It was a perfect morning for Jules Isbill's return visit today! If it wasn't for Jules and her lovely partner Michael, this amazing daily drama wouldn't exist. She started the B&B swim off over 5 years ago and worked hard to make it the inclusive, friendly, popular activity it is now. Thank you Jules and Michael! Great to have you with us for a few days!
Spectacular sunrise as the Drinkless Express entered the ocean at 6.30am...
Clacker shot of the day is of Storchy's Booty Campers! Another free, welcoming, friendly activity available to all every Mon, Wed and Friday from 6-7am. Best pre-swim warm up!
Lovely Jules appears and congratulates Bruce on his son's new job, Premier of NSW!
World famous Lips gives Jules a welcome hug. (Well he is number 4 if you google 'jimble')
The 'Budgie Parade' that will be a feature of most of my blogs from now on! (It's Lainey Loo btw filling in for Lesbubbles who is having a well deserved break :-)
A re-enactment of the meeting of Mike Baird and Vicar Tim at the weekend. Tim featured in the newspaper in his pink budgies shaking Mike's hand but forgot to hold his tummy in. His friends have been calling him Teletubbie Tim ever since, so he shows us what a bit of tummy suck can do!
Mother and daughter pose...
It's amazingly clear as soon as we start swimming today with loads to be seen before we even reach The Point. Blackfish and Rabbitfish below...
This Blind Shark has been hiding in the rocks close to The Point for weeks!
Mados and Silver Sweep
Sergeant Baker perched on a rock...
Juvenile Sergeant Baker
A ball of catfish swirling around together! (These were in the rocks near the yellow shed.)
"Let's Go" at The Point.
The first swimmers arrive at Shelly.
Ian and his son Cam, Booty Camp and swim together today.
And blog tart for an underwater shot!
How lucky was I to spot a cute, small cuttlefish close to the rocks only 100 metres from the beach on my swim in?!!! (3 disguises in 2 minutes!)
Miles below (with shirt undone) body surfed 'The Bommy' or Bombora at the weekend during one of his Channel Swim training swims with The Frosty Nuts. (I'll try and repost Sprout Daily's photo of him doing it later.)
Apres-swim photos of our swimmers...
Dr John aka John Jackson in the second photo down is swimming from Manly to Bondi on 21st June with a group of B&Bers. They are raising money for Bear Cottage. They really need a support boat or two. If anyone can help please comment in blog comments below!
Important Message from John Kelly
We are having our Anzac Day Service after the swim this year at 8am with Manly Surf Club so please stay around for it. Greg will be on his bugle and Bella singing so it will be a wonderful event!
The Trivia Night is pretty much sold out!!
There might be a random ticket or two if you are lucky. So, if you want tickets – and haven’t booked, or have booked (and paid) but now can not attend, please send Ian an email at [email protected] (copy and paste the address ‘cause this is not a link).
This year we will be joined by the Royal Far West who will be assisting in fundraising for the event, and will receive part of the funds raised on the night.
Really if you haven’t been using the B&B i-Log then you must be new!! Almost 75% of swimmers are now using the B&B i-Log. Log your swim ANYTIME of day using this really efficient and easy way to ensure your swim is recorded in the daily attendance and on the Pacific Challenge. To get started, send an email to Ian Forster [email protected] (This is not a link so please copy and paste into your email). He will check that your email address is activated on the attendance register then send you info on how to get started.
We have had seen the return of some serious waves and rips this past week! Were you prepared? Remember that there are no badges for scaring yourself silly! While it is great to extend your boundaries, it is important to know your limits. Do read these excellent tips on staying safe in the surf. To read, or even download, click here.
Temp: 21.4 degrees
Sunrise: 6.23 am
Sunset: 5.22 pm
Have a wonderful day folks!
Lainey Loo aka E-laine