|The "All You Need to Know in Dot-Points" issue
||Thu, June 21, 2012
|A Dot-Point Guide to ocean swimming this week...
Mona Vale not-so Cold
A bit of a dot-pointed newsletter because we're away (in Marseille, since you ask, preparing for the start of our oceanswimsafari in the Sarth of Fronce)… and net connections are not always easy at this distance…
- This weekend, the last swim of the NSW ocean swimming "season" - the Mona Vale Cold Water Classic (or the second swim of the NSW season, if you take our definition of the ocean swimming year, which starts on June 1 and ends on May 31). It's not really cold, you know. Water's around 20C at the moment, isn't it? Usually doesn't get "cold" in Sydney until July or so. Lovely day out in an uncomplicated swim at a pretty northern beach: swim goes around the Mona Vale rock platform, conditions permitting, which means you have a lovely bottom to watch all the way. Just four divisions: Newd and Wettie, M/F. That means, no age groups, which we reckon is not a bad thing. Afterwards, everyone gets a mug of Mrs June Dibbs's minestrone, which is something alone that makes the swim worth doing, even if you aren't into nice bottoms. Online entries close Saturday, June 23, at noon. Please remember: there are no entries to this swim taken on swim day. You must enter online by noon on Sat'dee.
- ABC TV premieres a three-part series on Sundee night, 7:30, on Australia's sporting achievements, fronted by John Clarke, whom we first saw on telly in New Zealand 37 years ago as Fred Dagg, long, scraggly hair and garbo's singlet. The series includes the last footage shot of Murray Rose, who died in April. Sounds like a nice show, and will be interesting to see how Clarke handles the subject matter. After Roy and Haitch G, he has a hard act to follow. Clarke interviewed Rose especially for the series. If you miss it on Sunday, you'll probably be able to catch it on ABC iView.
- We've set up a new website specifically to handle our oceanswimsafaris, now spanning the South Pacific and the Sarf of Fronce. See oceanswimsafaris.com
|Winter in paradise...
So we've done Vanuatu, and very nice it was, too. We'll have our report up in due course (not too far away, we hope). And now, as you read this, we're in Marseille for our first inaugural oceanswimsafari in the Sarf of Fronce.We're doing the Escape from Monte Cristo swims this weekend, then we're heading east along the Riviera to Bandol then to Cap Ferrat, around which we'll swim over two stages (it's 9km all up). Should be considerable fun.
Meanwhile, you can still come with us to Samoa and to Fiji in July (with the former) and August-September (the latter). And there's Heron Island in October (see our separate story).
Above is the Bulavard onto the beach at Otto and Fanny's Place on Tavewa Lagoon in the Yasawas, the spectacular, craggy island chain to the north of Nadi in Fiji. We'll take a small group of swimmers up there after each of the Beachcomber and Mana Fiji Swims in August and September respectively. We've never known anyone we've taken to the Yasawas who doesn't fall in love with this pristine, remote, idyllic location. Different swims or excursions each day, with plenty of downtime for lazing under the sighing palms.
The Yasawas are amongst our flagship oceanswimsafaris over winter. There's also Samoa (a new series of swims in July, so you can be a bit of a trailblazer), the Beachcomber Fiji swims and Mana Fiji SwimFest in August-September.
More info, click the Read more button below...
|The Great Barrier Reef Swim, Oct 18-22, 2012
If you'd haven't already booked to come to Heron Island for the Great Barrier Reef Swim, then we have a deal for you... It's a deal aimed at encouraging swimmers to travel early and/or stay a bit later than the swim's core dates of October 18-22. This is because of the pressure on flights into and out of Gladstone, the airport for Heron Island, and on the daily ferry from Gladstone out to Heron.
The Heron Island people say -
Heron Island has been overwhelmed with inquiries for the 2012 Great Barrier Reef Swim (18-22 October) and is almost sold out. Flights to and from Gladstone have also filled very fast and therefore Heron Island are offering special extended stay rates if you wish to extend your stay either before or after the four days, starting from just $149.50 per adult per night including all meals. Please contact Heron Island on 1300 233 432 or email email@example.com to secure one of the last few spots.
So there you go.
Heron Island has just one resort -- and a very noice one, too -- so it's not as if you can just decide to turn up. It's 70km off the coast of Queensland -- the sun sets over the sea; you can't see Queensland whilst you're there; and to rub it in, the Heron Island people exist in their own time zone, an hour ahead of Queensland all year 'round.
Just click the banner at right, then contact the Heron Island people and book.
Do it now. It's selling out.
It really is a very special swim, and a very special four-day break. Those who go there know they're in a very special place.
PS: The swim is held in turtle nesting season.
More info... click here
|Join James Pittar swimming for Fred Hollows...
One of our favourite ocean swimmers, James Pittar, is planning a swim from Collaroy to North Steyne, via Shelly Beach at Manly, in support of the Fred Hollows Foundation. If you can help James in his work to support the Hollows Foundation, you could get to join him on part of his swim.
To find out more, click Read more...
|Swims over winter...
This Sunday, the second swim of the new ocean swim season in NSW.
The new season began on June 1. Why June 1? It's a matter of convenience, and since there's no central authority to ocean swimming, we decided to make the cut-off then in order to finalise our season tallies (see story above) so that we could present awards. And with Vanuatu looming, we had to get all this done by the end of May...
Click the Read more link below for a full list (as full as we can make it at this stage, anyway) of swims coming up over winter. If you know of more swims that we don't have, please email us to let us know.
|Mega Swims for MS
Support MS Australia and get a team together to take part in one of the many 24 Hour Mega Swims coming up around Stra'a. Swim 10 minutes, an hour or four hours in support of people living with MS at one of the many 24 Hour Mega Swims. The relay style allows all abilities.
June 23-24 - Saturday 12 noon to Sunday -- Sydney 24 Hour Mega Swim SOPAC, Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney
Also check out the MS Mega Swim website for more info... click here
See you on the beach!