Sub-peloton enters the ocean at The Pass, en route back to Byron Main Beach, Sat'dee. This was their 8am swim. At 9:30, they were heading back to Wategos to swim again from there.
In race for 2nd, Kiwi's health lets him down
As Kiwi geek Mike Cochrane speeds past 250km in this year's fine ocean swimmers' tallies, interest turns to 2nd place, but it's what's not in the progress totals to date that's essentially of interest.
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Annual Awards and Brewery Night
It's coming up fast: Wensdee, June 24, in your diary for our annual Awards and Brewery Night at the Malt Shovel/James Squire Brewery in Camperdown, in Sydney. By courtesy of our favourite ocean swimming brewer, Chuck Hahn, and his team at Malt Shovel, it will be two hours of beer tasting, food matching, gas-bagging, gas-bragging, and our annual awards, as far as we can give them.
Tickets are free -- thank you to Chuck and Malt Shovel -- but you must book. Space is limited. You can book multiple tickets if you wish up to 4 per booking.
Go to our booking form under What's new on oceanswims.com... Click here
Deprived of a formal swim, the peloton sets out to swim the Byron Bay course anyway.
Byron cancelled. Again.
Byron Bay was cancelled last Sundee. But should there be a system that allows some swimmers to swim in difficult conditions, while less confident swimmers are ruled out?
Read our report... Click here
The season's winding down. We've closed up half the house... And so we might. Just two events this weekend, one in NSW, the other in NZ, and both on Sat'dee...
Sat, May 9 - Terrigal e (NSW), Achilles Point (NZ)
One of the gems of the NSW coast - a North (Central) Coast, north-facing beach. This means that Terrigal is almost always protected from the worst conditions. Sadly, on Easter Sat'dee, these "worst conditions" were accompanied by howling winds forecast to strengthen during the morning, forcing the decision to postpone to this Sat'dee. It's a gentle break with generally smooth water in the mornings for this swim. Plenty to do there and an easy drive from Sydney.
- Weather - Sunny 12-21C (Willy Weather)
- Wind - 9kn W (Hurley Surf)
- Swell - 3.9 ft, S (Hurley Surf)
- Tide - High 6:04am 0.5m (Willy Weather)
Online entries to the Terrigal swims close at noon on Friday, May 8... Click here
South Head Roughwater
Sunday week is the true epic in Sydney, the South Head Roughwater, along the cliffs from Bondi to Watsons Bay. Online entries close at 5pm on Thursday, May 14, 2015.
Some team managers still have not submitted their team details. If this includes you, please submit them now by completing the team details form... Click here
If you're still looking for a boat, Boab Boat Hire tell us they still have two available from their outlet in the Port Hacking (the Sutherland Shire). Call Mark on 0409 224 022.
Queenscliff's new date
Queenscliff's Swim for Saxon, postponed from last Sat'dee, itself a postponement date, will not be run this season. Awgies have set their next date at Sunday, December 20. As that was a vacant date on the NSW calendar in seqson 2013/14, perhaps Queenscliff will find a permanent home on this last Sundee before Xmas. Let's hope so. All entries carry over to this new date. We will post both old and new entry lists on oceanswims.com. If you have a query about your entry... Click here
Adventures in paradise
Kickstart your new season in the Pacific's best swimming water
Just a few weeks from Vanuatu, then swimming with whales in Tonga, then our cruising yacht through Greece's Northern Sporades islands, then our weekend in San Sebastian, then our Costa Brava oceanswimsafari...
Then comes Fiji -- the Mana Fiji SwimFest (October 13-18) followed by our oceanswimsafari to the Yasawa, oop north (October 18-24). You should join us...
Mana Island, in Fiji's Mamanuca group, off Nadi on the west coast of the country's main island, Viti Levu, is perhaps the best venue in the Sarth Pacific for an ocean swim. We reckon the sea off Mana's North Beach should be known as "Ocean Swimming Stadium", so good is it for ocean swimming, particularly formal events. There's 135m of reef, then clear, deep water with easy current, protected from difficult conditions from the south. There's a 10km event on Thursday, October 15, which you can do either solo or in 3-swimmer relay (3km, 4km, 3km), and 5km, 3km, 1km, and 500m on Saturday, October 17. Something for everyone and a unique opportunity to build your distance early for next season's fine ocean swimmers' tallies.
After Mana, we take a small group north to the Yasawa islands, for a six day/five night oceanswimsafari. We'll swim a different course every day; no races, just mooching, relaxed swimming over coral reef and across channels. It's an idyllic way to spend a week.
The Great Barrier Reef Swim 2015 on Heron Island is open for booking... Click here
Swims open to online entry on oceanswims.com...
Terrigal (Sat, May 9)... 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... Tweed River (Sun, Nov 29), Toowoon Bay (Sat, Nov 28), Queenscliff (Sun, Dec 20)
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