PHOTOS/VIDEO: Narooma Bermagui swimmers at Tathra Wharf to Waves

COMPETITORS from the Narooma and Bermagui area took to the waters and tracks in this year’s Tathra Wharf to Waves.

Around 1200 people turned out to watch the Wharf to Waves ocean swims on Sunday morning.

The event also attracted nearly 400 competitors across eight age categories ranging from 13 years old, to veteran competitor in Rob Forest who was taking on his eighth swim at the age of 82.

Millie Boyle of Cobargo and the Bermagui Surf Life Saving Club and Clifford Taylor of Narooma finished first in the 600m swim in their age division of 14 to 17.

Clifford also finished third in the secondary school section of the 2km fun run held on Saturday, while Cecilia Collum-Davies also of Narooma finished first in the same race.

Bermagui surf club also had Warren Marshall and Ruth Burgess swimming.

Bermagui Blue Balls winter swimmers came out on force with swimmers Richard Gorton, Roger Stuart, Gary Pearse, Ian Bailey, Robert Johnson.

The Narooma Numnutz winters swimmers were represented by Dawn Henderson, who swam the 1200, while her partner Craig swam the 600m.

Narooma News editor Stan Gorton joined his fellow winter swimmers at the Tathra Wharf to Waves, swimming in the 600m event.

After last year's big seas that had swimmers getting battered in the chop and swallowing their fair share of seawater, this year's event dawned with flat, calm conditions perfect for ocean swimming.

Overcast conditions and somewhat "green" water did however make the waters look a little dark and foreboding and the relatively chilly 18-degree water meant some complaining from competitors as they waited for the starting hooter treading water at the start line strung out from the Tathra Wharf.

Once again the ocean swim was magnificently organised by the Tathra Surf Life Saving Club with swimmers of all abilities feeling safe at all times with support boats and boards shepherding them along the way.

The swimmers are looking forward to next year’s event and are hoping for calm conditions again!

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