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The Beatles Revisited – Beatlemania

 

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Night of Nights, the Beatles re-visited.

Wikipedia, give the following explanation in regard to Beatlemania. They say that the name of ‘Beatlemania’ was due the fanaticism surrounding the English rock band the Beatles in the 1960s. The press adopted the term “Beatlemania” to describe the scenes of adulation that attended the band’s concert performances. From the start of 1964, their world tours were characterised by the same levels of hysteria and high-pitched screaming by female fans, both at concerts and during the group’s travels. 

Today, 2021 some 60 years on and we continue to see the female fans loving the ‘Beatles’ regardless of their age. The Beatles revisited event at the Mollymook Surf Club was an enormous success, thanks to Mike turning 64, supported by Ray, Llyod, Gerry, Tim and Dave. What a night, with so many getting into the spirit of the event wearing some amazing costumes and make-up.  

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Mollymook Ocean Swim 2021

 

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2021 Mollymook Ocean Swim – Local Ocean Swim Group and a few

 

2021 Mollymook Ocean Swim

The 2021 Mollymook Ocean Swim was held in beautiful conditions. Full marks to the young organising committee headed up by Lewis Betts. Pics following are primarily of our local ocean swimmers with the many other pics given to Lewis for him to organise the necessary publicity.

Following pages have pics and all the 2021 Mollymook Ocean Swim Results

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Sunrise, ANZAC Day – Mollymook Beach

 

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In Remembrance of the Fallen

Moni captured a lovely pic this morning. Here is a sole beautiful young Mollymook ocean swimmer entering the water at sunrise. 

What thoughts would go through a persons mind, here on the beach? Possibly paying tribute to the fallen at Gallipoli! LEST WE FORGET!

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Laura’s Swim Highlights

 

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Drone pic, Palm Beach Start

 

27 kms. from Palm Beach to Shelly Beach: Swimming all the way!

This past Saturday, April 17 Laura, a Mollymook ocean swimmer, completed this ultra-marathon swim. Despite the choppy conditions at the start of the race, and the fact she had to swim against a southerly swell, plus had a small shark swimming about 20 metres away, for about 15 minutes, and that was only 2 hours into the swim. Regardless, she was able to draw inspiration from her supporters and get herself over the line faster than expected, finishing fourth overall after being pipped for third.

“It was just euphoric, honestly I just had the best time out there, I never felt tired or fatigued, I just had so much adrenaline going through me,” she said.

“It was such a close race swimming for third position for most of the way. We were basically sprinting for third position for the last kilometre or two.”

Laura was continuously getting donations throughout the race, and by the end she had exceeded her goal of $10,000. At the time of publication, the amount of donations was sitting at just under $11,000.

She is also grateful to the many Mollymook swimmers who have helped, supported and encouraged her over the past few months. And the emails she received post race were so encouraging. All were past on to Laura who I think is still on a high. Also there will be an article in tomorrow’s local Times newspaper. A heartfelt thanks from Laura to all who helped make this a reality.

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Mollymook Ocean Swim, May 16, 2021

 

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Mollymook Ocean Swim is scheduled for May 16, 2021

 

Breaking News

 

The Mollymook Surf Club President, Mr Rodney Austin OAM advise today that a group of younger surf club members are taking on the responsibility for the organisation of the 2021 Mollymook Ocean Swim. The event is being organised to take place on Sunday May 16, 2021

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A beautiful Mollymook Sunrise to celebrate Garry’s 65th

 

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A special day beginning with a glorious sunrise

 

Birthday Boy Garry

This special day was ushered in with a glorious sunrise over Mollymook Beach. The swimmers arrived in their droves to share in this special occasion,  Garry achieving the milestone of 65 years of age. (One year shy of the pension)

Despite him having previously completely forgetting his dear partners birthday, the ever so faithful and loving Alexa Jane arrived at the ‘Beach Hut’ café adorned in beautiful large green ear rings AND a ‘Persian Love’ cake, to die for.

What a day, as everyone joined in and sang ‘Happy Birthday’ or was it the old Scottish song ‘auld lang syne’?

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Welsh’s Wanderings

 

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Chris and Sue arrive in Tasmania aboard the Spirit of Tasmania

 

Sue and Chris give an update on their travel’s

“Tearfully saying goodbye to good friends, and our family in Barwon Heads, we set sail for a far away island aboard the Spirit of Tasmania. A day of smooth sailing thankfully across the sometimes notorious Bass Strait. We’ve been in Tasmania for just over a week now, enjoying warmer weather would you believe than we had in Victoria! It sounds like we also escaped the crazy rain and flooding you guys had ‘back on the mainland’. Our travels have taken us through some lovely places so far, the beaches of the northeast coast, the Tamar Valley, Launceston and Cataract Gorge, and through mountain biking towns down to the delightful St Helens. We have been camped up for four days near Binalong Bay in the Bay of Fires. Chris has enjoyed a daily surf and I have had a couple of beautiful and refreshing swims in the crystal clear water, temperature just under 18 degrees. Just a bit sad swimming on my lonesome…

We are heading to Hobart for Easter to meet up with my middle son Harrison and his wife Liz. Harrison is running in the Hobart Marathon on Easter Sunday… so we are the support crew to provide carb loading the night before and hot showers afterwards haha.

Watch this space for more Tassie Tales. You should all ‘Come down for some air’ as their advertising urges!!!”

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Ian, riding for the ‘Sebastian Foundation’ Fund Raiser.

 

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Riding to raise funds to put mental health programmes into rural / remote schools

Updates from Ian and Leonie on this epic ride, the length of the Murray River from NSW all the way to Goolwa, South Australia.

On Sunday Leonie provided an update on Ian’s progress: “Hi from Echuca. Ian has just headed off on day 3 and it is cold. Apart from that he is doing well, today is a 150 km ride, so it’s a big one. Plenty of support in all ways. Leonie”

On Tuesday morning Ian wrote “We are over half way (phew) and the team members are all doing well. Off to Mildura today and hopefully the wind will be at our backside. Average speed is 27.9km/hr”

On Wednesday Ian wrote “we are crossing into South Australia. We have a 180 km ride today, presently at Loxton”. (Pic above is our crossing the border into South Australia)

General Info: The ride is all about raising funds to support / put mental health programmes into rural/remote schools to assist our vulnerable 12 to 18 year old children. If anyone is inclined to make a donation please do it by ‘Bank Transfer’ to: Lockhart Cycle Club BSB 633000 a/c 154780837.

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmer makes a comeback

 

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Simone Brayne Mollymook, GOLD Medal in the 35 to 39 Female Masters Surf Race

 

20 years on and Simone shows it is not to late to comeback

NSW Surf Titles continued over this weekend for the 2021 Masters surf and beach events.

Mollymook competitor Simone Brayne (nee Everett) a former brilliant junior swimmer and one of the original Mollymook Ocean swimmers who competed back in the 2001-2004 period, swims 20 odd years later, for the first time in Masters events, the 35 to 39 year female category.

She was brilliant, winning GOLD in the surf race, SILVER in the surf tube and BRONZE in the board race. It was an exceptional performance, if not for a little fatigue it would have been gold in all 3 events. 

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmer, ‘Riding for a Cause’

 

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EPIC Fund Raising Ride, the length of the Murray

Ian writes; “Dear MOS and friends. As you have probably gathered I must be a little on the crazy side which accounts for the fact that I have signed up for the “Tour for Their Future”, The Sebastian Foundation.

This ride starts in Albury this Friday March 12 and travels along the Murray River for 1000 km to its mouth at Goolwa S.A. Guy Sebastian and his wife are amazing with the type of work they do with the Foundation.  

This ride is all about raising funds to enable the Foundation to put mental health programmes into rural/remote schools to assist our vulnerable 12 to 18 year old children.

Attached is a media release, you can check out https://thesebastianfoundation.org/get-involved/tour-for-their-future/

If you were inclined to make a donation please direct the funds to: Lockhart Cycle Club BSB 633000 a/c 154780837.

100% of funds donated will go to “The Sebastian Foundation”, Tour for Their Future.

Our involvement in cycling looks like this:  

2007 support crew ride across Australia for Royal Flying Doctor.

2011 support crew ride around Australia for Smile Foundation.

2018 and 2020 rider and support crew for Pedal Cure, ‘Fight (Motor Neurone Disease) MND’, Ungarie to Melbourne.

My legs are starting to get a bit wobbly at the thought of the ride!! Take care everyone and I look forward to a swim in a couple of weeks.

Regards Ian and Leonie”. (Main pic above: Ian finishing the MND ride 2020 at Windy Hill, Essendon)

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers compete at Broulee

 

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The 2021 Broulee Ocean Swim

Held this past Sunday March 7, 2021 Mollymook Ocean Swimmers were represented by a small contingent of swimmers.

Kim provided this following report: Quote “The course location was changed due to the dangerous swell that persisted over the weekend, so rather than swimming the normal course that has its finishing leg in front of the surf club, we ended up swimming in beautiful flat water at Broulee Bay.

Kate came 9th in her 50 to 60 age group in a time of  27:21. A Top 10 finish. Yay! 

Greg came 3rd in his over 60 age group in a time of  24:27.

I (Kim) came 11th in my 40 to 50 age group in a time of  28:12.

Kim added, I thought of Jan as I swam into a tree sized bit of seaweed – trunk and all! I nearly stopped swimming because I heard her voice in my head telling me we’d arrived at the tree ” unquote.

Sue Feigler a regular swimmer at the annual Mollymook Ocean Swims also swam finishing 5th in the over 60 age group in a time of 26:37. Sue’s daughter Danielle who has swam with the Mollymook mid-week swimmers also swam winning her 30 to 40 age group in the time of 22:16

Broulee had a wonderful turn up for the swim with a total of 358 contestants in the various age groups, again demonstrating the popularity of ocean swimming.

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Celebrating a Milestone

 

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers, Simone and Robbie celebrate 20 years in style

Simone shares their lovely two weeks of celebrations: “We road tripped to Moreton Island, stopping at lots of places on the way. Crescent Head SUP surfed, Dorrigo lots of swimming at the bottom of waterfalls more SUP surfing at Byron. Most of the trip we stayed in our roof top camper. We did manage a few nights of luxury at Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat.

Moreton Island was so beautiful we found a great surf break at North Point, 150 metre ride saw turtles ever session. I had just caught the best wave of the holiday, turned around to paddle out and in the next wave coming towards me, a shark appeared as big as my board, it looked sleek and fast, so I paddled into shallow water for a little while but the surf was to good, so I went back out.

We went snorkelling around the wrecks, it was stunning, there was lots of coral,  tropical fish  and I saw the biggest wobbegong shark that I had ever seen, and there were plenty of turtles.

There were lots of old WW2 bunkers to explore. Stunning scenery everywhere. And on our anniversary day for something extra special, we climbed the highest sand dune in the world ‘Mt Tempest’. It was such a quiet place with no where fancy to go out to at night,  we would just lay back and watch the stars and on some occasions we played card games.  

On The trip home, Robbie’s 1993 Toyota was not liking the hot weather, so we spent some time sitting on the side of the highway. I had a good book to read while Robbie tinkered with car, we did manage to get home to the kids and the house was still in one piece. A memorable holiday. 

I highly recommend a visit to Moreton Island. Check out some of the pics below. Simone.”

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White Wash Magazine Feature Article

 

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The Mollymook Ocean Swimmers are the feature Article.

Virginia waxes eloquent in her beautifully written article on the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers and as could only be expected, Dean Dampney provides his professional touch with some classic photography.

The magazine will be available from March 1 at most of the coffee shops in Milton and Ulladulla, also at Bannisters Pavilion, Mollymook bottle shop etc. Alternatively for our out of town ocean swimmers, you can access it on the ‘White Wash’ web site via the following link:  www.whitewashmagazine.com.au  

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