This blogger has been sidelined from the water for the next 5 weeks.
Today I can only sit, watch and ponder at what it is that draws us back to these almost pristine oceans from where all life began.
Today I will endeavour to delve into the evolution of Homo Erectus
to Homo BoldusBeautifulus
Our species evolved into land dwelling, warm blooded mammals.
Protection from the elements became an absolute necessity.
Complex social structures developed.
Some developed wonderfully coloured plumage and adornments to stand out from the crowd.
In 1859 Charles Darwin wrote "On the Origin of the Species". This is considered to be the foundation of evolutionary biology and the process of natural selection. In it he explained how different groups formed and diverged.
Here we have a breakaway group, a sub-species, these days known as "Ted's Triangle".
Some never really made it very far from the treetops.
3 million years of evolution and the only change – a loss of hair.
Others, the sick and diseased had to be cut from the pack for the welfare of the whole group.
While other divergent groups managed to rejoin this evolutionary pathway at halfway.
Darwin's proposal for the mechanism of evolutionary change was natural selection, now known as “ survival of the fittest"
A shining example of which was Annie's 1000k milestone this morning.
Starting the morning at 997k, the 1000k was tantalisingly close.
Here after her 6:30 swim, now at 998.5k and ready to hit the water again.
After some last minute consultation with Sophie
She ditched the wetsuit, checked the lipstick and was ready to go.
Meanwhile at Shelly, the crowd was cheering and clamouring to be part of this epic event.
Now having completed 999.25k, she was ready for her triumphant return to Manly.
Crowds lined the shore and walkways, the atmosphere was electric.
As she emerged from the water, Lainey, the "Keeper of the Sash" was first to greet her.
Then the festivities began.
A shrine was constructed in the hope that at some time in the distant future, this may give archaeologists an insight into this most important period of history.
One thing will always remain constant –
The lure of that ancestral ocean draws us back to an almost spiritual immersion, time and time again.
Monthly Dinner – Chat Night!
The next B&B monthly dinner will be on Tuesday 14th March at 6.30 pm at Bluewater Restaurant. Come along and have a chat with your swimming buddies, or meet new ones. This is always a fun night, so don’t miss out. The cost of the dinner is only $25 a head and includes shared entrees, a selection of mains to choose (incl a vegetarian option) and corkage (for byo wine only). Glasses of beer or wine and desserts are also available at the special price of only $5 each. Numbers are limited, so bookings are essential. To avoid disappointment and secure your spot please BOOK HERE NOW,
2017 Summer Badge Ceremony – Sunday 2nd April
You’ve done the hard yards and got your Summer Badge(s), now come and collect your badges with all the pomp and ceremony the B&B can muster. Bring along $10 for each badge you have earned (correct money appreciated). The venue is the Royal Far West Children’s Home (opposite the beach) on Sunday 2nd April, straight after the regular swim! Everyone is welcome, family, friends and swimmers alike.
A $5 donation will be payable to the RFW at the gate for hosting this event, and .... RFW will provide a FREE breakfast (sausage sandwich and a coffee/tea). Bookings are essential to ensure there is enough food. Book here for Badge Breakfast
All 2017 summer badge qualifiers will be presented with their well earned badge(s), so whether you are getting one personally or you want to enjoy the celebrations of your fellow swimmers, a great morning is guaranteed so come along, soak up the atmosphere and get inspired for the upcoming winter badges...