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Wrecked – The Tangalooma Ocean Swim Report

March 22, 2010

“A great day out, interrupted by an ocean swim” This describes the 1st Tangalooma “Wrecked” Ocean swim; brought to us by Weekend Warriors Events. Event co-ordinator John Guise was both welcoming and professional, as were all the organisers and volunteers of this well orchestrated and thoroughly enjoyable event. There were some really nice touches to this event, including but not exclusive to, getting a handshake with a “good swim” and handed a powerade at the finish line. Distance 2.4km; with the option of a team of two; mass beach start, around the outside of the wrecks and then parallel to the beach; finishing at the Tangalooma resort. The water was calm and tepid, and clear enough to spot some marine life – a couple of rays and some starfish!

Results:
Brett Jackson: 5th place (category 36 +) Time : 31:00:76 (3min off 1st place and 5 mins off 1st place cat 19yrs – 35yrs)
Abi Griffin: 7th place (category 19-35yrs) Time : 37:03:44 (1min behind Emma Thomson and Less than 5mins off 1st place)

This was a fantastic event; I would love to see a big group go over for this next year. Asides from an enjoyable and challenging swim, there was plenty of time in the afternoon to explore the wrecks; which are teaming with ocean and reef fish and covered in coral; have lunch, and relax in a beautiful part of the world. Tips for anyone interested in next year; I will be bringing an esky, with a picnic lunch and beverages… otherwise, perfection. I have attached some photo’s as well. In the race start photo’s you can pick out Brett and I as we are both wearing Blue Seventy wetsuits which have the blue rings at the top of the arms. See photo’s me fitting my wetsuit, the mass start, me finishing, Brett finish and Brett again at the finish. See the results at the website . Article contributed by Abi Griffin.

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