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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers Book – PROGRESS UPDATE

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Sunday’s Practice Photo Shoot for ‘Swimmers Book Cover’

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Portrait image in very low res for use on the web

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Landscape image in very low res for use on the web

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Just a brief update on progress. Above were some experimental images (not cropped nor the end result) to get the camera settings critiqued on the Sunday morning. Then on Monday morning we had more volunteers to help fill the image and appearing more relaxed. The above gives you some idea of what I would like to achieve for our Mollymook Swimmers (20 year history) book cover. Our swimmers entering the water early morning as is our routine.

My heartfelt sincere thanks for the expertise of Therese Spillane and her daughter Alex and partner Dane. Also my sincere thanks for the 6 swimmers on Sunday, Ben, Garry Hunt, Heather, Ross, Laura and Garry Jenner. They also came and backed up for Monday’s photo shoot along with additional support from Issi, Karelle, John White and Bob White.

Having a Whale of a time

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Mollymook Beach – Southern Right Whale and calf

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Southern Right Whale with its calf and the Mollymook Ocean swimmers.

 

It was a glorious morning at Mollymook. As the sun was rising so to was a black figure appearing up towards north Mollymook. Bit by bit it slowly began moving south only some 200 or so metres off shore. In a matter of time it became obvious this massive whale had its calf in tow. With its distinctive markings and squirting water in a V, we were able to make out that it was a southern right whale. It just so happened that it coincided with the early morning ocean swimmers time to enter the water.

The ocean fraternity are a sharing community.

Winter coming to an end in Mollymook

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A Dry – Wave less Winter drawing to an end.

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Ed’s pic of the smoke during last week’s bush fires

 

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Last Wednesday swimmers arrived at Mollymook beach for their early morning ocean swim with a massive back drop of smoke rapidly moving eastward propelled by strong westerly winds. Ed’s pic above captures the amount of smoke that we were to later hear being caused by fires burning out of control at Mount Kingiman west of Milton-Ulladulla. Below are pics taken earlier that morning.

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Issi swimming with the whales in Tonga

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Issi Swims with the Whales in Tonga

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Issi swims with the whales

 

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Issi returns from her trip to Tonga and can’t wait to share some of her pics and videos with the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers of whales and the reef and atolls, she writes that “they are all quite stunning”.   

Issi continues to describe her trip: “My experience, being in the water off the Tongan Islands for about 40 min or so was quite unbelievable, to be about a metre at one point away from whales, under and on top of the water with these majestic huge wild mammals with fins and snorkel/mask, was unbelievable.   We were making eye contact with them.  At one stage the Tongan guide grabbed my fins and pulled me back, I was that close.   To see the juvenile whale and mum interacting at such close view.   I feel very very privileged and so lucky to have done this.   We all felt the same.   I’m still on a high. Also, from our rubber duckie we watched the most amazing breaching by a whale only about 10 mtrs away.”   

To watch Issi’s video’s of the whales click on the following links:           First Video.     Second Video.          

A Beautiful Morning at Mollymook

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Glorious Mollymook

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Thursday  Sunrise, Mollymook Beach 

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Friday Celebrations

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Birthday Girl Heather and some of her many special friends 

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Another glorious week culminating in Heather’s birthday celebrations after spending a great evening last night at St Isidore’s Restaurant and a morning swim today in 16c water temp. with a big smile.                (Click on images to enlarge)

Molly swims at Shoal Bay

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Wonderful Swimming Conditions at Shoal Bay

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Shoal Bay Beach provides for 2 km + open water swimming in perfect conditions

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Water temp. 18 c and flat smooth swimming. They call Graeme Wolfenden ‘Molly’ among the Shoal Bay Whalfies who number about 47 however they don’t all swim every day, on this sunny day the 9.00 am start attracted 14 swimmers. Some have asked about the Broughton Island 18 km marathon swim that was scheduled for April 2018. The swimmers advised that the swim had been called off due to about 22,000 king fish escaping from the fish farm in  Port Stephens which attracted a shark feeding frenzy. 

Winter arrives as does a BIG SURF

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BIG SURF at Mollymook Kamikaze & Crystal reef breaks

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Winter arrived last Friday and so to did a huge surf. The big wave riders had a ball taming the Mollymook Kamikaze reef break & the Mollymook Crystals reef break. There was action and enjoyment for the many onlookers. The Mollymook Ocean swimmers wisely chose to just get wet rather than take on the big surf.

(Pics taken at a distance as I was unable to get any closer, such as locating myself on ‘Flat Rock’. But nonetheless you can get the feel for what these ‘Dare Devils’ were taking on.)

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.

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.

Easter: Tapas at the Mollymook Golf Club

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Golf Club adds Tapas from March 28 to April 1, 2018 (Easter)

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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Guests at Mollymook Beach Waterfront and the Beach View cottage are excited to hear that the Golfie will again serve its Tapas menus over Easter, similar to its great success over the past Christmas holiday period, albeit it will be upstairs in the cafe area rather than downstairs as was the case over Christmas. Besides lovely food you can enjoy the best ocean views in the district. Highly recommended by  guests from the award winning 4 1/2 star accommodation at Mollymook Beach Waterfront.

Guest reviews by visitors to our area:

Mollymook Golf Club review: Tapas was great. We went twice. Frances L. Sydney. January 2018

Mollymook Golf Club review: Went there three times, can’t beat the view or the service. Jennie and Nick G. ACT.  February 2018

Mollymook Golf Club review: Value for money, excellent view and a great New York steak cooked to perfection, no matter how you like your steak. So convenient. John B. Sydney. March 2018

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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