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:

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

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


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