Things are rotten at the yacht club – wind, waves and generally nasty weather, so sadly, tonight’s swim is cancelled. Things are looking much more positive next week – see you then.
There are signs of increased activity in the water as swimmers get back into the swing of things. It’s still brisk, but slowly warming up.
If you’re planning to swim this week, be sure to allow plenty of time to find a carpark and get checked in by 6pm.
The tides are quite big at the moment. Low tide Thursday is just before 5pm, so will be flowing in by the time we start.
Courses will start with a leg heading south from the yacht club ramp, keeping as close to shore as possible given the state of the tide, then turn right out into the channel, returning with the flow to the ramp.
Swimmers should be aware that there will be sailing activity from the yacht club ramp on Thursday nights. We will keep our activities to one side of the ramp and swimmers are asked to restrict their warmup to the area north of the ramp.
Results, photos and story will be on this page as soon as possible on Thursday night.
Sea swim workshop
Michele Surcouf is one of our most enthusiastic sea swimmers and has been swimming through the winter. Michele also hosts the adventureswim.co.nz website where you can find out about all the informal sea swims that take place through the year. Become a member (it’s free) and follow the activities of other sea swimmers.
Michele has been in touch with English open water swimmer Adam Walker, who is offering to run an open water swim camp in Nelson. Read all about it here.
Photos from the event can be found here (google+ album)
Tomorrow, Sunday September 28, sea swimming gets its very early season launch with the Blue September 600m swim. The distance is significant because of the 600 men who are hit by prostate cancer every year. Did you read this story in yesterday’s Nelson Mail? click here
Entry to tomorrow’s swim costs $5, but donations in addition to this have already climbed into the hundreds of dollars, so bring your donations along too.
The swim starts at 10.30am and you can sign up at the venue – the Nelson Yacht Club. Leave time to get organised and remember that daylight saving starts tonight – put your clocks forward when you go to bed. There’ll be a booby prize for the first person to turn up an hour late.
After the swim, the showers will be hot and there’ll be a prizegiving and barbecue, thanks to sponsors Placemakers and their man on the spot (and person to beat tomorrow) Matt Hansen.
By the way, swimmer Jody Keefe-Laing was the winner of the MS Ford Blue September 5k run and he’ll be gunning to make it two from two.
Break the ice and kick off your summer of swimming with a swim for charity. Your entry fee goes to aid sufferers of prostate cancer.