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Sea swim, December 21, 2017

Low tide this week is at 6.24pm, so it’ll be pretty well slack water.

The swim won’t be too long, as the annual Christmas barbecue will follow. Sausages, bread, sauce will be supplied free – bring any extras you fancy.

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)

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race 16, February 25


February – traditionally the month of calm conditions, where we stretch the swims out and enjoy the speed. Not so this year, as El Nino seems intent on plaguing us to the bitter end.

Tonight’s swim was rough and tough, but short enough that we could all enjoy punching into the waves (the offer only available for a limited time).

In the end, the short swim was about 400m, the long one only about 600m.

Here’s the results.

Results in finish order

Photos, by Jean Hodson

Feature photo, Hayden Squance, consistently near the top of the field and second this week.

Story from Nelson Mail and, click here

Points to date after 12 swims, click here (NB overall season placing will be calculated on the best 10 results over the season for each swimmer)

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race 14, February 11

With apologies for the amount of time it’s taken, here’s the results from Thursday’s swim.

Click here

Points to date, click here

Some great results from the Christchurch round of the Ocean Swim Series, with gold medals for Kerry Mathieson (F45-49), Janis Crampton (F55-59), Margaret Johnston (F60-64) and Derek Eaton (70-74). Also bronze medals to Kuke Kelly (M15-19) and Kirstin Ramsay (F30-34).

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race 13, February 4

High tide for this swim, 6.56pm, so the current will be incoming, south to north. Not a very big tide (3.2m), so shouldn’t be too great. The short course will be approximately 500m around the cluster of yachts off the boat shed. The long course will go further south to the black yacht then to another yacht close to the jetty back to the dolphin and then to finish at the yacht club ramp.

If you missed points, stories etc from last week, take a look back to last week’s page – they’re all there now. Sorry they were a bit late appearing.

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race 12, January 28


Nice swim in good conditions.

Here’s tonight’s results.

Results in finish order

Photos, by Emily and Sean Trengrove

The Nelson Mail story from the Stuff website, click here

Here’s a story from events of January 30, 31 in Wellington, click here

Points to date

Fancy a free entry to the Christchurch race in the national Ocean Swim Series on Saturday February 13? We have seven free entries to give away. Email to claim one of these. First seven replies win. To find out more about the race, click here

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race 7, December 31, 2015


Great swim – about 1400m for the long swim, 400m for the short.

Here’s the results.

Here’s some photos by Bryony Marriott

Series points to date

Here’s the Nelson Mail story from the Stuff website, click here

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race 6, December17, 2015

Feature photo, Simon Kneebone, left,  was 8th, followed by Caitlin Delany and Jon Linyard. Photo Jean Hodson

Lovely swim in good conditions. Here’s the results

Points table to date, click here. Please email with corrections.

Story in the Nelson Mail, click here

Photos by Peter Gibbs and Jean Hodson, click here



Clements Windows and Doors Endurance Series, Opening Splash, December 13

Here’s the results, click here

The story from the Nelson Mail

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race 5, December 10


Conditions were perfect.

Featured photo: Hayden Squance and Thomas Heaton took it all the way to the finish, with Thomas, on the right, taking it by a whisker. (Photo: Emily Trengrove)

Here’s the results, click here

Photos from Emily Trengrove, click here

Points to date, click here Any corrections, please email