Banana Boat Ocean Swim Series race three, Generation Homes La Grande Swim

More great results for Nelson swimmers in the 5km race from Wainui Bay across the harbour to Akaroa. Luke Kelly followed up his win in Wellington with second place. Abbey Smale was in a sprint up the beach with the third-placed male to finish fourth overall – easily the first woman. (The featured photo shows Abbey with her Gold medal …

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race 16, February 20, 2020

Tough swim this week. Fergus Drummond turned the tables on Oxford Bayley and Alec Swan to score his second win of the season, with Abbey Smale looking strong to finish in fourth place. Swimmers faced a strong incoming tide as they swam south, with a northerly wind stirring up the surface. An unexpected swirl in the current provided a further …

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race 15, February 13, 2020

What a beautiful swim. 1700m around the harbour, to the jetty on the island, then on in a circuit around all the boats moored in the basin between Haulashore Island and Rocks Rd. Alec Swan dominated the long swim, winning from Fergus Drummond, Oxford Bayley, Abbey Smale, Terry Bone, Hamish Neill and Sierra Thomas, with Sophie Alexander and Flossie Van …

Clements Endurance Series, race three, The Haulashore Circuit, February 9, 2020

After some windy weather, Sunday dawned calm and clear – great conditions for the 79 swimmers who took part. Helped by the perfect conditions, Alec Swan (32.19), Oxford Bayley (33.18) and Fergus Drummond (33.30) all broke Hayden Squance’s 2017 record of 35.33. Sierra Thomas (38.03) was fifth to finish (behind Terry Bone), breaking Pip Dwyer’s 2015 record of 38.15. Here’s …

Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race 14, February 6, 2020

It was a rough old night – close to cancellation conditions. However a shortened course was decided upon and it turned out to be quite exciting. At the front of the field, Luke Kelly and Oxford Bayley were almost inseparable, the timekeeper’s finger barely able to click quickly enough for the official time difference of 0.4 seconds. The finish is …

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

Perfect conditions for a short swim of about 400m and a long swim of about 1650m. Here’s the results, click here Photos by Sandra McGregor, click here Points to date, click here Coming up on Sunday February 9 is the Haulashore Circuit, race three of the Clements Endurance Series. The race is 2.8km and starts at 10.30am. The short option …

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 …