Month: March 2015


Haulashore Circuit

Against predictions, it was a beautiful day for swimming. Luke Kelly and Pip Dwyer won the long swim, with Daniel Dwyer and Mandy Medcalf-Stephens leading the short swim. 86 swimmers took part.

Because of some navigation confusion, the surf rescue boat sent some swimmers on a shortcut, so results need to be taken with a grain of salt. If you did take the inside channel, rather than to the right of the long stone wall known as the mole, an adjustment has been made to your time. If you didn’t notify the timekeepers of this, your time will be a little fast. Email us at if this is the case. Results have been updated for a second time, 5pm Monday.

Here’s the results

The featured swimmer is triathlon coach George Hilgeholt, who joined us this summer and is a welcome member of the Nelson triathlon community.

Here’s the photos

Final night – prizegiving

Final night – a fitting culmination to a near-perfect season.

After the relay and barbecue we recognised the achievements of swimmers and those who made it happen.

The Samoa Swim series prize was won by Clark Ambrose, who has waited since the opening swim, when he was drawn as the first person to go into the swim ballot.

Here’s photos of the night’s activities, including the winners of the various categories.

Port Nelson Sea Swim 18, March 12, 2015

The culmination of one of the best seasons yet. It’s been a summer of beautiful weather, calm seas and a lot of swimmers.

Tonight’s field of 178 was up there among the biggest. The long course of 1700m and the short course of just on 600m were possibly the longest we’ve ever had.

Tonight’s featured swimmer is Peter Thomas. Peter is one of a dedicated band of non-wetsuit competitors, but more importantly he’s one of our most dedicated volunteers. Peter isn’t on any committees, he just turns up at 5pm every week, rolls out the mat, puts up the cones and the banners, then when the swim is done he puts them all away again. One of our most modest unsung heroes making the swims a better event for everyone.

Here’s the results

The final entrant for the Samoa Swim Series draw next week is Margaret Johnston, also the series winner in F60-69. We acknowledge Andrea Livingstone of Wildside Travel in Motueka, who conceived and organised the prize without any prompting before the season started. Andrea has organised return travel between Nelson and Samoa, all internal travel in Samoa, accommodation and entries to the Samoa Swim Series for two people. It’s a fantastic prize. Every week we’ve drawn another swimmer and those who have completed the swim requirements will go into the draw next Thursday. Two of our top ex-policemen will supervise the draw and we’re hoping Andrea will be there to present the prize.

Photos: Emily Trengrove did her normal fine job. Here they are

Final series points

This is an update, with all best-of-12 points calculated. Please check these results carefully and make sure you agree with them. Any errors, please email

Port Nelson Sea Swim 17, March 5

Isn’t it great. Another wonderful swim – a bit rough on the return, but nothing to bother our intrepid swimmers.

Here’s the results – these are the third set, so if you’ve been scratching your head earlier, scratch no more – these are right.

In a rare moment of cosmic justice, tonight’s winner Hayden Squance is also the winner of the chance to be in the draw for the Samoa Swim Series. Just one more person will be chosen for the draw (let it be me please), next week. Although we earlier stated that those in the draw must be present on the final night to receive the prize, we’ve since had two pleas to be excused from being there, but to stay in the draw, one because of the wedding of a close friend, the other because of competition around the country. The Samoa swim prize is huge and we don’t feel anyone should miss out if they have good reason not to be present. Accordingly, we’re changing the rules. If anyone who is in the draw is prevented from being present and they let us know in advance, they’ll still be good to pack their bags and head for Samoa. But first they have to win the prize.

Featured swimmer this week is John Hellemans. With a house in Golden Bay, John is now a local, but he’s also a multiple world triathlon age group champion, having won in nearly every age group there is. Even in his 40s, John was racing internationally as an elite triathlete and placing in the top ten. A doctor and coach, John has had the skills to mentor such triathletes as the great Erin Baker and more recently was based in Nelson with the Dutch team over the summer a couple of seasons ago. It’s wonderful to see some fabulous competitors in Nelson, although it’s with quiet pride in our regular competitors to report that John couldn’t quite smash the M60-69 field tonight, that honour going to our multiple world swim champion Ben Van Dyke, who placed 6th overall.

Here’s some photos, by Anna Perkins

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