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Solstice Swims

... and Mrs June Dibbs's minestrone

Dress up as a Druid and do the Mona Vale Solstice Swim this Sundee. But remember, you cannot enter the Mona Vale Solstice swim on race day. You must enter online in advance. Just four categories: M/F, Newd/Wettie. And Mrs June Dibbs’s soup kitchen is on again. That's Bongin Bongin Bay above. You can swim there on Sundee.

Water still is quite fine. There may be a bit of swell about, so keep your eye on it.

Online entries close at 3pm on Sat'dee.

(PS: We're joking about the Druid dress-up. You can do it if you like, but you'll probably drown.)

More info and to enter… Click here

There's a Solstice Swim at St Kilda in Melbourne on Sundee, too. Meet at 5pm for a 5:30pm start. Wouldn't that be dark there then?

More info on

Geek does it

Now for a Guinness listing?

When all was said and done – mind you, there’s bound to be someone amongst the 47,335 swimmers in Stra’a, New Zealand, and the Sarth Pacific, who tell us we’ve missed one of their swims – Kiwi geek Mike Cochrane had done 307.8km in formal swims during season 2014/15, which ended on May 31. Cochrane breached the 300km mark with three swims in Samoa in mid-May. Quite a remarkable performance which, on the suggestion of fellow NZer Wayne Annan, we’ll look into submitting to the Guinness Book of Records. Cochrane accumulated the distance in 68 events at an average 4.5km per event. Mind blowing.

Second was the West’s Caitlyn James with 152.7km (just under half Cochrane’s distance) from 20 swims at 7.6km, benefiting from the series of longer distance swims run by Swimming WA. Then followed the aforementioned Wayne Annan with 145km from 47 swims at 3.1km despite being felled by a heart attach in early April. Pauline Mills, Annan’s partner, was 4th with 137.8km from 39 swims at 3.5km, despite suffering through the season from the effects of coral cuts after a trip to Samoa early in the season.

This was the first time that the tallies have not been won by a swimmer from the smarty-pants great state of NSW. Indeed, the first NSW swimmer in the season just past, Richard Murray, a former tallies winner, finished 9th with 117.3km from 34 swims at 3.5km.

We'll have the complete tallies up on in the next few days. We're still in Vanuatu as we write, and comms are not always easy.

Vale Maree Jackson

Very sad to hear of the death last Thurday of Maree Jackson, former general manager of The Rainbow Club and, with the late Murray Rose, organiser of the Malabar Magic. Maree stepped down as general manager a couple of years back but still worked with the Rainbow Club, and worked at this year’s swim in February. But soon after she found her cancer had spread.

Maree joined Rainbow Club in 2009. Current general manager, Catriona Barry, said, “We will remember Maree for the way she gave so much of herself to everything she did with love, enthusiasm, fun, energy, kindness and compassion.

“Maree had a tremendous heart for Rainbow Club and everyone involved. Even after her diagnosis and throughout her subsequent journey, Maree continued to volunteer as a member of the Malabar Magic Ocean Swim Committee and brought focus, direction and humour to the organisation of this major event for Rainbow Club.

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Ocean Swimming Stadium

We’re looking forward to the Mana Fiji SwimFest October 14-17, and the Yasawas oceanswimsafaris before and afterwards. We reckon Mana Island is the best place in the Pacific for formal ocean swim events. We’;ve been resort managemen there to name Mana’s North Beach “Ocean Swimming Stadium”, it’s so good. And this year, solo swimmers in the 10km can use the swim on October 14 as their qualifier for Rottnest Channel Swim...

More info and to book... Mana click here... Yasawas click here

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Heron Island 2015 open for bookings

Rooms are filling on Heron Island, the most cathartic swim in the world, given that swimmers leave the place different people from when they arrived. Why? Ask us, and we’ll tell you. But it’s to do with the sea life with which you find yourselves swimming on the Great Barrier Reef. Many punters never dream they could swim with sea life like that and survive. There’s an enormous difference swimming in water on the reef – as Heron Island is – and water inside the reef. It’s an intense weekend of ocean swimming culcha and life altering experience. Be there, or remain unaltered. October 29-November 2. More info and to book... Click here

Annual Awards and Brewery Night

fosnsw15logoWe'll be drawing our second travel prize from our fine ocean swimmers' series NSW at our annual Awards and Brewery Night at the Malt Shovel Brewery on Wednesday, June 24. Be there to be part of the draw, which is of all those who qualify for prizes and places in the series having done seven of the series nine swims. With the series winner, Lisa Critoph, coming with us to Vanuatu, the prize up on June 24 is to the Mana Fiji SwimFest in October.

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 Click here

Swims open to online entry on

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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