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And they call the wind... a fizzer

Chelsea changes course, Nov 23, 2014

The wind was blowing hard on Saturday evening as we returned from Paihia after the State Ocean Bay of Islands Classic, when the call came that the Chelsea Swim would have to be transferred to the alternative course at Judges Bay. A frantic evening to inform participants of the change for a 7:30 am start the next morning ensued.

The morning broke in perfect conditions, no wind!!!! Never mind, Auckland Central Masters event team were in action for the 26 swimmers without wetsuits and 104 rubber swimmers that turned up and swam a beautiful course in perfect flat water.

A number of people had participated in the Paihia to Russell swim the day before and backed up 17 hours later for the 2.4km. There were some great swims with NZ Representative Phillip Ryan taking line honours from the evergreen Brent Foster (in a wetsuit). Brent is in the 45-49 age group; the gap was 16 seconds.

Even closer was the women’s with Jillian Walker (35 to 39) taking Rebecca Hollinsworth (25 to 29) by 1 second, so close!!!! Both were without wetsuits. Helen Adams was first wetsuit woman home.

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Phillip Ryan and 1st laydee, Jillian Walker.

The following trophies are awarded through the Ponsonby Amateur Swimming and Life Saving Club. Competition for them is open to registered members of recognised swimming clubs aged under 25 years, registered surf club swimmers and recognised school groups. Wetsuit wearers and late entries are not eligible.

  • Malloy Shield: 1st swimming club member - non-wetsuit - handicap event based on PB 400m time: Carlos Aguiera
  • Mazzoleni Cup: 1st male - non wetsuit: Phillip Ryan
  • Osborne Cup: 1st female - non wetsuit: Jillian Walker

These were presented by Geoff Carter, last season’s winner of the fine ocean swimmers tallies New Zealand division.

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Carlos Aguiera won the Malloy Shield as 1st on handicap based on his 400m time.

Another notable swim was Pauline Mills, who backed up her Gold in the non-wetsuit Paihia with 1st again in the 45-49 age-group.

Dermot Smith was the lucky winner of a place on the 2-day swim camp with Adam Walker, the 1st English swimmer to conquer the Oceans Seven, in Auckland in January. It will be great seeing Dermot's improvement in the marathon swim in April.

The swim was a great start to the fine ocean swimmers NZ series, and we are looking forward to the Round the Mount swim on January 4 as swim 2 in the series.

Auckland Central Masters run a series during the New Zealand summer including the iconic Rangitoto Swim, maybe the longest running harbour crossing for the last 50 years. The Bays swim in February will also double as the NZ Masters Open Water Championship. And the newly added Marathon Swim in April will cover the Northshore Bays, a 12.5km swim with the tidal currents behind swimmers all the way.

Wayne Annan

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Brent Foster provides a hug of encouragement to Helen Adams.


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