We are missing lovely Mollymook but great reading the simmers ‘posts’ to be able to keep up with what’s happening. Photo above – just before I went in for my swim at Balmoral – beautiful and same temperature as Mollymook. I swim about 5 days a week- 2kms and by then I can’t feel my toes and have to get out, get dressed and get home quick for a hot shower to warm up. Our Beach Club is closed so no hot showers there! On a weekday at the time of the picture, the water would have 20 – 50 swimmers all over the bay (in their two’s). Most with wetsuits but some without. I even had one daughter and grandson swim with me this past Sunday at 6.45 am. Very special. Wish all the Mollymook swimmers the best. Cheers. Dick
Update on some of our Mollymook Swimmers afar during ‘Lock-Down’
Some emails filtering in from afar, on how some of our swimmers are handling the ‘lock-down’ in their home area. Dick (above) includes a pic with his news, likewise Fiona and Dave include a pic of their latest swimming hole news (below). Peter the Priest sends his regards and longs for the day he can get back down to Mollymook. Steve is also missing the ocean as too is Ben and Roger.
Roger sent through this update on what he and Ben are doing in lieu of any swimming in Canberra. “Ben’s local swimming area up here had been the Manuka Pool during the warmer months when it was open but since Easter he’s joined the gym at The Realm Hotel in Barton – which of course is now closed so no swimming at all. Fingers crossed, we’ll be out of lockdown soon however not sure what social distancing rules may mean for gyms and pools. In the meantime, lots of walking and bike riding around the lake has to suffice”.
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Dave wrote: “After a couple of months at home in the inner west I’ve been missing the opportunity to get into the ocean. I discovered that Woolwich Baths on the Lane Cove River are open and within my 5km radius. Tried it out. About 15 degrees, deep green with no visibility. But great to get in and turn the arms over a bit. Until we manage all this and I can get back to Mollymook, I’m happy to have found a way to get wet.”
Fiona writes: “It’s not quite the same up here! The closest water I can get to is Northbridge. As always, I enjoy your beautiful look at life down there. So sad we can’t get there these holidays but praying for the next ones. Keep well, and happy swimming. Fiona x”.
Thanks for the positive emails keeping all of us blowins informed about what’s happening with the swimmers down at MM. My wife Liz and I have really missed getting down the coast but have been keeping fit doing quite a bit of bushwalking in the valleys between the Woronora and George’s Rivers near our home at Illawong.
Luckily we are in the Sutherland LGA so we’ve been out to Cronulla a few times when times are quiet.
My wetsuit is down at MM so I can’t quite make it out and around Shark Island at Cronulla before seizing up. Last time I was there there was plenty of excitement from the local swimmers due to two seals frolicking about at the back of Shark Island. I hope you and all the other swimmers are keeping well in these trying times. Really looking forward to a swim and catch-up over a coffee at the Beach Hut café when all of this lockdown chaos ends
Ken B., Mollymook Beach Waterfront: Editor for Mollymook News, Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla and Mollymook Ocean Swimmers