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Nine swims this weekend

Now, with all that palaver out of the way (or pavlova in some households), let's get down to business...

  • Sat, Jan 2 – Cottesloe (WA), Port Sorell (Tas), Port Fairy (Vic)
  • Sun, Jan 3 – Gerringong, Newport (NSW), Pt Lonsdale, Phillip Island, (Vic), Albany (WA)
  • Mon, Jan 4 – Waihi Beach (NZ)

Quirky rusticana

This is a rustic, quirky swim: replicating a bet amongst crew of a 19th century merchantman moored in Gerringong's Boat Harbour: Capt Christie swam along the rock platform to Werri Beach, the prize a bottle of whuskey. In memory, all finishers (of boozy age) receive a miniature bottle of this stuff.

Gerringong this Sundee is Round 3 of the fine ocean swimmers series NSW. And if you enter online, you'll go into the draw for a $50 voucher from budgysmuggler.com.au and a year's membership of Masters Swimming NSW. By qualifying for the series, you could win a trip to Fiji or Vanuatu, either by winning the series or by random draw of all those who qualify by virtue of doing seven of the nine series swims.

All finishers will have their times weighted for age/sex to produce handicap results for the purposes of the fos series. That is, provided you're wearing "legal" cossies, which are conventional budgies for blokes and "normal" cossies for laydees (no arms, no legs, no flotation material). This is to make it a level playing field, as it were.

Be warned: race day registrations cut-off at 9am, and awgies are strict about this, because punters must be briefed them moved (most of them on foot) over the headland from Werri Beach to Boat Harbour to the start. Don't be late. They are serious about this cut-off time. Get yourself down to Gerringong SLSC at the southern end of Werri Beach.

Online entries to Gerringong (that's the beach, above) close at 3pm on Saturday, January 2... Click here

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Northern Beaches orgy

The first month of the new year is our swimmin' surfari along Sydney's Northern Beaches -- Newport... Avalon... Mona Vale... Palm Beach to Whale Beach. It's a Northern Beaches orgy.

And if you're not doing Gerringong, you may prefer Round 2 in the Pittwater Ocean Swim Series at Newport. Another lovely day out on a classic Sydney beach, the kind with red sand from the iron in the local sandstone. Two distances: 800m and 2km.

There are five swims in the Pittwater Series, and if you do at least three of them, you'll go into the draw for a weekend in Byron Bay for the annual swim there in May.

Online entries to Newport close at 3pm on Saturday, January 2... Click here

Tow floats make you safer

swimsafe 02They're taking Europe by storm, now you have the chance to get yours here in Stra'a - Tow floats offer a new level of safety for ocean swimmers, particularly during those sometimes lonely, informal swims whilst you're taking off that Xmas pud. They make it easier to be seen in the water, they allow you to take your valuables and some clothes with you in security, and youcan even take a water bottle and food with you.

Find out more and order yours now... Click here

What to do over winter

ossbannervert140217Over Xmas, we've been beavering away – when we haven't been wrapping then unwrapping presents – to finalise costings of our oceanswimsafaris in 2016. Most of them are online now on oceanswimsafaris.com

To date, you can book -

Vanuatu – May 23-June 3 - Port Vila and Santo from $A640 per person for four nights in Port Vila and $A970 for six nights in Espiritu Santo. We also have a three-night prequel, as they say in the movie business, at one of the most beautiful boutique resorts you will ever find, Paradise Cove, outside Port Vila, from $A760. Prices include swim entry as appropriate... Click here

Sulawesi – Our first inaugural oceanswimsafari in this far-flung corner of Indonesia that you'd never otherwise visit. Be aware, if you'd like to come with us, we need to know by mid-January, because that will allow us to secure our chosen resort just for us. We won't have to share it with any pesky divers -- From $A2,645 (July 9-18)... Click here

Tonga – Come swimming with whales with us, August 10-18 from $A3,305... Click here... And check out our report from our oceanswimsafari to Tonga earlier in 2015... Click here

San Sebastián (Spain) – Some of Europe's best food, colourful history, and adventurous swimming from $A2,110 (August 24-30)... Click here

Costa Brava (Spain) – Swim France to Spain and other myriad swimming adventures, culture, food – it's got it all -- from $A3,320 – We've filled our first Costa Brava oceanswimsafari already, so now we have organised a second one (September 12-20)... Click here

Greek Islands – Some of the most beautiful water and exotic locations, sailing and swimming the waters of Jason and the Argonauts and Mamma Mia, well away from the madding crowds, with your food provided by one of Australia's best chefs, David Tsirekas – from $A5,890 (September 23-October 2)... Click here

We'll also have soon our Mana Fiji SwimFest packages (October 18-23), our Yasawas oceanswimsafaris in Fiji (October 10-16 and October 23-30), and the Great Barrier Reef Swim on Heron Island (November 3-7)... Click here

And in 2016 we'll also have a new Yasawas Homestay oceanswimsafari (July 27-August 2) – Details coming soon.

All prices are land content only.

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Glistening Dave's oceanswims calendar 2016

Some lucky punters have already received their copies of Glistening David's oceanswims calendar 2016. That means, on January 1, when most of you are holed up in bed in foetal position, head throbbing, just wishing the world will go away, those lucky punters at least will know what day it is.

David has selected his favourite photograrphs from last season from his "formal" swims and his early morning fraternisations in Bongin Bongin Bay to illustrate his 2016 ocean swims calendar. And, this year, Dave's been travelling to Vanuatu and Tonga, so the calendar includes images from there, too.

The calendar includes every swim date we can find in Stra'a, New Zealand and the South Pacific, and a few more besides that we deem relevant or interesting. Pin it on your notice board at work, behind the door in the loo, on the wall in the kitchen, in your home office, your men's shed out the back, your sewing and knitting room, the wall in your hallway, so that you can check swim dates each time you leave home or return.

Find out more and order yours now in time for Xmas... Click here

View New Year special

v200AMROur New Year's View special offers two versions of the world's best low profile swim gog at the best price you'll ever find.

v200lslmainimageBuy a pair of our Fully Sick V200A-MR goggles, and you can have a pair of the Fully Sicks' non-mirrored sibling, the V200A, for $18 – That's more than 25 per cent off.

The V200A is exactly the same as the Fully Sick V200A-MR, except for the mirror coating. We use the Fully Sicks for daytime, when the sun is bright, and the non-mirrored V200A for early morning squad, although both have similar sun-protection properties.

The remarkable thing about View gogs -- apart from how well made they are -- is the quality they offer for the price you pay. Other goggle makers charge twice as much for gogs that aren't half as good as these. That's why we wear Views.

To order... Click here

Swims open to online entry on oceanswims.com...

Gerringong (Sun, Jan 3)... Click here
Newport (Sun, Jan 3)... Click here
North Bondi (Sun, Jan 10)... Click here
Avalon (Sun, Jan 17)... Click here
Black Head (Sun, Jan 17)... Click here
Fingal Bay (Sun, Jan 17)... Click here
Mona Vale (Sun, Jan 24)... Click here
Newcastle Harbour (Tue, Jan 26)... Click here
Palm-Whale - The Big Swim and The Little Big Swim (Sun, Jan 31)... Click here
North Bondi (Sun, Feb 14)... Click here
Manly (Sat, Feb 20)... Click here
Malabar (Sun, Feb 21)... Click here
Caves Beach (Sat, Feb 27)... Click here
Bondi (Sun, Feb 28)... Click here
Freshwater (Sun, March 6)... Click here
Balmoral (Sun, March 13)... Click here
Port Noarlunga (Mon, March 14)... Click here
Wollongong (Sat, March 19)... Click here
Forster (Sun, April 4)... Click here
Coogee (Sun, Apr 10)... Click here


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