The remarkable Mike Cochrane, and friend.
Cochrane breaks 200km
He said he'd do it. He planned to do it. And he did it with barely half the season gone. Auckland's Mike Cochrane broke the 200km mark in our fine ocean swimmers' tallies whilst swimming to Rottnest Island on February 21. At the end of February, his tally for the season was 211.7km, with plenty more to come. Cochrane's distance comes from 47 swims at an average 4.5km. He's aiming at 278.8km for the season.
Behind Cochrane now, there's been a considerable shake up as other Rottnest Channel swimmers advance up the rankings between the end of January and February. WA's Caitlyn James remains in 2nd at 128.7km, then Stephanie Gaudin, also from the West, suddenly appears in 3rd at 112.3km. At 5th, Ben Searcy appears from nowhere at 98.6km, with Bradley Smith at 7th (96.5km) and Erin Spooner at 10th (89.7km). Of the Top 10 at the end of February, five are from the West.
Indeed, the top rankings are saturated with swimmers from WA and NZ. In the Top 30, only three are not from either region: former winner Richard Murray at 12 (84.1km), Jim Donaldson at 13 (83.7km), and Victoria's Keely Williams at 30 (70.6km).
This winter's oceanswimsafaris
We've just posted details of our 1st inaugural oceanswimsafari to San Sebastián in Spain, where we'll do the Isla Santa Clara swim, and gorge ourselves on pintxos, txakolí and cider. What are they? Come with us to find out...
June - Port Vila, then Espiritu Santo Swim Week - Two swims in Port Vila, then a week of ocean swimming and other escapades on Santo, Vanuatu's Adventure Island. Do either or both legs... Click here
July-August - Swim with whales - A week of swimming and whale watching in this unknown Pacific paradise, with the opportunity of getting in and swimming with the whales... Click here
August - In the wake of Jason and the Argonauts, and Mamma Mia - Sail around the Northern Sporades, where Jason sailed, and Meryl Streep tried to marry off her daughter, with some of the best food you'll ever eat, and swim in some of the best water you'll ever experience... Click here
Spain - San Sebastián
August-September - Pintxos, txakolí, cider, and swimming - The Basque country at the western end of the Pyrenees in northern Spain is a rich cultural mix. You'll get a taste of much of it on our inaugural oceanswimsafari here... Click here
Spain - Costa Brava
September - On the other side of Spain, the eastern end of the Pyrenees, we'll get more of the world's best water in the Mediterranean, and the world's best food, and more culchural mix, dipping our toe into the world -- and the home -- of Salvador Dalí... Click here
October - Mana Fiji SwimFest and the Yasawas - One of our favourite Pacific island swim venues, a festival of swimming at Mana Island, and a week's oceanswimsafari to perhaps the most beautiful, remote swimming location on earth, the Yasawa islands. Do both or either... Click here for Mana... and here for the Yasawas
October-November - Enormously popular over the last few years, Heron Island offers the most beautiful water, right on the Great Barrier Reef. It will be a cathartic experience for you, too. Have you ever swum with sharks?... More details available soon
We've long regarded March and April as our busiest months, and this weekend proves it, with eleven swim events on within our orbit. Remarkably, there are none in Sydney, but that's another story.
Sat, March 14 - Narrandera (NSW), Auckland, Hahei (NZ), Yarrawonga (Vic), Boat Harbour (Tas)
Sun, March 15 - Jervis Bay e (NSW), Marlborough, Rotorua, Wanganui (NZ), Brighton (Vic), Glenelg (SA)
This weekend, we're taking online entries to the Clearwater Classic at Jervis Bay on the NSW Sarth Coast.
Jervis Bay is one of the jewels of the NSW coast. It's surrounded by National Park and the water, it's said -- for we've never swum in it, ourselves -- is very clear. Inside the bay, the course may receive some swell if the swell sneaks through the heads from the appropriate direction, but it's not affected by a break as ocean beaches are. See the course view above.
Online entries to the Jervis Bay Swim close at 3pm, Saturday, March 14... Click here
Go to oceanswims.com for more info about all this weekend's events. Look at Featured Swims on the right of our home page, and under Swims/Calendars for the complete swim calendar.
Long swims or short swims
We've introduced a new category for swims on our calendar to help you find shorter swims, or longer swims. Just go to Swims/Calendars, and in the drop-down Category menu, search for swims up to 1.5km, or over 1.5km... Click here
Don't let injuries stop you from the surf
The Royal Rehab in Sydney is running a day at Clovelly, in Sydney's eastern suburbs, on Wednesday, March 18 (10-2) to help disabled and injured punters learn how to access the beach and ocean for swimming, body surfing, wave skiing and scuba diving, etc.
The Rehab's Kel Smith tells us they plan to run the day periodically on Sydney's north side (Collaroy) and south side (Clovelly) several times each summer.
"We can, hopefully, encourage newcomers to approach beach and surf activities with greater insight, confidence and, of course, safety," Kel says.
The day will be run by the Rahab's Sebastian van Veenedaal, its Community Rec Program Co-ordinator. Also on hand will be Neil McLennan, a T8 spinal infury athlete, who is experienced in these areas, along with a range of equipment to help you access the beach and the surf.
It's essentiall to register for the day in advance. Call Sebastian van Veenedaal on 9808 9353 or email... Click here
Swims open to online entry on oceanswims.com...
Jervis Bay (Sun, March 15)... Click here
Fingal Bay (Sun, Mar 22)... Click here
Balmoral (Sun, Mar 22)... Click here
South West Rocks (Sun, Mar 22)... Click here
Stanwell Park (Sun, Mar 22)... Click here
North Steyne (Sat, Mar 28)... Click here
Wollongong (Sat, Mar 28)... Click here
Forster (Sun, Mar 29)... Click here
Terrigal (Easter Sat, Apr 4)... Click here
Pacific Palms (Easter Sun, Apr 5)... Click here
Queenscliff (Easter Sun, Apr 5)... Click here
Copeton Waters (Inverell, Apr 11)... Click here
Mollymook (Sat, April 11)... Click here
Shellharbour (Sun, Apr 12)... Click here
Coogee (Sun, Apr 12)... Click here
Black Head (Sun, Apr 19)... Click here
South Head (Sun, May 17)... Click here
Vanuatu (June 6 and 10)... Click here
Mona Vale (Sun, June 21)... Click here
Mana Fiji (Thu-Sat, Oct 15-17)... Click here
Evans Head (Sun, Nov 15)... Click here
Coming soon... South Curl Curl-Freshwater (Sun, April 26)
Online entries of U18 swimmers
Online entries of swimmers under the age of 18 must be done with the consent of a responsible parent or guardian. Sometimes, the "responsible" parent or guardian evidently leaves it to the minor to enter online, and too often, the parental consent field in the online entry form is left containing only a phone number or maybe even only a first name.
This does not constitute parent's or guardian's consent.
For a minor's entry to be valid, it must contain the full name and the phone number of the parent or guardian. Leaving it to the kids is not good enough. Some parents have found this to their cost when their child has messed up their entries. One child recently entered four times in the space of six minutes, with four payments for the one event. We refund, but there's an admin fee attaching to refunds (the bank charges us for every transaction) and it can be costly.
Best if parents take responsibility themselves and make sure the entry is done correctly in the first place.
The child's entry will not be accepted unless and until the parental/guardian consent is valid. If it's not done right at the time of entry, you'll get an email from us, and the entry won't be finalised until the consent is valid.
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