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. …

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race six, December 12, 2019

Perfect conditions for tonight’s swim. Not much current to the first mark, as the first four swimmers stuck together heading south parallel to Rocks Rd. On the leg out to the dolphin, Alec Swan and Fergus Drummond went to either side, while Luke Kelly and Bendi Kepess stuck together in the middle. Fergus turned first at the dolphin, making a …

King of the Bays, December 7, 2019

Ten Nelson swimmers joined a field of just over 500 for the 2.8km King of the Bays swim between Milford and Takapuna on Auckland’s North Shore, winning six age group medals and with 16-year-old Abbey Smale finishing sixth overall, splintering the women’s field to win the women’s title with a minute back to the second-placed swimmer and another minute back …

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race five, December 5, 2019

SWIM CANCELLED Conditions marginal at 5.15pm and with winds predicted to rise the only option was to cancel tonight’s swim. This week it’s high tide at 5.04pm, but it’s a very small tide, so although the current will be flowing out, it shouldn’t be too strong. Chances are we’ll swim out into the harbour, then back closer to shore. At …

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race four, November 28, 2019

A sombre night, with low cloud and low water, but conditions were pretty good, although the chop coming back was a surprise and there seemed to be a bit of early current from the incoming tide. As usual, Luke Kelly led out on the 900m swim, with a large group to the first mark, spreading a bit on leg two …