Mollymook Ocean Swimmers, annual ‘Length of the beach’ ocean swim, New Year’s day 2021
2021 was welcomed by the Mollymook Ocean swimmers as they met at the beach to undertake their annual ‘length of the beach’ ocean swim. Cloud above and chop in the ocean didn’t prevent this die hard group from enjoying their new year’s day swim with a water temp. of 21c. This is the paradise we remember Mollymook for in bygone years. (That is with the exception of 2020 which was a year, that we will never forget.)
Back in 2020 on New years day we awoke to the destructive / horrendous bush fires that had swept through our area the previous night and were still burning out of control on New Years day. Most had no electricity. Bewilderment and disbelief were just some of the descriptive words used. There was no ‘length of the beach’ idyllic annual swim, as in past years.
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2020 in review: New Year’s Day 2020.
Above pics remind us of the intensity of the flames, Garry fighting the flames with his water tank mounted on his Ute. Elsewhere Lloyd accompanied by Ed were fighting a losing battle as the catastrophic flames engulfed Lloyd and Ruth’s home destroying virtually all their possessions. Lloyd had to encourage Ed for them to both leave, (for Ed was fearless) he just want to stay on and fight the flames that were relentlessly destroying Lloyd and Ruth’s home.
Later Lekshe Losal returned home from a visit to her Mum’s place on the Central Coast to find that she had lost all her meagre possessions as the fire swept through the Myrtle Gully area taking also the life of her dear friend and owner of the property.
2nd week in January 2020, conditions were on the improve, a nice surf and the ocean, a beautiful colour.
Mid January 2020, the bush fires had past and we began to regain some form of normality, on this occasion enjoying a jovial night out.
Late January 2020, Katie, sister Vicki, family and friends gathered a huge collection of clothing for whose who had lost everything.
Pics taken January 21, 2020. The ocean swimmers were out enjoying the surf.
February 28, 2020 – Surprise celebration for John and Jacqui celebrating their 70th birthdays.
March 8, 2020. Time for the Broulee annual ocean swim.
March 15, 2020. How good is this! Back to normal, a great surf.
The COVID-19 out break begins to take its toll in NSW
19 March 2020. The Ruby Princess cruise ship discharges 2,700 passengers in Sydney without ensuring that they are COVID free — it is discovered the next day that several passengers had COVID and all passengers are asked to go into self-isolation by the NSW government. By 31 March, at least 440 passengers across Australia had tested positive, with five deaths
20 March 2020. Australia’s borders to all non-residents closed
21 March 2020. Non-essential services and many schools closed from this date.
April 1 and signs were appearing everywhere. STAY AWAY!.
COVID-19 restrictions were taking effect with only a minimal number of swimmers for exercise, each 1.5 metres apart and less than 10 in the group
Swimmers began using their time in different ways during lock-down.
Exercise: Length of beach swim maintaining their distance
May 2020 and the big surf causes some havoc.
December 2020 wrap-up: Swimmers Annual Awards Night
That was a brief review of a topsy turvy, tumultuous, chaotic 2020.
What may be in store for us during 2021?
We have no idea, nonetheless we have shown during 2020 that we are there for each other striving to adapt to challenging circumstances with dignity, love, friendship and fun.
Ken B., Mollymook Beach Waterfront: Editor for Mollymook News and Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla