It is NSW’s most popular and best known beach. While this beach is has many danguerous currents and surf, it is very popular among swimmers. It stretches for 800m from Ben Buckler headland to McKenzie Point, giving a good distance for swimming.
Saturday we returned to one of the swimmers favourite swimming destinations Bondi Beach. The day started out slightly overcast with a water temperature of 17 degrees. Swell had dropped and the small waves were welcomed by all. Swimmers Marty, Rachel, Karl were still low on energy from their biggest swim to date the week before. The plan was to swim up to 3hrs and generally start to rebuild the swimming time.
The first trip down to Iceburgs and back went without incident. After the first feed and coffees supplied by Vlad we had 12 swimmers and Evan paddling the kayak. Chris and Katarina joined Fi w, Fi?, Karl, Marty, Rachel, Anna D, Cyrel, Jai and Ross. The biggest surprise for everyone was that Big John Jameson was on the beach with the biggest victory grin in the known universe has ever seen! Big warm hugs of celebration were enjoyed by everyone. Celebrating the first Vladswimer crossing the channel was the perfect motivation for the next couple of laps.
Not long after everyone was in the water someone spotted a pod of Dolphins swimming. Suddenly Tori was also motivated to swim.
On the way back to the 2nd feed Anna and Rachel got the fright of the lives when a pod of dolphins swam directly underneath them. For a split second both thought they saw sharks and screamed in unison and the same scream turned to a song of joy when the realised that they were dolphins and how close they came to them. Karl (now known as Cpt Brown Pants) also had the unique experience of the big grey beast. Fi w does a perfect re-enactment of his moment all be it sounding a little Scottish.
Details of swim:
- 1.5 – 3hours (4 - 12 laps Bondi)
- Feeding from the beach after 4 laps
- One swim lap is around 800m
What to bring: the usual, nutrition, drink and smile
Waiver form: No waiver no swim!
Swim Duration: 4 hours