Sea swim news
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
(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)
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 email@example.com if you have a distance.
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 oceanswim.co.nz
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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 email@example.com
Evan Barnes of Shuttersport was there too. Here’s Evan’s photos
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
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.
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 www.oceanswim.co.nz . 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.
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.
So you can see the times over the years, here’s a list of previous winners.
Nelson Mail story on stuff.co.nz
Featured swimmers, Terry Bone, left, Hayden Squance, Simon Kneebone and Luke Kelly.
It was an unexpectedly exciting swim, with the current ripping in. Over a short distance, it was a night for the sprinters.
Results in finish order
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 stuff.co.nz
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 jon.linyard
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 esther.sassenburg
Another lovely swim. Here’s the results
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 jon.linyard
Another wonderful swim in perfect conditions, possibly about 1700m for the long course.
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 stuff.co.nz
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.