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2019 Broulee Ocean Swim

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Broulee Bay to Breakers Ocean Swim: The Movers and Shakers

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Photo credit John Hicks. ‘Five year Swimmers’ presented with shirts to honour their five years of continuous participation. Mollymook swimmer Ray Ackerman (3rd from the left) competed for the sixth time this year.

 

Tim Mooney sourced the above pic and filed this report on the Broulee Ocean Swim:

“A small crew from Mollymook swam in this years Broulee Bay to Breakers 1.4km swim. (the actual distance was 1.525km as swum). Perfect conditions were a treat to swim in for the record 400 plus registered swimmers. A tiny swell made navigation between the oversize bouys a no brainer. A large number of safety craft were on attendance and things went relatively smoothly. On the home stretch there was the occasional wave but for the majority of people it was a swim all the way. The water temp was 21.6 and the swim time air temp was 19. All competitors received their 2019 t-shirts (see person far right in pic) along with other sponsored goodies.

Post swim presentation was well attended and several drink and food stations throughout the club house provided hearty BBQ delights. The surf club bar opened soon after the race completion. A relaxing time was had by all”.

Mollymook Swimmers results:

Lena Rassmann, over 20, 23:08, placing 2/21

Greg Young, over 40, 22:27 (adjusted time), placing: 5/43

Tim Mooney, over 60, 27:09, placing: 5/28

Ray Ackerman, over 70, 36:57, placing: 6/10

2019 NSW State Surf Titles Update

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Some Mollymook Ocean Swimmers Row Boats

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The Mollymook Ladies getting smashed by a vicious shore break

 

NSW State Surf Titles – Masters Day 1 & 2

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2019 – NSW State Surf Championships – MASTERS Competition, Days 1 & 2.

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Coogee Competitor winning the 30-35 years Female Flags

Above is an example of the skill evident among the MASTERS competitors at the NSW Surf Championships being held at Swansea-Belmont’s, Blacksmiths Beach. In very tough competition Mollymook competitors made numerous finals and were reward with Bronze medals in the 2 km Beach Run and the Ski Relay.

Clean Up Australia Day – A great success!

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Clean Up Australia Day – Mollymook Beach, Collers and the Cemetery

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Education Program Manager, Australia wide for ‘Take 3 for the Sea’, Monica Mudge was at Mollymook this morning and expressed her heartfelt gratitude for the number of volunteers who turned up for today’s ‘Clean up Australia Day’ at Mollymook Beach.

The backbone of the Mollymook Beach clean up was and usually is the Mollymook Beach Ocean swim group and their spouses/partners. Today the swimmers commenced their morning swim early to ensure they were ready to start at 8.00 am. They were also joined by some members of the public as well as the ‘Take 3 for the Sea’ surf club nippers led by youngster Julie Armstrong.

With such a large turn out of volunteers, they were able to collect rubbish along the entire length of Mollymook Beach from the north end to the south end, around to Collers Beach, the Golf Club course and parking area, the cemetery and adjoining  streets/gutters/path ways.

Rubbish included a bike riding helmet, old discarded building items and some old clothing. Volunteers mentioned that the worst offenders were those leaving their cigarette butts everywhere. Other volunteers mentioned how this year the cemetery was no where near as bad as past years with the amount of plastic flowers blown all over the cemetery. Being so close to the ocean this type of un-managed rubbish which finds its way onto our park lands, beaches and even into the ocean was less than past years and gratitude was expressed towards those that have taken this issue to heart.

Volunteers enjoyed coffee, muffins & freshly baked scones provided gratis by the Mollymook Golf Club at the conclusion of the ‘Clean Up’.

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Clean Up Australia Day – Mollymook Beach

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Clean Up Australia Day – Mollymook Beach. Sunday March 3 at 8.00 am

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Clean Up Australia Day – Mollymook Beach.

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Mark the date: Sunday March 3

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Meet at the Mollymook Surf Club at 8.00 am

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Plan to finish at 9.00 am “Many hands make light work”

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Followed by Coffee and cake at the Golf Club for all helpers

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Could the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers and Take 3 for the sea supporters let Moni or Ken know if you can help so we can provide numbers to the Golf Club.

 

Mollymook Ocean Swimmers Book – DRAFT

 

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DRAFT Cover

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Email from Graeme Wolfenden last night, and swimmers Garry H. and John L. asking me this morning for a progress update. So I sent an email to Chris who responded with the attached pages of his draft, progress to date. (This draft covers some of the introductory pages in response to Graeme W. kind request). I’m sure we will be happy with his finished product, he is an expert in this field. So here is a brief insight into what we can expect, a book about us Mollymook swimmers. (An error or two in this draft to be corrected). 

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2019 South Coast surf titles at Mollymook

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2019 South Coast Branch surf titles held at Mollymook Beach

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Above: Alicia Burazin, Kiama and Sammy Zustovich, Mollymook  winning GOLD in their respective Flags Final.

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Mollymook Athletes Excel at the South Coast Branch Surf Titles

The South Coast Branch Surf Life Saving titles were held at Mollymook Beach this past Saturday February 16, 2019. Branch clubs include: Warilla-Barrack Point, Shellharbour, Kiama Downs, Kiama, Gerringong, Shoalhaven Heads, Nowra-Culburra, Sussex Inlet and Mollymook.

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Scroll down for Mollymook competitor results.

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South Coast Wine Show 2019

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South Coast Wine Show 2019 – Held at the Mollymook Golf Club

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2019 South Coast Wine Show

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David Morris and Wally Cuppit (Cuppit Wines)

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The 20th annual South Coast Wine Show was opened to public tasting on Friday January 18 following judging that took place the previous day. Wines from the South Coast Zone included the Shoalhaven Coast & Southern Highlands.

The judging panel of three was chaired by David Morris of Morris Wines, Rutherglen, assisted by Nick O’Leary of O’Leary Wines, Lake George – Bungendore and Deb Pearce, Southern Highlands.

Take 3 for the Sea screening Blue the film

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‘Take 3 for the Sea’ screening, Blue the film

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Take 3 for the Sea, screening ‘Blue’ the film

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Introduction by ‘Take 3 for the Sea’ guardian, Monica Mudge

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Blue the feature documentary film screened at the Mollymook Surf Club on Friday evening. It charted the drastic decline in the health of our oceans. With more than half of all marine life lost in the last 40 years and the expansion of the industrialization of the seas, the film set out the challenges we now face and the opportunities for positive change. BUT if we don’t make the drastic changes necessary, it is predicted by 2050 that there will be more plastic in the sea than fish.

Blue the film showed how the oceans are broken, and what can be done to fix them. It featured passionate advocates for ocean preservation, it tackled themes of habitat destruction, species loss and pollution. It was filmed with stunning cinematography in the seas surrounding Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and the US, looking at how the very nature of the ocean is being altered.

The challenge it presented us: The ocean has been the guardian of life on earth, and now it is our turn to be guardians for the ocean.

Mollymook Swimmers – Christmas & New Year

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Traditional New Year’s Day, ‘Length of Beach’ swim at Mollymook

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Some of the 40 or so New Year’s Day swimmers

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmer of the Year Award

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Garry Hunt, 2018 Mollymook Ocean Swimmer of the Year.

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Organiser and Host Sean, with Mike on the guitar

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An elated ‘Swimmer of the Year’: Garry Hunt

2018 Mollymook Ocean Swimmer of the Year.

Spontaneous thunderous applause greeted the announcement of Garry Hunt as the 2018 Swimmer of the Year.

Garry was a unanimous choice for this year’s coveted trophy. Regarded as an all-round champion individual. He greets everyone with a smile and never has an ill word for anyone. Furthermore, he is a determined swimmer who never gives up regardless of the conditions.

Spectacular Surf Boat Carnival at Narooma

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Carnage at the Narooma Surf Boat Carnival

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Tathra Ladies Boat crew

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Broulee Boat crew

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The recent Narooma Surf Boat Carnival became quite spectacular with a sand bar bringing boats to there grief.

(Images from Facebook, photographer unknown)

 

Dolphins, a morning visit to Mollymook

Another glorious morning at the beach with the Dolphins 

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Playful dolphins this morning. One dolphin was madly flapping its tail which is an indication it was possibly giving birth to a baby dolphin. The flapping is reportedly an aid in the birth process.

  To view a dolphin giving birth: Click on this: YouTube video of a Dolphin giving birth  

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Swimmers Christmas party: Save the date, Saturday December 22, 2018 at the Surf Club upstairs with a planned start at 6.00 pm. Pot luck evening meal, so bring a plate and some nibbles. Also bring your own alcohol, glasses, crockery and cutlery. For more info speak to our organiser Sean.

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Mollymook Golf Club Breakfast & PM Tapas

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Golf Club opening for morning Breakfast and evening Tapas

The above is in addition to their Lunch and Dinner Dining Hours

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Mollymook Golf Club’s trained young staff are here to make your dining experience, a memorable one!

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Last year the Mollymook Golf Club opened over the Christmas – January period for morning breakfast and evening tapas. This was in addition to their normal daily provision of lunch and dinner.

It was a roaring success!

So this Christmas – January period they intend to replicate last year’s successful morning breakfast and evening tapas offerings.

Accommodation guests at Mollymook Beach Waterfront spoke glowingly about the quality of their meals and service being provided. Besides this you can enjoy the best ocean views in the district. On guest wrote: “We rated the Mollymook Golf Club 5/5 for service, quality & variety of food which included flexible menus to cater for gluten and dairy free diets, and value for money”. Jill and Mark P. Newcastle. December 24, 2017

Breakfast Open Monday – Sunday 8:00am – 10:30am | Dates 27th Dec 2018 – 12th Jan 2019

Tapas Open Monday – Sunday 5:30pm – 9pm | Dates 27th Dec 2018 – 12th Jan 2019

Updating the action during the past 2 weeks

 

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Tony Ireland – Bondi to Bronte Ocean swim

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John and Sean – L’Étape Australia

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Tony Ireland traveled to Sydney at the weekend to compete in the Bondi to Bronte ocean swim. Tony finished 6th in his age group.

John Louth, Sean Pidcock and Mark Stewart traveled to Jindabyne in the Snowy Mountains at the weekend to participate in the L’Étape bike ride. (The Ride is 108 km and next year they are planning to do the actual L’Étape Race over 170 km) 

The 170km Race route is as tough as a mountainous stage of the Tour de France. It is held under full Tour de France Professional conditions and runs on fully closed roads whereas the shorter version of the Race, the 108 km Ride is for those who wish to immerse themselves in the atmosphere and experience of L’Étape without the added pressure of the final Col de Kosciuszko climb.

L’Étape Australia provides amateur riders with an experience as close to riding in the Tour de France as it is possible to get with fully closed roads and a mountainous course that is the equal of a mountainous stage of the Tour de France.

In 2016 and 2017 L’Étape Australia was the largest Tour de France event held outside France.

International versions of L’Étape are held annually in various countries around the world to give local riders a Tour-like experience. Events are staged in countries such as Australia, Colombia, Brazil and South Korea among others.

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