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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers

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Mollymook ocean swimmers

The Mollymook ocean swimmers are not an organised group but simply a number of local Mollymook Milton Ulladulla citizens joined by numerous other ocean swimmers holidaying in the Mollymook Milton Ulladulla area who all enjoy an ocean swim each morning. They meet at the Mollymook Surf Club – 6.45 am week days & 7.00 am – weekends. They endeavour to swim in pairs or groups, however each swims at their own risk, and numbers vary from 4 to 6 in the winter to say 40 during summer.     Link to Mollymook Ocean Swimmers                       

Rottnest Island WA Ocean Swim

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Laura to represent Mollymook Ocean Swimmers in the 2018 Rottnest Ocean Swim

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Rottnest Island Ocean Swim – Course Outline

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Laura will be Mollymook’s sole representative in this years Rottnest Island Channel Ocean Swim. It is a 19.7 km open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island and is highly regarded worldwide besides being one of Western Australia’s iconic events.

Laura has her family over here for support, plus she has organised a local boat crew and kayak paddler for water support in this gruelling ocean swim. Laura plans to swim the entire distance solo and hopes to complete the 19.7 Km Rottnest Channel Ocean Swim in under 7 hours.

By chance I met up with Laura this morning at Cottesloe Beach where all swimmers were congregating for their swim briefings in readiness for tomorrow Saturday’s 6.00 am start. Laura has spent the last few months churning out the laps after work at the Ulladulla Leisure centre’s outdoor pool. I also met up with Vlad, one of Dick M. and Graeme C. swim mates from Balmoral who was among a large contingent of NSW swimmers over here for the event.

The event is managed by the Rottnest Channel Swim Association, is held in February of each year and considered Rottnest Island’s biggest day.

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Laura at Cottesloe Beach briefing for tomorrow’s big swim 

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Cottesloe Beach Surf Club

 

Tidal Yoga at Milton

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Moni’s Tidal Yoga 2018 Program – Designed especially for our youth.

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NSW Country Surf Titles – Updates

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Mollymook enjoyed some great results at the N.S.W. Country Surf Titles

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Mollymook U/19 Female Crew: GOLD  (17 year old girls competing in their 1st carnival)

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Some great stories emerged from the NSW Country Surf Titles but perhaps nothing more inspirational than the four Mollymook teenagers rowing at their first carnival who out rowed crews more senior than themselves to claim GOLD in the Under 19 female boat race. The teenagers consist of Eliza Green, Mia Garin, Kyla Wall and Chloe Scott. They row under the super competent coach and mentor Marty Drysdale. 

Crescent Heads to South West Rocks

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Notice the difference that 60 / 70 Kms can make between Crescent Heads and South West Rocks

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Crescent Heads – picture perfect this morning, hanging ten

 

 

Mollymook visitors enjoy Crescent Heads

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Southerly Change brings on the waves to the surfers delight

 

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Chloe climbs onto this awesome wave at Crescent Heads

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On their way to South West Rocks to compete at this weekend’s Country Surf Titles, Mollymook Surf Club members Robbie and Chloe S. called in to have a surf at Crescent Heads. The surf came up over night providing a lot of fun and challenge to the brave of heart. We have heard that there is no beach left at high tide due to the big seas at South West Rocks. Should be interesting competition this weekend.

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The Blue Moon Cafe gig – Bawley Vale Estate

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The Bawley Vale Estate was the scene for the ‘The Blue Moon Cafe’ Performance

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Blue Moon Cafe Quintet

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Some of the 300 odd attendees for the Blue Moon Cafe gig

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The ‘Blue Moon Cafe’ quintet travelled down from Canberra to perform at the Bawley Vale Vineyard.  Attendees reported a fun filled and entertaining evening with around 300 in attendance plus pets that included small dogs and even a cat, all on leads of course.

Food and refreshments were available with proceeds going to local charities and volunteer groups in the area.

Images courtesy of Julie Ryan, Elisabeth Gaffney & Bawley Vale Estate Facebook.

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The Big Surf Last Thursday at Mollymook

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Losers and Winners in last weeks Big Seas

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Dick Morath’s wipeout

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Dick sent through this pic of his mangled board, a result of the big seas in Sydney

Mollymook Dolphin Day – January 19, 2018

 

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Dolphin Day at Mollymook Beach

 

A New Mollymook Surfing Legend Emerges

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Peter the Priest with a little encouragement from above takes on the BIG Surf at Mollymook

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Peter the Priest

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Peter the Priest enjoying  some vocational leave from his posting in Victoria provides some leadership for the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers. With flippers fitted he takes his old faithful ‘surf-o-plane’ and heads out back. He was so far out at one stage we were almost losing sight of him. Nonetheless it soon became evident once the sessions began to roll out back that he had positioned himself to catch a beautiful wave providing a huge run in. Bumpy at times and almost lost in the broken water, Peter emerges triumphant. He was soon providing instruction to some of the ‘Kamikaze’ surf board riders on how to best tackle the big waves. Even Big D was seen asking for some advice.

Big seas Tuesday Wreak Havoc at Mollymook

 

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Big seas test the most skilled

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Only skilled surfers braved the treacherous surfing conditions today at Mollymook. The winds had abated somewhat however the southerly winds of previous days had caused a massive swell to pound the entire NSW coastline. Throughout the morning there was a fair amount of surf carnage with boards going in all directions. To the ‘Board-Ski-Swim’ team they braved the elements undertaking their morning training. In particular we witnessed some gutsy performances from some of the young male and female teens among the team.

Mike Gaffney – Bawley Vale Winery

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Mike Gaffney & his Quintet direct from Canberra this Sunday January 21 starting at 5.00 pm

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Direct from Canberra for one performance only, The Blue Moon Cafe Band

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Venue: The Bawley Vale Winery.         Time: 5.00pm to 7.00pm        BYO Chair and Picnic provisions. NOTE: Alcohol will be available for purchase at the Bawley Estate Winery.

Movie BLUE. 2nd screening February 8 @ 7 pm

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Moni has organised a 2nd screening of the movie BLUE.  Highly Recommended if you missed the 1st screening.

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The Movie Blue

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Blue screening times

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Moni writes:

To all of our beautiful swimmers and Take 3 Community, I have AWESOME news!! I’m hosting another screening of the film Blue for those that missed it the first time. The screening is scheduled for Thursday 8th February at Arcadia Twin Cinema, starting @ 7:00pm

I will need to sell at least another 40 tickets for the screening to go ahead. I guarantee you if you miss this film, you will be disappointed. If you are lucky enough to see it, it will change your life! It is the most beautiful, most thought provoking film of the year…in fact of all time.

Our very own Take 3 founder Tim Silverwood – Environmentalist plays a huge role in the film along with the beautiful Shark Girl Madison (, https://www.facebook.com/Shark-Girl-275053275989330/) who has just been awarded Young Conservationist of the year.

The link to buy tickets is below. As is a trailer to the film. 

Trailer – https://www.facebook.com/bluethefilm2017/videos/799092690255715/

Ticket information and purchase – https://tickets.demand.film/event/3022

Thanks for all of your ongoing support and for being such beautiful, passionate ocean lovers. 

Moni x

Mollymook Surf Boat Christened Rodney Austin OAM

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New Surf Boat at Mollymook Christened – Rodney Austin OAM

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The Rod Austin OAM Surf Boat

Samantha Crockett reports on today’s event: 

A very special morning on the beach, blessing Mollymook Surf Life Saving Club’s new surf boat, aptly named after our club’s President, the‘Rodney Austin O.A.M.’ What a gentleman, legend, role model and asset to our club.

Such a wonderful turn out from club members near and far. So lovely to see some of our Nippers witnessing the fraternity that this club is, friendship, family and respect for its long serving members, right through to life members.

Special thank you to the Butler duo who performed a beautiful indigenous blessing of the new boat to ensure the safety of the club’s rowers whilst competing and out to sea. Much respect.

Thank you Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley for taking some time out of your Sunday to share in the event and show your support.

And lastly to the sponsor of the boat, Holiday Haven Resort’s. Thank you for all of your support. I’m sure there will be many medals won for our club in our new boat thanks to your generosity.

The 8 am Swim group & our 7 am Ballerina’s

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A Great 2018 Start for the Mollymook Swimmers

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The 8.00 am Mollymook Swim Group

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The 8.00 am swim group primarily consists of boat rowers and ski paddlers. Most have competed successfully in bygone years at State and National surf championships in the craft events and some still do in the master’s category. Pictured (L to R): Keith Claxton, Bernard Jones, Kel Burton, Rod Austin, Ken Burton, Russ Bartlett.         

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The 7.00 am Mollymook Ballerina Swim Group

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Roscoe wrote of a strange phenomenon on Friday morning ,when a large group of elderly people attempted to put on a display of water ballet or as Sean put it “synchronised drowning”. I don’t think there was anything synchronised about it though. The group was led by a Grey haired lady from Canberra and very soon everyone was waving their arms about  and sticking their legs in the air before sinking and resurfacing with strange grins on their faces! The group, most of whom wish to remain anonymous, will know be known as MRSSSST! (Mollymook Reef Swimmers Senior Synchronised Swim Team).

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2018 New Years Day Mollymook Ocean Swim

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Traditional New Years Day Length of the Mollymook Beach Swim

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Some of the 4 Km swimmers

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Some of the 2 Km length of beach swimmers

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It appeared to be the beginning of a beautiful morning as we assembled at the surf club for the traditional New Years Day ‘length of beach’ swim. The sun was up, then unfortunately up came a strong south easterly sea breeze that really chopped up the surf resulting in a testing swim.

A thought to consider: Dick Morath did this swim on numerous occasions (length of the beach and return, 4 Km) on his own throughout the 1990’s

Thanks to Big D., Grant, Ken and Kel Burton for providing water safety.

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