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Mollymook ocean swimming

The Mollymook ocean swimmers are not an organised group. They are simply a number of local Mollymook Milton Ulladulla citizens joined by numerous other ocean swimmers holidaying in the Mollymook Milton Ulladulla area who enjoy an ocean swim each morning. They meet at the Mollymook Surf Club – 6.45 am week days & 7.00 am – weekends. There is no water safety,  each person chooses individually whether or not to swim in the prevailing conditions and if so the distance they swim and understand they swim at their own risk. Most endeavour to swim in pairs or groups and numbers vary from 4 to 6 in the winter to say 40 during summer.           

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Swimmers adhering to Government Regulation

 

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Avoiding contact with others, each 1.5 metres apart and less than 10 in the group

Thanks to Sue, she is so vigilant reminding swimmers to keep their 1.5 metres from each other, AND that the group does not exceed 10 persons as per Government Health instructions due to the rampaging Coronavirus. Media articles are also warning about the spam email articles saying this that and the other, which includes a lot of misinformation. For factual information on this deadly virus its best to refer to the following articles release by various ‘Health Authorities’. Click on the following links:

NSW Health

Australian Government, Department of Health

World Health Organisation

 

NOTE:  Link ‘Social Distancing‘  For outdoor activities, there must not be more than 10 people and each 1.5 metres apart.

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2020 NSW State Surf Titles: Highlights

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HIGHLIGHTS from the final surf carnival for the 2019-2020 season

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17 yr old Sammy Zustovich Mollymook Surf Club wins the Open Beach Flags

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A highlight that must rank with the best for the entire 2020 NSW SLS titles was the win by young 17 year old Sammy Zustovich competing in the Open Beach Flags. He led all the way but the win didn’t come easy, take a close look at the 2nd placed competitor. Besides being a champion athlete, Sammy is mature beyond his years and a wonderful role model for our younger athletes.

Prior to this above pinnacle of all beach events, Sammy had won GOLD in the U/19 Beach Sprint and GOLD in the U/19 Beach Flags.

Photos throughout courtesy of Ken Banks, Daniel Danuser and Richard Black members of the NSW SLSA media team.

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Mollymook Beach, fun and some surfing

 

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Garry having some fun on the waves at Mollymook this morning

 

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2020 – Broulee Ocean Swim

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmer’s compete at the Broulee Ocean Swim – 2020

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Mollymook Ocean swimmers primed and ready to go

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Sue filed this post on their trip to Broulee: “Five faithful swimmers headed down to beautiful Broulee for the 9th Annual Ocean Swim: Sue, Chris, Greg, Kathryn, Issi and Lena. Ken and Janice Burton joined us for morning tea with their lovely pooch. The water temperature was a pleasant 20.8 degrees although the breeze was a little cool to begin with. It was a gorgeous sunny Autumn day showcasing the beauty of this part of the South Coast.

Due to the rougher conditions the swim changed from being “Bay to Breakers” and became “Bay to Bay” , with a 1.4 km course set out in Broulee Bay. A Westpac Rescue Helicopter, RMS boat, jet skis, and various other water craft ensured the safety of all swimmers. 

Sadly, the organisers were trialling a new ankle timing system…which failed! So, no times were able to be recorded, but we are all adamant we each swam a PB!!

Despite this setback, the event was terrific, and we look forward to returning next year with a larger group of excited Mollymook swimmers”.  (Broulee photo credits, Sue)

 

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Memories – A Night To Be Remembered

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A Night To Be Remembered – Celebrating John and Jacqui’s ‘Three Score and Ten Years’

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To All Our Wonderful Friends and Family

Thank you so much for our surprise birthday party last night. We were so overcome by your love and kindness that words simply can’t describe.

What an amazing feeling to know we are a part of a such very special group of people and thank you for the wonderful card and gift. We feel very spoilt.

Special thanks to Jo, Ross and Mel for putting it together, all you cooks, bakers, poster makers and photographer. 

Love to you all, John and Jacqui.

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Each image was reduced from 10Mb  to 100Kb for loading, therefore quality has suffered a little.

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2020 ASRL Surf boat championships

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Australian Surf Rowers League (ASRL) 2020 Surf Boat Championships.

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Image 1. South Maroubra Ladies category. 

Day 1 – Held at Mollymook in a BIG Surf

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These pics on Friday the 1st day of competition testify to the testing surf conditions that greeted all the crews. The outstanding Mollymook performances would have to be Gene Austin’s fantastic sweeping ability in such difficult conditions. Another excellent performance was by the 200 years male crew making the final for their category, whilst the Men’s A reserve ‘White’ crew advanced through to the 2nd round.

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Lekshe Losal thanks Treading Lightly

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Lekshe says thanks for the change of address

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After a sleepless night last night and no coffee with the Mollymook Ocean swimmers this morning, Lekshe was fearing the worse case scenario. Would the caravan be a reality or was it all a dream? Following some quick action by Moni at Treading Lightly Inc. and the Bendigo Bank, Lekshe was taken to Kings Point mid morning and introduce to Rod from Ulladulla Toyota and the caravan.

It was a reality, Lekshe was over the moon, verbose with expressions of gratitude.

Behind the scenes; Bendigo Bank who knew Lekshe and her predicament following the Myrtle Gully fires began looking for a replacement caravan. Word got back to them that Rod at Ulladulla Toyota had one for sale at $8,000. Following the approach from Bendigo Bank, Rod reduced the price down to $4,000. Treading Lightly also became aware of Lekshe’s homeless position and put their hand up to cover the $4,000 outlay. It was a beautiful outcome, one that Lekshe is over whelmed with gratitude. Another beautiful ‘Act of Kindness’ in this caring Mollymook Milton Ulladulla community.

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Swimmers review the past 5 weeks

 

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A huge send off for Benny boy and Roger – Canberra bound. (Pic credit: Roger Nee)

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January 29, 2020: A wonderful turn up of Mollymook ocean swimmers this morning gave Ben and Roger a rousing send off prior to their departure for life in Canberra. Thanks to Sue and Issi for catering,  scrumptious cakes and finger food. 

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers enjoy some waves

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‘Hope Springs Eternal’. Finally some lovely Waves begin occurring at Mollymook Beach

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The Mollymook Ocean Swimmers kept on hoping and hoping, no matter what the odds were, that good surf conditions would once again emerge after weeks of smog and ash in the water following the devastating New Year’s Eve Bush Fires. Above pic of Tim displaying all the determination necessary to master this one, of numerous waves.

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Bush Fire Recovery Phase One

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Clothing provided at Mollymook Surf club for those impacted by the Bush Fires

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Architects: Katie Macartney and sister Vicki Geraghty arranged an enormous supply of clothing made available for the bush fire casualties

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Milton Doctor Katie Macartney having had first-hand experience dealing with victims of the recent catastrophic South Coast Bush Fires was determined to do all that she could to help those in need in as ‘practical way as possible’. With help from her sister Vicki Geraghty and mum Julie Fitzgerald they came up with the idea of ‘clothing donations’ and then went about the task of organising  contributions. They began getting word out to their friends in Sydney for help in gathering quality used clothing that could then be made available to those who had lost everything.

Katie said; “The number wishing to help grew exponentially, with friends sending word out to their friends. The end result was an enormous load of clothing delivered from Sydney and locally. The ‘giving’ attitude in some cases was beyond comprehension with some clothing items arriving from England that included new designer dresses, valued at around $1000 per item”.

Katie, mum Julie and Vicki were absolutely overwhelmed by the response.

Along with family and their many friends, they spent Friday evening at the Mollymook surf club sorting through all the donations and packaged items. Saturday morning was spent putting the clothing on racks and marking their various sizes. Katie said, “We just felt like we needed to do something extra, for when people are fleeing a fire the last thing, they think of taking with them is clothing”.

The Inspiring Outcome

Katie was overwhelmed; she said “a) We counted 40 fire affected families who benefited from clothing donations b) Two of the most beautiful dresses which were sent from London (value of each approx $1000) went to two local women. One received a wedding dress! Another a year 12 graduation dress with shoes! c) Later when the clothing was made available to the public, the ‘gold coin’ donations from the public exceeded $2000 which is being donated to ‘Treading Lightly MUD’

Katie also expressed her gratitude; “So many amazing people volunteered their time to set-up, pack-up and look after the market on the day.  Without their help, the success of this special day would not have been possible”. 

Images below provide a small insight into the amount of donated clothing.

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Used Clothing for Bush Fire Casualties

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Clothing available at Mollymook Surf club for for those impacted by Bush Fires

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Katie Macartney will have 2nd hand clothing available at Mollymook Surf club this Saturday, January 18 from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm

 

Details: Mollymook Clothing Market for families impacted by the 2020 bushfires.

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9-11 am – people affected by the fires can enjoy the opportunity to rebuild your wardrobe free of charge and choose from a wide range of second hand clothes and shoes.

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11-1 pm – open to the public to choose from second hand clothes and shoes and make a donation to Treading Lightly in the MUD.

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Come and shop from clothes and shoes given by families and companies in Sydney and surrounds. Lots of second hand clothes for men, women and children!

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Convoy of Hope Australia

 

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The five members of ‘Convoy of Hope’ with Joel on the right

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Portable ‘Shower Truck’ for local residents use

January ART Exhibition: Tallwood Restaurant

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January ART Exhibition at Tallwood

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Simone and Robbie Scott’s artistic works on display

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Grand Opening of Robbie & Simone’s first Art exhibition: Tallwood Restaurant, 2.00pm, Saturday January 11, 2020

Swimmers are all welcome.

The exhibition will run for three weeks. Their works are inspired by the beauty of the sea life found along the south coast.  So please come along and view the unique sea life mosaics, created by Simone and Rob Scott. 

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Simone and Robbie Scott’s artistic works on display

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Possible origin of Simone and Robbie’s skills:

Google records; “Research shows January babies have a number of advantages because of their birth month. People born in January are more likely to be famous because they are more creative and have superior problem-solving skills, according to a study of 300 celebrities”.

Robbie’s birthday is January 2 and Simone is January 3. Could this be the link?

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Ken B., Mollymook Beach Waterfront: Editor for Mollymook News and Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla

Mollymook Ocean Swimmers Bush Fire News

 

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Losal’s Caravan come homestead PRIOR to New Year’s eve fires

Update Bush Fire – Mollymook Ocean Swimmers

 

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Lloyd and Ruth MacDonald. Their former house with Lloyd in the b/g looking at the ruins 

 

Bush Fire Update for the swimmers

Lloyd and Ruth lost their home when the bush fires swept through on Tuesday. Ben and Roger kindly looked after them on Wednesday evening and fellow swimmer Mike and his dear wife Elizabeth Gaffney have offered their holiday home for some short term accommodation. Lloyd was so thankful and graciously accepted.

Garry Jenner and Jayne lost their shed and fowl yard including their fowls. I’ve heard that Garry was able to put out a number of small fires that had apparently started on their home and save it whereby their neighbour lost their home completely.

Swimmers have been inquiring into the welfare of Wendy and Craig Jenner at Lake Conjola. From reliable sources I am advised that they are presently ok, however everyone in that area are bracing themselves for Saturday’s predicted heat-wave.

Inquiries have also been coming in for Ray and Janie Ackerman. Ray was down swimming this morning and all is good at the moment. Others were inquiring into the welfare of Losal Lekshe who lives in a caravan down in Myrtle Gully north of Milton. Losal is OK and currently on the Central Coast for his birthday with his parents. He hasn’t been able to contact the owner of the property where his caravan is.

Later update is in BLUE below.

Just heard that the owner of the property where Losal’s caravan is, lost his life in Tuesday’s horrific fires.

Graeme and Suzanne have accommodation available for any swimmer in need.

 

 

 

 

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Ken B., Mollymook Beach Waterfront: Editor for Mollymook News and Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla