Month: March 2019


Port Nelson Sea Swims, March 14

Lovely calm swim, but a nasty little tide to swim against on the final leg of the long swim. The short swim had to push against it at first, but had a cruisey trip home.

Points were closed off as at February 28 for the awarding of overall and age group positions, so we didn’t have to fret about positions tonight (Christina Harris and Roger Matheson celebrated by shifting to the short swim and burgling first and second. Points table – click here

Results in finish order, click here

Results in age group order, click here

Photos, click here.

Have a lovely winter, train hard and we’ll do it all again from November 7 or 14 (to be confirmed). Watch this space.

Port Nelson Sea Swims, March 7


It’s very rough out there tonight with no predicted improvement. It would be tough for IRBs and almost impossible for kayakers and without our support services we’re not able to continue.

The plan at the moment is to have the final swim next week, immediately prior to the barbecue and prizegiving, but watch this website for news early next week

Who would have thought – the last swim of the season. It seems like summer is going to go on together, but winter is on the way.

Low tide is at 5.22pm, so incoming flow. The low tide is 0.7m, so there’ll be a bit of water about. Both swims will go south along the shoreline against the current, then out into the harbour for the return. Weather permitting, the long swim will be close to 2km – south to black boat, across to the jetty on the island and back to the ramp.

Check back here after the swim for results, photos, points, story.

Next week we’ll have a relay, barbecue and prizegiving.

Interislander Big Tahuna, 2019

What an amazing day. When the first three men and women in the 3km race stood on the podium, five of them were from Nelson. In the men, Luke Kelly, Fergus Drummond and Alec Swan took the first three places overall, while Abbey Smale was the first woman home, taking eighth overall, one place ahead of Sierra Thomas, second woman overall.

Not only that, the weather was amazing and we grabbed a swag of medals all the way through the various distances.

At a preliminary count, we achieved 28 age group medals in the 3km race – eight gold, 15 silver and 5 bronze:

Gold: Derek Eaton (M75-79), Hamish Neill (M55-59), Terry Bone (M45-49), Matt Hansen (M40-44), Rebecca Hollingsworth (F30-34), Luke Kelly (M20-25), Abbey Smale (F15-19), Fergus Drummond (M15-19).

Silver: Ralph Hetzel (M75-79), Stuart Hebberd (M70-74), Ben Van Dyke (M65-69), Malcolm Anderson (M60-64), Janis Crampton (F60-64), Christina Harris (F55-59), Andrew Martin (M55-59), Kerry Mathieson (F50-54), Wendy Healey (F45-49), Matt Newberry (M40-44), Ruth Thomas (F35-39), Ben Marshall (M30-34), Hayden Squance (M20-24), Sierra Thomas (F15-19), Alec Swan (M15-19).

Bronze: Steve Clements (M60-64), Jude Vincent (F55-59), Flossie Van Dyke (F25-29), Caitlin Abbott (F20-24), Oxford Bayley (M15-19).

Added to that, we gained three gold medals in the non-wetsuit division: Kerry Mathieson F50-54, Rebecca Hollingsworth F30-34, Lisa Gant F45-49

In the 1km swim we gained eight gold medals: Isabella Thurlow F14-19, Brooke Swan F10-13, Kate Kempthorne F20-19, Stuart Hebberd M70-99, Ned Smith M60-69, Charlotte Thynne F30-39, Natalie Gallagher F40-49, Sale Matthews F50-59.

In the 500m swim, we gained at least two gold medals, but our poor old statistician didn’t recognise some of the younger names (if you can help, please email Stuart Edens M50-59, Eileen Beattie F60-69.

There were plenty of good local results in the 100m, 200m and 300m too – again, it was too hard to pick out the local swimmers

Here’s some local photos

Results – click here

Here’s a story on Sportzhub