Port Nelson Sea Swims, Race 17, February 27, 2020

Interesting swim – just over 1700m and a bit rough, but no current to speak of.

Featured photo: Hayden Squance and Abbey Smale at the finish of tonight’s race.

Hayden Squance, Oxford Bayley, Luke Kelly, Fergus Drummond, Abbey Smale and Alec Swan led the way across to the buoy which was to be fixed just off the jetty. However the buoy was closer to the dolphin and seemed to be having erection problems. Sighting into the sun, most of the leaders missed it, except for Oxford Bayley who struck off for the next mark, building a decent lead.

Oxford almost held on to the end of the circuit around all the yachts anchored in the harbour, but Luke scooped him up just before the end to take the win by two seconds.

There was a gap of 30 seconds back to Fergus, then Alec, swimming without a wetsuit. who was extended to touch a fraction of a second ahead of recent Wanaka Challenge winner Hayden.

Abbey Smale was five seconds back to lead in 56-year-old Hamish Neill, then Sierra Thomas, Sophie Alexander and Haydn Lockie rounding out the top ten.

In the short swim of 600m, Brooke Swan continued her unbeaten string of ten wins ahead of Edward Swain, who has been the first male to finish in all five of the swims he’s competed in this season.

Corey Tremblay was third, maintaining his lead in the U16 male points table, while Eva Ellena in fourth holds the second spot in the U16 women’s table.

Here’s the results, click here

Photos by Pete Marshall, click here.

Points to date, click here.

Story, not this week – this week’s feature story, coming later, will focus on Sunday’s 3.8km Ironman Challenge and will preview the Interislander Big Tahuna.

Have you entered The Interislander Big Tahuna yet? You can enter the March 7 event right now, using the discount code SWIMNELSON10. See oceanswim.co.nz

Our biggest weekend for volunteer support is coming up. Please give your time if you possibly can. We will need volunteer support for the Big Tahuna during the afternoon of Friday March 6 and again on the morning of race day, Saturday March 7. Can you help? Email petergibbs96@gmail.com We also need support for our part in the Weetbix Tryathlon on Sunday March 8, contact Adrienne at Adrienne.wylde@hotmail.com

For sale, new top of the range Zone 3 wetsuit, size SM, bought by mistake (should have been TM), $400. This is a great bargain – email ben@ben.co.nz