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Janice Mason Celebration Swim, Mona Vale

Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club is having it's clubhouse rebuilt, but that's not stopping it from running a new event in memory of a long-serving club member, Janice Mason, who passed away during a morning swim just on a year ago. Awgies say –

mona vale mason janice 250Janice was a long service member of Mona Vale SLSC, who held numerous positions in both Nippers and Senior club, where she was a pioneer of women’s masters competition and a national champion herself. She was also a member of the Bongin Bongin Dawnbusters for more than 20 years and she tragically died here swimming in Mona Vale Basin last year. The swim is a fitting tribute to a great lady who inspired all those around her.

The swim replaces Mona Vale's Solstice Swim, which used to run around the time of the winter solstice, in late June. Rules are the same: Only two divisions: Wettie and Newd (four, reall, with M/F).

Water should still be glorious towards the end of May.

Hot soup after and parking will be a bit limited by the surf club and precincts reconstruction.

Entries are online only. This means there will be no new entries on race day.

Start time is 10am, but be there by 9am.

Basic info...

  • Event - Janice Mason Celebration Swim
  • Organiser - Mona Vale SLSC
  • Distance - 1.2km
  • Venue - Mona Vale beach
  • Time/Date - Sunday, May 23, 2021, 10am
  • Registration - Entries online only (here). No new entries accepted on race day. Swim check in Sunday, May 23, 8:30am-9:45am, near the old Mona Vale SLSC.
  • Entry fee - $25
  • Online entries close - 3pm , Sat'dee, May 22, 2021. Note that entries to this swim are online only. There will be no new entries accepted on race day.
  • Prizes - Nil. This swim is just for fun.But you can enjoy hot soup afterwards, a tradition started with the old Solstice Swim with minestrone made by Mrs June Dibbs, mum of swim awgie, Jon Dibbs.
  • Conditions - There is an at times rumbunctious beach break on the south side of the Mona Vale rock shelf, but conditions inside Bongin Bongin Bay generally are quite sheltered. here can be a bit a a dump on the edge, and you swim over reef as you head out of the bay. Water temp in late June should be in the early 20sC or maybe late teens.
  • Mimimum age - 10
  • More info - Contact awgie Jon Dibbs email
  • Check entries - Check progress online entries list... Click here


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mona vale solstice course
The course... Starting in Bongin Bongin Bay, where Glistening Dave swims each morn with his cobbers, around the rock shelf and into the beach at Mona Vale. Or the other way, depending on the sea.

Where it is...

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