Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race #4, November 26

  The most challenging swim yet, with distances up and the tide vs wind combo making for some interesting sections on both short and long course. It didn’t make any difference at the front of the field, with Thomas Heaton and Hayden Squance repeating their one-two at the head of the long course for the fourth time and Finella Gibbs-Beal …

Swim tips from Lionel Padial #1

Pace your Sea swims Getting your pace right in a sea swim is crucial to achieving the outcome you want, and can prove very difficult for relatively inexperienced and experienced swimmers alike. Good swimming coaches spend a fair chunk of training time encouraging their swimmers to develop a feel for their most effective swim pace so that it is second nature come competition time. …

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race three, November 19

For the third consecutive week it was a one-two for Thomas Heaton and Hayden Squance , with Xavier Anderson and Luke Kelly close behind. Talya Harwood and Bailee Spriggs were not far from the front leading the women’s field Brendon Hughes burgled the short swim from Finella Gibbs-Beal. Featured photo: Medical official Carolyn Bennison and shore supervisor Paul Peacock ensure …

Swim camp with Adam Walker

My name is Adam Walker I am the first British person to swim the 7 toughest ocean swims in the world and one of 6 to complete it and last year was nominated for World Open Water Swimmer of the year. Here are my websites: www.adamwalkeroceans7.co.uk and oceanwalkeruk.com I swam the Cook Strait April 2014, where dolphins accompanied for 1 hour …

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race Two, November 12, 2015

  The scenario was similar to last week’s, atrocious weather in the leadup (a couple of episodes of hail and cold wind as late as 5pm), but then perfect conditions for the swim. Even the water temperature wasn’t bad at 19 degrees and 144 swimmers took part. The featured photo, taken by Alice Trengrove, is of Finella Gibbs-Beal, winner of …

Swim in Samoa

Treat yourself next winter. Join other swimmers in a trip to Samoa for the three-race Samoa Sea Swims in August 2016. Start planning now. Preliminary details below Samoa Sea A4 flyer16

Opening night, November 5, 2015

The day has dawned with fresh snow on the hills and a hint of frost. Hardly encouraging. On the positive side, it looks like a clear, sunny day. By the beginning of the day there were 188 people signed up, so it looks like a big opening night. A swim of about 800m is planned for the the long event, …

Haulashore Circuit

Against predictions, it was a beautiful day for swimming. Luke Kelly and Pip Dwyer won the long swim, with Daniel Dwyer and Mandy Medcalf-Stephens leading the short swim. 86 swimmers took part. Because of some navigation confusion, the surf rescue boat sent some swimmers on a shortcut, so results need to be taken with a grain of salt. If you …

Final night – prizegiving

Final night – a fitting culmination to a near-perfect season. After the relay and barbecue we recognised the achievements of swimmers and those who made it happen. The Samoa Swim series prize was won by Clark Ambrose, who has waited since the opening swim, when he was drawn as the first person to go into the swim ballot. Here’s photos of …

Port Nelson Sea Swim 18, March 12, 2015

The culmination of one of the best seasons yet. It’s been a summer of beautiful weather, calm seas and a lot of swimmers. Tonight’s field of 178 was up there among the biggest. The long course of 1700m and the short course of just on 600m were possibly the longest we’ve ever had. Tonight’s featured swimmer is Peter Thomas. Peter …