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 …

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race 12, February 4, 2021

Fabulous swim of just over 1500m and 700m, with 127 swimmers taking part in short and long courses. The long course went off  to the dolphin, then south to the black yacht by the Richardson St Steps, then back along Rocks Rd. In the long course, Hayden Squance set off in front in the first leg across to the dolphin, …

Swim the Lighhouse 2021

Perfect conditions for Wellington swim By Peter Gibbs More than 500 swimmers raced over 3.3km in the Interislander Swim the Lighthouse race in Wellington on Sunday. Nelson swimmers Oxford Bayley and Abbey Smale topped the podium in the second event of this season’s Banana Boat Series, Bayley improving one place from Swim the Shore in December, while Smale continued her …

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race 11, January 28, 2021

That was a real ripper. It was one of those nights when the swim could have been cancelled and many would have heaved a sigh of relief. The compromise was to hold the races of shortened courses – a decision most people were happy with. At 5pm, the tide had just turned. Low tide had passed and the current from …

Chia Sisters Olympic Tri/ Multisport Results

Well done to all those who competed in the Chia Sisters Olympic Tri/ Multisport on Sunday 24th of January, with short and long-distance options. Click here for photos taken by Eric Wylde Thanks again to all our sponsors Chia Sisters and Proper Crisps. Also thanks to all our volunteers who helped out today! We couldn’t run these events without you! …

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race 10, January 21, 2021

Another great swim tonight over 1400m. It was a bit choppy, with a current pushing south on the final northward leg, but otherwise perfect conditions. Hayden Squance swam a solo race to finish ahead of Terry Bone and Hamish Neill. Christina Harris recorded her first win of the season after knocking on the door since November, Ben and daughter Flossie …

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race Nine, January 14, 2021

Another fantastic night for a swim. Terry Bone nearly had it won, when a non-wetsuit swimmer streaked by like a bolt of lightning – it was the new Eyebright Mile record holder Alec Swan putting the final touches on his preparation for Swimming NZ’s open water championships in Taupo this weekend. Ben Marshall and Hamish Neill went head-for-head for third, …