Banana Boat Ocean Swims – Generation Homes Legend of the Lake, 2021

There was a small turnout of Nelson swimmers at the Blue Lake, near Rotorua. Once again, Alec Swan and Oxford Bayley were gazumped by a swimmer starting in a later wave who finished behind them but recorded a faster time. In a finish mixup, Oxford was forced to swim a little extra distance, leaving Alec to take second place with …

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race 18, March 18, 2021

Tough swim tonight – out to the dolphin, around the boats in the harbour and then an arduous (and choppy) swim against the current to the finish. It’s official – with his ten-second win tonight, Oxford Bayley hit the top of the points table to snatch the overall series win from Hayden Squance. The women’s series was never in doubt, …

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race 17, March 11, 2021

That was a solid swim, slogging south against the tide to round all the boats down by the Richardson St steps, then across to the pirate boat and back to the ramp via the dolphin. Total distance about 1650m. To make matters worse, the tide picked up the final buoy and drifted it north. To make matters even worse still, …

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race 16, March 4, 2021 CANCELED

Due to COVID19 Level 2 restrictions Race 16, Thursday, March 4th has been cancelled. As there will now be only 16 swims this season points will still be calculated on the best of 11 results for each swimmer. If another swim is cancelled, making the series one of 15 events, the series results will be calculated on the best 10 …

Banana Boat Ocean Swims, Race four, Bean Rock

One of the smallest turnouts of Nelson swimmers for a while. Abbey Smale continued with her winning streak, winning both the women’s title and the F15-19 gold medal. Maggy Johnston and Derek Eaton both took silver in their age groups. Here’s the Nelson results Here’s a story on Sportzhub Full results 

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race 15, February 25, 2021

It wasn’t the most attractive of evenings and the number of swimmers (91) was the lowest in 12 seasons. Yet for those who were there it was a near-perfect evening. Not too much current, calm seas, no glare or sunstrike and far less argy-bargy at the start. Hayden Squance is growing taller every day. He only has to lie down …

Generation Homes Le Grande Swim, Akaroa, February 20, 2021

Another great day for the 30 or so Nelson swimmers who made the journey south. Oxford Bayley and Alec Swan are pictured coming out of the water at the front of the field, with Oxford winning the sprint up the beach by two seconds. Both swimmers went to the left of the final yellow buoy, making their race slightly longer …

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race 14, February 18, 2021

Oxford Bayley and Abbey Smale are on target for the 5km Banana Boat swim in Akaroa on Saturday, the event doubling as the regional secondary schools championships. Oxford had the normal battle with Hayden Squance, taking out the win by two seconds, while Abbey was placed third ahead of Ben Marshall and old geezer Hamish Neill (57). The 1650m course …

Clements Windows and Doors Endurance Series, Race three, February 14

It was a wild ride for the 91 competitors in this new addition to the swim calendar. Hayden Squance (pictured) made one critical decision which gave him an edge over Oxford Bayley at the midpoint of the race and he carried this advantage all the way to the finish. The plan was to swim from the yacht club, out through …

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race 13, February 11, 2021

That was another great swim. Low tide was at 4.36pm, so the tide was coming in. The first leg along Rocks Rd was tricky, as swimmers kept left to avoid the current. Those who chose the left side of the field found themselves with nowhere to go, squeezed by swimmers on the right and rocks and hard places on the …