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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers

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Mollymook ocean swimmers

The Mollymook ocean swimmers are not an organised group but simply a number of local Mollymook Milton Ulladulla citizens joined by numerous other ocean swimmers holidaying in the Mollymook Milton Ulladulla area who all enjoy an ocean swim each morning. They meet at the Mollymook Surf Club – 6.45 am week days & 7.00 am – weekends. They endeavour to swim in pairs or groups, however each swims at their own risk, and numbers vary from 4 to 6 in the winter to say 40 during summer.     Link to Mollymook Ocean Swimmers                       

Cairns, Chris and Sue, Cooktown is calling

 

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An update from Chris and Sue, 

They write: “To all our wonderful swimming friends.

Well, after two months on the road we have arrived at my eldest son’s place in Cairns! And what an amazing time it has been. The freedom of life on the road is unbelievable…no time frames, no pressures, no real agenda or plans. So wonderful! After leaving Sydney we headed to Katoomba, then stayed inland travelling through Coonabarabran, the Warrumbungles, the Waterfall Way down to Coffs Harbour (to see Chris’ mum and sister), then on to Grafton, Glenn Innes and Toowoomba before ducking back out to the Sunshine Coast for my niece’s Wedding. Very little ocean swimming as you have guessed, so we have had to make do with local swimming pools ☹️ And, now that we are in Far North Queensland dips in the ocean are just not enticing, between stingers and the ever present threat of crocs. I will never complain about the odd bluebottle again!! Give me Narrawallee or Mollymook any day, the beaches here are rubbish! They look divine, with swaying palms and warm water but…Despite this, we have been having the most amazing swims and snorkels in fresh water rivers and waterholes, filled with turtles, fish and even massive eels! 

We spent a lovely few days in Rainbow Beach/Inskip Point, looking over to Fraser Island, and then enjoyed heading up the coast through towns such as Bundaberg, Agnes Water/1770, Rockhampton, Airlie Beach, Townsville and Ingham. Spent a whole week relaxing at Airlie Beach, living it up in a van park. We have been snorkelling and scuba diving on Great Keppel Island, Hayman Island and Magnetic Island, but sadly Cyclone Debbie has destroyed a lot of the Reef, so the colours are pretty dismal. We did see nine awesome giant clams though, and plenty of beautiful fish. 

Riding our bikes, doing some fun hikes, cooking on campfires and swimming in waterholes have been the highlights, along with the freedom the open road delivers. Yes, we do miss you all…and look forward to being home for a quick ten days in mid June. Having said that, I have adapted to this nomadic lifestyle very quickly and can highly recommend it 😎 Plus, the weather has been amazing…averaging 28 to 30 degrees, with nice cooler evenings. Perfect!!

Okay, must go. Cooktown is calling”. 

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Crescent Heads – revisited & news from QLD

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Crescent Heads – revisited

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Crescent Heads – long boards and hanging TEN. Waves are not gigantic but nonetheless some rides are upwards of 2 to 300 mts. in length with an ideal shape for walking the board. Female board riders almost out number the males with the caravan park almost full daily.

Lady Elliott Is. & Issi’s Mollymook Birthday

 

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Welcome rainbow as we approached Lady Elliott Island

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The Airstrip is the length of Lady Elliott Island

 

2018 Mollymook Ocean Swim Classic

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2018 Mollymook Ocean Swim Group (Photo shoot: Raymondo AWL)

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The 2018 Mollymook Ocean swim was conducted in idyllic swimming conditions. 170 swimmers contested the 2.2 km main event. The overall male winner was Cormac Guthrie in a time of 24 min 22 sec whilst the first female home was Jordan White in a time of 25 min 42 sec. 

Click on the link: Mollymook Surf Club Facebook page.  See side bar menu and choose Photos. (See the Album for the 269 images posted)

Easter Weekend – Ulladulla & Mollymook

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Ulladulla’s Blessing of the Fleet – Parade of Princesses

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Ulladulla, Blessing of the Fleet ‘Street Parade’

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No not a Princess, just Dame Edna John being blown a kiss.

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The ‘Blessing of the Fleet’ Festival began today in glorious sunshine with the Milton Ulladulla ExServo’s Club Parade. The Princes Highway was packed with an enthusiastic crowd of well wishers. A number of Scottish Bands took part in the parade among a host of floats each carrying a beautiful Princess.

The history of the Blessing of the Fleet goes back to its first staging in 1956. Most of the Fishing Trawlers decorate their boats for the ceremony which is afterwards followed by many family activities.

Ben masters the surf board

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“All Things are possible to he that Believes”

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Who could this be?

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Travel – Blessing of Fleet, – Surf Boats

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Chris and Sue head off around Australia.

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Bon voyage Chris and Sue, Australia here we come.

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Sue buys Chris a tee shirt for their travels

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A memorable weekend saw the crowning of Ulladulla’s ‘Blessing of the Fleet’ Princess, Chris and Sue leave on their round Australia holiday and Mollymook reign supreme in the final round of the Warilla Bowls Surf Boat series held at Shellharbour.

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Final Day at the NSW Surf Titles

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The Mollymook A Reserve Ladies Boat Crew win BRONZE

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ELATION. Tessa Lofts, Ebony Murray, Amy Pollard, Gemma Smith and sweep Marty Drysdale

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The aptly named ‘Squid Jigs’ and the treacherous sand bar they had to contend with.

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The Mollymook ‘Squid Jigs’ Ladies A Reserve boat crew were one of the headline acts yesterday and today they rose to the highest level, progressing through the quarter and semi finals to compete in the Grand Final. They rowed their hearts out to finish a dead heat for the BRONZE medal. The ‘Squid Jigs’ crew consists of Tessa Lofts, Ebony Murray, Amy Pollard, Gemma Smith and they are swept by Marty Drysdale.           Click on photos to enlarge

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Day 4. N.S.W. Surf Titles – Swansea Belmont Beach

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Action Shots on the Mollymook ‘Squid Jigs’ Ladies Boat Crew as they powered their way through this massive surf.

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Mollymook ‘Squid Jigs’ Ladies Surf Boat Crew

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A special mention must be made of the gutsy and memorable performance by our ‘Squid Jigs’ Female Reserve grade boat crew. The crew consists of Tessa Harris, Ebony Murray, Amy Pollard, Gemma Smith and sweep Marty Drysdale. 

NSW Surf Titles, Day 3, Masters Surf Boats

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The Mollymook Ocean Swimmers, Ladies Boat Crew. SILVER

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Precision Start following the starters gun.

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Negotiating the waves on the way out

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NSW State Surf Titles. Day 3 – Masters Boat Racing

With a southerly wind blowing the surf had risen noticeably in comparison to the previous days. Day 3’s main focus was on the Surf Boat Racing by the ‘masters’ boat crews, male and female. The big surf resulted in a bit of carnage with the strong competition. 

The 180 Female swimmers crew of Simone Scott, Monica Mudge, Tracy Holt and Charyl Garin were swept by veteran Garth Brooks. They demonstrated enormous courage in the big surf conditions and rowed exceptionally well to gain a Silver medal in tough competition. 

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NSW State Surf Life Saving Titles

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2018 N.S.W. State Surf Life Saving Titles – Masters Events

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Tony Ireland Mollymook, GOLD in the Surf Tube rescue race

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The N.S.W. Surf Life Saving Championships is currently underway at the Swansea – Belmont Beach. The ‘MASTERS’ category of events were contested on Wednesday and Thursday in average ‘choppy’ surf conditions, albeit in a very competitive environment that included ex-Olympians. Mollymook surf club was represented by Tony Ireland, Paul Burton and Ed Mcartney.

Moni and Marlene – weekend update

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Clean Up Australia Day at Mollymook Beach

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The Nippers give the ‘Thumbs Down’ for all the rubbish collected on Clean up Australia Day. (Moni’s Facebook page report)

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Clean up Australia Day

Moni thanked all the volunteers for their efforts on the Clean up Australia Day undertaken at Mollymook Beach on the weekend and a special thanks to all the Nippers, Mollymook Ocean Swimmers, Mollymook Surf Club members and local community members – Clean Up Australia Day!! What a fantastic start to our partnership with the TAKE 3 SLSC Project! Gauging from the reactions and enthusiasm from the kids and club members today, I feel this will be the first of many. Lovely to see our members protecting where we play.

Graeme Wolfenden swim to Broughton Island

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Graeme Wolfenden to swim 18 Km from Shoal Bay to Broughton Island

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The Shoal Bay Wharfie ocean swimmer Greame Wolfenden planned swim to Broughton Island

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Graeme Wolfenden a former Mollymook Ocean Swimmer along with four other experienced ocean swimmers plan to do a relay swim from Shoal Bay to Broughton Island. Each are current members of the Shoal Bay Wharfie ocean swimming club. Graeme’s 3 team mates include  Chris Outteridge, Mike Lindsay, Wal Wallace. The swim of 18Km in distance is planned for March 27 or 28.

2018 Cottesloe – Rottnest Island Ocean Swim

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Laura Wallace contests the 2018 Iconic Cottesloe to Rottnest Island ‘Channel’ Ocean Swim

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Laura prepares for her start from Cottesloe Beach with the 1000 odd swimmers beginning in ‘waves’ (groups)

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The Rottnest Channel Ocean Swim took place on Saturday February 24, 2018. In its 62nd year, it is considered the iconic ocean swim on the Australian National Ocean Swim calendar. Ulladulla was represented in this epic 19.7 Km swim by Laura Wallace. More than 1000 swimmers took part with the swim beginning in ‘waves’ (groups of swimmers) leaving from Cottesloe Beach from 5.46 am onwards. For almost half of this year’s swimmers, including Laura it was their first time competing in this marathon open water swim.

Laura had spent months each evening after work churning out the Km’s at the Ulladulla Leisure centre outdoor pool in preparation for this marathon swim as well as swimming in some ocean swims at Mollymook and Manly.

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Laura to represent Mollymook Ocean Swimmers in the 2018 Rottnest Ocean Swim

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Rottnest Island Ocean Swim – Course Outline

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Laura will be Mollymook’s sole representative in this years Rottnest Island Channel Ocean Swim. It is a 19.7 km open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island and is highly regarded worldwide besides being one of Western Australia’s iconic events.

Laura has her family over here for support, plus she has organised a local boat crew and kayak paddler for water support in this gruelling ocean swim. Laura plans to swim the entire distance solo and hopes to complete the 19.7 Km Rottnest Channel Ocean Swim in under 7 hours.

By chance I met up with Laura this morning at Cottesloe Beach where all swimmers were congregating for their swim briefings in readiness for tomorrow Saturday’s 6.00 am start. Laura has spent the last few months churning out the laps after work at the Ulladulla Leisure centre’s outdoor pool. I also met up with Vlad, one of Dick M. and Graeme C. swim mates from Balmoral who was among a large contingent of NSW swimmers over here for the event.

The event is managed by the Rottnest Channel Swim Association, is held in February of each year and considered Rottnest Island’s biggest day.

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Laura at Cottesloe Beach briefing for tomorrow’s big swim 

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