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Mollymook Sporting News

 

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Narrawallee Beach

 

Mollymook Ocean Swimmers Calendar for February 2022 

Greg, Sue and Mike are presently organising some exciting ocean swims in February, for the Mollymook ocean swimmers: 

On the morning of February 12/13 (will select the actual day, closer to the date when weather conditions are better known) the plan is to swim from Jones Beach (the little beach below Bannisters) to Narrawallee. A picturesque rock reef swim.

On the morning of February 19/20 (will select the actual day, closer to the date when weather conditions are better known) we will have the Welsh Island Classic. The plan is to start in front of Welsh Island, swim around the island then head south to Narrawallee’s south end and return. A magnificent breakfast will be provided by the sponsors of the Welsh Island Swim.

For more specific details, see Greg, Sue or Mike as the dates draw nearer.  😎

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NSW Country Surf Titles

The NSW Country Surf Championships will be held this weekend January 28 – 30, 2022 at Cape Hawke near Forster. Mollymook have a huge contingent participating in the nippers, junior, open and masters categories. One of our original ocean swimmers, a teenager back in 2000, Simone Brayne (nee Everett) will be competing in the masters female over 40 years category after making a successful comeback at last years championships winning the 35-39 years ocean swim and ironman events. Other notable entrants include; Ed Macartney, Tony Ireland, Robbie Scott to name a few.

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Mollymook ‘Big Surf’ anniversary

 

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Sunrise at Ulladulla Harbour, Monday January 17. Pic credit Grant M.

 

Flash back to January 2018, Mollymook ‘Big Surf’ Riders

 

Whilst the present 2022 Tsunami alert is no longer applicable here at Mollymook, it does take us back in time to the ‘Big Surf’ that occurred back in January 2018. The following are some highlight pics  

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‘Laps for Life’ Swimming Challenge

 

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Mollymook Swimmers invited to swim for ‘Laps for Life’

 

Annie Lisle, the Relationship Coordinator for ReachOut Australia would like to ask the Mollymook Ocean swimmers to consider participating in their annual flagship March swim event, ‘Laps for Life’. Their purpose is to raise awareness and critical funds for youth mental health.

You can participate as an individual or as a group/team for this ‘Laps for Life’ challenge on their website ‘Laps for life’.    

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers tackle the Captain Christie

 

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Arriving at Gerringong, the contingent of Mollymook ocean swimmers. Pic credit, Leonie

 

Mollymook Ocean Swimmers tackle the 2022 Captain Christie at Gerringong

 

Drenched in tradition, the legend of the Captain Christie Ocean Swim dates back to 1882. It is believed Captain William Earnest Bartholomew Christie took up his sailor’s challenge to swim from Gerringong Boat Harbour around the rocky headland to Werri Beach – all for a bottle of the finest whisky. And he won.

Dave provided the following Mollymook feedback on today’s swim: “Here are some pics of the Mollymook swim squad who made the trip up to Gerringong for the Captain Christie Swim today. 1.8km from Gerringong harbour, north around the headland to Werri Beach. Greg, Kate, Chris, Sue, Wendy and Ian are showing off the bottles of scotch they received for finishing.  Melanie (Wendy and Craig’s daughter) also swam. Jill Pettifer received a prize for her age group”. 

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New Year’s Day Mollymook Ocean Swim 2022

 

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers, New Year’s Day 2022

 

Over 30 swimmers swam on New Year’s day, some missing from the pic got an early start, driving up to the north end and some others arrived late. First group of swimmers to arrive back at south Molly were Tim, Ray, and John, however some were of the belief that they took off ahead of the starter’s gun. So actual finishing positions are being reconsidered. Altogether about 30 odd swimmers were counted in the water. Special thanks to Kate, Simone, Robbie, Cheryl and Chris for providing water safety. (Birthday wishes to Robbie whose birthday was on the 2nd. Simone’s and Leckshe Losal whose birthday is today January 3.)

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers, Night of Nights

 

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Perpetual ‘Octopus’s Garden’ trophy.      Who will be the Swimmer of the Year in 2021 

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Mike the effervescent MC

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Tim, Sue and Pete, Professional Artists

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Raymondo, fiddling with his violin

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Lloyd and Mike

 

Mollymook Ocean Swimmers, Night of Nights

 

Mike our MC gave the opening introductory message:

Quote “The foundation saga of the highly esteemed and prestigious Octopus’s Garden Award for the Mollymook Ocean Swimmer of the Year began in the ocean mists off Mollymook beach.

In the early years of this century, some legendary stalwarts of the swimming group decided it was time to formally recognise peers whose deeds were deemed to be especially intrepid and consistent in the face of shifting ocean conditions. Making it to the reef, or the creek, or the corner – and back consistently with style and grace (if not pace) were essential criteria, as were the joie de vie and general inspirational vibe of the person. Also by way of the dangers associated with ocean swimming and the creatures thought to lurk in the murky depths, it was noted that sometimes humming a few bars of the Beatles ‘Octopus’s Garden’ helped overcome one’s creeping paranoia.

And so it came to pass that the Award was established”.

(Best to view pics on a large screen, click on images to enlarge)

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers Christmas Gala

 

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Perpetual ‘Octopus’s Garden’ trophy for the 2021 Swimmer of the Year

 

Mollymook Ocean Swimmers

Christmas Gala

 

    When:                       5.00 – 8.30pm Saturday, 18 December 2021.

    Where:                      Mollymook Surf Club

    What to bring:        A plate to share (Drinks purchased from the bar)

 

There will be awards – Swimmer of the Year (incorporating the perpetual Octopus’s Garden trophy pictured) plus The Golden Flipper and more – there will be music, and there will be dancing at our annual ‘night of nights’ as swimmers from different time zones (you know who you are!) gather with friends to share tall stories, fun and laughter.   See you there! Regards, Mike

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Bird Life, outback Queensland

 

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Red-Shouldered-Parrot

 

John shares these bird pics from Queensland.

Johnny Sarich (nee Smeeth) the originator of the Mollymook Ocean swim group and now settled in Charleville Queensland shares these bird pics he has taken on his travels throughout Queensland’s outback areas, enjoying life and hasn’t been locked down like us here in N.S.W.

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The Castle, Morton National Park

 

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The Castle, Morton National Park

 

The Castle, the iconic peak of Morton National Park.

The Castle is a spectacular and challenging day walk to one of the iconic peaks of Morton National Park. While the total distance is not large, the climb is capped by a series of exposed scrambles near the summit. Good fitness, coupled with a head for heights is required. The walk is not recommended when wet as the scrambles would be quite difficult and dangerous.

The walk is best from late autumn to early spring, as the cool weather allows for a more pleasant climbing temperature.

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Arrival of Daylight saving in lockdown

 

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Sunrise at Mollymook on the first day of Daylight saving

 

Daylight saving arrives during these last days of lockdown

Tim provides us with some Mollymook Ocean swimming stats for September and Fiona gives us an insight into what she does to fill in her day during lockdown in Sydney.

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Who is doing what during lockdown?

 

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Sunrise at Mollymook Beach last week, during COVID Lockdown

 

A catch up on ‘who is doing what’ to fill in their time during the COVID lockdown

 

Today’s news come to you from Agnes water / 1770 Qld., Lockhart, country NSW and Dave at the re-opening of the Dawn Fraser pool at Balmain.

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Grant in Lockdown

 

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Surf; out the back of Grant’s ‘Chateau Morrow’ property. (Therese’s pic)

 

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6.00 am early morning swim

What’s Grant up to during lock down?

 

Things are almost normal for Grant during lockdown. Swim in the morning (in two’s) and then working at home as normal 7 days a week. At this time of the year he is busy attending to his bee hives and extracting stacks of honey. However, besides his bee keeping interest, he is busy preparing his mansion to place it on the accommodation rental market for special events, weddings and holiday bookings. (Grant, a master builder, designed and built ‘Chateau Morrow’)

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8.00 am Grant, work as normal

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A chapter in Garry’s life

 

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Garry unperturbed by the big surf, shows his love for the ocean

 

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Garry and his love affair with the ocean & an occasional whisky

What’s Garry up to during lock down?

Garry writes: “One of my recent anti-boredom lockdown projects has been to sift through my collection of underwater photos.

For many years we lived and worked in Indonesia and took every opportunity to go scuba diving in our free time. That led me to take up underwater photography as a hobby. Although it was strictly a hobby, my claim to fame was to be a winner in an international underwater photography competition sponsored by The Coral Reef Alliance back in 2003.

We were fortunate in being able to visit many remote diving locations in the Indonesian archipelago and witness lots of weird and wonderful underwater life and scenery.

This was in the pre-digital camera days so all photos were taken with an analogue camera in an underwater housing and then developed as colour slides.

Since my retirement, I have scanned the slides (around 500!) to convert them to digital files and thought you might be interested in sharing a few of them with the Mollymook Swimmers.

Thanks for doing such a great job with your daily bulletins and I hope these photos may add to the variety of contributions. Best regards, Garry H.”

 

(These pics are amazing. Best to view them on a large computer screen, A MUST; click on images to enlarge)