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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers – photos

 

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers, December 2020

 

Dean Dampney photographer extraordinaire was organised by the ‘White Wash’ magazine to photograph the local Mollymook Ocean Swimmers this past December for their upcoming article they are preparing on the swim group.

Here is a link to the swimmers photos that Dean has posted on the web. Mollymook Ocean Swimmer pics

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Where the Bloody Hell are You?

 

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Where the bloody hell are you Chris?

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Ski-less and alone . . .   A tale of romance and adventure on the high seas of the South Coast   (By contributing Editor Mike G.)

A howling nor-easter awaited as a socially distant cluster of intrepid ski paddlers made their way beyond the heads of Ulladulla Harbour en route to the southerly port of Lake Tabourie.

As they scooped and swayed ever eastward toward the continental shelf, the bravest among them – a fellow called Chris, veered his vessel to the right hoping to catch and slide the swell. With his comrades beside him he rode the waves, glancing over his shoulder for the next herd of white horses to carry him onwards to his beloved partner, Sue waiting on the shores of the mystical romantic south coast lake.

Suddenly, without warning, Chris and his ski were thrust high into the air by a rogue bombora. Crashing back into the briny, his leg rope (with expensive GPS enabled watch and very expensive ski attached) parted company with his body.

He was alone, ski-less and drifting in the angry sea miles from shore.

His paddler mates and his surf ski were gone, blissfully riding and sliding their way southwards.  With only his faith in his ocean swimming ability and his love of Sue to sustain him, Chris pressed the location device on his life jacket – flares and signals rang out.

In far off Nowra, a Navy helicopter was dispatched in haste. 

Meanwhile Chris floated about watching for signs of dangerous sea life, reflecting on the meaning of life, and occasionally thinking about swimming the forty or so kilometres back to shore (actually, this needs a fact check!).  His reverie was disturbed some 30 minutes later by the sound of rotors overhead, and the sight of a rope (with rescuer attached) descending upon him.

Shortly after, Chris was hooked up, embraced, and ascending above the swell to the swinging, hovering refuge of the Navy chopper. When asked where he’d like to be dropped off, Chris answered ‘Milton please’. The helipad at Milton was cleared for landing, and the ambulance was ready and waiting to lead the cavalcade and await the media frenzy at Milton Hospital. Chris, his body littered with all sorts of devices to monitor his bodily functions, calmly disembarked and rang Sue who was waiting patiently down at Lake Tabourie.

‘You’re where?’ asked Sue feeling somewhat inconvenienced. ‘We are supposed to meeting everyone at the Milton-Ulladulla Bowlo for dinner, now we are going to be late’.  Needless to say, both Sue and Chris made it to dinner – and we were all very pleased and relieved that this tale of romance and adventure ended happily.

Chris was lost and then found – safe and sound. A tale of adventure and romance, which is – well – not all fake news!

Ed. Note: Chris is now at unbackable odds to take out the 2021 Mollymook Ocean Swimming – Golden Flipper Award

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Milk Haus Wholefood Canteen

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Milk Haus Wholefood Café

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Directions to MilkHaus. (Turn at traffic lights & head West)

Milk Haus providers of Whole Food

Facebook quote: “Milk Haus was dreamed up by passionate people who have an appetite for cooking and love of the earth to create a cafe experience that is fun and nourishing”

Location: 170 Woodstock Road, (Situated in the old Cheese Factory at Woodstock, Milk Haus is a wholefoods cafe that aims to deliver fresh, honest, simple fare, free of toxins, preservatives and anything artificial. Good food that makes you feel energised and alive)

Open Hours: Thursday – Monday 8am-4pm // Closed: Tuesdays & Wednesdays

 

phone: (02) 4455 7293                website: Milk Haus Whole Food Canteen                 Facebook: Milk Haus on Facebook

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Laura’s 27 km Fund Raiser swim, Sat Feb. 6

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Good News: Laura’s fund raising passes the $6,000 mark. 

 

Laura’s planned 27 km ocean swim from Palm Beach to Shelly Beach to raise funds to fight Motor Neurone Disease is being supported by family, her ocean swimming fraternity and friends, with funds thus far past the 1/2 way mark and making progress towards achieving her target of $10,000

Due to latest outbreak of covid on the Northern Beaches and with restrictions in place, the event has now been moved to Saturday the 6th of February. She is so grateful to all that have supported her thus far.  She shared our swimmers link with the public: ‘A Beautiful Day’

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers, New Year’s day 2021

 

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Pic of the south end swim group plus others at the north end totalled approx. 40 ocean swimmers, some did the 2021 ‘length of beach’ 2km swim whilst others did both ways, 4 kms.

 

Mollymook Ocean Swimmers, annual ‘Length of the beach’ ocean swim, New Year’s day 2021

 

2021 was welcomed by the Mollymook Ocean swimmers as they met at the beach to undertake their annual ‘length of the beach’ ocean swim. Cloud above and chop in the ocean didn’t prevent this die hard group from enjoying their new year’s day swim with a water temp. of 21c. This is the paradise we remember Mollymook for in bygone years. (That is with the exception of 2020 which was a year, that we will never forget.) 

Back in 2020 on New years day we awoke to the destructive / horrendous bush fires that had swept through our area the previous night and were still burning out of control on New Years day.  Most had no electricity. Bewilderment and disbelief were just some of the descriptive words used. There was no ‘length of the beach’ idyllic annual swim, as in past years.

(Click on images to enlarge)

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