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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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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers, Nov. 2019 e-news

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THE GOOD NEWS:   November 2019 Mollymook Ocean Swimmers update.

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News items:

Ocean swim times adjusted: Advised by the silent respected majority that Sunday swims will commence at 7.00 am. 

Web siteMollymook Ocean Swimmers‘ has been updated with the above time for the benefit of out of town swimmers.

Ocean Swimming Book: Advised by the printer that our books are finished and are being packed this week for pick up in Melbourne the following week.

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Book – Story of the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers

 

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Wrap around, glossy hard cover A4 portrait coffee table book 

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Almost there! The printer has advised that the books look fabulous and will be available for pick up Monday December 9, 2019.

Mike Gaffney is arranging the book launch to take place during the following two weeks.

Thanks to all swimmers for your patience and encouragement. Have received some lovely comments from those who have seen the recent draft book contents. I will bring a draft book down to the ‘Beach Hut’ cafe over the next few days (after our morning swim) for all to get a glimpse of its contents.

I’m grateful to the approx. 50 past and present swimmers who have contributed with photos and information during its development, in particular those who have been intimately involved in getting the book to where it is today. 

COST: $45 per book for a 200-page hard copy coffee table book.

You would pay approximately this amount in a book store for a similar book. It is a not for profit exercise. The price is based on artwork / graphic design and printing costs that totalled $9,390 for the 200 books.  

Number of copies: Please text me on 0425254167 or email to advise if you would like a copy/ies. I’m expecting it to be a once off print.

 

Melissa into the NSW Finals for Miss World

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Melissa selected in the top 15 in judging on the weekend at Darling Harbour

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Breaking News:

Just got word from proud parents John and Tracy Holt that their daughter Melissa (r/h side in pic) was successful in the preliminary judging at Darling Harbour at the weekend out of 27 applicants. She is now one of 15 who move into the NSW finals to select who represents NSW at a National level for ultimate selection of Miss Australia in the 2020 Miss World titles.

For more information on Melissa’s entry and the charity she will be representing, ‘Variety Australia’, click on this link: Melissa Holt – Miss World Australia 2020 entrant

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Mollymook entrant in the Miss World – Australia Contest 2020

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Melissa Holt, Mollymook’s entrant in the Miss World – Australia Contest 2020

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Melissa Holt – Miss World Australia 2020 entrant.

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Melissa is the daughter of Mollymook Ocean swimmer John Holt and wife Tracy. Melissa has been selected to compete in the Miss World Preliminary Final 2020.

As a part of this journey she will be fundraising for the charity ‘Variety Australia’. Since 1975 ‘Variety Australia’ has been helping the kids who miss out in life due to disability, chronic illness or disadvantage. Variety’s incredible community of supporters have changed the lives of thousands of Aussie kids, giving them what they need to join in life with everyone else.

Inspired by the work of ‘Variety Australia’, Melissa is seeking your support. She writes “Please help me, help them by giving a donation. The more people that know about ‘Variety Australia’, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word with your friends and family. Together we can make a difference. Thank you for your support”.

For more information, click on the link: Melissa Holt – Miss World Australia 2020 entrant

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ken Banks, Mollymook Beach Waterfront: Editor for Mollymook News, Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla and Mollymook Ocean Swimmers

The Travel Adventures of Walkabout Claire

The Adventures of Walkabout Claire along the East Coast of Australia

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Claire’s Walkabout story thus far …..

Claire’s travel update to the swimmers: “Upon leaving Mollymook, I met my girl friend in Sydney where we started our road trip up north.

A bit north of Sydney we stayed for a couple of days at a kangaroo rescue farm, where the owner of the farm takes care of little orphaned joeys and lets them free again once they have recovered. We helped him feed the joeys and to look after them. That was an amazing experience. 

We travelled further north and visited a lot of beautiful places like Yamba, Byron Bay, Brisbane, Noosa, Rainbow Beach and a lot more. We did a lot of walks and hikes in National Parks and explored the inland too. I loved the National park at Noosa.

On the move again, I really enjoyed Fraser Island, where we stayed a couple of days and went swimming in Lake McKenzie, Champagne Pools and saw Dingoes. After Fraser Island we continued our trip up north and stayed in Bundaberg, Agnes Water, 1770 and a lot more places. I’ve seen so many beautiful places in the last few weeks and met so many wonderful people.

About two weeks ago we did a sailing trip to the Whitsundays for more than a week. We often went snorkelling, swimming, hiking and even climbed up the Lookout at Whitehaven Beach. Australia is so beautiful, in so many ways!

From Airlie Beach we drove to Townsville and did a trip to Magnetic Island. There I saw a lot of Koalas!

A couple of days ago we arrived in Cairns, it is so hot here! In the next few days I would like to do a diving trip to the Great Barrier Reef and then we want to explore Cairns hinterland and all the national parks and walks.

Then our next big stop will probably be Port Douglas. I’m having a wonderful time here but I miss you all back in Mollymook!

How are you all? How is the swimming going and how is it in Mollymook?

I’m not sure yet when I’m going to be back in Mollymook but I’ll let you know as soon as I know. I hope you are all well!  Please pass my greetings on to all the swimmers!” Claire

Group Photography Exhibition at Tallwood Restaurant

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October 2019 Photography Exhibition at Tallwood Restaurant

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The Tallwood Restaurant at Mollymook will be featuring photography by some of the best local photographers during the month of October.

On show will be photographic works by acclaimed photographers: Tanya Stollznow, Tim Mooney, Dean Dampney and Matt Potter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Springtime arrives to the delight of the Mollymook Swimmers

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The Mollymook Ocean Swimmers Enjoying the start of Spring

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On Saturday Greg and Kathryn joined up with Chris and Sue to enjoy a day of bluebird skiing at Perisher followed by dinner in Jindabyne at their favourite Italian Restaurant, Bacco, celebrating Sue’s birthday.

Below (L/H) pic of Sue during the week spending a wonderful day at Charlottes Pass with plenty of glorious snow falling.

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And the Rain tumbled down – Mollymook Beach

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The rain didn’t deter these tough Mollymook Ocean Swimmers – 50 ml (2 inches)

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Inside out of the rain, next to the gas heater enjoying a well earned coffee

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Following no worthwhile rain in months, the heavens opened during the night and down came two inches of rain. Still raining in the morning, these tough ocean swimmers braved the elements to enjoy their morning exercise followed by a well earned coffee / cup of tea. Appreciating the idyllic lifestyle enjoyed here in Mollymook, talk soon turned to the rich and famous.

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Adios Claire and Bon Voyage

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The Mollymook Ocean Swimmers say ‘Adios Claire and Bon Voyage’

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers with Claire at her send off

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Lovely people are always welcomed by the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers. Such was the case with young Claire who hails from West Berlin in Germany. Having completed her work commitments caring for some young Aussie kids in her ‘gap’ year between high school and Uni studies, she now plans to travel with some girl friends up the east coast to Cairns, then across to Darwin and hopefully spend some time exploring the Kimberleys in W.A. A precious young lady who only learnt to swim freestyle back in March 2019 and then competed in the April 2019 Mollymook Ocean Swim. 

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Dolphin day at Mollymook Beach

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Sunday morning at Mollymook Beach – the dolphins put on an incredible display.

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The playful dolphins at Mollymook Beach

The public spectators were well outnumbered by the playful dolphins in the water. Even the seagulls took time out to watch the action that included the IRB trainees.

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Celebrating the Moon landing

 

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The morning after a memorable weekend.        Pic credit: Laura’s mum Monica Wallace

 

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Gavin and Laura – Baby Shower

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John Sarich (Smeeth) and Ken

 

A memorable weekend.

Gavin and Laura hosted a fabulous lunch time ‘Baby Shower’ gathering at the Milton ‘Harvest Bar’ to begin the weekend of celebrations. The food was literally laid on. Just ask John Holt and Ken who were still bloated the following day after eating far too much food. Laura looked amazing! The baby is due in 4 weeks time. Speaking of Laura, this morning was her 29th birthday and being so far advanced in her pregnancy she elected not to follow the tradition of her fellow female swimmers on this special day. 

John Sarich (Smeeth) the originator of the Mollymook Ocean swim group called in to say hi. John was on his final trip down south, transferring his belongings to his new abode in outback Charleville Qld. John looked a picture of health and is so excited with this next chapter in his life, exploring the remote areas of this vast land of Australia.

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Moon Dancing to be led by Mike Gaffney

 

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Moon Dancing led by the effervescent Mike Gaffney accompanied by the Blue Moon Cafe band all the way from Canberra.

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Mike Gaffney and  Bernard Jones have combined their talents to put together a promotion for the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing.   

No skill is required to ‘Moon Dance’, free tuition will be provided by Mike and Bernard.

Time & Place: The Mollymook Surf Club, Sunday 21 July from 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm.

Purpose: It is a mid-winter fund raiser, as well as a ‘fun-raiser’ for the Club,

Cost: $10, and people are asked to bring a plate to share. 

Drinks can be purchased from the bar (No BYO)

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Mike and Bernie are hoping that a broad cross section of people will attend, and especially the swimmers, partners, family and friends.

 

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Editor: Ken Banks  Mollymook News and Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla and operator of  Mollymook Beach Waterfront.

Another memorable day in the Mook

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Mollymook Swimmers making News today in the ‘Mook’

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Celebrating today: 25th Wedding Anniversary, Jason & Moni

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Ed chooses the surf board rather than body surfing

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Life in the Mook during Winter

Kath and Kim: ‘What about me’? 

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Kath and Heather 

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Heather and Kath

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Apologies: After reading yesterday’s post of local swimmers holidaying elsewhere, I received an email from Kath and Kim, ‘What about me’? Kath wrote: “Heather and I are having a fantastic time  in this beautiful ancient land. Deep rock pools on the plateau, waterfalls, cruise along rivers, spectacular sunsets, flight over Kakadu and great company”! 

The swimmers back at Mollymook truly do miss you both and look forward to your safe return from that ancient land, to ‘Life in the Mook’ as Katie would put it. Fabulous coffee at the Mollymook Beach Hut cafe and great company.

Things to do – Winter in Mollymook

Things to do. Mollymook Residents enjoying winter

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Things to do in the Winter at Mollymook. Tim goes body surfing