Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race 13, January 30, 2020

It’s high tide at 2.05pm, low at 8.03pm. That means outgoing current and not too much water close to shore. Weather conditions similar to recent days – cloudy of clear with a bit of breeze from the north or west. The short swim will probably go north towards the wharf, returning a bit further out. The long swim will depend …

The Interislander Capital Classic, January 26, 2020

Pictured above, Luke Kelly (first male overall), Abbey Smale (first female overall), Sierra Thomas (second female overall). A hugely successful day for Nelson swimmers over the 3.3km course. With 20 of our swimmers taking part, the group picked up 14 age group medals (seven gold, five silver and two bronze), as well as first male overall and first and second …

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race 12, January 23, 2020

Exciting swim over 1500m. A lead bunch of three trundled around the course together, with Luke Kelly having a body length on the others at the final mark. However, Bendi Kepess (left in photo above) put on an astonishing sprint over the last 30m to take it by a fingernail with Oxford Bayley in third. Hayden Squance took fourth, followed …

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race 11, January 16, 2020

Another swim down – probably the best yet. Conditions were near perfect, with a longish swim of just over 1500m across to the island via the dolphin. Hayden Squance took a course to the right and led Luke Kelly, Oxford Bayley and Nic Hall as far as the second mark. The four came together with Luke and Oxford leading to …

The Eyebright Mile and NZ Open Water Championships, 2020

EYEBRIGHT SWIM CANCELLED It’s a bit of a horror story down by the beach and all along Rocks Rd, with waves crashing up over the road even two hours before high tide. The winds are predicted to increase during the day. It doesn’t seem that there are available dates for a rerun later in the season, but more news about …

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race 10, January 9, 2020

Featured photo: Training mates Sali Matthews and Stephen Neas finished a second apart in tonight’s swim. Probably the nicest swim this summer. Pity it took until the tenth of 18 swims to get there. Most of our fast young swimmers have gone to  Lake Taupo for the Epic swims, so you’d expect the door to be wide open for some …

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race nine, January 2, 2020

Tonight’s swim started out looking calm, but the wind came up a just before race start, making things a bit more challenging. The outgoing tide provided a stiff challenge on the third leg of the 1500m course. The lead changed several times, with Hayden Squance the first to round the dolphin. Fergus Drummond took over on the way to the …

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race eight, December 26, 2019

Very tough swim of 1250m, with Luke Kelly and Abbey Smale top male and female. Here’s the results, click here Photos by Sandra McGregor, click here. More photos by Tom Young, click here Points to date: click here Story in Sportzhub: click here. Many people are curious to know how our young swimmers performed at the NSW Open Water Championships, …

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race seven, December 19, 2019

We were blessed with a break in the run of bad weather, swimming a short course of about 700m in relatively calm seas. Terry Bone pushed hard over the first leg, challenging Luke Kelly and Oxford Bayley to match his pace. Luke broke away on leg two and extended his lead to the finish, winning ahead of Oxford, then Terry. …