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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.                             

Milton Bike Ride – Route 66

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Elephant Road, Milton NSW – Swimmers Bike Ride

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Pete and Jan, their old farm

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John Louth filed this following report: Twenty hardy riders set off into a roaring wind that slowed us down quite a bit during  the first part of the course. Thankfully, as soon as we hit Elephant Road and entered bushland, the wind eased and it was a scenic though somewhat rough trail ride all the way around and back to Croobyar Road then up to Milk Haus for coffee and cakes. Along the way, a few of us took a side track and visited Pete and Jan’s old Springwater Farm.  The farm is set in a beautiful location and we made friends with the resident Emu.

The crew on this ride included, John L, Sean P, Bobbie W, Cheryl G, Pete & Jan H, Mark & Heather S, John Reed, Isabel, Wendy J, Mandy & Wayne, Ben, Sue & Chris, Mike & Julie, John & Nikki. All twenty arrived back in one piece except Pete who did sustain a cut leg but not too serious thank goodness. A big welcome to new swimming / riding friends Mandy and Wayne. Well done Jan, Julie and Pete who are all recovering from illness and did well to complete the course. Special thanks to Pete and Jan for suggesting this particular ride, Bob for heading up the peloton and Sean for test riding the route with me.

All in all a fun day and a few folk even suggested we have one of these rides once a month, so any route suggestions are very welcome. Regards John L.

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Mollymook Swimmers & Bike Riders

 

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Recent Swan lake bike ride excursion. (Pic credit Simone S)

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Swan lake with many baby swans. (Pic credit Simone S)

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The recent ride to Swan lake will be remembered for very wet shoes, perfect weather and lots of laughs.

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Next ride is planned for Sunday, September 24th.

Here we go again Bikers! We plan to meet at Milk Haus carpark on Woodstock Road at 9:30am for a 9:45am start and finishing at Milk Haus for late morning coffee and/or early lunch.

From Milk Haus we ride south up Woodstock Road and then turn right into Evans Lane.  At the far end of Evans Lane we turn left into Elephant Road (unsealed) which sweeps around though National Park and eventually joins back onto Croobyar Road. Croobyar Road eventually becomes bitumen again and from there it’s a short distance back to the Fire Station, a right turn onto Woodstock Road again and back up to Milk Haus.

It’s about 20 km mainly dirt road so it should take between 1.5 to 2 hours. No water crossings this time folks! A few short hill sections and a bit tricky in places but not too challenging for our stalwart riders who managed the last ride. Contact John L if you are interested.

Beautiful Winter Sunrises

 

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John Sarich (Smeeth) – Hillsborough National Park

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John Sarich (Smeeth) retired swim coach & original Mollymook Ocean Swimmer sent in this pic he took during his travel around Australia.

Craig and Stephanie’s Wedding

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Partners for Life – Bonded with Love

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The sun shone, the wind blew gently and the surf provided the background music on this extraordinary day when two beautiful people committed themselves to one another for the rest of their natural lives. Their immediate families had come from as far afield as Perth, other’s from Newcastle and one of Craig school mates travelled form Orange. It was a remarkable occasion that had its origin in a chance meeting on a bus in Vietnam. Our love and best wishes were extended to this lovely couple. An added bonus was meeting their beautiful children who each expressed such admiration and happiness for their mum and Dad, Stephanie and Craig.

Channel 10 Daily Bailey Weather Wall

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Daily Bailey, Friday night weather wall – Mollymook – Mollymook

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This is the actual Mollymook Sunrise on Thursday Morning

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We hit the big time on the Friday night prime time news bulletin.

Mollymook Mid Winter – How nice is this

Mollymook Beach – Absolutely beautiful in the Middle of Winter Weather

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Tracy out rowing, came in and followed the rainbow to a pot of GOLD and it was JOHN

 

July – A Time for Celebration

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July Celebrations at Mollymook

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Garry celebrates – July has finally arrived

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Johns lost rubber duckie – all at sea

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While the USA celebrate ‘Independence day’ our own Garry also delights in the arrival of July. It marks the time to don the wet suit.

John H. was all smiles having located his lost ‘Rubber Duckie’ that went missing recently.

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Mollymook Enjoys a ‘Whale of a Time’

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A ‘Whale of a Time’ this past Monday at Mollymook

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Rod Austin OAM (Pic credit: Kim M.)

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The Great Maestro – Raymondo (Pic credit: John L.)

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Queens Birthday honours, an ‘Order of Australia’ medal was bestowed on Mollymook Surf Club President Rodney Austin this past Monday. Rod has performed beach patrols for 50 years having joined the club in 1967. Word has it that he has never missed a patrol, even when serving ‘National Service’ he was able to make it back to Mollymook to fulfil his beach obligations.

The Great Maestro – ‘Raymondo’ played to a packed house this past Monday afternoon at the ‘Star Entertainment’ centre. It is understood guests present were from afar a field as Balmoral in Sydney and the nations capital Canberra, who all enjoyed this distinguished violinist playing some Irish classics.

Autumn in Mollymook

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Autumn in (New York) Mollymook

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Ed captures this sunrise reflection on the Surf Club

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One of our many recent Autumn Sunrises

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According to the Mollymook Ocean swimmers autumn is the most beautiful time of the year. It is when we experience so many spectacular sunrises, even daytime at Mollymook beach is so picturesque with not a breathe of wind to be seen and in the evenings we have spectacular sunsets even the occasional rainbow to remind us ‘How lucky we are living in Mollymook’.

South West WA Coastal Highlights

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A Selected few images of our WA Coastal Highlights

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Margaret River – Prevelly Ocean Swimming

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Margaret River – Prevelly Cafe

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The local Margaret River – Prevelly swim group call themselves the ‘Sea-Slugs’. They number about 12 or so and meet at 7.30 am and ocean swim every day of the year followed by coffee at the cafe located at the ‘Boat-Ramp’. (The ‘Boat-Ramp’ is where they start and finish their daily swim). Winter temp. low gets down to 15c, presently about 20c.

They gave us ‘foreigners’ from Mollymook the warmest of welcomes. Possibly a characteristic of small groups, everyone of the swimmers were so friendly, warm and engaging. A wonderful morning and treasured memory. ‘Fredo’ 3rd in from the right won the inaugural National Iron-Man title back in the 1970’s beating Hayden Kenny father of Grant Kenny. He reminded me of our own Roscoe, an organiser and an absolute gentleman. Another swimmer over here is a Life member of the WA SLSC’s and knows our Jon Donohoe AM very well from when Jon served in an executive capacity. (It’s a small world)

Ocean swimming is quite big over here. The weekend we were in Albany they had there annual 4 Km across the harbour swim on the Saturday with 150 competitors, next day was the Denmark Ocean swim north of Albany. (Generally speaking, us in the Eastern states are possibly only familiar with the annual Rottnest Island ocean swim in WA).

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Mollymook residents visit Prevelly, Margaret River

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Margaret River, Prevelly ‘Main Break’ – AMAZING!

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Mollymook Beach Waterfront residents visit iconic surfing breaks in the Margaret River area.

The town ship of Margaret River is about 9 Km or so inland from the coastline. It has many surfing breaks up and down the coastline, some breaks are up to a Km off shore and the Bombora’s are well off shore requiring a jet ski to reach.

One local (formerly from Merimbula) said the surf was much bigger this past Saturday. Hard to imagine. It was jaw dropping stuff just watching these that I photographed yesterday, Tuesday. At a guess I would say they exceeded 20 feet / 6 metres in height. A bucket of water is heavy, so imagine the weight of water when one of these waves unloads on you. Big wave riders numbered about 8 at any one time on this Prevelly main break at ‘Surfers Point’ throughout the day. The paddle out was a long arduous effort. The Prevelly ‘Boat-Ramp’ had two main breaks. We also drove to Gracetown and saw numerous softer breaks of various sizes attracting lots of riders including kids about 8 years old.

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Mollymook Ocean Swim 2017

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Mollymook Ocean Swim took place in idyllic conditions on Saturday April 8, 2017

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Mollymook Ocean Swim

Mike and Julie reported that Saturday April 8 was an absolutely beautiful morning with a gentle 2-3 foot swell rolling in for the annual Mollymook Ocean Swim Classic. The water at the start was crystal clear. A short sprint, a few small waves to negotiate then into the blue water.

Awesome results from the local molly swimmers with Gary Jenner and Helen Gray winning their age divisions with great swims…congratulations!!!! The rest of the Mollymook contingent were indescribably brilliant on the day filling all sorts of non-consequential finishing positions…..but all finished !!

Volunteers stepped up again in a big way from water & watermelon tents, timing, BBQ, water safety, etc etc…and a massive well done to Rossco on a successful day.

About 200 competitors took to the water and the winning times were very fast indeed. Ken Banks alter ego (Stand in photographer Julie, replete with striped shirt) had to sprint back down the beach just to get to the finishing line before the winner Jarrod Poort tore up the beach to win. The Women’s winner was Lily O Sullivan in a fantastic time.

Preliminary race results via ‘Multi-sport Australia’. To view the results click on the link ‘Mollymook Ocean Race Results

Sponsors. Roscoe made special mention of the tremendous response they had received from so many sponsors with a special thanks to the Ulladulla Ex-Servo’s club for their on-going support.

A fantastic day had by all.

Mollymook Swim Board Ski squad – Pictorial

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Mollymook Surf Club: ‘Swim Board Ski’ squad – Pictorial

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Mollymook ‘Swim Board Ski’ squad swimming with the dolphins

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Tony Ireland has created a beautiful pictorial of the Mollymook ‘Swim Board Ski’ squad in which I have been able to assist with a variety of images. Herewith are just three of over 130 images. Tony has a nice story flow throughout. It will have a 300 gsm soft cover and the printed pages on quality 150 gsm glossy photo paper. It features a number of our ocean swimmers, viz. Benny, Ed, James, Simone & Robbie, Darryl, Tracy, Cheryl to name a few.

Tony is presently compiling a list of names of those who would like a copy. He expects that it will be just a single print run for precisely the number pre-ordered. The cost per book is $20. (Some are ordering multiple copies to give as a gift to grand-parents, copy for self and a copy for their siblings for a momento) Among the swimmers, I have ordered 5 copies and Billy R. has ordered 2 copies. 

Should any other swimmers (or anyone you know) want a copy then let Tony or I know by this Sunday April 9. Tony will then arrange for the number of books to be printed. I would highly recommend a copy which show cases Mollymook from this unique aspect.

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Mollymook Swim Board Ski squad

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Tony in Swim leg of ironman at State

 

Broulee Bay to Breakers ocean swim

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Mollymook Swimmers travel south for the 6th Broulee Bay to Breakers Ocean Swim

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The Actual Broulee Bay to Breakers Swim Course. (Pic credit Graeme)

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers – Group Pic.

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Roving reporter Sue wrote: “Mollymook was well represented with eleven swimmers making the trip down to beautiful Broulee. Conditions were lovely; a nice swell, no wind, water temp at 23 degrees. The beach exit was a little rougher than some would have liked, but we all exited in one piece! Some even used it to their advantage by catching the waves into shore before a brief dash to the finish line”.

Mollymook Excels at State Surf Titles

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Mollymook Surf Club achieves great results at the NSW Surf Titles

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Surf conditions at NSW Surf Titles. Pic credit David Benson

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Iron-man Swim Leg: Tony climbs onto this massive wave

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The massive surf running at the NSW Surf titles held at Swansea Belmont last week can be seen in the 1st image courtesy of David Benson. Wednesday the officials cancelled the water events and on Thursday only held selected water events as they were unable to anchor the string of swimming buoys that were constantly being smashed by the waves breaking way out beyond the swimming buoys.

Mollymook Surf Club’s Tony Ireland climbed onto this huge wave in the swim leg of the iron-man event and rode it all the way to the beach putting him in the lead which he maintained throughout the surf board leg and after being hit by a few waves in the final ski leg, ran up the beach in 4th position.