Category: News

Sea swim news

 

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 Swims – December 13

Conditions couldn’t have been better for what was probably the most pleasant swim this season. At the front of the long race, things were more competitive than ever, but that’ll all be clear from the results and photos.

Results in age group order – click here

Results in finish order – click here

Photos by Janice Coyle

Points to date – click here

Next week (December 20), we’ll hold our annual Christmas barbecue after the swim, with the compliments of Port Nelson. Allow yourself a bit of time to hang about after the swim – bring some extra food and a drink if you fancy. We’ve received three free entries to the The Interislander Big Tahuna on March 2. These will be announced at the barbecue, but you have to be there to claim them.

There’s no break in the Port Nelson series over Christmas – we swim every Thursday night.

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

Port Nelson Swims – December 6

Despite the miserable sky, the swim was wonderful. Calm seas and a moderate current made for some competitive swimming, with Luke Kelly turning the tables on Alec Swan at the front of the field in a nail-biting finish. The green boat that came and anchored during the race caused a few people to have problems with the finish – those are being sorted.

Results in age group order, click here

Results in finish order, click here

Points to date

Photos by Ruth Leckey, click here.

Here’s a story from Sportzhub

Anyone leave behind a red swim cap and a pair of larger framed zoggs goggles? Text or phone 0272713420 if they’re yours.

We’ve received a discount code for The Interislander Big Tahuna in Nelson on March 2. If you enter using the code SWIMNELSON10 you’ll get a 10% discount to the Nelson race. Many Nelson swimmers take part in these swims, with 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 at oceanswim.co.nz

You should also start thinking about Swim Fiji – your late winter getaway, August 22-26, 2019. Check the website – www.oceanswimfiji.com

Ocean Swim Series – Race one – Bay of Islands Classic

Fifteen or so of our swimmers took part in race one of the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series on Sunday.

In very rough conditions, we came home with six gold, two silver and two bronze medals in the 3.3km swim between Paihia and Russell, and a gold and a silver in the 750m swim on a loop course from Russell.

Here’s the Nelson results

Here’s a few random photos

We’ve now received a discount code for The Interislander Big Tahuna in Nelson on March 2. If you enter using the code SWIMNELSON10 you’ll get a 10% discount to the Nelson race. Many Nelson swimmers take part in these swims, with 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 at oceanswim.co.nz

You should also start thinking about Swim Fiji – your late winter getaway in August, 2019. Details are due to be released any day now.

Port Nelson Swims, November 22

A good turnout of 165 swimmers on a near-perfect night, marred only by a strong current and a very slight chop.

Age group results, click here.

Results in finish order, click here.

Points to date, click here.

Photos, by Janice Coyle.

Story, click here.

Race one of the Clements Endurance Series is on Sunday. The Opening Splash, 2km from the beach to the yacht club, or 600m from the Richardson St Steps to the yacht club. Everyone needs to sign up on the beach from 10.45am and be present at race briefing about 11.15. The race starts on the beach at 11.30am, with those doing the short course walking or driving to the steps to start approx at noon – on the high tide.

The forecast isn’t brilliant, but doesn’t look like it’ll be windy.

We owe a lot to our team of race officials, but it’s a very small team. Would you like to join our crew on registration and timing? From time to time we’re short in this area and Sunday is one of those days. If you can help out, please email us at info@nelsontriclub.co.nz. It’s a friendly team and a very rewarding task. We’d welcome you with open arms.

Port Nelson Swims, Thursday November 15

Nice to get the series underway on a nice night, despite the slight current and a bit of chop.

Some drama at the front of the field, as the leaders struggled to stick to the course. Read all about it in the story below.

Here’s the results in age group order.

Results in finish order.

Points table.

Photos, by Janice Coyle.

Story, on Sportzhub