Low tide this week is at 6.24pm, so it’ll be pretty well slack water.
The swim won’t be too long, as the annual Christmas barbecue will follow. Sausages, bread, sauce will be supplied free – bring any extras you fancy.
Five intrepid Nelson swimmers made the journey to Paihia for the 3.3km swim, which this year went from Paihia to Russell, the first time it’s been held in this direction.
It was a fairly comfortable swim, with a little choppiness.
Andrew Martin placed 25th of the more than 500 finishers, taking the gold medal in his M55-59 age group, while Maggy Johnston survived a pre-race bee sting to take bronze in F60-64.
Dick Bennison was unlucky not to pick up a medal, finishing fourth in M60-64
Andrew Martin 47.53 25th (1st M55-59)
Dick Bennison 57.21 108th (4th M60-64)
Maggy Johnston 1.03.59 (3rd F60-64)
Peter Gibbs 1.05.01 (8th M65-69)
Sandra McGregor – 1.20.31 (18th F40-44)
After a few computer problems overnight, normal service is resumed.
Here’s the results in age group order
Here’s the results in finish order
Story on The Nelson App on your mobile device – also on Sportzhub
Here’s some photos, by Janice Coyle.
A challenging swim of about 1300m. Luke Kelly put his stamp on the series with a definitive win over Hayden Squance, while Sophie Alexander edged out Leah Friend and Piper Riley in the women’s race.
Yegor Jones continued to dominate in the short race ahead of Mark Smale, Mia Langley and Brooke Swan.
Featured photo: Yegor Jones edges out Mark Smale in yet another epic battle in the short race.
Here’s the results in age group order. Version two
Check The Nelson App on your mobile device for race story.
Another wonderful swim with 110 taking part – 102 doing the long swim and eight doing the short swim.
Luke Kelly raced to victory in the closing stages to win ahead of Hayden Squance. Sierra Thomas and Sophie Alexander reasserted their dominance from the Port Nelson series to take the first two places in the women’s section.
Speaking of the Port Nelson series, you can see stories on your mobile device at The Nelson App – download free. The stories are also published on sportzhub.com – for last Thursday’s swim story, click here
Here’s the results – not yet checked, so please email if you spot any errors – email@example.com
The tide was pretty fierce at 6pm, but it slackened a little, allowing for a beautiful swim in warm seas with perfect conditions.
Luke Kelly won a ding dong battle over Xavier Anderson and Hayden Squance to record his third win from four races. Apart from that, we’ll have to wait for the results (coming soon) to see how things went.
Here’s some photos, by Janice Coyle.
Featured photo: Hamish Neill is dominating M50-59, with his fourth consecutive age group win tonight.
Hold it – here’s some preliminary results. Hasn’t been time to check them, so email if you spot errors.
Don’t forget Sunday’s CLements Endurance Swim – The Opening Splash. Sign on between 9am and 9.30am at Tahunanui Beach for the 2km swim to the yacht club or the 600m swim from Richardson St Steps to the yacht club. Race briefing for all on the beach at 9.30am, race start 9.45am. Short swim start at 10 15am – right on high tide. There will be a small prizegiving after the race, with two $50 packs from the Banana Boat Ocean Swim Series and some sunscreen from Banana Boat as well as other prizes.
We’re seeking venues for signs advertising The Interislander Big Tahuna – race six of the Banana Bat Ocean Swim Series. It’s in our interests to get a big turnout and keep the swim here, so we’ve agreed to find up to ten sites around the region. So far we’ve had several offers along Rocks Rd and one at Wakefield, as well as the fixed sign venues on Bishopdale and at Miyazu Park. We could do with venues on main roads in and out of town – places like Salisbury Rd, Gladstone Rd, Waimea Rd, Tahunanui Drive, Main Rd Stoke, Atawhai Drive, or smaller streets like Brook St, Washington Rd, Grove St, Vanguard St etc. If you can help with a front lawn or garden, or a fence a sign can be attached to, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Climate change may be lulling us into a false sense of security. We’ve had a fantastic start to the season with perfect nights so far. Tonight was one of the best. Not only was the sun out and the sea calm, but our fantastic crew was ticking over in a seamless and perfect manner. Registration, timing, kayak and boat support, shore crew – everything was just right. We owe a vote of thanks to all those volunteers who turn out each week and seem to enjoy it – making things relatively stress free for all the competitors – all they need to do is swim.
(This is version two of results – it should clear up any errors, but please email with concerns. Ditto with points – the earlier you check and let us know, the better chance we have of making corrections)
Here’s some photos, by Janice Coyle
Featured photo: Ralph Hetzel has been involved in the sea swims since the year dot. He still looks happy to be here. If you win a treasured fish at the end of the season, Ralph made it.
I got 1km on my watch for the long swim. Anyone have their gps going for the short swim? Email email@example.com if you have a distance.
Apologies for the late completion of last week’s news page. That page is now complete.
Do you fancy some extra swimming? Head to Kaiteriteri after work on Monday. Here’s a report from the opening swim of this group – all welcome.
Don’t forget your entry to the Interislander Big Tahuna swim on March 31. It’s part of the national Banana Boat Ocean Swim Series and has distances to suit all abilities. The target is 800 swimmers taking part from all over the country. You can get a 20% discount on your entry by using the code NLESONSWIMSERIES2018
You can read all about it and put in your entry at oceanswim.co.nz
It seemed like a lovely day for a swim. A bit overcast, but very warm water and it seemed calm.
A large number of swimmers were there – turned out to be 999 competitors heading from Bayswater on Auckland’s North Shore across to the Viaduct Basin.
The opening few hundred metres were uneventful, but conditions turned out to be a bit choppier than expected as we headed out into open water.
There were 16 swimmers that we knew of with Nelson connections, so the medal haul of six was a pretty good strike rate – three gold, two silver and a bronze.
Featured photo – the author was happy without a medal – sort of.
Here’s the results. If you were there and we didn’t know it, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll include you:
39th, Terry Bone, 42.56, 2/92 M45-49
56th, Andrew Martin, 45.13, 2/74 M55-59
186th, Barry Thomas, 52.47, 7/74 M55-59
245th, Janis Crampton, 55.17, 1/27 F55-59
251st, Stu Hebberd, 55.32, 3/23 M65-69
264th, Derek Eaton, 56.04, 1/3 M75-79
321st, Maggy Johnston, 58.18, 1/21 F60-64
432nd, Peter Gibbs, 1.01.49, 8/23 M65-69
526th, Brian McGurk, 1.05.14, 38/74 M55-59
621st, Su Scott, 1.09.56, 13/40 F45-49
625th, Stu Hague, 1.10.05, 1.10.05, 50/74 M55-59
667th, Sue Petrie, 1.11.25, 16/40 F45-49
742nd, Les Le Bas, 1.14.51, 8/11 M70-74
751st, David Marriott, 1.15.11, 61/74 M55-59
825th, Sandra McGregor, 1.20.05, 28/33 F40-44
828th, Graeme Sellars, 1.20.10, 21/23 M60-64
The season is shaping up into a battle between Luke Kelly and Hayden Squance, both previous winners of the Port Nelson Series.
Last week it was Luke by three seconds. This week it was Hayden’s turn, as he sprinted to a one second win over Luke on a course of about a kilometre on an incoming tide.
In the women’s section, Sophie Alexander had her first victory, with a clear gap back to fellow under-16 swimmers Ruby-Lou Stuart and Leah Friend.
Yegor Jones won the short swim from Mia Langley, Katie Jonas and Charlie Perkins.
150 swimmers took part.
Featured photo, Hayden Squance steps ashore just ahead of Luke Kelly. Photo: Janice Coyle.
Tonight’s results, click here
Results in finish order, click here
There’s a couple of errors to fix and this will be done over the weekend, but let us know if you spot any more and email email@example.com
Evan Barnes of Shuttersport was there too. Here’s Evan’s photos
Things couldn’t have been better for the opening night swim. Sunny skies, calm seas and a turnout of 167 swimmers. While not quite matching the opening nights of 2013 (175 swimmers) and 2012 (171 swimmers) it was a cheerful start to the season, with swims of 400m and 800m
A bit of tweaking coming up, but here’s the initial results
Here’s some photos, by Janice Coyle
Points for the season are accumulated each night, with each swimmer’s best 12 of the 18 swims counting towards season points. Here’s the points so far.
The winner of the random draw for a free entry to the Interislander Big Tahuna Ocean Swim on March 31 is Glenn Roberts.
To obtain a 20% discount on the Interislander Big Tahuna, enter here using the code NLESONSWIMSERIES2018 (Note that earlier I wrongly published the code as NELSONSWIMSERIES2018 – the real code has a deliberate juxtaposition of the letters)
We no longer have access to the Stuff website and the Nelson Mail, as Australian owners Fairfax have decided local sports news is not important enough. However, our stories will be published on the mobile app The Nelson App and also in Tuesday nights Waimea Weekly and Nelson Weekly when space allows. Here’s the story for the next issue.