March 31 - April 6, 2024: Issue 620


Jim Colley - Shaun Connor Selected For Paris 2024 Olympics

Jim Colley and Shaun Connor CREDIT Australian Sailing Team
Congratulations to Jim Colley, Barrenjoey alumni and Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and his sailing partner Shaun Connor, Manly 16ft Skiff Club, who have qualified for the Olympics in Sailing.

On Thursday March 28 2024 the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) announced the selection of four sailing athletes in the Australian Olympic Team in the 49er and 49erFX classes, with the Paris 2024 Games now just over 100 days away.

London silver medallist Olivia Price will return to the Olympic stage after being selected to the Australian Olympic Team by the Australian Olympic Committee for this year’s Paris Games, 12 years after becoming the youngest female sailor to win an Olympic medal sailing as part of the team that included Pittwater sailor Nina Curtis.

Olivia returns in a new class, with a new partner, after she was announced alongside Evie Haseldine in the 49erFX and Jim Colley and Shaun Connor in the 49er as Australia’s skiff selections for the Olympic regatta.

“Tears started welling up in my eyes,” said Price on receiving the selection call.

“I never thought I would come back to Olympic sailing so it is a really special feeling that I never thought I would get to feel again.”

Price missed selection for Rio 2016 in the 49erFX before taking time out of the sport, but returned when a social-distanced walk with lifelong friend and mentee Haseldine during a COVID-19 lockdown laid the foundation for Paris 2024.

“I’ve known Evie since she was born,” said Price with a laugh.

“I stopped sailing for about five years [but returned] once we had that conversation [about sailing together]. I wasn’t really looking for anything to step back into, but what really sparked my interest was Evie’s dedication, her enthusiasm for the sport, and doing whatever was required.”

The team went on to finish tenth at the Paris Olympic Test Event before securing Bronze at the 2023 World Championships in The Hague, Australia’s best World Championship result in the class.

“I’m looking to the next 130-odd days (before Paris), there is a lot more hard work coming but I think Evie and I are up to the challenge.”

The 49erFX team will be coached by Victor Paya Canal, who has led a resurgence in the squad since he took the reins in 2022.

“The squad has achieved some amazing results over the past 18 months and it’s a testament to how hard we’ve been pushing one another,” added Price. “We’ll continue to push each other as we move towards Paris.”

Colley and Connor’s selection is another one forged in long-time friendship and over a decade sailing together.

“We met when we were 11 or 12 at a Manly Juniors training camp at Middle Harbour Yacht Club, and first decided to sail a 29er together in 2013,” said Colley.

The duo from Pittwater and Manly began their 49er campaign in 2018, and Colley says they knew they “had the right ingredients to make a good team almost from the get-go.”

Their selection comes after a strong couple of years at regattas across the globe and being named finalists in the Team division in the 2023 NSW Australian Sailing Awards for 2023. 

“The biggest high for us as a team was the Euros in 2022 where we finished fifth, because that felt like the first time we tapped into what we were capable of. We were able to build on everything we’d done, and from that moment we knew we could compete at the top end of the fleet.”

Colley smiles when asked about what makes Connor the ultimate sailing partner.

“We both refuse to give up, which has been something I have been proud of. We’ve had a huge amount of adversity and we’ve always worked at it and come back from it, which is what has now paid dividends.”

Jim Colley and Shaun Connor CREDIT Sailing Energy


'Occy' Taken By Fisher: North Narrabeen Aquatic Reserve Favourite Octopus Now Gone

North Narrabeen residents report loved local octopus 'Occy' has been taken by a fisherman last week. The octopus, who locals would see in the tidal flats alongside the Narrabeen Rock Pool wall, has been killed - illegally.

To give you a bit of size, his head would fit in the palm of your hand, and his tentacles would reach to your elbow - so hardly a meal and possibly used as bait.

Photo: Occy, still enjoying life a week ago. Image supplied

Narrabeen Head Aquatic Reserve, which covers an area of approximately 10 hectares and includes the rocky shore between the southern end of Turimetta Beach and the rock baths at Narrabeen Head, and extends 100 m offshore, prohibits the collecting of cunjevoi or any marine invertebrates except abalone and rock lobster. 

Specifically fishers may not collect anemones, barnacles, chitons, cockles, crabs, mussels, octopus, oysters, pipis, sea urchins, starfish, snails and worms, whether they are dead or alive. 

Empty shells cannot be collected in the reserve because they provide homes for living organisms. Marine vegetation cannot be collected except for sea lettuce and bait weed.

Objectives for the Aquatic Reserve, which is clearly signposted as such before you enter that reserve, are to:
  • conserve the biodiversity of fish and marine vegetation
  • protect fish habitat
  • facilitate educational activities
  • facilitate scientific research
This site was an Intertidal Protected Area from 1993 to 2002.

Narrabeen Head Aquatic Reserve map. Image: NSW DPI

A companion octopus has been seen in recent weeks at the same location. It is hoped this one will survive the illegal activities of some fishers.

Occy's mate - photo taken this week. Image supplied

Residents are asked to be the voice for aquatic reserves and report:
  • Illegal or suspect fishing or collecting activities, or damage aquatic habitats, to the Fishers Watch Phoneline on 1800 043 536 or online
  • Water pollution or fish kills to the Environment Line 131 555.
  • Suspected aquatic pests or diseases to the Emergency Animal Disease (EAD) Hotline: 1800 675 888 or email
  • Injured or sick marine mammals, reptiles or seabirds to a licensed wildlife rehabilitation group or National Parks and Wildlife on 1300 072 757.

Photo supplied


Manly Warringah Kayak Club Excel At 2024 National Canoe Sprint Championships: Multiple Australian Representations By Members Secured

Photo: JGR Images

The 2024 Paddle Australia Canoe Sprint Championships was held at Sydney International Regatta Centre from 6 – 10 March 2024. The 2024 Paddle Australia Canoe Sprint Championships was used to select all teams (Olympic Senior, U23, Junior and Asia Pacific).

The 2024 National Sprint Championships was a very successful one for Manly Warringah Kayak Club, a great credit to all the athletes who competed and gave it their best. 

Everyone achieved PB’s in multiple events, many won multiple medals, many made it to A and B finals, seven athletes made the Asia-Pacific team and Michael Dunbar qualified for the Australia Junior World Team. 


The day began with the WK4 500 Open events which saw the New Zealand crew with legend Lisa Carrington competing. It was exciting to watch.

Michael Dunbar with Julian from Avoca won their first medal and first for the club, a silver in the MK2 500 U18. Subsequently they won gold in MK2 200 18 and bronze in the MK2 1000 18. This is an amazing achievement for a crew who has only trained for less than 5 months.

Also on Wednesday Tess and Hayley stormed into 1st position winning their first gold medal of the regatta in the WK2 500 16. They repeated their winning performance on the last day in the WK2 1000 16. They came 2nd in the MK2 200 16, only 0.66 seconds behind the winners.  Well done girls, 2 golds and a silver is a tremendous achievement.

Michael Dunbar/Julian (Avoca) SILVER MK2 500 18

Tess Lever/Hayley Dunbar         GOLD WK1 500 18

Full report by Turia Vogel HERE


Autumn In Pittwater 

Works continute at North Narrabeen Lagoon entrance. Photo: Joe Mills - Joe's Turimetta Moods, March 224 Edition runs as this week's Pictorial

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