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January, 2011:

Sydney Harbour Swim — 13 March 2011

The Sydney Harbour Swim Classic Open Water annual event takes place on Sunday 13 March 2011 in Sydney, NSW.

We had one member, Anne Smyth, compete in the event in 2010, and hope that we will get a few members interested in taking part in this event in 2011.

There are options to swim 1km and 2km distances, including a team competition. So far, Anne Smyth, Caroline Makin and David Bale are considering taking part in this event.

More event information and online entry is available at www.sydneyharbourswim.com.  Entries close on 11 March. Late entries on race day will be accepted.

Tathra Wharf 2 Waves 2011

Tathra Wharf2Waves

Event report from Annette Britten and Brenda Day

The Tathra WHARF TO WAVES Open Water annual event took place on Sunday 16 January 2011 at Tathra, NSW.

We had eight members compete in the event in 2010, and exceeded this in 2011 with thirteen members who challenged the sea in one or both of the 600m and 1200m distances in the ocean.

The swims start in deep water from the historic wharf, and as ever at this event was a good atmosphere and a great day.

The water temperature is unpredictable at Tathra and can change dramatically overnight.  Wetsuits are permitted and the majority of swimmers who had wetsuits chose to wear them as this year the water temperature was a very chilly 15 degrees (although virtualy all of our tough Female Vikings didn’t wear wetsuits, our two Male Vikings were a little less hardy and donned their wetsuits for both swims — sensible Greg and Ian!).

As usual, it was a very well organized event with lifesavers not on, but in the water, directing swimmers away from a rip which was running. A great effort was put in by all of our swimmers with special mention to Atsuko McGowan, who made her debut in open water swimming. With no wetsuit, low body fat to keep her warm, Atsuko ploughed straight into the 1200m event – a very “gutsy” effort for a pool swimmer.

Our former coach, Jill Mortlock swam in the 600m with no wetsuit – such an inspiration when you consider that Jill will be 75 years young this year, not to mention having had 2 hips replaced …fantastic!

There were a couple of pairs of goggles lost in the surf action and one jellyfish sting on the neck coming into the end of the 1200m race, but apart from that, everyone made it back to the beautiful sunny beach in one piece!

More event information and full results are available at www.tathrawharf2waves.com

Vikings Results — 600m

19-29 Male
Tim Smyth 9.48.40  Place:   9th /11 Member’s Son
30-39 Female
Kristy Messenger 11.17.00 Place:  2nd /10
40-49 Female
Katrina Ewing 9.38.60 Place:  2nd /24 Past Member
Caroline Makin 11.04.00 Place:   4th /24
Annette Britten 13.57.60 Place: 14th /24
40-49 Male
Matt Baker 9.38.50 Place:   3rd /37 Past Member
50-59 Female
Anne Smyth 9.19.20 Place:   1st /19
Cecelia Kaye 16.32.00 Place:   8th /19
Amanda Coggins 17.17.10 Place: 12th /19
Catherine Alexander Did Not Finish — retired injured
50-59 Male
Greg Gourley 9.08.90 Place:   9th /32
60-69 Female
Brenda Day 11.34.00 Place:   1st /6
Angelika Erpic 14.56.10 Place:   4th /6 Past Founding Member
Pauline Rohan 19.10/90 Place:   5th /6
60-69 Male
Ian Hampton 11.22.30 Place:   3rd /09
70+ Female
Jill Mortlock 31.26.40 Place:    1st /01 Life Member

Vikings Results — 1200m

Anne Smyth 19.27.40 Place:   12th /47
Caroline Makin 22.23.50 Place:   19th /47
Kristy Messenger 23.52.80 Place:  24th /47
Gillian Sharp 24.31.60 Place:   28th /47
Atsuko McGowan No Time Did not finish 🙁
Greg Gourley 20.28.70 Place:   28th /95
Ian Hampton 25.15.40 Place:  67th /95

Wests Auburn BPS Meet — 4 December 2010

Meet report from Caroline Makin

Swim MeetA single Viking, Caroline Makin headed up to Sydney for the day on Saturday 6 December to take part in the Wests Auburn BPS Meet. This was her second ever outdoor swim meet — the first time was when she competed in an outdoor pool in Germany when she was 14 years old. Swimming as a teenager in a cold UK meant no outdoor pools!

This was a Long Course meet, so Caroline chose to stick to all freestyle events, as Backstroke in an outdoor 50m pool just proved too much of a daunting prospect! The shallow end of the pool was very shallow, with no diving allowed and only just deep enough for tumble turns.

In her first race, the 400m Freestyle, Caroline went out fast, and then found her pace; coming home in a fairly pleasing time, considering it was her first competition attempt at this distance.  Caroline achieved times that were just 0.2 seconds and slower than her PBs for 100m Freestyle and 50m Freestyle at the LC Championships a month earlier.

Caroline achieved 30 points for the club and was happy with her performance, given the shallowness and her little experience of swimming in an outdoor pool.

It was a very rainy outlook for the day but the sun shone throughout most of the meet, then 15 minutes after the last event, the heavens opened, and the rain poured down.  The drive back to Canberra was a very wet one.