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Sea Swims, November 23, 2017

This week we’ll face a low tide at 7.17pm. That means a slight outgoing tide and not too much water. It’s possible we’ll start on the beach to the south of the ramp. The short course will probably head out to a convenient boat and back via a buoy offshore. The long course will go across to the dolphin navigation marker, then back around some yachts and on to the finish buoy.

Apologies for the late completion of last week’s news page. The points are now done and that page is 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

Auckland Harbour Crossing

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 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


Sea swims November 16, 2018

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

Here’s a story

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

Evan Barnes of Shuttersport was there too. Here’s Evan’s photos

Points to date

Sea Swims, November 9, 2017

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

Finish order

Age group order

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.

The Interislander Big Tahuna

Here’s a bonus for all our swimmers.

The Interislander Big Tahuna – 31 March 2018. Event 6 of the Banana Boat NZ Ocean Swim Series. All info at . 20% codes to be used before 17 Feb 2018 to receive 20% off the Super Early Bird rates.


NELSONSWIMSERIES18 – for Nelson Swim Series participants and affiliates.

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.


Sea swims, February 16, 2017

Absolutely, fantastically perfect conditions. Hayden Squance a clear winner from Harrison Dean. Ruby-Lou Stuart the first woman, from Kerry Mathieson.

Results click here.

Results in finish order.

Here’s some photos, thanks to Digby Kynaston.

Featured swimmer. Steve Clements, sponsor of the Clements Windows and Doors Endurance Series, had a good race in the perfect conditions.

Points to date.  Note that each person’s total point score is in the column third from right, but the points from the best 12 swims is what counts, and that’s the column on extreme right. The column second from right tells you how many swims you’ve done.

Nelson Mail story on stuff,