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Mollymook Australia Day Swim on Sunday 25th

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Mollymook ‘Australia Day’ Ocean Swim on Sunday Jan. 25

With forecast wet weather on the Monday, the Mollymook ocean swimmers have brought there Australia Day swim forward one day to the Sunday January 25. Those planning to swim the length of the beach both ways have scheduled a 7.00 am start. Those planning to swim from the north end to the south end (one way) will begin wandering up the beach from the surf club at about 7.15 am.

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An Australia Day BBQ breakfast is planned at the conclusion of the swim. So remember to bring some snags etc.

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A couple of suggestions made over coffee this morning regarding safety:

  • The north to south end swimmers start ought to coincide with the other ‘both ways’ swim group beginning their return journey.
  • Swimmers are encouraged to swim together in pairs or groups of similar speed swimmers.
  • We would like two or three volunteers for water safety on a surf board or ski.

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The Mollymook punters take off on their morning swim

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Not too far to go you punters

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David Forrest with his daughters, Annabelle and Charlotte

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Starters ready for the Tathra Wharf to Waves swim.

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Tathra Wharf to Waves swim, Sunday January 18.

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DAVID Forrest wanted to come home from Madagascar to swim in last weekends Tathra Wharf to Waves. Mr Forrest is currently volunteering on board the hospital ship Africa Mercy off the east coast of Africa. David is principal at the on-board school, his wife Justine is a photographer documenting the ship’s mission and patients’ stories, while children Annabelle and Charlotte are attending the school. The Squidgy Club member – meaning he has completed over 10 races in Wharf to Waves events over the years – found the flights back home too expensive, so mapped out a course in the ocean where he was. Then a cyclone hit the island and he was unable to complete it. Undeterred he swum the 1200-metre distance by completing lengths in a swimming pool. The Wharf To Waves committee unanimously voted to have his results recorded as part of the event. 

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The Tathra Wharf to Waves event this year was held in beautiful sunny conditions. The water was calm and clear, and a large crowd gathered on Tathra Beach to watch and support the swimmers during their races which operated throughout Sunday morning. Aside from swimming, participants or viewers could walk to the markets behind the surf club were there were stalls featuring candles, clothes, cakes and more. There were 103 entered in the Tathra Beach Real Estate Splash for Cash this year, and around 220 in the age divisions. Organiser Linda Badewitz-Dodd said numbers were down a little compared to previous years, and they had about 80 per cent of what they normally had.       

Story and pic credit – Bega District News