: There is a pre - swim briefing to be held on Friday night at 7 pm, two days before the swim at the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. Swimmer numbers and caps will be issued.

Swim Day

There is to be a radio briefing issued by Marine Rescue to the boat captains at 8:45am on the morning of the swim at checkpoint 1 at Bondi Beach beach. Support boats are to check in with Marine Rescue to advise that their swimmer is on the beach.

Boat Display of Swimmer Numbers

Boat captains are to ensure their swimmer number is displayed in a clear, visible manner on both sides of the boat in letters no smaller than 300 millimetres. Swimmer numbers will be issued at the Friday night briefing.

Check Point 1

Approximately 500m off Bondi Beach - Boat Check In - Boat captains are to check in with the swim director on board the Marine Rescue boat at Check Point 1 between 8.30 am and 8.45 am before the swim start, advising their swimmer number and displaying their swimmer number on both sides of the boat.

By submitting this form, you agree to the following Declaration:

  • I acknowledge and accept the safety issues covered by the event and detailed within this support boat compliance form and that the details I have provided the organisers of this event are true and accurate.
  • I understand the process required to be followed (as described below) if there is an emergency relating to one of the swimmers.
  • I understand the process required to be followed (as described below) if there is an emergency relating to my boat.
  • If there is a swimmer withdrawal, I will comply with the process described below and contact the swim director by radio or on the contact number listed below.

I have read and understood the general terms and conditions of entry into this event as outlined on the website www.southheadroughwater.com and in the SHRS - Information Booklet. I acknowledge that these terms and conditions apply to me and, where relevant, my crew, as participants in the event, even if I am not participating as a swimmer in the event.

I undertake to ensure that the general terms and conditions of entry to the event are given to all members of the crew.

Swimmers' and Paddlers' Waiver

  • We acknowledge and accept the safety issues covered by the event and detailed within this swimmer compliance form and that the details I have provided the organisers of this event are true and accurate.
  • We have read and understood the general terms and conditions of entry into this event as outlined on the website www.southheadroughwater.com and in the SHRS - Information Booklet. We acknowledge that these terms and conditions apply to me and, where relevant, my crew, as participants in the event.
  • We undertake to ensure that the general terms and conditions of entry to the event are given to all members of my swim team.
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The vast bulk of ocean swimming takes place not in formal races on the weekend. It happens in the myriad informal swim groups that meet on beaches, at pools, in lakes, rivers, dams, ponds and billabongs all around Strãa, New Zealand and the South Pacific, every day. Locals know their groups, but what if you're travelling? You're in an unfamiliar place, you'd like a swim, but where? With whom?

oceanswims.com aims to offer the most comprehensive list of informal swim groups and locations in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Wherever you are, you should never be without a suggestion of where to swim and with whom.

oceanswims.com lists swim groups free of charge. Just complete the short form below and click the Submit button. You'll get a copy of your info straightbackatcha, and we'll slot it into our listings.

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Amnesty for old caps

It's that season again: the time when environmentally sensitive ocean swimmers descend into funk wondering what to do with all their old swim caps. This year, we have an answer...

You can check progress entries to events currently open for online entry either through the event page or through these links below.

Application form to list your event on oceanswims.com

Banners and packages

Apart from promotional packages listed here, we're happy to discuss arrangements tailored to your needs. These may include banners on our home page and/or state calendars and packaging a number of items here into a single fee (other than on-line entries). We can also arrange your own, discrete site complete with your own domain name.

Rates for advertising depend on the space, time period, and whether you also take entries online with us.

Base ad rates...
  • Pillar ad (right hand side of page, 150px x up to 250px deep, appears every page) - $1,750 per month

Note: We cannot promote organisations which are in conflict or competition with our own supporters.


Featured swim

Maximise your exposure by becoming a Featured swim. This includes promotion on the oceanswims.com home page and expanded space inside oceanswims.com, and promotion in our regular emailouts.

If you have your own event site, you can simply take Featured swim status, link to your own event site, then send swimmers back to oceanswims.com, via a hyperlink, for entries online.

Featured Swim status costs $625 (swims run by charities and community groups) or $1,250 (swims run by private or commercial organisers either by themselves or on behalf of others, or by charities and community groups who engage commercial organisations to assist in the organisation and promotion of their swim -- apart from oceanswims.com, that is).

Organiser to provide digital pics for site use and results (Excel spreadsheet) in approved format.

NB: oceanswims.com cannot provide links to NSW or Queensland events which take on-line entries through 3rd parties. We leave our options open with regard to events in other states. The reason for this rule is that we rely on commissions on online entries to fund our activities. We will not acquiesce as event organisers direct the already meagre revenue available to organisations outside the sport.

oceanswims.com also cannot provide links to private (commercial) events unless they take Featured Swim status. 


Basic listing

Free - Calendar listing only with basic information and phone contact. No links to other websites or email addresses.


Sponsors' id

oceanswims.com works to promote your event. We are happy to list sponsors in text form on paid event pages. However, inclusion of event sponsors' logos and links and/or their promotions will be subject to a separate charge of $250 per sponsor. We believe that clouding an event page with sponsors' promotion, sometimes gratuitous and not germane to swim details, obscures the communication of information about your event.


Email-outs

oceanswims.com will list your coming event in regular email-outs in the two weeks leading up to swim day. 

Dedicated editorial in our regular emailouts (your own story in the emailout) focusing on your event: For charity organisers - $1,350 (3), or $1,200 (2), or $850 (1); for private organisers - $3,800 (3), or $2,900 (2), or $1,500 (1).

Dedicated emails (focussing only on your event): for charity organisers - $2,760 (3), $2,150 (2), $1,450 (1); for private organisers - $7,000 (3), or $5,000 (2), or $3,000 (1).

Note: We can not promote organisations which are in conflict or competition with our own supporters.


Communicating with entrants

oceanswims.com offers services to help with up-do-date and last minute communications with your entrants, for example with late organisational developments, cancellations, postponements, changes to logistical details.

Email-outs to your entrants – $50 (up to 250), $75 (251+)

SMS (text) broadcast to entrants – $0.25/text.

All such emailouts and SMS broadcasts are sent also to organisers


On-line entries

7.5 per cent of revenue for the first 250 online entries, 7 per cent for the next 250, and 6.5 per cent thereafter. Note that, if an event site links directly to online registration by-passing the event page on oceanswims.com, then online entry commission will be subject to a surcharge of an additional 2% over and above the rates above. The reason for this is that by-passing the event page on oceanswims.com denies entrants the opportunity to access advice about online entry which is important to a smooth entry process. Such a by-pass often results in extra work for us in clearing up problems caused by entrants being unaware how to respond if they run into difficulties whilst entering. For events that use 3rd parties (from outside the sport) to provide online entry services, the sliding scale of entries commission does not apply. Commission rates in these cases will be a flat 7.5 per cent.


GST

Your event is responsible for GST. 

Payments will be made immediately after the event. For large events, progress payments can be made prior to the event by arrangement. 

Online entries take essential competitor information and can be configured to include, for example, entry of escort paddlers, etc. Team entries will involve a combination of individual entry and only team entry forms.

 

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Please be aware: We do not respond to individual enquiries about the publication of results,although we are happy to help sort out issues with published results. We publish results when we receive them in usable form. You just have to trust us on this. Be aware, most swims are run by volunteers, and some swims don't see that they can afford to pay thousands of dollars for chip timing. In these cases, organisers have to compile results themselves in their own time. They get them done as soon as they can. So don't be outraged if results are late or if we don't respond to your sometimes urgent and insistent queries about when they will be posted or where you can find them. In the words of our cobber, Gary Emich, who ran the Alcatraz Aquathlon in San Francisco, in response to sometimes insistent entrants: "Dude, chill".

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Results from this season... Our seasons run from June 1 through May 31.

Please be aware: We do not respond to individual enquiries about the publication of results,although we are happy to help sort out issues with published results. We publish results when we receive them in usable form. You just have to trust us on this. Be aware, most swims are run by volunteers, and some swims don't see that they can afford to pay thousands of dollars for chip timing. In these cases, organisers have to compile results themselves in their own time. They get them done as soon as they can. So don't be outraged if results are late or if we don't respond to your sometimes urgent and insistent queries about when they will be posted or where you can find them. In the words of our cobber, Gary Emich, who ran the Alcatraz Aquathlon in San Francisco, in response to sometimes insistent entrants: "Dude, chill".

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Results from this season... Our seasons run from June 1 through May 31.

Dude, chill!

Please be aware: We do not respond to individual enquiries about the publication of results,although we are happy to help sort out issues with published results. We publish results when we receive them in usable form. You just have to trust us on this. Be aware, most swims are run by volunteers, and some swims don't see that they can afford to pay thousands of dollars for chip timing. In these cases, organisers have to compile results themselves in their own time. They get them done as soon as they can. So don't be outraged if results are late or if we don't respond to your sometimes urgent and insistent queries about when they will be posted or where you can find them. In the words of our cobber, Gary Emich, who ran the Alcatraz Aquathlon in San Francisco, in response to sometimes insistent entrants: "Dude, chill".

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