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Mollymook Sporting News

 

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Narrawallee Beach

 

Mollymook Ocean Swimmers Calendar for February 2022 

Greg, Sue and Mike are presently organising some exciting ocean swims in February, for the Mollymook ocean swimmers: 

On the morning of February 12/13 (will select the actual day, closer to the date when weather conditions are better known) the plan is to swim from Jones Beach (the little beach below Bannisters) to Narrawallee. A picturesque rock reef swim.

On the morning of February 19/20 (will select the actual day, closer to the date when weather conditions are better known) we will have the Welsh Island Classic. The plan is to start in front of Welsh Island, swim around the island then head south to Narrawallee’s south end and return. A magnificent breakfast will be provided by the sponsors of the Welsh Island Swim.

For more specific details, see Greg, Sue or Mike as the dates draw nearer.  😎

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NSW Country Surf Titles

The NSW Country Surf Championships will be held this weekend January 28 – 30, 2022 at Cape Hawke near Forster. Mollymook have a huge contingent participating in the nippers, junior, open and masters categories. One of our original ocean swimmers, a teenager back in 2000, Simone Brayne (nee Everett) will be competing in the masters female over 40 years category after making a successful comeback at last years championships winning the 35-39 years ocean swim and ironman events. Other notable entrants include; Ed Macartney, Tony Ireland, Robbie Scott to name a few.

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Mollymook ‘Big Surf’ anniversary

 

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Sunrise at Ulladulla Harbour, Monday January 17. Pic credit Grant M.

 

Flash back to January 2018, Mollymook ‘Big Surf’ Riders

 

Whilst the present 2022 Tsunami alert is no longer applicable here at Mollymook, it does take us back in time to the ‘Big Surf’ that occurred back in January 2018. The following are some highlight pics  

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‘Laps for Life’ Swimming Challenge

 

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Mollymook Swimmers invited to swim for ‘Laps for Life’

 

Annie Lisle, the Relationship Coordinator for ReachOut Australia would like to ask the Mollymook Ocean swimmers to consider participating in their annual flagship March swim event, ‘Laps for Life’. Their purpose is to raise awareness and critical funds for youth mental health.

You can participate as an individual or as a group/team for this ‘Laps for Life’ challenge on their website ‘Laps for life’.    

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers tackle the Captain Christie

 

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Arriving at Gerringong, the contingent of Mollymook ocean swimmers. Pic credit, Leonie

 

Mollymook Ocean Swimmers tackle the 2022 Captain Christie at Gerringong

 

Drenched in tradition, the legend of the Captain Christie Ocean Swim dates back to 1882. It is believed Captain William Earnest Bartholomew Christie took up his sailor’s challenge to swim from Gerringong Boat Harbour around the rocky headland to Werri Beach – all for a bottle of the finest whisky. And he won.

Dave provided the following Mollymook feedback on today’s swim: “Here are some pics of the Mollymook swim squad who made the trip up to Gerringong for the Captain Christie Swim today. 1.8km from Gerringong harbour, north around the headland to Werri Beach. Greg, Kate, Chris, Sue, Wendy and Ian are showing off the bottles of scotch they received for finishing.  Melanie (Wendy and Craig’s daughter) also swam. Jill Pettifer received a prize for her age group”. 

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New Year’s Day Mollymook Ocean Swim 2022

 

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers, New Year’s Day 2022

 

Over 30 swimmers swam on New Year’s day, some missing from the pic got an early start, driving up to the north end and some others arrived late. First group of swimmers to arrive back at south Molly were Tim, Ray, and John, however some were of the belief that they took off ahead of the starter’s gun. So actual finishing positions are being reconsidered. Altogether about 30 odd swimmers were counted in the water. Special thanks to Kate, Simone, Robbie, Cheryl and Chris for providing water safety. (Birthday wishes to Robbie whose birthday was on the 2nd. Simone’s and Leckshe Losal whose birthday is today January 3.)

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers, Night of Nights

 

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Perpetual ‘Octopus’s Garden’ trophy.      Who will be the Swimmer of the Year in 2021 

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Mike the effervescent MC

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Tim, Sue and Pete, Professional Artists

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Raymondo, fiddling with his violin

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers, Night of Nights

 

Mike our MC gave the opening introductory message:

Quote “The foundation saga of the highly esteemed and prestigious Octopus’s Garden Award for the Mollymook Ocean Swimmer of the Year began in the ocean mists off Mollymook beach.

In the early years of this century, some legendary stalwarts of the swimming group decided it was time to formally recognise peers whose deeds were deemed to be especially intrepid and consistent in the face of shifting ocean conditions. Making it to the reef, or the creek, or the corner – and back consistently with style and grace (if not pace) were essential criteria, as were the joie de vie and general inspirational vibe of the person. Also by way of the dangers associated with ocean swimming and the creatures thought to lurk in the murky depths, it was noted that sometimes humming a few bars of the Beatles ‘Octopus’s Garden’ helped overcome one’s creeping paranoia.

And so it came to pass that the Award was established”.

(Best to view pics on a large screen, click on images to enlarge)

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers Christmas Gala

 

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Perpetual ‘Octopus’s Garden’ trophy for the 2021 Swimmer of the Year

 

Mollymook Ocean Swimmers

Christmas Gala

 

    When:                       5.00 – 8.30pm Saturday, 18 December 2021.

    Where:                      Mollymook Surf Club

    What to bring:        A plate to share (Drinks purchased from the bar)

 

There will be awards – Swimmer of the Year (incorporating the perpetual Octopus’s Garden trophy pictured) plus The Golden Flipper and more – there will be music, and there will be dancing at our annual ‘night of nights’ as swimmers from different time zones (you know who you are!) gather with friends to share tall stories, fun and laughter.   See you there! Regards, Mike

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Mollymook Ocean Swim 2021

 

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2021 Mollymook Ocean Swim – Local Ocean Swim Group and a few

 

2021 Mollymook Ocean Swim

The 2021 Mollymook Ocean Swim was held in beautiful conditions. Full marks to the young organising committee headed up by Lewis Betts. Pics following are primarily of our local ocean swimmers with the many other pics given to Lewis for him to organise the necessary publicity.

Following pages have pics and all the 2021 Mollymook Ocean Swim Results

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Laura’s Swim Highlights

 

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Drone pic, Palm Beach Start

 

27 kms. from Palm Beach to Shelly Beach: Swimming all the way!

This past Saturday, April 17 Laura, a Mollymook ocean swimmer, completed this ultra-marathon swim. Despite the choppy conditions at the start of the race, and the fact she had to swim against a southerly swell, plus had a small shark swimming about 20 metres away, for about 15 minutes, and that was only 2 hours into the swim. Regardless, she was able to draw inspiration from her supporters and get herself over the line faster than expected, finishing fourth overall after being pipped for third.

“It was just euphoric, honestly I just had the best time out there, I never felt tired or fatigued, I just had so much adrenaline going through me,” she said.

“It was such a close race swimming for third position for most of the way. We were basically sprinting for third position for the last kilometre or two.”

Laura was continuously getting donations throughout the race, and by the end she had exceeded her goal of $10,000. At the time of publication, the amount of donations was sitting at just under $11,000.

She is also grateful to the many Mollymook swimmers who have helped, supported and encouraged her over the past few months. And the emails she received post race were so encouraging. All were past on to Laura who I think is still on a high. Also there will be an article in tomorrow’s local Times newspaper. A heartfelt thanks from Laura to all who helped make this a reality.

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Mollymook Ocean Swim, May 16, 2021

 

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Mollymook Ocean Swim is scheduled for May 16, 2021

 

Breaking News

 

The Mollymook Surf Club President, Mr Rodney Austin OAM advise today that a group of younger surf club members are taking on the responsibility for the organisation of the 2021 Mollymook Ocean Swim. The event is being organised to take place on Sunday May 16, 2021

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmer makes a comeback

 

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Simone Brayne Mollymook, GOLD Medal in the 35 to 39 Female Masters Surf Race

 

20 years on and Simone shows it is not to late to comeback

NSW Surf Titles continued over this weekend for the 2021 Masters surf and beach events.

Mollymook competitor Simone Brayne (nee Everett) a former brilliant junior swimmer and one of the original Mollymook Ocean swimmers who competed back in the 2001-2004 period, swims 20 odd years later, for the first time in Masters events, the 35 to 39 year female category.

She was brilliant, winning GOLD in the surf race, SILVER in the surf tube and BRONZE in the board race. It was an exceptional performance, if not for a little fatigue it would have been gold in all 3 events. 

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers compete at Broulee

 

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The 2021 Broulee Ocean Swim

Held this past Sunday March 7, 2021 Mollymook Ocean Swimmers were represented by a small contingent of swimmers.

Kim provided this following report: Quote “The course location was changed due to the dangerous swell that persisted over the weekend, so rather than swimming the normal course that has its finishing leg in front of the surf club, we ended up swimming in beautiful flat water at Broulee Bay.

Kate came 9th in her 50 to 60 age group in a time of  27:21. A Top 10 finish. Yay! 

Greg came 3rd in his over 60 age group in a time of  24:27.

I (Kim) came 11th in my 40 to 50 age group in a time of  28:12.

Kim added, I thought of Jan as I swam into a tree sized bit of seaweed – trunk and all! I nearly stopped swimming because I heard her voice in my head telling me we’d arrived at the tree ” unquote.

Sue Feigler a regular swimmer at the annual Mollymook Ocean Swims also swam finishing 5th in the over 60 age group in a time of 26:37. Sue’s daughter Danielle who has swam with the Mollymook mid-week swimmers also swam winning her 30 to 40 age group in the time of 22:16

Broulee had a wonderful turn up for the swim with a total of 358 contestants in the various age groups, again demonstrating the popularity of ocean swimming.

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White Wash Magazine Feature Article

 

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The Mollymook Ocean Swimmers are the feature Article.

Virginia waxes eloquent in her beautifully written article on the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers and as could only be expected, Dean Dampney provides his professional touch with some classic photography.

The magazine will be available from March 1 at most of the coffee shops in Milton and Ulladulla, also at Bannisters Pavilion, Mollymook bottle shop etc. Alternatively for our out of town ocean swimmers, you can access it on the ‘White Wash’ web site via the following link:  www.whitewashmagazine.com.au  

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