Port Nelson Swims, January 10, 2019

Sadly, the swim was called off. Although probably 80 percent of swimmers could handle the conditions, the support boats can’t safely operate in those conditions. If they were to pull up to 20 percent of swimmers out (as happened on Sunday) they would not have been able to cope, so the swim was cancelled for safety reasons.

Swimmers are referred to the site adventureswims.co.nz for recreational swims in the harbour with company.

During our swims and at other times during the week, please remember that the harbour is a precious shared resource. Yachties, kayakers, paddle boarders, fisher people and swimmers all enjoy and have equal rights to the water. If you come across other users, please be friendly and polite. There have been incidences of swimmers being rude to other harbour users – and vice versa. Please lead by example – a kind word averts many cross exchanges. It also lays the foundation for good relationships in the future. Similarly, please be polite to our support crews, whether in kayaks or inflatables. They are volunteers, doing their very best and if you’re rude to them they won’t come back (and then there wouldn’t be any swims – end of lesson).

We’ve received a discount code for the Big Tahuna, in Nelson on March 2. If you enter using the code SWIMNELSON10 you’ll get a 10% discount to the Nelson race.

You can read more and put in your entry to other Banana Boat Ocean Swim events at oceanswim.co.nz

There’s always a large contingent of Nelson swimmers at the Capital Classic in Wellington – this year on Sunday January 27. This year we expect between 20 and 30 Nelson swimmers and hope for a big medal count. Come and be part of Team Nelson – we usually stick together and make a lot of noise at the prizegiving.

You should also start thinking about Swim Fiji – your late winter getaway, August 22-26, 2019. Several Nelson swimmers have already flagged an interest. Check the website – www.oceanswimfiji.com

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