THE Narooma Numnutz winter swimming on Sunday wrapped up their 2013 season with one final swim through the bar.
There were 19 swimmers and the water was 16 degrees on an outgoing tide.
The folks at the Raw Prawn Bistro cooked up a full breakfast and dessert and publican Paul O’Brien was named Numnut of the Year.
Here is record keeper Ray Hirst’s end-of-season report:
There were 17 swims in 2013 with 19.5 degrees the highest water temperature and 13 the lowest.
The club saw several new members join including ladies Pip Thorn and Dawn Critcher as well as Pete White from Berridale and from Narooma OAM Trevor Bennett and Ken Shepherd.
Some very good swims with the tide through the bar either out from Bar Beach and then back over the break wall, or out from the other side of the break wall and in through bar on incoming tide.
Fine master Brent Lockton has been very mean this year handing out fines for everything from wearing flippers to parking illegally – but hopefully he goes a little easier on the ladies next year.
Top attendees for the year include Graham Spicer, Chris Black and Ray Hirst with a perfect 17, Ken Shepherd and Paul O’Brien at 16, Stan Gorton at 15 (with two missing days spent swimming with the Bermagui Blue Balls), Glen Bywater at 15, Steve Dobson at 14, Brent Lockton, Pip Thorn and Jason Hextell at 13, Scotty Cavanagh at 12, Dawn Critcher and Trevor Bennett at 10, Baillie O’Brien at 9, Greg Willis at 8 and so on and so on.
Eight members depart on September 12 for the Winter Swimming Association of Australia (WSAA) national championships this year taking place at the new 10-lane pool at Challenge Stadium, Perth.
Special thanks to the major sponsors Paul O’Brien at the Million Dollar View Hotel for drinks and shirts, Scotty and Becc Cavanagh for great breakfasts and cakes, Narooma News and Stan Gorton for publicity and a big thank-you to Marine Rescue Narooma for warning boaties of swimmers in the channel.
Blue Balls wrap up first season
THE newly formed Bermagui Blue Balls winters swimmers held their final swim on Sunday, which they reckon was by far their best.
Having been inspired by their Narooma Numnutz brothers, they decided to jump in at a little beach on the inside of the northern breakwater at Bermagui harbour.
“Entering the water we were quickly picked up by the outgoing tide which took us past the end of the breakwaters at which time we took a dog leg left onto the northern beach,” club founder Gary Pearse said.
“Bundies all round and back to the pub where our great supporter Dave was pouring beer like a one armed bricklayer in Beruit.
“Any suggestions on how we could improve numbers would be great. No, swimming in summer is not an option!”
The Blue Balls are planning a Christmas swim.