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We couldn’t have had a better night. 178 swimmers, flat calm, no sun in the eyes. We called it 1500m, although one swimmer had 1800m on his gps.
Emily Trengrove did a fine job of photos, as usual. Here they are
Featured swimmer: Pip Dwyer. Pip will have her name on the overall winner’s cup this year. In her third season of swimming in the series, tonight she recorded her fifth win of the season – not an easy thing to do in a highly competitive women’s field.
Tonight’s winner of the chance to go to Samoa is Annie Jones. With two swims to go, only two more swimmers will be added to the list of people eligible for the draw at closing night, March 19. Swimmers must be present on closing night to claim their prize, which will be drawn under police supervision. If you’ve forgotten, the prize is a return trip for two to Samoa from Nelson, with accommodation and entries to the three-race Samoa Swim Series. The prize comes courtesy of Wildside Travel in Motueka. If you’re planning to take part in the series (even if you don’t win the draw) please support our sponsors and book through Andrea at Wildside.
Nelson Mail Team Triathlon: You have until Thursday to get your entry in. There’s a lot of horse trading and matchmaking going on (and plenty of errant metaphors). If you’ve made a plea for an extra team member, please remind me. Email email@example.com if you’re a team looking for a member, or if you’e a lonely soul looking for a team – even if you mentioned it tonight. My brain gets fuzzy.
Another very nice long swim of about 1500m, or 600 for the short option. 188 swimmers.
There’s a lot of lost property, including an Orca equip wetsuit left in the men’s dressing room and several pairs of goggles, caps and a pair of leather sandals.
The winner of the chance to be in the draw for the Samoa Swim Series prize is Roger Golding.
The official camera didn’t appear when the car was unpacked – we’re doomed. Hope it will turn up, but no photos for now.
The featured swimmer (photo from last week) is Matt Hansen. Matt is a former winner of the cup for the top male swimmer and still holds his own near the front of the field.
Here’s the results
False alarm – here’s the photos, thanks to Anna Perkins and Carol Ward.
Nelson swimmers had a great time in Akaroa on Sunda
Featured photo – Margaret Johnston, silver medallist in F60-64
Nelson results in 2.8km age group race:
Luke Kelly 34.15 2 (2nd M15-19)
Kirstin Ramsay 41.32 41 (1st F30-34)
Lionel Padial 41.44 43 (7th M45-49)
Barry Thomas 42.44 56 (1st M55-59)
Christina Harris 43.00 60 (4th F50-54)
Dick Bennison 43.43 73 (6th M60-64)
Janis Crampton 43.54 79 (1st F55-59)
Derek Eaton 44.10 81 (1st M70-74)
Sari Golding 47.13 136 (4th F35-39)
Margaret Johnston 47.14 137 (2nd F60-64)
Stuart Hebberd 48.19 158 (3rd M65-69)
Peter Gibbs 49.25 175 (4th M6-69)
Lisa Gant 49.26 176 (5th F45-49)
Brian McGurk 50.28 190 (14th M55-59)
Kate Kempthorne 50.49 201 (12th F20-24)
Roger Golding 51.10 209 (10th M40-44)
Gemma Franklin 53.35 261 (10th F25-29)
Les Le Bas 59.31 369 (2nd M70-74)
Lauren Ching 16.16 20 (1st F20-29)
It’s hard to imagine the season could ever get any better. We had sunshine, semi-high tide, not much wind but enough so it wasn’t boring, warm water, good friends and tonight we broke all sorts of records:
The biggest attendance ever in 28 years – 194 swimmers.
Probably the longest short swim – more than 600m
Probably the longest long swim – close to 1600m
If anyone wearing a gps can verify the short swim, please email firstname.lastname@example.org – a couple of people in the long swim had 1560m and 1640m (people take different courses)
Emily Trengrove is doing a great job of recording the event – tonight we also have a record 567 photos, which are busily uploading now. Emily’s father Sean and sisters Georgie and Alice are regular swimmers, while mother Di has been holding the stopwatch in recent weeks as well as working on the registration desk. It’s the sort of family commitment that makes the series such a pleasure to be involved with.
Featured swimmer. As usual – a random shot from Emily’s collection. Tonight a younger swimmer (for a change). Matai McGuinniety is a quiet achiever. Currently sitting in eighth on the points table (but moving up after a fourth place tonight), Matai is always near the front of the field. In this photo, he shares a pre-race moment with his mother Nicki.
Samoa draw winner for this week is Simon Bloomberg. Simon goes into the draw to win the trip for two to Samoa in August with fares accommodation and entry to the three-race Samoa Swim Series included. Price courtesy of Wildside Travel. If you plan to travel to Samoa for the swim, contact Andrea at Wildside for your travel arrangements.
Many of us move off to Akaroa for race four in the State Ocean Swim Series. Good luck to all swimming there, racing Buller, or taking part in Coast to Coast
Punchy little swim tonight with 159 competitors. Colder and choppier than in recent weeks, but because it was a bit shorter it was possible to go a bit harder, which suited the conditions.
Emily Trengrove took a record number of photos – an intense record of the night. Here they are
The Samoa Sea Swim draw has thrown up Georgie Trengrove – a good night for the family, as mother Diane was doing the timekeeping. You should think about going to Samoa for the three-race swim series in August, even if you haven’t been lucky enough to be in the draw. Andrea Livingstone of Wildside Travel will give you the very best deal on travel and accommodation and it’s Andrea who is responsible for our fantastic series prize. Georgie will be one of 18 weekly winners to be drawn on prizegiving night in March.
Lost property – a woman’s red swimsuit, size 34. Also an orange swim cap. Email email@example.com to claim.
Featured swimmers. Ralph Hetzel, left, and Tom Dunn are both in their 70s. Ralph has been in the swims from the start – close to 30 years. A former potter, Ralph is responsible for the ceramic seagulls you see perched all over town and also for the highly treasured pottery fish, which are awarded to winners of the various age groups at the end of the season. The fish are so treasured that there was nearly a mutiny when non-wetsuit swimmers were awarded medals instead of fish last year. It’s a great relief to know that pottery fish will be awarded in that category this year. Incidentally, both Tom and Ralph are in the running to win one of the treasured fish this year in 70+