Tuesday, 15 November 2016

SwimTrek: Dalmatian Coast, Croatia - Dawn Walker


After hearing lots of positive and exciting feedback about SwimTrek holidays (from Rebecca, Mike and other friends…) we decided that it would too good an opportunity to miss: combining a trip to the UK with a few cheeky ocean swims in Europe beforehand.

Looking at the options, we narrowed it down to Greece, Turkey and Croatia and picked the Dalmatian Coast for our final choice as it was a place none of us had ever visited before. We decided on the 4km a day swim option as this allowed us time to explore on land too.

Six of us headed off from NZ in July this year: Deryn McGregor (her husband ,Craig, was a non 
swimmer participant), Kim and David Parker (open water competitors in NZ), Giles Walker, and myself. We organised ourselves to get to the beautiful island of Prvic Luka for the Swim Trek briefing. This island was to be our home for the week. A stunning setting, no motorised vehicles, no road network, history galore and an abundance of ocean! 

The week consisted of daily swims (sometimes one longer one,
other days two shorter swims). Each day the Swim Trek boat and skipper would arrive, and along with our two SwimTrek instructors we would head to a different location, all within the Dalmatian Coast area. There was a variety of swims: circumnavigating islands, crossings between islands, bay to bay etc. Each swim was well set up, health and safety was paramount, groups swam with similar ability swimmers and had a boat alongside. All in all there were 15 swimmers from around the globe sharing a similar love of swimming in the ocean. 

Outside of the swimming there were opportunities to explore the history of the area, with the instructors advising and organising trips to see significant historical sites. Evenings were spent dining in local restaurants and sharing stories with each other. We were particularly impressed with how our non swimmer, Craig, was welcomed and included. He was allowed to come out on the boat each day, if he wished, and be involved with ‘bombs’ off the boat, if he wished!

Croatia is a beautiful country and many of the swimmers spent time before and after visiting the major cities such as Dubrovnik and Zagreb. The sea was predominantly calm and clear and water
temperatures were perfect, around the low 20s. With daily temperatures in the mid 30s, this was refreshing! 

If you love open water swimming, hanging out with new and old friends and want to combine a holiday with your favourite sport (without the pressure of Scott Rice’s hooter and a mad rush for the first buoy!) then a SwimTrek holiday is a must do. We are already eyeing up our next one...too many to choose from but the Galapagos Islands sounds like one worth saving up for.

Records Fall at the 2016 NZMS Long Course Champs

It was a very successful event with a massive 60 records smashed!

Congratulations to all record breakers and a big thank you to North Shore Masters for running a brilliant and well organized Swim Meet!

Please note that these results are still provisional!

Female:

1500m FS         Old Record       Gaye Willetts                WK2                22:34.29           11           
55-59yrs           New Record      Rebecca Perrott             LV4                 21:09.81            11.11.16

800m FS           Old Record       Gaye Willetts                WK2                11:49.16           11
55-59yrs           New Record      Rebecca Perrott             LV4                 11:17.73            11.11.16

200m Back       Old Record       Julie Gunthorp             NS1                  3:07.42             06
55-59yrs           New Record      Rebecca Perrott             LV4                 2:59.91             12.11.16

100m Back       Old Record       Julie Gunthorp             NS1                  1:27.31             06
55-59yrs           New Record      Rebecca Perrott             LV4                 1:21.60             13.11.16

200m FS           Old Record       Heather Campbell         HM2                2:26.43             08
55-59yrs           New Record      Rebecca Perrott             LV4                 2:25.27             12.11.16

400m FS           Old Record       Gaye Willetts                WK2                5:40.62             11
55-59yrs           New Record      Rebecca Perrott             LV4                 5:12.81             13.11.16

1500m FS         Old Record       Eleanor Pinfold             HM2                24:11.40           16
65-69yrs           New Record      Eleanor Pinfold             HM2                23:31.33            11.11.16

800m FS           Old Record       Eleanor Pinfold             HM2                12:42.88           16
65-69yrs           New Record      Eleanor Pinfold             HM2                12:30.33            11.11.16

100m FS           Old Record       Eleanor Pinfold             HM2                1:19.96             16
65-69yrs           New Record      Eleanor Pinfold             HM2                1:18.07             12.11.16

400m FS           Old Record       Eleanor Pinfold             HM2                6:06.31             15
65-69yrs           New Record      Eleanor Pinfold             HM2                6:04.73             13.11.16

1500m FS         Old Record       Alison Leach                RK1                 28:54.21           11
70-74yrs           New Record      Mary Ann Turbitt         NP3                  28:33.34            11.11.16

800m FS           Old Record       Alison Leach                RK1                 15:11.94           11
70-74yrs           New Record      Mary Ann Turbitt         NP3                  14:58.41            11.11.16

200m FS           Old Record       Alison Leach                RK1                 2:56.10             11
70-74yrs           New Record      Mary Ann Turbitt         NP3                  3:20.78             12.11.16

400m FS           Old Record       Alison Leach                RK1                 7:24.03             11
70-74yrs           New Record      Mary Ann Turbitt         NP3                  7:04.81             13.11.16

1500m FS         Old Record       Marie Collins                NL1                 33:19.54           03
75-79yrs           New Record      Alison Leach                RK1                 31:35.01            11.11.16

800m FS           Old Record       Olga Johnson                DL2                 16:51.42           98
75-79yrs           New Record      Alison Leach                RK1                 16:40.98            11.11.16

200m FS           Old Record       Olga Johnson                DL2                 3:50.82             98
75-79yrs           New Record      Alison Leach                RK1                 3:50.55             12.11.16

1500m FS         Old Record       Kath Johnstone            NS1                  50:56.67           98
80-84yrs           New Record      Alison McKay              GB2                 36:12.09            11.11.16

50m Fly            Old Record       Rebecca Perrott             LV4                 00:31.97           96
35-39yrs           New Record      Jolie Fenwick                HM2                00:31.71            12.11.16

100m Breast     Old Record       Jolie Fenwick                HM2                1:18.66             16
35-39yrs           New Record      Jolie Fenwick                HM2                1:17.28             12.11.16

50m FS            Old Record       Jolie Fenwick                HM2                00:28.42           16
35-39yrs           New Record      Jolie Fenwick                HM2                00:28.34            13.11.16

50m Breast       Old Record       Jolie Fenwick                HM2                00:34.93           16
35-39yrs           New Record      Jolie Fenwick                HM2                00:34.37            13.11.16

50m Fly            Old Record       Shelley Rowland           TBSS               00:31.54           16
45-49yrs           New Record      Shelley Rowland           TB1                  00:30.74            12.11.16

50m Back         Old Record       Glenda Biddle               NS1                  00:36.05           99
45-49yrs           New Record      Shelley Rowland           TB!                  00:35.23            12.11.16

100m Back       Old Record       Shelley Rowland           TBSS               1:18.00             16
45-49yrs           New Record      Shelley Rowland           TB1                  1:14.72             13.11.16

50m Fly            Old Record       Julie Gunthorp             NS1                  00:42.52           12
65-69yrs           New Record      Sandra Burrow              TB1                  00:38.54            12.11.16

200m FS           Old Record       Eleanor Pinfold             HM2                2:56.10             15
65-69yrs           New Record      Sandra Burrow              TB1                  2:52.06             12.11.16

100m Fly          Old Record       Julie Gunthorp             NS1                  1:42.13             12
65-69yrs           New Record      Sandra Burrow              TB1                  1:38.67             13.11.16

100m Breast     Old Record       Danielle Howard           NS1                  1:22.54             06.11.16
40-44yrs           New Record      Danielle Howard           NS1                  1:22.44             12.11.16

50m Breast       Old Record       Danielle Howard           NS1                  00:38.03            06.11.16
40-44yrs           New Record      Danielle Howard           NS1                  00:37.72            13.11.16

100m Breast     Old Record       Christine Kingsbeer      Petone              1:30.89             95
45-49yrs           New Record      Dawn Walker                SC1                  1:27.99             12.11.16

50m Breast       Old Record       Christine Kingsbeer      Petone              00:41.18           95
45-49yrs           New Record      Dawn Walker                SC1                  00:39.40            13.11.16

100m Fly          Old Record       Rebecca Perrott             LV4                 1:16.90             12
50-54yrs           New Record      Nicola Clement             NS1                  1:14.99             13.11.16

Men:

1500m FS         Old Record       Kim Harker                  QEII                 18:56.97           97
45-49yrs           New Record      Brent Foster                 RK1                 17:35.48            11.11.16

800m FS           Old Record       Kim Harker                  QEII                 9:27.10             09
45-49yrs           New Record      Brent Foster                 RK1                 9:21.91             11.11.16

400m IM          Old Record       Wayne Evans                FV5                  5:23.83             11
45-49yrs           New Record      Brent Foster                 RK1                 5:06.62             12.11.16

200m Fly          Old Record       Steven Prescott             DN5                 2:30.21             99
45-49yrs           New Record      Brent Foster                 RK1                 2:27.10             12.11.16

400m FS           Old Record       Wayne Evans                FV5                  4:35.93             11
45-49yrs           New Record      Brent Foster                 RK1                 4:30.96             13.11.16

1500m FS         Old Record       Paul Garratt                  KT2                 27:45.46           11
75-79yrs           New Record      Derek Eaton                 TM5                 26:26.52            11.11.16

200m FS           Old Record       Paul Garratt                  KT2                 3:06.99             11
75-79yrs           New Record      Derek Eaton                 TM5                 3:06.12             12.11.16

400m FS           Old Record       Paul Garratt                  KT2                 6:51.66             11
75-79yrs           New Record      Derek Eaton                 TM5                 6:38.12             13.11.16

400m IM          Old Record       Mark Suckling              QEII                 5:06.81             02
25-29yrs           New Record      Colin Coombs               HC4                 5:06.14             12.11.16

200m Fly          Old Record       Mark Saunders              DL2                 2:23.27             84
25-29yrs           New Record      Colin Coombs               HC4                 2:22.46             12.11.16

50m Fly            Old Record       Don Bidwell                 NS1                  00:56.52           15
80-84yrs           New Record      Graham Leach              RK1                 00:54.02            12.11.16

200m FS           Old Record       Sidney Salek                 DL2                 3:39.40             10
80-84yrs           New Record      Graham Leach              RK1                 3:27.09             12.11.16

100m FS           Old Record       Forbes Sonntag             DN5                 1:34.23             13
80-84yrs           New Record      Graham Leach              RK1                 1:26.47             12.11.16

50m FS            Old Record       Forbes Sonntag             DN5                 00:37.98           13
80-84yrs           New Record      Graham Leach              RK1                 00:37.72            13.11.16

400m FS           Old Record       Sidney Salek                 DL2                 8:02.79             10
80-84yrs           New Record      Graham Leach              RK1                 7:35.62             13.11.16

100m Breast     Old Record       Mark Cowling               SC1                  1:22.67             16
55-59yrs           New Record      Mark Cowling               SC1                  1:22.43             12.11.16

100m Breast     Old Record       Sidney Salek                 DL2                 3:08.71             15
85-89 yrs          New Record      Sidney Salek                 DL2                 2:54.30             12.11.16

50m Breast       Old Record       Bill Farrell                    TJ3                   1:33.12             95
85-89yrs           New Record      Sidney Salek                 DL2                 1:18.97             13.11.16

200m FS           Old Record       Rob Cameron               NL1                 2:05.02             92
30-34yrs           New Record      Matheus F. Ribeiro       KT2                 2:01.24             12.11.16

400m FS           Old Record       Rob Cameron               NL1                 4:26.73 92
30-34yrs           New Record      Matheus F. Ribeiro       KT2                 4:17.69             13.11.16

200m FS           Old Record       Barry Young                 NS1                  2:46.99             09
70-74yrs           New Record      Ian Gunthorp                NS1                  2:44.87             12.11.16

50m Back         Old Record       John De Vries               WK2                00:34.33           15
55-59yrs           New Record      Dion Twiss                   KT2                 00:34.29            12.11.16

100m FS           Old Record       Jon Winter                   Petone              00:54.04           98
25-29yrs           New Record      Tim Wright                  NC5                 00:54.00            12.11.16

50m FS            Old Record       Adam Perrott                LV4                 00:24.96           96
25-29yrs           New Record      Tim Wright                  NC5                 00:24.75            13.11.16

100m FS           Old Record       Alex Bennett                MM4                00:58.65           09
45-49yrs           New Record      Mark Weldon                RK1                 00:55.56            12.11.16

100m Fly          Old Record       Mark Weldon                RK1                 01:00.46           16
45-49yrs           New Record      Mark Weldon                RK1                 00:56.69            13.11.16

 200m Fly          No previous record
20-24yrs           Record created  Jack Revill                    NS1                  2:49.46             12.11.16






Win a 4 Event Pass to the Orewa Beach Series 2016/17



We have 2 X 4 Event Passes to the Orewa Beach Series to give away each worth $68.

To go into the draw to win one of these 4 event passes please complete the form below on or before the 25th November.  Or complete the form at this link:  Entry Form

Winners will be notified on the 26 November by email and announced on our facebook page.

G.J. Gardner. Homes - Orewa Beach Series 2016/17



The G.J. Gardner. Homes Orewa Beach Series is kicking off on Thursday the 1st of December for 10 weeks over summer!

The Beach Series off offers a Swim, Stand up Paddle and Run event with different distances to suit ALL fitness levels and ages. Check out our awesome Beach Series promo video which will show what the event is all about.


Event Options
  • Ocean Swim - Swim 2000m (NEW in 2016!) | Swim 1500m Swim 1000m | Swim 500m | Junior Swim 250m
  • Run - Beach Run 5km | Junior Run 2.5km
  • Stand Up Paddle - 4km Elite SUP | 3km SUP | 1km SUP

For more information and to register go to www.beachseries.co.nz

Upcoming Events

NEW ZEALAND OCEAN SWIM SERIES 2016/17

Sand to Surf, Mt Maunganui - 19 November 2016
Harbour Crossing, Auckland - 3 December 2016
Capital Classic, Wellington - 29 January 2017
Legend of The Lake, Rotorua - 18 February 2017
Christchurch Crown, Christchurch - 4th March 2017
Bay of Islands, Paihia - 18 March 2017
King of the Bays, Auckland - 8 April 2017

Visit their website for more information and to enter:  www.oceanswim.co.nz

AUCKLAND HARBOUR SWIMS with Auckland Central Masters

BAYS and NZMS Master Champs - 4 December 2016
CHELSEA - 26 February 2017
RANGITOTO - 19 March 2017
MARATHON 10km - 16 April 2017

Entries:  www.aucklandharbourswims.org.nz

OREWA Beach Series starts 1 December 2016: www.orewabeachseries.co.nz

KATIKATI MASTERS SWIMMING CLUB Orokawa to Waihi Beach 2 km Ocean Swim Tuesday, 3rd January 2017:  Entry Form

2017 NZ 33.3m Pool Championships - Katikati :  14 January 2017:  Entry Form

2017 Foveaux Masters Lake Hayes Swim Queenstown (approx 2.4km) NOW 22 January 2017Entry Form

Roskill Masters Red Beach Swim 22 January:  Entry Form


NZ Masters Games, Whanganui: 3 - 12 February 2017: Flyer

2017 Foveaux Masters Awarua Bay Swim, Invercargill (approx 2km) 25 February 2017: Entry Form

World Masters Games 2017www.worldmastersgames2017.co.nz

FINA World Masters Champs 2017:  FINA Website and Schedule