Report by Brenda Day
The annual Wharf2Waves event was held on 22 January 2012 at Tathra on the beautiful Sapphire Coast. This event is family-oriented and it was a cracker of a day weather-wise.
Our team of twelve “pool swimming” Viking members challenged the ocean in one or both of the 600m and 1200m distances on offer and proved to be a very strong force in the open water.
The swims start in deep water from the historic wharf and the water temperature is unpredictable at Tathra and can change dramatically overnight and wetsuits are permitted. Conditions were very favourable for EXCEPTIONALLY fast times this year. Water temperature was about 20 degrees with a slight chop, but waves were moderate and the water was clear.
A great weekend – CONGRATULATIONS to all who took part!
More event information and full results are available at www.tathrawharf2waves.com. Our members results including placings and times are listed below:
600m Age Dash
Georgina Coggins 11th/17 (9:31) – Mandy Coggins’s daughter
Kristy Messenger 1st/16 (8:04)
Atsuko McGowan 3rd/16 (8.42) – a “gutsy” swim after a DNF in 2011
Philippa Rickard 1st/39 (6:02)
Caroline Makin 6th/39 (6:59)
Kristen Leydon 17th/39 (8:32)
Katrina Ewing 2nd/19 (6:20) – former member
Anne Smyth 3rd/19 (6:34)
Ian Hampton 4th/10 (7:52)
Peter Coggins 10th/10 (13:32) – former member showing admirable determination after DNF in 2011
Brenda Day 1st/6 (8:08)
Jill Mortlock 1st/1 (11:54) – life member and what a woman!
1200m Splash for Cash – Female (49 swimmers)
Philippa Rickard 8th (19:33)
Anne Smyth 12th (19:51)
Katrina Ewing 18th (20:09)
Caroline Makin 22nd (20:38)
Kristy Messenger 24th (21:04)
Mandy Coggins 39th (25:46)
Karen Brown 40th (25:52) – next challenge – The Cole Classic 2k .. go Karen!
Kristen Leydon 44th (26:17)
1200m Splash for Cash – Female (94 swimmers)
Tom Boyce 14th (19:24)
Ian Hampton 51st (23:39)
Sam Coggins 71st (25:30) – Mandy Coggin’s son