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Sea swims, January 12, 2017

At last a nice night. Here’s some photos. Peter Gibbs and Gillian Watson shared the photo duties. Any volunteers to take up this task would be very welcome.

Featured photo: Hayden Squance has dominated this season’s swimming. He took off his wetsuit tonight and finished second behind Fraser Neill.

Results

Results in finish order

Points to date

Nelson Mail story on Stuff

Tata Beach swim, January 14

For details, click here

Sea swims, January 5, 2017

Solid swims of 400m and 1200m. Christchurch swimmer Angus Syme touched just ahead of Hayden Squance in the long race, with Nelson’s 2016 junior sportswoman of the year Caitlin Delany edging out Talya Harwood in Caitlin’s last swim with us for a few years, as she prepares to take up a swim scholarship in San Diego. Zara Aydon cracked on with yet another win in the short course ahead of Emily Bryant and Nicholas Paulin.

Nelson Mail story on Stuff

Here’s some photos.

Featured photo: Jon Linyard led Denis Cooper by one second in tonight’s swim. Both have been among our top swimmers for many years. Jon has been a national age group triathlon champion on many occasions and has represented New Zealand at many world championships, most recently the world cross triathlon championships in Australia in November. Jon has given his time to coach many triathletes and is the regular coach in the tri club’s Saturday morning sessions at Riverside Pool. Denis has been a top cyclist and has also represented New Zealand in triathlon world championships. Our top 50-59 swimmer in recent years, Denis is now a personal trainer at Riverside Pool, where he helps many swimmers and triathletes (and regular people too) to achieve their health and fitness goals

Tonight’s results

Results in finish order

Points to date

Sea swims, December 29, 2016

 

With apologies for the delay, here’s the results

Results in finish order

Points to date

Nelson Mail story on Stuff

Eyebright Mile, December 27, 2016

Things took an unexpected turn for the rough – although given the summer we’ve had so far wind is hardly a surprise. Times were down on previous years as swimmers battled through the roughest seas.

Hayden Squance led in Luke Kelly by 13 seconds, but given the conditions, the race record was never under threat. The women’s race was even closer, with Flossie Van Dyke winning the sprint up the beach to finish three seconds ahead of Bree Anderson.

Here’s the results

Results in finish order

Here’s some photos

Featured image: Gillian Watson and Di Trengrove are our regular timekeepers, with Di pressing the stopwatch button and Gillian processing the results. Before every race the pair are busy checking people in and getting numbers sorted.

Things are falling into place today – our Nelson Mail story went online at Stuff at 3pm. Here it is

Going back in time, records are patchy, but the best male and female times we’ve been able to find are listed here. As you’ll see, there are a lot of gaps, so if you happen to be an assiduous archivist and have other results, please let us know and we’ll add to the records.

 

Sea swims, December 22, 2016

The sea is rough, the rain’s pouring down – seems like a good idea to stay warm and snug inside. With tonight’s swim cancelled, the next opportunity is the Eyebright Mile, 9.30am, Tuesday, December 27.

Sea swims, December 15, 2016

It was certainly a rough one, but short and sweet to give everyone time to have a small party at the barbecue.

Hayden Squance and Tony Dodds clashed for the third time, with Tony getting the edge to make it two from three in a battle which is now ended as Tony heads off for a run training block in Wellington as part of the build up for the Abu Dhabi race which opens the world triathlon series in March.

Here’s some photos of tonight’s race

Featured swimmer: Donna Smithies is a veteran of sea swimming and was one of our top women swimmers of recent years. Nowadays, Donna prefers to take it easy, driving in from Dovedale each week to swim in the non-wetsuit section of the swims.

Here’s the results (if you don’t see your result, please let us know immediately – info@nelsontriclub.co.nz)

Results in finish order

Nelson Mail story on Stuff, click here

Points to date, click here

Opening Splash, December 11, 2016

High hopes of a calm swim were dashed when the wind come up just as the race started, so swimmers faced choppy conditions.

Hayden Squance swam away from the start, pursued by Luke Kelly, Terry Bone, Hamish Neill and Simon Kneebone, and that was the way they finished. Flossie Van Dyke came in just behind father Ben to win the women’s race by eight seconds from Kerry Mathieson.

Charlie Squance made it a family affair, winning the short swim from Rebecca McKenzie and Lincoln Mackenzie.

Featured swimmer: Marina Buonocore was happy to meet the challenge of choppy seas, finishing in 63rd place. Marina is the club treasurer, so puts in plenty of hours behind the scenes, when she’s not out training. Having conquered the Coast to Coast this year, her next goal with partner Brendon Crequer is Godzone.

Here’s the results

Results in finish order

Gillian Watson looked after the results, but found time for a scenic tour of the course, click here

Nelson Mail story on Stuff

Sea swims, December 8, 2016

Calm swim on an outgoing tide, with 149 swimmers taking part. In the long race, Tony Dodds turned the tables on Hayden Squance, winning by a touch. Talya Harwood held off Caitlin Delany to head a strong women’s field.

In his first swim, 15-year-old Nicholas Paulin had a clear win from Brad O’Leary, with Gemma Langley leading the women’s field.

In the short race

Here’s the results.

Results in finish order.

The featured swimmer is Tony Dodds, one of the world’s top triathletes. Check his official ITU profile here – or Tony’s own website: http://www.tonydodds.co.nz/

Here’s some more photos, taken by Tracey Anderson, click here

Points after five swims – please check your points, it’s easy for us to get the wrong age group or wetsuit status and much easier to correct mistakes quickly than to have to dredge back several weeks. If you spot errors, please email us at info@nelsontriclub.co.nz

Nelson Mail story on Stuff.

Don’t forget the first swim in the Clements Windows and Doors Endurance Series on Sunday December 11. The First Splash is a 2km swim from Tahunanui Beach to the yacht club, with a short option of 600m from the Richardson St Steps. The event starts at 7.30am, so you’ll need to sign in from 6.45am. If you’ve signed in for the four-race Endurance Series, you’ll get a cap when you sign in – otherwise you’ll need to bring a cap of your own (or you can buy one for $5). If you’re planning to take the series races one at a time, you can sign in for individual races online, or if we already have your details from Thursday swims you can just arrive and pay $15 on the beach – your race number will be the same as that used for the Port Nelson Series.

Next Thursday’s swim will be followed by our annual Christmas barbecue. Stay on for food, bring a little more if you like, and a drink.

If you’d like to do more sea swims with friendly company, but without the pressure of a race, check out www.adventureswims.co.nz

 

Sea swims, December 1, 2016

With apologies for the delay, here’s the results.

In the best conditions so far this season, Hayden Squance was put to perhaps his hardest test yet as 29-year-old Olympic triathlete Tony Dodds pushed hard all the way. Swimming stroke for stroke to the dolphin, the pair took turns to surge and test the other until Hayden opened up a sprint from the final buoy to win by a touch. Luke Kelly returned for the first time this season to take third, followed by Talya Harwood, the leading woman, Matai McGuinniety, Terry Bone, Fraser Neill (back after a season off) and Piper Riley.

Following Zara Aydon in the short swim were Hannah Martin, Skye Humphries Gemma Langley and Oxford Bayley.

101 swimmers in the long race over 900m and 39 swimmers in the short race over 420m – everyone finished.

Results in finish order.

Here’s some photos, by Jean Hodson.

(We could do with some backup volunteers to press the camera button, please let us know if you can help – it’s a simple job, either with our camera or your own)

Featured swimmer: Zara Aydon looked happy to win the short swim for the third time in four weeks. Zara is a 13-year-old swimmer from Nelson in her second year of sea swimming.

Nelson Mail story on Stuff – here it is.

Points to date.

Don’t forget the first swim in the Clements Windows and Doors Endurance Series on Sunday December 11. The First Splash is a 2km swim from Tahunanui Beach to the yacht club, with a short option of 600m from the Richardson St Steps. The event starts at 7.30am, so you’ll need to sign in from 6.45am.

If you’d like to do more sea swims with friendly company, but without the pressure of a race, check out www.adventureswims.co.nz