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Swims this weekend

malabar patrons is taking entries for the Murray Rose Malabar Magic on Sundee.

Rainbow Club patrons Mark Speakman, Louise Sauvage, Daniel Kowalski and James Pittar are swimming as a Rainbow Club team at the Malabar Magic on Sundee.

Malabar forecast

Forecast – Sunny with a chance of showers, 20-26C, 5-10 per cent chance of rain during the morning
Tide - Dropping from high 1.7m at 8:21
Wind – "Gentle" breeze from SE, easing from 20kmh at 8am to 12 kmh at 11am.
Swell – 1.6m swell from SE offshore, but little of that (less than a metre on the real beaches) will find its way into Long Bay (Malabar)
Water - 22C at the moment. Still very noice.

Malabar is a special swim: it's an ocean beach that does not present a surf break, and it's run directly by a charity, not a surf club, to raise funds for its own operations. There aren't many of those around.

Because they're not a surf club, the Malabar awgies, The Rainbow Club, do not have the resources of a surf club to call on for logistical support, principally a legion of qualified surf life savers and their rescue gear. They get much of that from North Bondi SLSC, of which the swim's late patron, Murray Rose, was a member. Lots of Murray's cobbers still help out on the day. It's a noice gesture of support and co-operation. The swim now is named in Murray's honour, the Murray Rose Malabar Magic.

Murray was one of our heroes when we were littlies, as he was of pretty well every Stra'an youngster of the 50s and 60s. It was nice to find, when we met Murray later in life, that he fulfilled the ideal image that we had held of him since the 50s. As we swim around Long Bay on Sundee, we can all spare a thought for what Murray worked for with this event, and for Murray, himself, who died in April 2012.

The Rainbow Club exists to teach disabled kids to swim. This swim is one of their major fundraisers for the year. And because it's held in Long Bay – a very long bay, a bit like a fjord without the mountains – it offers a long, smooth course, with gentle swell but no nasty surf. So it offers possibilities for many swimmers who are not confident in a break, and for every swimmer who likes a stretch out.

Two distances offered: 1km and 2.4km.

Online entries to the Murray Rose Malabar Magic close on at 3pm on Sat'dee, February 20. More info and to enter online... Click here

Manly cancelled

Note that the Manly swim, postponed from November to Sat'dee, February 20, has been cancelled altogether. The awgies, Manly Life Saving Club, aim to pick a new date next season.

swimfasstCraig Riddington's SwimFassst

The ironman, Craig Riddington, has invented a device that could make you a much better swimmer. We've tried it, and it makes us better.

SwimFasst is designed to help you grab and pull more effectively through the water, with better body position. You can buy SwimFassst by itself, or with a couple of lessons from Riddo himself to get you iinto the swing of SwimFassst.

More info and to order... Click here

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Last weekend

Lake Bondi at North Bondi. Nothing at the North Bondi Classic like the swell that we had a month earlier at The Roughwater. It was such a lovely day amongst the colour and pageantry that is Bondi on a summer Sunday. We have our photo-essay by our staff photojournalist on now... Click here


Have a look at our new forum, 'ave a chat, on We've had some teething issues to sort through in its first few days, and we hope they're all sorted. This is where you can have a chinwag with punters of like mind about all sorts of issues.

To 'ave a chat... Click here

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Your next adventure

Come with us on an oceanswimsafari over winter 2016. Pick one below, or if you have a group, we can build one around your needs.

Right now, 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 necessary... Click here

Sulawesi – Our first inaugural oceanswimsafari in this far-flung corner of Indonesia that you'd never otherwise visit. Pristine water along reefs that drop-off to nothing, and lots of sea life.  -- From $A2,725 (July 9-18)... Click here

navotua 1510 01Tonga – 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 – from $A5,290 (September 23-October 2)... Click here

Mana Fiji SwimFest - Packages are online now for the Mana Fiji swims October 18-23. Two days of swimming (separated by a day) - 10km solor or 3x relay on Thursday, then 5km, 3km, 1km on Saturday. Mana Island's North Beach is one of the best places in the world for an ocean swim. Packages from $A1,285 pp twin share. You can use the 10km solo swim to qualify for Rottnest the following February... Click here

Yasawas Fiji oceanswimsafaris - We're doing two oceanswimsafaris to Fiji's Yasawas Islands, to the fabled Blue Lagoon staying at Blue Lagoon Resort. The first is prior to the Mana swims (Oct 10-16), the other following (Oct 23-29). Packages from $A2,145... Click here

And in 2016 we'll also have a new Yasawas Homestay oceanswimsafari (July 27-August 2) - Details coming soon (that's the venue, above right).

Escorts needed for blind swimmers

Blind Sports NSW will hold a multi-sport day at North Bondi Beach on Friday March 4 "to promote an inclusive beach environment for people with blindness and low vision". On the day, we will promote services from Vision Australia and Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, learn to surf lessons with LET'S GO SURFING, beach yoga with Emily Rogers, and our Buddy Swim program supported by North Bondi SLSC, Swimming and Triathlon NSW. Disability Sports Network will cover all the action live from the beach

Blind Sports NSW is looking for sighted swimmers to escort blind swimmers on this day. If you're able to help out, contact Murray at Blind Sports NSW on 0427 186 734 or email... Click here

Swims open for online entry

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
Jervis Bay (Sun, March 20)... Click here
North Steyne (Sun, March 20)... Click here
Terrigal (Easter Sat, March 26)... Click here
Nowra-Culburra (Easter Sat, March 26)... Click here
Pacific Palms (Easter Sunday, March 27)... Click here
Forster (Sun, April 4)... Click here
Mollymook (Sat, April 9)... Click here
Coogee (Sun, Apr 10)... Click here
Blacksmiths (Sat, Apr 30)... Click here
South Curl Curl-Freshwater (Sun, May 1)... Click here
South Head (Sun, May 15)... Click here

Coming soon – Copeton Waters (Inverell, Sat Apr 9)


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