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

Things are looking good on the weather front, but not so much water about, as low tide is at 4.44pm. That’ll mean an incoming current, so the course will head south, probably heading out around the dolphin before returning to the ramp. Another free entry to The March 7 Interislander Big Tahuna will be drawn after the swim, with the …

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 …

Clements Endurance Swims, Race 1, 2019-2020, The Opening Splash

Conditions were absolutely perfect, with flat seas, a slightly hazy sky and no current. Alec Swan set a cracking pace along the shoreline, swimming alone for the whole race, while Luke Kelly led a bunch a bit further out. When they converged at the final mark, Alec  had a clear lead and went on to lead Luke in,  breaking the …

Port Nelson Sea Swims. Race three, November 21, 2019

Nice night in all respects. Sunny skies, relatively calm and not much current – just a bit of sun-strike on the first leg of the long swim. With many of our top swimmers in attendance at the Sportsperson of the Year awards, Luke Kelly was able to cruise to victory in the long swim ahead of Oxford Bailey and Hayden …

Port Nelson Sea Swims. Race two, November 14, 2019

TONIGHT’S SWIM IS CANCELLED High winds, rough seas, a forecast of heavy rain in the hour between 5pm and 6pm and a pollution caution notice have all contributed to the decision to cancel. This week it’s low tide at 5.39pm, so we’ll again face an incoming tide. The course will be much the same as last week, but just a …

Port Nelson Sea Swims. Race one, November 7, 2019

A cold windy night and cooler water temperature were a contributing factor in keeping numbers down tonight. The total of 105 swimmers over the two distances was the lowest in recent years, but the competition was as hot as ever. Bendi Kepess, Luke Kelly and Fergus Drummond battled it out at the front of the field, with the leading women, …

Blue September Sea Swim Results

Well done to all who braved the cold temperature of the sea and helped raise some money to aid sufferers of prostate cancer! Click here for results Here’s a story Blue Sept 2019 (1) (Also available on The Nelson App on mobile devices.) Click here to view photos by Peter Marshall Thanks to all who supported the Blue September swim. …

Swim the Bridge, April 6

Some great Nelson results with a swag of medals – most notably Sierra Thomas winning the women’s race – beating Commonwealth gold medallist Lauren Boyle in the process. Photos – here’s some photos Here’s the Nelson results. Nelson swimmers featured prominently in the overall series results – click here NB: In those series results it shows Ben Van Dyke as …