Sea swim, January 11

That was one big hairy swim. The long course was 1500m but seemed much longer with some choppy seas to bash into.

Luke Kelly (featured image) emerged a second ahead of Hayden Squance, followed by a group containing Matai McGuinniety, Bendi Kepess and Sierra Thomas, the first woman.

Aliesha and Mathew Peacock continued to dominate the short swim.

Someone left a heavy duty watch in the men’s change rooms. If it’s yours, drop us an email at and we’ll reunite you with it.

Results in finish order

Results in age group order

Photos, by Janice Coyle

Points to date

Story available on mobile devices at The Nelson App

If you like swimming in the sea in a more relaxed fashion, join other swimmers most days – see what others are doing at

Don’t forget the next big swim:

8.30am, Sunday January 14, Clements Endurance Swims, 3.8km Ironman Challenge.

As part of our support for the Interislander Big Tahuna, we are helping out with signs advertising the event. If you live on any busy street or road in the region and have a nice front fence or lawn, would you like to volunteer a space for a few weeks leading up to the March 31 event? Email us at if you can help.

There are four different distances on offer at the Big Tahuna. To enter and obtain a 20% discount, go to and use the discount code NLESONSWIMSERIES18

One Commentto Sea swim, January 11

  1. Rob Cant says:

    Thanks for the photos Peter and Janice. Frustrating how flat the water looks in those!! But I think the photos show the relief and camaraderie that is such a great part of the event, particularly for those of us at the tail end of the swims where it’s really just us versus the course on a night like last night. Cheers,

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