January 15 - 21, 2023: Issue 567


Newport's Pool to Peak Ocean Swim kicks off the Pittwater ocean swim series 2023: 4 more opportunities to dive on in

The Pittwater Ocean Swim Series is a brilliant excuse to take in the beauty of our local beaches during the height of summer while supporting the local surf lifesaving clubs who organise the events.

Enter and complete 3 out of 5 swims in the Pittwater Ocean Swim Series and you'll go in the draw to win an OceanFit Swim The Whitsundays swim tour valued at $2,295! 

There are five swims in the Pittwater Ocean Swim Series that are held across and four left to run this year at Bilgola, Mona Vale, Palm Beach and Avalon.

Newport's 2023 Pool to Peak was again popular as the lead out event, with well over 200 participants in the 2 kilometre swim, including Mona vale SLSC's Jon Wall who successfully completed a crossing of the English Channel, in 13hrs, 14 mins in July 2022. Jon completed the 2k in 36 minutes, 7 seconds. 

However, it was the youngsters that led the pack home in the marathon swim this year, with Lachlan Warrener completing the swim in 20 minutes 50 second in the Male 20-29 age Division and two Male 13-19 age Division swimmers in 2nd and third, with Zach Paul finishing in 25 minutes 11 seconds and Fernando Gonzalo in 25 minutes 19 seconds.

Zach also came home first in the 400m swim romping across the line in just 6 minutes and 37 seconds.

First female across the line in the 2k was Charli Barbour in 28 minutes 5 seconds. Charli swam in the Female 13-19 age Division and is known as one of the strong swim competitors that has come out of Newport SLSC in recent years with great focus and determination. 

A team of three women took part in the 800m swim representing Mona Vale SLSC with MP for Mackellar Dr. Sophie Scamps, MVSLSC President Paula Tocquer and fellow member Harriet Strudwick supporting each other - all three finished with great times.

Dr. Scamps was also starter for the 800m prior to taking her place to dive on in with her teammates as her wave/age division started in that ocean swim.

Harriet Strudwick, Paula Tocquer, Dr. Sophie Scamps.

Newport Surf Club's Sam Cappell was first in the 800 metres, completing the swim in 11 minutes 27 seconds with a dead-heat for the next two swimmers, Brydith Peters and Koby Upton both crossing in 11 minutes 34 seconds, and all in the Male 13-19 Division. Ashely Brown, Male 50-59 age division, crossed a minute later, completing his 800m in 12 minutes 30 seconds, and Christie Krenkels, Female 50-59 age Division, was the first female across the line in 12 minutes 34 seconds. 

The organisers stated after the 2023 Newport Pool to Peak, ''A really big thank you to all the swimmers who came to the Newport Pool to Peak on Sunday. It was a wonderful day despite the weather prior to the event. And what an effort by all our volunteers who were unbelievable. 

Thank you to our sponsors Harris Farm Markets and to our supporters RMYC, Johnson Bros Mitre Ten, LJ Hooker Newport, Temperzone, ITeam Consulting and Beach Road Naturals Body & Hair Care. We gave away 10 sets of fins from DMCFins - a great prize. Thank you everyone!''

Results from all three swims are available here: https://thetimingguysresults.com/Pool2Peak/2023

The 2023 Summer Pittwater Ocean Swim Series includes:

The Newport Pool to Peak on January 8th 2023 - This ocean swim offers three different swim distances; 400m for 10 years and over, 800m for 13 years and over and 2km for 13 years and over. Great prizes are available via a lucky swimmer draw and medals are presented to category winners and placegetters. Fresh fruit is provided for swimmers on their return to the beach and there is a succulent BBQ.

Blackmores Billy Swim on January 15th 2023 - The Blackmores Billy Swim, affectionately known as the 'Billy', has two different swims starting an hour apart, 500m and 1.5km and the more daring of swimmers can certainly try to complete both. The event is a major fundraiser for Bilgola Surf Life Saving Club, supporting patrol activities and equipment acquisition throughout the season. Your entry fees help keep Bilgola Beach safe. Blackmores is once again the major sponsor, with Harris Farm supplying fruit for after swim replenishment.

Warriewood To Mona Vale Swim (& Family Swim) on January 22nd 2023 - The Mona Vale Ocean Swim is a two swim event on Sydney's Northern Beaches. The first of the swims is the 1km Janice Mason Family Fun Swim at Mona Vale, a relaxed and enjoyable swim for the whole family. Following that, the longer of the two swims, the Don Jenkins Memorial Swim, takes swimmers on a 2.26km journey from Warriewood Beach to the Mona Vale Basin. The Warriewood to Mona Vale swim was first held during the 1977-78 season with 20 swimmers, and it is now named after the founder of the swim, Mona Vale life member Don 'Doc' Jenkins. It is recognised as one of the first organised swims in Australia.

The Big Swim: Palm to Whale Beach on January 29th 2023 - The Macquarie Big Swim from Palm Beach to Whale Beach is one of the premier events on the ocean swim calendar, with a proud history and a satisfying and challenging course. The 2.8km point-to-point ocean swim started in 1974 with just shy of 40 competitors; but today, it is pushing 2000 competitors, attracting ocean swimmers from all over the country. Starting on the northernmost beach on the peninsula, this ocean swim offers two different swim distances; the Ray White (Prestige) Palm Beach Little Big Swim which is a 1km ocean swim and the main event, the ‘Big Swim' a 2.5km ocean swimming epic.

The 'Round the Bends' swim or the Newport To Avalon Swim (& Surf Swim) on March 13th 2023 - The Newport To Avalon Swim (& Surf Swim) event hosts two previously separate swims in one awesome day of ocean swimming on Sydney's Northern Beaches. There's a 1.2km 'family' swim around the buoys off Avalon Beach and the pinnacle event, the 'Around The Bends' Newport to Avalon Beach 2.5km point-to-point journey swim. For the really keen, there is a rare opportunity to swim both events for the same price! Organisers have scheduled it so that any parent in the 'Around The Bends' swim can be finished and ready to join their kids in the shorter swim - making it a family affair.

Grab your spots now at:  oceanswims.com

Some photos from this year's Newport Pool to Peak Oceans swims run below, from set up through to the 400m and 800m swims.