WINTER swimmers at Narooma and Bermagui will reluctantly take to the water for the last time on Sunday as the season comes to end this Father’s Day.
The Narooma Numnutz last weekend crossed the bar again for the fifth time this season, with 15 swimmers riding the incoming tide in glorious, sunny conditions – although the water was a bit chilly at 14 degrees.
The club thanks Marine Rescue Narooma for sounding a warning on the radio of the presence of the swimmers in the channel.
The swim saw the return of Podge Rogerson and his kids after a four-month family road trip around Australia, while Scotty Cavanagh while having watched each swim this year on crutches finally had his first swim after the cast came off his broken leg.
Two Bermagui Blue Balls also attended in lieu of their own swim, while regular attendee Pete White from Berridale also came down for his last swim of the season.
The Narooma swimmers after their final swim this Sunday will celebrate the end of the season with a big breakfast at the Raw Prawn Bistro at O’Brien’s Hotel where the Numnut of the Year will be named.
Numbers are required for catering so contact Ray on 4476 1829 to book your place for breakfast, but all swimmers are welcome at the far end of Bar Beach at 9am.
The Bermagui Blue Balls meanwhile will end their first season in existence with a final swim at the usual spot on Horseshoe Bay in front of the surf club.
The “nude” swim earlier planned for Bermagui has been postponed for an upcoming season when the club is more established.
Blue Balls founder Gary Pearse meanwhile had a swim across the Tasman last Sunday after attending the rugby in Wellington, New Zealand.
Gary cleared the cobwebs after a night of commiserating over the Wallabies loss by taking a dip in Oriental Bay with a group of Kiwi sea-swimmers from the Tri and Swim Fit squad.
The squad swims year round meeting at the Freyberg pool and on Sunday they did their regular swim out to the Lighthouse and back, a round trip of 2.5km.
For the record, the water at Wellington was 11 degrees, as cold as it ever gets on the Far South Coast.
The Narooma Numnutz now prepare for their end-of-season trip to the Winter Swimming Association of Australia (WSAA) national championships, this year hosted by the Cottesloe Crabs in Perth.
This year the club is sending eight swimmers plus record keeper Ray Hirst, meaning it will be two short for the 10-man, nominated-time relay, but new friends will be made no doubt.
The video of last Sunday’s swim can be found on YouTube at “Narooma Numnutz bar swim 4” and all the photos/reports can be found on the Narooma Numnutz winter swimmers Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NaroomaNumnutzWinterSwimmers?fref=ts