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Punters gog up on Heron Island.

Beautiful bottom at Collaroy, or up bush in the West

The new season splutters along, still in 1st gear, and we have two swims this weekend, both on Sunday: Collaroy, on Sydney’s northern beaches, and Lake Leschenaultia in Wessna Stra’a.

We’re taking online entries to Collaroy, where there are two distances on offer, 1.5km and 800m.

It’s an interesting beach. On the face of it, just another open northern Sydney beach, with shifting banks, gutters, and a break adjusting to those shifts and rising and falling tide and swell. But Collaroy offers hidden gems. You wouldn’t know it from the beach, but the bottom of Collaroy is myriad reef outcrops, which means there often is plenty of sea life to watch on the way around. Depending on the sand cover over those reefs, it can be a very beautiful swim.

Collaroy sits in the lee of Long Reef headland, so it receives protection from some of the worst of the southerly weather. Swim start will be just ahead of the high, so there’ll be plenty of water over the banks. Swell is predicted to be around 1m from the nor’-east. The wind is expected to be onshore, so it may be a bit mushy, but benign in plenty of water. Temp is forecast to be 15-25C on Sundee with a 20 per cent chance of rain.

So we’ll see you on the beach.

Entries online close at 3pm on Sat’dee. More info and entries online… Click here

Over in the west, you can do Lake Leschenaultia, offering 1.6km and a 400m novice swim. Lake Leschenaultia is a 45 minute drive from Perth, so it should be a noice day out.

For more swims, check the Featured Swims list on oceanswims.com, and for our complete calendar, go to Swims/Calendar on oceanswims.com... Click here

Glistening Dave’s ocean swims calendar 2015

glistening dave calendar 2015 300pxIt's here... Glistening Dave has selected his favourite photograrphs from last season from his "formal" swims and his early morning fraternisations in Bongin Bongin Bay to illustrate his 2015 ocean swims calendar.

The calendar includes every swim date we can find in Stra'a, New Zealand and the Sarth 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. Or get multiples and mount one in each of those places, so that you're constantly surrounded by images of ocean swimming. Or Dave's perceptions of them, anyway.

Triffic for personal use, and especially for presents at Xmas time for the swimmer, or towel carrier, who already has a full quiver of gogs and more than enough cossies.

Orders are already coming in, so don't delay and make sure you're amongst the first batch of mailouts. More info and to order… Click here

New Zealand gets its own fine ocean swimmers series

fosnz15logoWe’ll be announcing our fine ocean swimmers series in NSW in our next newsletter. But first, we announce our 1st inaugural fine ocean swimmers series in new zealand, with trips to Vanuatu and Fiji up for grabs.

We’ve pulled together six swims in NZ offering an array of locations, types of water, distances, and spread throughout the season. We’ll apply our oceanswims.com handicap system to the results of these swims, as we do in NSW, prouducing a completely different set of results.

Our handicap system means swimmers of pretty well any age and either sex can compete validly with each other. It’s a series that recognises the efforts of rank and file swimmers, not just the usual suspects.

The six swims in the fine ocean swimmers series NZ are -

  1. Chelsea Swim, Auckland Harbour (Auckland Central Masters), Sunday, Nov 23 (2.4km)
  2. Around the Mount, Mt Maunganui, Sun, Jan 4 (4km)
  3. Red Beach Swim, Sunday, February 22 (3km)
  4. Across the Lake, Taupo, Saturday, Feb 28 (4.2km)
  5. Rangitoto Swim, Auckland, Sunday, March 22 (4.6km)
  6. 5 Bridges Swim, Hamilton, Sunday, March 29, (7.1km, effectively 3km with current)

Anyone who finishes any of these swims will earn points in the series, although you must do four of the six swims in order to qualify for places and prizes at the end. You need do nothing to be part of the pointscore. Your participation and finish will earn you the points.

If you'd like to make sure you keep up with progress, register for our emailouts... Click here

To find out more about our fine ocean swimmers series NZ… Click here

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List your event

We're getting new season events onto our calendar at a rate of knots. We have much, much info to post in the next few weeks, but if you'd like to tell us about your event, you can complete our List your event form on oceanswims.com, to make sure we don't miss you.

Our policy is that we list all events of which we're aware, free of charge. If you'd like further exposure, as a Featured Swim (which gets you onto our home page), then there is a charge attaching to that. We have to make a buck somehow.

To leave your event details... Click here

Stop! Press!

We've set up a new Stop Press section at the top of the oceanswims.com home page where we will post late-breaking news, such as event cancellations and postponements, or venue changes. We use our Twitter feed for these postings, too, so if you follow us on Twitter (@oceanswims) you can get these announcements directly and immeejatly. Or you can check our Twitter feed on oceanswims.com... Just go to What's new/our twitter feed.

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

These swims all are open to online entry on oceanswims.com. Please use the links at right to go to the event page...

Collaroy (Sun, Nov 9)
Toowoon Bay (Sat, Nov 22)
Coogee (Sun, Nov 23)
Cronulla (Sun, Nov 23)
Dawny (Balmain, Nov 30)
Tweed River (The Killer Swim, Murwillumbah, Sun, Nov 30)
North Curl Curl (Sat, Dec 6)
Bilgola (Sun, Dec 14)
Nobbys-Newcastle (Sat, Dec 13)
Yamba (Sun, Dec 28)
Newport (Sun, Jan 4)
North Bondi (Sun, Jan 11)
Palm-Whale (The Big Swim, Sun, Jan 25)
Avoca (Sun, Feb 8)
North Bondi (Sun, Feb 8)
Malabar (Sun, Feb 15)
Freshwater (Sun, March 1)
Stanwell Park (Sun, Mar 22)
Wollongong (Sat, Mar 28)
Copeton Waters (Inverell, Apr 11)
Mollymook (Sat, April 11)
Coogee (Sun, Apr 12)

All that and more at oceanswims.com.

See you on the beach,

os.c

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