Sea swims, February 9, 2017

A beautiful swim with a solid slog 600m south against the tide, followed by a jet propelled return to the dolphin and the finish for a total of about 1500m.

Featured photo: Matai McGuinniety congratulates Fraser Neill, centre,  and Harrison Dean, who finished first and second ahead of Matai in the race to the finish.

Here’s the results.

Results in finish order.

Google+ seems to be having a temper tantrum, so here’s a shot at using flickr for the first time. Thanks to Trudi for stepping in at the last minute to wield the camera. Click here

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Points to date – note that there are only four more competition swims, with the final on March 9. The prizegiving night has been brought forward to this date, so on March 9 we will race before the end of season barbecue and prizegiving. Season places are calculated on your best 12 swims, so check out the points table, which shows how many swims you’ve done and how you stand in the points table.

Don’t forget Sunday’s Ironman swim over a distance of 3.8km, starting and finishing at Tahunanui Beach. High tide Sunday is 11.47am, so race starts at 11.15am in order to round the south end of the island at maximum tide. Sign in on the beach from 10.30am. This is the tenth year the race has been held. In 2013 Lisa Birkett recorded the fastest women’s time of 47.47, while Luke Kelly set the fastest male time in 2014 of 45.23. The records for the short swim of 1300m from the steps to the beach were both set in 2015, when Hayden Squance clocked 17.06 and Christina Harris 19.55,  Here’s the winning times over the years.


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