Mollymook News

by Ken Banks

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Australia Day Mollymook – 2016

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Australia Day 2016 celebrated in traditional Mollymook Style

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Mollymook Beach with the empty market area in the back ground

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Keeping dry from the overnight torrential rain in a ‘New age’ Caravan

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The Mollymook Australia Day Festival was cancelled due to overnight torrential rain which flooded the Mollymook Beach reserve causing organisers to cancel the formalities, entertainment and market stalls.

Once the rain had cleared by mid morning the locals kept their traditional Australia day celebrations ‘Mollymook Style’ down at Mollymook beach with their family enjoying the surf, sun and sand accompanied by their traditional mid-day BBQ.

South Coast Wine Show 2016

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South Coast Wine Show 2016 – Held at the Mollymook Golf Club

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Chief Judge: David Morris of Morris Wines, Rutherglen

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Nick O’Leary of O’Leary Wines, Lake George – Bungendore

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The 17th annual South Coast Wine Show was opened to public tasting on Friday January 22 following judging that took place the previous day. Wines from the South Coast Zone included the Shoalhaven Coast & Southern Highlands. The judging panel of three was chaired by David Morris of Morris Wines, Rutherglen.

The Wine Show winners were announced on the night and chief judge David Morris gave a summary of the judging. Local Unicorn cheese and gourmet sandwiches were available and Ulladulla High School duet ‘Hannah and Monica’ took to the stage with some special background music.

111 entries were received from 13 vineyards and wineries. 60 Medals were awarded in total that included 8 Gold, 10 Silver and 42 Bronze.

NSW South Coast Surf Championships

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Mollymook Surf Club Members Excel at Branch Surf Championships

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The Invincibles: Mon, Chez, Simone & Tracy

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Rob & Simone’s daughter Chloe – Junior Lifesaver of the Year

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Mollymook Surf Club members traveled to Shellharbour on Sunday January 17 for the South Coast Branch Surf Championships. The Nippers did very well as reported in the Ulladulla Times newspaper, but not to be overlooked was the incredible performance of its Junior and Senior members.

Erratic Mollymook weather

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Erratic weather patterns along the NSW Coastline.

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Huge storms clouds welcome the day (Pic credit Dick M)

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Ending with majestic sunsets (Pic credit Dick M)

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Dick was spending time at his holiday house North Mollymook and rather than swim or board ride, he sat back with a coffee capturing these magnificent images during the last week or two as Mollymook experienced some erratic weather albeit not on the scale as elsewhere in the state.

A glorious day at Mollymook

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Mollymook: Day 3 after the rains had abated

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Day 3 begins with a Glorious Mollymook Sunrise

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A perfect Mollymook surf

 

Mollymook Weather & Big Surf

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Mollymook Weather, Dolphin’s and a Big Surf

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Wednesday evening the rain begins to abate.

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Thursday morning the Mollymook Dolphins on show

It was Wednesday evening when the rains began to abate and a glimmer of sun light emerged in the night sky around 8.30 pm reflecting the possibility of a better tomorrow weather wise. 

Thursday was magnificent, albeit still occasional showers, we awoke to a big surf running out front of the Mollymook Surf Club. Training was abandoned by the ski and board team in lieu of getting out among the big waves for some fun. Then to top off a glorious morning whilst enjoying a coffee at the Mollymook Beach Hut Cafe, the dolphins arrived to provide entertainment as they began ‘body surfing’ the waves.

Bannisters Pavilion Rooftop Bar

 

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Bannisters Pavilion Rooftop Bar

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Open to the public from 12.00 noon daily.

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Enjoy wine, cocktails, a variety of craft beers & light snacks.

Light snacks see ‘Daily Specials’ board. Plates are designed for sharing.

Sample snacks include: Bar Bites, i.e. nuts, marinated olives, etc. Small Bites i.e. sliders, calamari, etc. Big Bites i.e. BBQ Chicken, Char grilled rib eye steak, etc. plus a selection of Salads, Sides & Deserts.

Map & address: 87 Tallwood Avenue, Mollymook

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Website: http://www.bannisters.com.au/boutique-mollymook-accommodation

There’s more, continue reading.

New Years Day 2016 – Mollymook

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New Years Day Celebrations Mollymook Style

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4-Km swimmers, group pic

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2-Km swimmers, group pic

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The annual Mollymook ‘length of beach’ swim was undertaken in glorious conditions. Word had traveled far and wide with out of town swimmers making phone contact days before the swim to check start times and OK to join the peloton. This year we had a record number of 49 swimmers taking part with 20 swimmers doing the entire 4 Km return journey and an additional 29 swimmers completing the 2 Km ‘length of beach’ swim. The ocean was crystal clear with only the slightest breeze on the return journey.

Mollymook Milton Ulladulla, Dec. Qtr. 2015

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Mollymook Milton Ulladulla e-news, December Quarter 2015

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Inaugural Mollycoddle

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Bannisters Pavilion Motel & Rooftop Bar

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Mollycoddle at the beach: The South Coast Food Alliance held their first event, ‘Mollycoddle at the beach‘ to a capacity filled function centre at the Mollymook Surf Club on Friday evening October 30.

The four founding restaurants: Rick Stein at Bannisters and Tallwood in Mollymook, St. Isidore on the edge of Milton, and Cupitt’s Winery, on the back road between Ulladulla and Milton combined to each present a dish with accompanying wine. It was ‘fine dining’ at its best.

Event coordinator Mel Louth explained that “it was a spring inspired menu and that all four restaurants were incorporating the best locally sourced produce.” For more info, follow the link: ‘Mollycoddle at the beach‘

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Bannisters ‘Rooftop Pavilion’: Opened in December 2015 is Bannisters latest addition to the upmarket Mollymook accommodation / dining / entertainment scene. It is located at 87 Tallwood Avenue. It is already attracting rave reviews, follow the link to: Pavilion Rooftop‘.

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Christmas Festivities @ Beach Hut Cafe, Dec. 24 am

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Cheryl’s December 24 am get together at the Mollymook Beach Hut Cafe

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Simone all dressed up in her work gear

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Cheryl and the gang. Champagne & goodies

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Holiday Swim Times

The early swim group take off approx. 6.30 am daily.

The larger swim group clarified their swim times:

Mid-week – 6.45 am

Saturday’s and Public Holidays – 7.00 am

Sunday’s 7.30 am

Special New Year’s Day length of beach swim: Those swimming both ways to meet at the surf club for a 7.00 am start, and those swimming one way to meet at the north end at approx. 7.30 am for all to swim back together.

Disclaimer: 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.

Christmas 2015 – Mollymook

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Christmas Spirit – alive & well among the Mollymook Swimmers

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Christmas photo shoot for the Mollymook Ladies boat crew

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Christmas decorations adorn Ross & Jo’s House

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Chez suggests we bring along something to enjoy with coffee after the Thursday morning swim December 24.

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Monica’s Christmas recipes are at the bottom of this post.  They are amazing, don’t miss them.

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Mountain to Sea Marathon

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Pigeon House Mountain to Mollymook Marathon

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Mountain to Sea – Marathon Contestants

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65 year old Bobby – 1st up & down Pigeon House Mtn

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Mountain to Sea Marathon

Fundraiser for the M.U.D. Kids Appeal and Interplast Australia & New Zealand

The Schaap children – Harm and Jonathon assisted by Dad – Ice and Mum – Marja, were the originators of this local Pigeon House to Mollymook marathon event in their endeavours to raise money for the joint beneficiaries (a) the local M.U.D. Kids Appeal and (b) Interplast.

M.U.D. Kids Appeal, is a local community initiative that assists families with sick children who have to travel out of the Milton-Ulladulla area to receive medical assistance. MUD Kids was formed in 2009 to raise funds for three children from the Milton-Ulladulla area who were undergoing cancer treatment in Sydney. It had become apparent that the families of these children were in urgent need of financial assistance, due to long periods spent at hospitals in Sydney, away from home and work. Since that time, MUD Kids has continued to raise funds in order to assist other families in the region who have a child with a serious illness who requires treatment outside the area. For more info visit the M.U.D. web site

Interplast works across the Asia Pacific region implementing over surgical and allied health medical programs and providing free reconstructive surgery for patients who would otherwise not be able to afford access to such services. For more info visit the Interplast web site

Donations to either can be made on the secure site: Click on the link: 2015 Molly Marathon

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Year end celebrations

2015 Year end celebrations

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Sue presented with ‘Swimmer of the Year’ from John & Ray

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Sue – swimmer of the year – 2015

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Swimmer of the Year

Sue Welsh was the unanimous winner of the 2015 title “Mollymook Ocean Swimmer of the Year”. She was acknowledged for her regular swims to the reef and return, more recently without the aid of flippers.

Navy Surf Boat Series

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Navy Surf Boat Series held at Mollymook Beach, Saturday Nov. 28, 2015

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A new day – Mollymook Beach ready for the Navy Surf boat Series

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The Mollymook Ladies boat crew model their new ‘boatie’ regalia

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A glorious dawn welcomed the ‘boaties’ to Mollymook for the 2015 Navy Surf Boat series. Crews traveled from far and wide to compete in this prestigious series. Competition catered for junior men, junior women, open women and open men. Mollymook fielded crews in both the open men’s and open women’s events. Both Mollymook boat crews did exceptionally well and once they achieve race fitness, the medals will begin to flow. (We can only hope that once they become celebrities, they don’t forget their humble swimming friends who stood by them giving encouragement during their formative years)

Spring time at its Best

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A Magic Spring day in Mollymook

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Star attraction: Birthday boy – Graeme

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‘Big John’ blitzed the field in golf (Pic credit: Ben)

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The water temperature was perfect, about 19 or 20 degrees and the water clarity crystal clear. Nippers began at 6.00 am followed by the ladies boat crew all in preparation for competition later in the season. The early morning swimmers (as is their ritual) arrived, with the ‘first group’ leaving at 6.30 am followed by the ‘larger group’ at 6.45 am and then later still, a ‘straggler’. The morning began with a glorious sunrise and ended with coffee and birthday cake at the Beach Hut cafe.

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THIS IS MOLLYMOOK!

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Ben filed this report on our latest sports star, Big John. He is usually missing each Thursday to play in the Thursday morning mixed golf comp.

Ben reports that last week, Nov. 12, John had an amazing round of golf! The young reporter questioned Ben, What was so amazing about John’s round of golf?

Ben said “John played the entire course without swearing!” That was nice to hear, but was there anything else on the day that may have contributed to John not swearing? Well Ben said its interesting that you asked that question, “I hadn’t giving much thought to what may have contributed to his exemplary behaviour”. I guess a few things may have help:

a) He did blitz the field scoring an unbelievable 46 points,

b) He shot 10 under his handicap.

c) He was an easy overall winner on the day out of 100 odd golfers.