The rumours had been floating around for a while. Founder Jules, who had slipped into the second column on the Pacific Challenge, was coming back to crack the 1000km. It did mean a couple of 9km days, but that would be a warm up for someone who has done the Rottnest swim both ways!!
As ever the warmth of hugs from friends and abundant sunny smiles proved perfect distractions from the overcast sky and the blustery on-shore wind.
The enormous weekend crowd winds its way down to the beach.
Minding the rocks, we rolled with the waves out to the point.
Amazingly Rainer found the blog camera!
Even more amazing, some swimmers even waited for the ‘Let’s go’, before heading over to Shelly.
The bumpy swell is quite exhilarating don’t you think? In conditions as today you really know you are wild swimming – a term applied open water swimming in the early 1900’s.
Hanging out at Shelly, I spot Matt looking chuffed.
Reaching 1000km really is such a commitment to not only the maintenance of a joyful, regular habit, but the continuing viability of the coffee shops of Manly.
Visibility was well below par – so no fishy photos from today. However, I found this one of a gorgeous Blue Groper on my camera from a few weeks ago.
The ritual embarrassment followed post swim. This group has such a great way of celebrating milestones.
Then of course, there is the treat of Elizabeth’s cakes.
Have a wonderful Saturday.
Next weekend is your first chance to collect a Summer 6km Swim Badge
Saturday 5 December kicks off the 6 km summer swims. These are on every Saturday during summer.
There is one 10 km swim in December, February and March 2015/16. The proposed date of the first 10 km swim is Saturday 12 December.
2016 Calendars are HERE!!
The 2016 B&B calendars are now on sale. Get your copy from Ian any day at the swim, or order online HERE. They make a great Christmas gift for family and friends, here or overseas. This year the calendars are even more impressive in a larger A3 format, all for the same cost as last year – just $15 each.
RED FEB is coming in February 2016
In anticipation of our participation in the RED FEB Relay next year, Heart Research Australia will provide some invaluable monthly information on general heart health. November's offering:
Did you know that three times more men die from heart disease than prostate cancer? Heart disease is one of the leading health risks facing men today. Every day, 98 Australian men have a heart attack; 1 in 7 of these men will die. According to a recent Australian Health Survey, three times more men die from heart disease than prostate cancer - yet most men don’t know they have heart disease until they have a heart attack.
90 per cent of Australians have one modifiable risk factor for heart disease. The good news is that there are measures you can take to protect yourself from this largely preventable disease. The risk factors you can control include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, insufficient physical activity, obesity, diabetes, poor nutrition, and excessive intake of alcohol. Other risk factors that are beyond our control include age, gender, family history and ethnicity. You are never too young or too old to start taking care of your heart!
B&B Fundraising Christmas Party
The B&B Christmas Party is on Tuesday 8th December at 6.30 pm in the Moonshine Bar (2nd Floor) at the Steyne Hotel. All swimmers and partners/friends are welcome (no under 18s unfortunately). The theme again this year is simply Christmas. So, come dressed in your finest Christmas paraphernalia. No need to be shy as we will have the whole bar to ourselves. Finger food will be provided by the Steyne, and drinks will be at bar prices. Lots of fun and dancing are guaranteed, with music by our own band “The Troubadors”, who have generously agreed to perform free of charge for us on the night. The cost is $10 per head, with all proceeds going to the running costs of the B&B. But that’s not all. Our charity partner, the Royal Far West Children’s Home, will be running a monster raffle on the night, so please come prepared to support them. Bookings are essential. Book HERE now! Don’t miss out on this fun event, numbers are limited.
At the Christmas Party, we will have a fantastic lucky door prize – a Swiss made Australian OceanMoon watch valued at $490 - donated by Bausele Australia. To celebrate the occasion, Bausele will give a 15% discount to all Bold & Beautiful swimmers who purchase a watch on their website. To see their range of watches go to https://www.bausele.com/ehome/, and to activate the discount, just enter the discount code BAB15 when purchasing a watch. Not only that, Bausele will donate 15% of the value of each and every sale on this code to the Bold and Beautiful. The Oceanmoon watch is ideal for ocean enthusiasts like the B&B swimmers, and features advanced ocean technology including water resistance up to 200m, moon phase, tide display and a 40mm face making it unique in its tracking of the Southern Hemisphere Lunar phase and tidal movements.
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. Also, if you have a bit more experience, keep an eye out for new swimmers who might need company. Do read these excellent tips on staying safe in the surf. To read, or even download, click here.
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