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Mollymook Swimmers, Ladies night out at Bannisters Pool Bar


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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers, Ladies night out at Bannisters Pool Bar.  


Organiser Sue Welch sends these photos from their annual Girls Night Out at Bannisters Pool Bar.

Sue writes: “It was a really lovely night, and we enjoyed the cool change sitting out by the pool.

A very special group of beautiful women and loving friends.”

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers compete at Husky.


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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers take home the medals at the Husky Swim.


Mollymook Ocean Swimmers compete in the 3km Husky Swim.  


Kate Wardner files this following report on the Husky 3km swim last weekend: “On Saturday Ian, Cate and myself (with Leonie very kindly being support person) entered the Husky 3km ocean swim as part of the ‘Sand and Sea’ festival. 

While the water conditions at Mollymook were pretty miserable, Husky was blue and flat but with not great visibility – and apparently 19 degrees but still not warm enough for me to not wear a wetsuit after 27 degrees in Vietnam!!

As you can see we all got medals and stood on the podium, and were so caught up in the moment that Ian and I said we might do the 5km next year!!! (Or not).

A fun event and special thanks to Leonie. 

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Ocean Swimming, Lan ha Bay, Vietnam


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Ocean Swimming, Lan ha Bay, Vietnam.  


Kate Wardner shares this report on her Ocean Swimming holiday at ‘Lan ha Bay, Vietnam. “We are doing around 2.5kms per swim so far it appears. The visibility is poor due to the limestone karsts (the pointy rock islands) that dissolve in to the water, but the views about water level are amazing as you can see!!

The water is around 25-27 – not too hot but occasionally you think a cold patch would be nice! It’s also incredibly salty which is nice after a season in a wetsuit!!

We are in 3 teams and refreshingly I am one of the fastest in the middle group. There are 4 in the top group that swim like everyone else in the 6.45 am Mollymook group!! But at least I know I’m not super slow now – just normal. I’m back on Monday!!”

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Mollymook Ocean Swim Caps


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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers, new swim cap


Mollymook Ocean Swim Caps have arrived. 

Hans provides the following update: “I have received the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers caps. I think they turned out great. I gave out caps this morning to the ones who have paid.  I will be at the surf club every morning till Saturday (this week) as I then will be leaving in the afternoon for a few days in Sydney. I will keep the ones who have NOT been paid for a few weeks as I have a small waiting list for caps from those who didn’t order.” Regards, Hans

P.S. John Louth mentioned that during the original design of the caps, the inspired words ‘between heaven and earth’ were Issi’s contribution  and  passes on his thanks to Han’s, as do we all, for getting them made.


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Mollymook Ocean Swim 2023


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The local Mollymook Ocean Swimmers line up for a photo shoot prior to starting the 2023 Mollymook Ocean Swim Classic


Kath Rogers provides this report and pics on the 2023 Mollymook Ocean Swim Classic. 

“Conditions were not the best very choppy, strong currents and some nasty sets slamming onto the banks at the southern end for the finish.

So a great effort by everyone especially the support team out there in boats, ski’s especially Bob and Mike in the water with the swimmers with safety floats.

It was a fun morning” Kath. 

The results are available on this link: 2023 Mollymook Surf Club Charity Ocean Swim.

Feedback: From Peter Hendriks: “Thanks, Kath for the report. What a beautiful sunny day for the swim. I was registered for the 2.4km “Coogee Island Challenge” Swim, which was to be held today (the day after the Mollymook swim). Sadly, due to rough seas the Coogee swim was cancelled. See you over the Easter Weekend”. Peter.


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Welsh Island Classic Ocean Swim, 2023


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Swimmers pose for a pic at this morning’s ‘Welsh Island’ Classic ocean swim @ Narrawallee


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The Narrawallee ‘Welsh Island’ Classic Ocean Swim 2023


Greg Young reports on today’s ‘Welsh Island’ Classic  II Ocean Swim.

“Sunrise on the horizon, blue skies and great water conditions provided for a beautiful morning, swimming the ‘Welsh Island’ Classic.

Mingling swimmers @  Osprey, before heading down track to start the swim. Quick water brief on beach then off, under way. 

Thanks again to Dave & Ian [on boards]  for our water safety.  Although water was a little stirred up, clarity wasn’t too bad.  Water temperature was excellent. 

A few of our swimmers decided one way was enough, [No big deal] they walked back to Osprey.

All back on beach, breakfast / coffee was in order.  Excellent spread of food on table was very much appreciated by All.

Oopps… Along with our own baristas handling machines – Chris & Ian, job well done.

All in All great morning  Cheers Greg”

(Pics courtesy of Greg, Sue, Hans and Ed)


“A really wonderful morning with a terrific bunch of swimmers”. Sue.

“Great article and pics. Thanks” Johnny Sarich, Charleville, Qld.

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A beautiful sunrise greeted the swimmers entering the water for the ‘Welsh Island’ Classic ocean swim

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Welsh Island Classic Ocean Swim


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Pic from last years ‘Welsh Island’ Classic ocean swim @ Narrawallee


Welsh Island Classic Ocean Swim @ Narrawallee on Sunday.


Greg Young provides this update on details for this Sunday’s ‘Welsh Island Classic  II’ Ocean Swim, Sunday February 19, 2023

“Weather forecast looking good; sunny – calm – low swell.

Details – We’ll meet @ Chris & Sue’s home “Osprey” 51 Matron Porter Drive , Narrawallee 6:30 am  to be in water @ 7am.

Leaving the beach, we will head out around Welsh Island then turn south, to South Narrawallee. (end of beach /regroup) Return heading north to Welsh Island, rounding Island and back to the beach. Approx.  2km.   (If needed, feel free to exit water & walk back)

Breakfast will be on balcony @ Chris & Sue’s.

Please bring breakfast contributions, coffee/tea on the house. (Breakfast suggestions-fruit, pastries etc. or check with Sue, Leonie, Kate or Isabel in morning @ the beach). Cheers Greg” 

Feedback: Peter Hendricks responded from Sydney: “Hey that’s fantastic, I hope to get there for this one”.



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Pic of contestants in last years ‘Welsh Island’ Classic ocean swim @ Narrawallee

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Jones Beach Ocean Swim


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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers line up prior to their Jones Beach Ocean Swim


Mollymook Ocean Swimmers complete the Jones Beach, Narrawallee swim.


Greg Young files this report on today’s, Jones Beach Ocean swim. “This morning’s Jones Beach Swim greeted us with a bute day, calm waters , No wind – Ideal !

26 swimmers, all anticipating the temperate water conditions, along with our water support, Dave & Sienna [many thanks]

Swimming along with so  many different fish species, also  spotted a 3′ Bronze Whaler.

Small waves back @ beach, the feeling was pretty up beat, good time by all.

Look out for next years swim 2024.  Cheers Greg”


John Sarich: What a wonderful swim. Great pics. 

Alison Lockhart: So much fun. I hope we get south one weekend. Missing you all, the beach, the morning swim, the plovers, cafe, etc

Ed Macartney:  Great swim this morning. 


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Preparing for their start in the Jones Beach Ocean Swim             (Click on pics below to enlarge)

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Annual Mollymook Surf Club Charity Ocean Swim, Saturday April 1, 2023


Mark the date. Plans have been submitted for approval by the Surf Club organizer’s for this years annual Mollymook Ocean Swim to be held on Sat. April 1, 2023.

Vice President, Mick Hendrie provided the following information:

Planned sequence of Events:

  • 6.30 am Check-ins open for all swimmers inside Mollymook Surf Club Hall.
  • 8.00 am Check-ins close for the 500m swim.
  • 8.15 am Safety briefing for the 500m competitors.
  • 8.30 am 500m swim starts at southern end of Mollymook Beach.
  • 8.45 am Welcome to country from local indigenous man Noel Butler.
  • 8.55 am Safety briefing for the 2.2km competitors.
  • 9.00 am check-ins for the 2.2km swim closes.
  • 9.00 am Bus transport to the northern end of beach begins. (Walking the beach to the north end is also an option)
  • 9.30 am 2.2km swim starts at the northern end of Mollymook Beach.
  • 11.45 am The ‘Dash for Cash’ swim starts at the southern end of Mollymook Beach.
  • 12.00 noon is the presentation.
  • Shortly after the presentation, the bar will open for the remainder of the afternoon.

Entries will open soon on the ‘Ocean‘ website:


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Epic Ocean Swim, Narrawallee to Mollymook’s south end.


This morning Hans Visch completed the epic journey, swimming from Narrawallee to Mollymook’s south end. Hans explained that this was one of the items he had on his ‘Bucket List’. The ‘Bucket List’ was made famous by actors Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, in the movie undertaking experiences / achievements that a person wishes to accomplish during their lifetime.

Swimmers can take note of Hans excellent example of being accompanied by a paddler for safety. (Pics taken by Hans escort)

Well done Hans, this swim you undertook would have to be a first ever in our local area. Mollymook is well known for their achievements in Surf Boat racing and Beach Athletics, but never for swimming such distances as Narrawallee to Mollymook’s south end.

Hans, your a CHAMP.


1. From John S. the originator of the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers back in the 1990’s. John’s response: “Don’t tell anyone, but I’m envious,  its a very good swim”.

2. From Dave C; “What an achievement for Hans. He has been building up to this for some time. So great that he’s done it. Cheers Dave”

3. From Craig D; “I’m highly impressed. A huge achievement though I wonder how much protection a paddler can give you after seeing the bites some big fish have taken out of canoes! Necessary mentally at least.”

4. Awesome! Lisa C.


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Map showing Han’s epic swim this morning

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Narrawallee Adventure Swims, March 2023


Adventure swims along Narrawallee beach and Bannister Head are open to all  Mollymook swimmers and friends. The setting is beautiful Narrawallee beach, clean water, protected, a great challenge with the possibility of seeing sea life in the clear waters.

Details are:

  • Saturday 11th March:  Jones Beach Swim.
    Meet 6:30 am South end Narrawallee beach – car pool to Jones beach.
    Milton coffee / breaky  following.
  • Sunday 19th March:  Welsh Island Classic.
    Meet 6:30 am @ the Welsh beach hut for a 7:00 am start/enter water.
    BYO contribution breaky plate.

For more information contact Greg , Kathryn &/or Sue at the beach.


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Up coming Narrawallee Adventure Swims, scheduled for March 2023

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers, Gold Medals


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Simone Bayne, on her way to winning a GOLD Medal at the NSW Country Surf Titles


Mollymook Ocean Swimmers, Gold Medals at NSW Country Surf Titles


Another wonderful Country Surf Championships event was held over this past weekend at Cape Hawk (one-mile beach), Forster.

How time flies. As a teenager, Simone Brayne (nee Everett) was one of the foundation members of the Mollymook Ocean swim group back in 1999. For a number of years she was a regular competitor at the various ocean swim events throughout NSW travelling regularly with the likes of John Sarich (formerly Smeeth), Bobby White, Peter Cooke, Kim Wilson etc. Twenty plus years on, married with a family, Simone  continues to do what she enjoys most, swimming in the ocean. Still a regular swimmer in the annual Mollymook Ocean swims, today she spends her spare time with husband and children heavily involved in the Mollymook Surf Club. And of course competing at country and NSW State title events, this year entering and winning the 40 to 49 masters age category.

A convincing winner, a wonderful lady of outstanding character, with family including Mum and Dad travelling up from Mollymook for the event.


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Simone Bayne, GOLD Medal, Masters 40-49 age category, NSW Country Surf Titles

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Iceberg Award to Mollymook Ocean Swimmer


Mollymook Ocean Swimmer presented with the ‘Iceberg Award’.


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Mollymook Ocean Swimmer, Kath Rogers shows off her ‘Mollymook Beach, Iceberg Swim Award’


‘Swimming in the Arctic’ awarded to Kath Rogers

From roving reporter Mike Gaffney, “Mollymook Ocean Swimmers are known for their wintry ocean adventures but this achievement really put an icy shiver up everyone’s wetsuit.  

Last year during her Icelandic travels with Geoff, Kath decided to go for a dip.  We understand that it was somewhere north of the Arctic Circle.   

In recognition of her polar achievement, Kath was duly awarded the 2022 Iceberg Award.   Pretty cool eh?

[nb: Certification was arranged by John and Jacqui under the auspices of the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers 2022 Night of Nights. The ceremony took place at an extraordinary morning meeting at the Beach Hut] ” 

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May 2014 News – Mollymook Ocean Swimmers

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May 2014 News

Plenty happening in this idyllic place, Mollymook.

  • Pete Humphries, where is he these days, they ask? Well the young reporter paid Pete a visit the other day at his building site. “He said well you know when to turn up, we are just finishing up for the day.” Take a look at Pete’s face covered in cement. They had been pouring most of the day beside fitting steel work into the water tank. It will be some house when its finished.
  • Feedback from last weeks article on Grant Kenny: “You two would have to have a body and face lift to look like Grant Kenny. And a sun ray lamp. Thanks for the laugh”. Allie
  • Christmas in May: Yes a special occasion, Jackie finally got out of bed and made a belated return to the ocean. And guess who she swam with? Grant Kenny!
  • The Kids from Cape York: Back on deck with their bundle of joy and sent through this pic below, taken of the amazing sunrise from their Garside home deck.
  • “Popeye” the photographer paid us a visit and took these beautiful images of the “Bogey Hole” and “A Lady and her companion”.

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There’s more, continue reading.

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers, Ladies night out.


Mollymook Ocean Swimmers, 2022 Ladies night out.


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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers, 2022-Ladies. (Pic credit Simone)


‘Ladies night out, Mollymook Ocean Swimmers’.

Sue writes; “After much excitement and anticipation the night had finally arrived : the Annual Girls Night Out for the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers. Despite not being the balmy summer’s evening one would expect the cool and blustery conditions did not dampen the spirits and fun of the nineteen happy partygoers.

A lovely night of chatter, laughter, reminiscences and friendship, enhanced by pizza and assorted cool drinks, was enjoyed by all gathered on Bannister Headland.

Meanwhile, on Narrawallee Headland the boys had gathered for a night to rival the girls festivities. Beer and wine flowed, enhanced by a terrific BBQ and salads supplied by the Hospitable Host Ian McLeod.

It is truly such a unique and special blessing to be a part of the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers – whether as a die-hard swimmer or as a friend or partner of these crazy year round swimmers. Nights like this bring it home and reflect the strong and enduring friendships amongst the swimmers. 

Thank you and a Merry Christmas to all”.