Category: Results

Results from sea swims


Bay of Islands Classic, December 16, 2018

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

Nelson results

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)

Sea swim, Thursday December 14, 2017

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.

Points after six weeks

Sea Swim, December 7, 2018

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

Results in finish order

Points to date

Here’s some photos

Check The Nelson App on your mobile device for race story.

The Opening Splash – Race One of the Clements Endurance Series

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 – for last Thursday’s swim story, click here

Here’s the results – not yet checked, so please email if you spot any errors –

Results in age group order

Here’s a few photos

Here’s the story on Sportzhub

Sea swims, November 30, 2017

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.

Results in finish order

Results in age group order

Points to date

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

Sea Swims, November 23, 2017

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.

Here’s the results

Results in finish order

(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)

Points to date

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 if you have a distance.

Here’s a little video of the course

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

Haulashore Circuit, March 26, 2017

Low cloud and rain, but perfectly flat seas made it a perfect day.

Hayden Squance and Luke Kelly did battle with each other and stingrays, setting up a final sprint, which Hayden took by three seconds, setting a new record of 35min 33sec. Luke also broke the old record of 35min 45sec, which he set two years ago. Terry Bone followed the two teenagers all the way to take third in 36min 15sec.

Jodie Lovell popped over from Marlborough to win the women’s race in 39min 25sec from Christina Harris (40.41) and Wendy Healey (43.48.

Here’s the times.

So you can see the times over the years, here’s a list of previous winners.

Nelson Mail story on

Featured swimmers, Terry Bone, left, Hayden Squance, Simon Kneebone and Luke Kelly.

Sea swims March 9, 2017

It was an unexpectedly exciting swim, with the current ripping in. Over a short distance, it was a night for the sprinters.

Tonight’s results.

Results in finish order

Here’s some photos.

Featured swimmer: Dick Bennison has been the event organiser and leader of the sea swim team for the past four years. Dick is also the president of the Nelson Tri Club.

Nelson Mail story on

Final season points.

In holding the prizegiving straight after the final competition swim, some certificates weren’t quite right. If you need a corrected certificate, please email Jon Linyard at and he’ll do a corrected version for you to pick up next Thursday. If you’re not sure exactly how you finished up, check the final season points table (above).

If you plan to swim in next week’s handicap race, please email Jon so he can sort a handicap for you.

Does anyone have a women’s wetsuit (S/M) for sale? Please email

Sea swims, March 2, 2017

Another lovely swim. Here’s the results

Results in finish order.

Here’s some photos

Featured swimmer, Jude Vincent. After a season of tight competition in F50-59, Jude clinched the category with a win tonight.

Points to date Remember that the figure that counts is the best of 12 swims – in the column on extreme right.

Next week’s swim will be a little shorter, with a barbecue and prizegiving to follow.

On March 16, there will be a handicap race.

If you plan to take part, please email Jon Linyard at so a handicap time can be set for you.

Sea swims, February 23, 2017

Another wonderful swim in perfect conditions, possibly about 1700m for the long course.

Here’s the results.

Results in finish order.

Points to date. Note that season points are taken on each swimmer’s best 12 results. Categories are now sorted on this basis, so the column on the right reflects this adjusted total. There are two swims remaining for points to be earned, with the prizegiving now scheduled to follow the final points swim on March 9. Please check the points for errors.

Here’s the Nelson Mail story from

Featured swimmers: Christina Harris won gold in F50-54 and Janis Crampton won silver in F55-59 when a bunch of five Nelson swimmers went to Rotorua last weekend for the Ocean Swim Series event in the Blue Lake.

Here’s the full Rotorua results: Christina Harris 51.18 1st F50-54, Barry Thomas 53.37 6th M55-59, Janis Crampton 54.18 2nd F55-59, Roger Matheson 56.07 8th M55-59, David Marriott 1.13.53 38th M55-59.

Also last weekend, a whole bunch of people raced in Challenge Wanaka Half. With apologies for any missing, here’s the results from people with Nelson associations. Alan Bryson 4.42.28 3rd M40-44 8th overall, Rob Searle 4.57.30 2nd M50-54 27th overall, Mike Crowe 5.02 9th M40-44 35th overall, Eileen Searle 5.23.08 1st F55-59 80th overall (6th female), Kim Waddell 5.38.43 3rd F30-34 107 overall, Emily Lush 5.41.56 6th F25-29 117 overall, John Hellemans 5.57.20 3rd M60-64 161 overall, Martin Kane 7.43.21 40th M50-54 363 overall, Sandra McGregor 7.52.37 20th F40-44 367 overall, Rob Cant 8.44.56 41st M50-54 384 overall. Also Kay Stansbury-Ward completed the 3.8km swim as part of a team in 1.28.17. Email if you have other results –

Samoa Sea Swims. A selection of tour packages catering two swim series going back to back in August.

Andrea Livingston of Wildside Travel will be at the yacht club from 5pm next week (Thursday March 2) to background the swims, logistics and travel options.

She’ll also have info for anyone interested in Tri-training in Niue later in the year, plus a free entry to Kaiteri Gold (March 11) for one lucky person.