Author: Peter

 

Port Nelson Swims, Thursday January 31, 2019

It was a testing swim after all. The tide was right, there wasn’t a huge current, but it was in opposition to a good wind, which whipped up a decent amount of choppiness, adding a couple of minutes at least to the times of most people, compared to last week on the same course. We had a near-record turnout of 179 swimmers – certainly the biggest number for several years.

Age group results click here

Results in finish order, click here

Photos by Niamh Berry-Kilgour, click here. Sorry that we didn’t get the full set of photos for green and red cap finishers – we’ll make sure we get you all next week.

Points, click here

Story on Sportzhub, click here. Story also on The Nelson App

Have you seen this month’s Wild Tomato? A good summary of our two swim series. We’ll get a copy of it online soon.

Coming up are two swims in the Clements Endurance Series. First, the Haulashore Circuit (2.8km), this Sunday February 3 at 9.30am. Start and finish at the yacht club, with a short option of swimming about 900m to the dolphin and return. Two weeks later, it’s the 3.8km Ironman Challenge, at 8.20am, starting and finishing on the beach. The short option then is a swim of about 1300m from the Richardson St Steps, starting at 8.50am (but you have to register at the beach and listen to the race briefing first. You can go into the registration page online and add those swims to your existing entries (don’t remove the current ones), or you can just turn up before the race and register. Your race number is the same as it is on Thursday nights, (if you’re already doing those swims).

Two weeks after that, on March 2, is The Interislander Big Tahuna, where the country comes to Nelson. Watch the video

We have a discount code for the Big Tahuna, in Nelson on March 2. If you enter using the code SWIMNELSON10 you’ll get a 10% discount to the Nelson race.

You can read more and put in your entry to other Banana Boat Ocean Swim events at oceanswim.co.nz

You should also start thinking about Swim Fiji – your late winter getaway, August 22-26, 2019. Several Nelson swimmers have already flagged an interest. Check the website – www.oceanswimfiji.com

Capital Classic, Sunday January 27, 2018

It was a pretty brilliant day for 28 Nelson swimmers in Wellington, as they took second and fourth overall and dominated the medals in the older age groups.

It wasn’t an easy swim, with the course shortened to 2.5km thanks to Wellington’s wild winds.

Last year’s overall winner Luke Kelly took second place, narrowly beaten by veteran Brent Foster, while Hayden Squance was just outside of the overall medals, finishing fourth on his 21st birthday.

The Nelson pair took gold and silver in the M20-24 division, while Sierra Thomas survived a course glitch to take the silver medal in F15-19.

In the older age groups, Derek Eaton and Ralph Hetzel took gold and silver respectively in M75-79, while Stu Hebberd won M70-74.

Odette Llewellin was delighted to take bronze in F65-69 in her first swim out of Nelson, while Ben Van Dyke cleaned up, taking the gold in M65-69.

Janis Crampton took gold and Maggy Johnston bronze in F60-64.

In 55-59, both Hamish Neill and Christina Harris took gold, while Jude Vincent gained a bronze.

Terry Bone was the 13th finisher overall on his way to gold in M45-49.

We skipped a few age groups in the younger divisions, although Flossie Van Dyke scored a bronze in F25-29.

A decent bunch of fourth and fifth places ensured everyone went home pretty happy.

For the full Nelson results, click here.

For the total package of results, click here

Photos by Niamh Berry-Kilgour and Peter Gibbs, click here

Port Nelson Swims, January 24, 2019

A pretty good swim, although challenging, of close to 1500m. The featured photo, by Marie Alexander, shows the effort put in at the finish and the closeness of the result. If you check the photos you can see how difficult it was to get out in the shallow, slippery conditions,

Results in age group order, click here.

Results in finish order, click here.

Photos by Marie Alexander, click here

Points to date, click here

We’re grateful to the many people who step up week after week to wield the camera and give us the chance to see swimmers coming ashore (and occasionally to decide exactly where people finished up). If you can take photos any time – either with your camera or with ours – please let the registration crew know – or email info@nelsontriclub.co.nz

Story on Sportzhub – also published now on The Nelson App – on your mobile device.

Sea swimming just keeps growing and the reputation of Nelson as a venue for fun and excellence. Radio NZ called up recently to find out more about the sea swim scene here. Listen to the interview here.

Over the next few weeks, we have a chance to repeat last year’s experiment of swimming from the beach. The dates this may happen are January 31, February 14 and February 28. Keep an eye on these pages and the Nelson Tri Club Facebook page for news on that.

Also coming up are two swims in the Clements Endurance Series. First, the Haulashore Circuit (2.8km) on Sunday February 3 at 9.30am. Start and finish at the yacht club, with a short option of swimming about 900m to the dolphin and return. Two weeks later, it’s the 3.8km Ironman Challenge, at 8.20am, starting and finishing on the beach. The short option then is a swim of about 1300m from the Richardson St Steps, starting at 8.50am (but you have to register at the beach and listen to the race briefing first. You can go into the registration page online and add those swims to your existing entries (don’t remove the current ones), or you can just turn up before the race and register. Your race number is the same as it is on Thursday nights, (if you’re already doing those swims).

Two weeks after that, on March 2, is The Interislander Big Tahuna, where the country comes to Nelson. Watch the video

We have a discount code for the Big Tahuna, in Nelson on March 2. If you enter using the code SWIMNELSON10 you’ll get a 10% discount to the Nelson race.

You can read more and put in your entry to other Banana Boat Ocean Swim events at oceanswim.co.nz

There’s always a large contingent of Nelson swimmers at the Capital Classic in Wellington – this year on Sunday January 27. This year we expect between 20 and 30 Nelson swimmers and hope for a big medal count. Come and be part of Team Nelson – we usually stick together and make a lot of noise at the prizegiving.

You should also start thinking about Swim Fiji – your late winter getaway, August 22-26, 2019. Several Nelson swimmers have already flagged an interest. Check the website – www.oceanswimfiji.com

Port Nelson swims, January 17

Beautiful night for a swim of about 1300m.

Age group results, click here.

Finish order results, click here

Photos, by Janice Coyle

Points, click here

Story on Sportzhub, click here

A large number of our regular swimmers, along with a few who have been regulars here before, competed in the Epic swims, the NZ Open Water Championships, in Taupo last weekend. Here’s the known results (apologies to anyone missing) – oops – that might be last year’s – will get back to that later. The 2019 Epic results are online here.

Here’s some photos from the Epic swim, courtesy of Steve Knowles from Sportzhub, click here.

During our swims and at other times during the week, please remember that the harbour is a precious shared resource. Yachties, kayakers, paddle boarders, fisher people and swimmers all enjoy and have equal rights to the water. If you come across other users, please be friendly and polite. There have been incidences of swimmers being rude to other harbour users – and vice versa. Please lead by example – a kind word averts many cross exchanges. It also lays the foundation for good relationships in the future. Similarly, please be polite to our support crews, whether in kayaks or inflatables. They are volunteers, doing their very best and if you’re rude to them they won’t come back (and then there wouldn’t be any swims – end of lesson).

We’ve received a discount code for the Big Tahuna, in Nelson on March 2. If you enter using the code SWIMNELSON10 you’ll get a 10% discount to the Nelson race.

You can read more and put in your entry to other Banana Boat Ocean Swim events at oceanswim.co.nz

There’s always a large contingent of Nelson swimmers at the Capital Classic in Wellington – this year on Sunday January 27. This year we expect between 20 and 30 Nelson swimmers and hope for a big medal count. Come and be part of Team Nelson – we usually stick together and make a lot of noise at the prizegiving.

You should also start thinking about Swim Fiji – your late winter getaway, August 22-26, 2019. Several Nelson swimmers have already flagged an interest. Check the website – www.oceanswimfiji.com

Port Nelson Swims, January 10, 2019

Sadly, the swim was called off. Although probably 80 percent of swimmers could handle the conditions, the support boats can’t safely operate in those conditions. If they were to pull up to 20 percent of swimmers out (as happened on Sunday) they would not have been able to cope, so the swim was cancelled for safety reasons.

Swimmers are referred to the site adventureswims.co.nz for recreational swims in the harbour with company.

During our swims and at other times during the week, please remember that the harbour is a precious shared resource. Yachties, kayakers, paddle boarders, fisher people and swimmers all enjoy and have equal rights to the water. If you come across other users, please be friendly and polite. There have been incidences of swimmers being rude to other harbour users – and vice versa. Please lead by example – a kind word averts many cross exchanges. It also lays the foundation for good relationships in the future. Similarly, please be polite to our support crews, whether in kayaks or inflatables. They are volunteers, doing their very best and if you’re rude to them they won’t come back (and then there wouldn’t be any swims – end of lesson).

We’ve received a discount code for the Big Tahuna, in Nelson on March 2. If you enter using the code SWIMNELSON10 you’ll get a 10% discount to the Nelson race.

You can read more and put in your entry to other Banana Boat Ocean Swim events at oceanswim.co.nz

There’s always a large contingent of Nelson swimmers at the Capital Classic in Wellington – this year on Sunday January 27. This year we expect between 20 and 30 Nelson swimmers and hope for a big medal count. Come and be part of Team Nelson – we usually stick together and make a lot of noise at the prizegiving.

You should also start thinking about Swim Fiji – your late winter getaway, August 22-26, 2019. Several Nelson swimmers have already flagged an interest. Check the website – www.oceanswimfiji.com

Eyebright Mile, Sunday January 6, 2019

It was the roughest Eyebright Mile on record, so top times weren’t on the cards. of the 111 starters, only 90 finished. Luke Kelly (28.39) and Abbey Smale (29.44) were the male and female winners. Luke joins a select group with three wins (that group includes Fergus Strickland, Megan Ramsay, Harrison Dean and Hayden Squance – but the most successful swimmer has been Emma Thomson, who won the event six times between 2002 and 2008).

Here’s the results in age group order, click here

Here’s the results in finish order, click here

Here’s some photos, click here

Here’s a story on Sportzhub.com

Here’s the (known) quickest times over the past 32 years. Click here

Port Nelson Swims, January 3, 2019

Nice swim – testing, but not too much. Distance just under 1200m, Hayden Squance proved that it’s true you can beat the current by staying close to the shore. Hayden got the edge by doing that, gaining a lead at the first turn and never giving it up to take his first win of the season.

Age Group results, click here.

Results in finish order, click here.

Photos by Melinda Baigent, click here.

Points to date, click here.

Here’s a story on Sportzhub.com

Coming up – Eyebright Mile, race two of the Clements Endurance Series, on this Sunday January 6 at 11am. As well as the 2km course from the yacht club to the beach, there’s a short option of 1400m from the Richardson St Steps.

Thanks to all those who offered refuge to a Big Tahuna sign – Mark Smale, Paul Thornton, Brendon Crequer and Marina Buonocore, Glenn Roberts, Rob and Jacinda Stevenson, Nelson Yacht Club fence, A & P showgrounds, Trubet Homes, not to mention all the Nelson Swimming Pools.

We’ve received a discount code for the Big Tahuna. If you enter using the code SWIMNELSON10 you’ll get a 10% discount to the Nelson race.

You can read more and put in your entry to these events at oceanswim.co.nzh

You should also start thinking about Swim Fiji – your late winter getaway, August 22-26, 2019. Several Nelson swimmers have already flagged an interest. Check the website – www.oceanswimfiji.com

Port Nelson Swims, December 27, 2018

Challenging swim of about 1250m, with slightly choppy seas and a bit of a current to face on the last leg.

Age group results, click here.

Results in finish order, click here

Photos, by Ruth Leckey, click here

Points to date, click here (NB The points table had a bit of a meltdown over the weekend – should be good now, but please check that your points tally looks ok)

Story, published on The Nelson App and Sportzhub.com

Anyone find a green cap and FINZ goggles (large lens style)? Email info@nelsontriclub.co.nz

Did you lose a towel from the ITU World Champs on Gold Coast? Phone me on 027 2406 933 – I have it.

Something to look forward to is the Eyebright Mile, race two of the Clements Endurance Series, on Sunday January 6 at 11am. As well as the 2km course from the yacht club to the beach, there’s a short option of 1400m from the Richardson St Steps.

We’ve received a discount code for the Big Tahuna. If you enter using the code SWIMNELSON10 you’ll get a 10% discount to the Nelson race.

You can read more and put in your entry to these events at oceanswim.co.nzh

Do you have a high visibility front yard or fence? We have several signs like this to display around the region – either 1200x1200mm or 1200x2400mm. Please email info@nelsontriclub.co.nz or phone 027 2406 933 if you can help. We can help you with putting it up.

You should also start thinking about Swim Fiji – your late winter getaway, August 22-26, 2019. Several Nelson swimmers have already flagged an interest. Check the website – www.oceanswimfiji.com

Port Nelson Swim Series, December 20, 2018

Conditions were great for a race that turned into a sprint for some. Although the surface was nice and calm, there was a serious current slowing things down in the first leg.

The long swim was about 650m, the short about 500m.

Age group results, click here

Finish order results, click here

Photos by Fiona Lulham, click here

Points, click here

Story on Sportzhub, click here. See also The Nelson App on your mobile device.

Did you lose a towel from the ITU World Champs on Gold Coast? Phone me on 027 2406 933 – I have it.

Something to look forward to is the Eyebright Mile, race two of the Clements Endurance Series, on Sunday January 6 at 11am. As well as the 2km course from the yacht club to the beach, there’s a short option of 1400m from the Richardson St Steps.

We’ve received a discount code for the Big Tahuna. If you enter using the code SWIMNELSON10 you’ll get a 10% discount to the Nelson race. Many Nelson swimmers take part in these national Ocean Swim series with several going to Omaha Beach north of Auckland this weekend and more than 20 regularly taking part in the Capital Classic in Wellington – this season on January 27. Give it some thought.

You can read more and put in your entry to these events at oceanswim.co.nz

You should also start thinking about Swim Fiji – your late winter getaway, August 22-26, 2019. Several Nelson swimmers have already flagged an interest. Check the website – www.oceanswimfiji.com

Ocean Swim Series, Race Two, The Gem, Omaha

Eight Nelson swimmers took on race two of the Banana Boat Ocean Swim Series last Saturday. The race started in the inlet, with a kilometre or so of calm flat swimming in clear water, but after popping out into the ocean things got pretty rough for the remainder of the 3.5km swim.

The medal count was two gold, two silver and two bronze, with Sierra Thomas the fourth woman overall to finish.

Here’s the results:
Sierra Thomas 2 F15-19 49.46
Andrew Martin 1 M55-59 51.44
Janis Crampton 1 F60-64 1.00.49
Stu Hebberd 2 M70-74 1.02.22
Dick Bennison 3 M65-69 1.02.36
Maggy Johnston 3 F60-64 1.06.20
Peter Gibbs 5 M70-74 1.13.15
Les Le Bas 10 M70-74 1.31.35