by Ken Banks
The Ulladulla’s Blessing of the Fleet was held on Easter Sunday April 5 in glorious weather and with an attendence in the 1000’s. The ‘Blessing’ traces its origins back to practices in Italian fishing villages whereby Priests were called upon to ‘bless’ the fishing fleet. In Ulladulla this tradition is continued each year on Easter Sunday. The Blessing is preceded by a huge street parade in the morning whilst the previous night saw the crowning of Hannah Wyatt as the 2015 ‘Blessing of the Fleet’ Princess at the Civic Centre.
For full details and on-line entry click onto the oceanswims web site.
1922 Police and beach inspectors patrol the beaches checking to ensure that the lady’s costumes are no more than 6 inches above the knees.
Fast forward to 2015 and the Mollymook lady swimmers are now the ones patrolling the beaches, and more importantly have taken over rowing the surf boats which in former years was solely a male domain. Go the Mollymook Lady Ocean Swimmers! (Click on images to enlarge)
Mollymook Ocean Swimmers and Mollymook surf club members Margy and John Reed plan to tackle the Kokoda Trail during August 2015 to raise funds on behalf of the Mollymook Surf Club.
Some fundraisers planned include:
• Friday night February 27 at John and Jacqui Louth’s birthday bash. (A donation toward John and Margy in lieu of any presents)
• April 11 a raffle will be drawn at the Mollymook Ocean Swim Classic. (Tickets for sale during February and March at Ulladulla Children’s Centre, Jewellery Plus Ulladulla, and from Mollymook Ocean Swimmers.)
• Saturday night May 23, – a Trivia Night at the Surf Club which will coincide with John’s 50th birthday.
NOTE: To sponsor on line, follow this link, Website: https://surflifesaving-kokoda2015.everydayhero.com/au/margy
Mollymook Beach Waterfront is the only Australian Tourism awards finalist from the entire NSW South Coast stretching from the Sydney Royal National Park down the coast to the Victorian border
Having been awarded silver in 2012 and 2011, it would be a wonderful achievement for Waterfront to gain Gold this year. Winners will be announced on April 10, 2015 at a gala ceremony to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
Website: Mollymook Beach Waterfront
The two most consistent long distance ocean swimmers at Mollymook are Pete and Jan. Over the years they have been the backbone of the group, regularly holding BBQ’s and get togethers at their former Fairmont Ridge property, Jan the effervescent, happy, cheerful hostess with the casual nonchalant Pete always taking on the cooking duties.
Monday February 2, 2015 marks their 42nd wedding anniversary.
With Pete growing up in New Zealand, the young reporter inquired how did you both meet? Jan vividly recalls the occasion; “she was doing a tour of NZ. Having a drink one evening she noticed an unassuming but good looking young man. However more importantly, what caught my eye was a ‘random act of kindness’ that this young man extended to another patron. That ‘act of kindness’ led to us meeting and sharing a few words and agreeing to catch up the following day. It went from there and within 6 weeks we decided to marry and thus begin this incredible journey, sharing the remainder of our life together”.
The 16th annual South Coast Wine Show judging took place on Thursday 22nd January 2015. Wines from the South Coast Zone which includes the Shoalhaven Coast and Southern Highlands wine regions were on show.
The judging panel of three was chaired by David Morris of Morris Wines, Rutherglen. He is highly qualified and experienced, with an enviable reputation and has judged at the National Small Winemakers, Rutherglen, Cowra, Griffith, Swan Hill and Melbourne Wine Shows. David has been the chief wine judge since 2003. The judging panel also comprised Nicole Esdaile and Nick O’Leary.
82 Entries were received from 16 Vineyards and Wineries: Comprising of 5 from the Southern Highlands Wine Region, 6 from the Shoalhaven Coast Wine Region, 3 from the Sydney Vignerons area and 2 from the South Coast Zone.
Medals Awarded: 9 Gold 8 Silver 26 Bronze. Total: 43 medals. All trophy and medal winners listed at bottom of post.
With forecast wet weather on the Monday, the Mollymook ocean swimmers have brought there Australia Day swim forward one day to the Sunday January 25. Those planning to swim the length of the beach both ways have scheduled a 7.00 am start. Those planning to swim from the north end to the south end (one way) will begin wandering up the beach from the surf club at about 7.15 am.
An Australia Day BBQ breakfast is planned at the conclusion of the swim. So remember to bring some snags etc.
Following on from his wildly successful national tour and the release of his much-lauded new album Gon’ Boogaloo, CW Stoneking is all set to bring his tunes to the Milton Theatre’ February 6, 2015.
Gon’ Booglaoo released on October 17th, 2014, has been praised by critics as –
“A masterpiece.” The Saturday Paper
“The most joyously primitive album you’ll hear all year, and the most authentic.” Stack Magazine
“Guaranteed to have bare feet slapping the bar-room floor” The Age (4 stars)
“A raucous party album… a total joy to listen to.” Speaker TV (9/10 stars)
Gone are the sepia-toned tales of marooned adventures in the tropics of his last release, the ARIA Award winning Jungle Blues, this time replaced with the latest invention in the world of C.W. Stoneking, electricity! C.W. has stashed his afore-favoured vintage National guitar and banjo combo for a shiny gold Fender and an extra large helping of rock ‘n’ gospel dancehall blues to deliver 12 tracks recorded directly to tape with his full band, his very own hokum wall of sound.
Don’t miss your chance to catch this enigmatic and charismatic performer live!
CW Stoneking at the Milton Theatre – Fri Feb 6. Tickets $40
phone: 4455 3056 or Website: Milton Theatre