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Fiji Ocean Swim Series in Yasawa Islands

Saturday, 13 August 2011
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The Yasawa Islands are not new to swimming with the pioneering Swim Safari swim and adventure tours introducing many swimmers to the area over the past 7 years, but in another first for the Yasawa Islands, Race 8 of the 2011 Fiji Ocean Swim Series was held at Oarsman's Bay Lodge on Nacula Island, recently.

This is the first time an ocean swim race has been held in the Yasawa islands. It won't be the last though, with plans already in place for the 2012 Yasawa Ocean Swim as part of the Fiji Series and dates will be announced soon.

The course was set in stunning Nalova Bay, starting and finishing at Oarsman's Bay Lodge Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Yasawa chain. Distances on offer were 1km, 2.5km and 5km.

Nalovo Bay is enclosed by two reefs stretching like crab claws from the north and south ends of the curved beach. The south claw continues in a crescent shape for 1,2km with the north claw extending about half that distance from the beach. The clockwise course headed out over the 1.2km reef and then across to the tip of the northern reef before heading back into the beach.

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The only man on the island... Underneath the coconut tree

Sunday, 27 June 2010
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A grey, drizzly day with intermittent heavy showers didn't dampen our spirits as we headed up the east coast of Espiritu Santo on the first day of our Vanuatu Swim Safari. Our destination, Champagne Beach, one of the most beautiful bays in the world.

Leaf umbrellas...

swim to lunch at Oyster island

wading through the brown torrent at Matevulu Blue Hole... deep blue - brown

electric storm Whitegrass Tanna...

wild seas blue hole swim

Whitegrass reef swim

Fatutu

phosphorescence - early morning boat trip to watch the world cup

West coast Aniwa swims

the only man on the island...

 

 

Sam and Luane clean-sweep Vanuatu swim events

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Sam Shepherd and Luane Rowe from Victoria and NSW respectively, won the mens and womens 3.2km Vanuatu Ocean Swim conducted on Saturday June 10th 2010.

The 1.5km event male winner was Henry Street, whilst Fiona McLarty was the first female across the line.

Both Henry and Fiona are also from Australia.

The sixth Aore Espiritu Santo Swim, a 2.6km trip across the Segond Chanel, was conducted on Tuesday June 12th, with Sam again first to cross the line in the very respectable time of 29:43.

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Swim 'n Pick at Fiji Ocean Swim Series

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Race three of seven in the Fiji Ocean Swim Series was held at Yatule Beach Resort, Natadola on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd May, and took on the theme 'Swim 'n Pick' in recognition of World Oceans Day on June 6th.

The Swim 'n Pick theme focused on the plastics problem in our oceans, with a short talk and exhibit highlighting the damage plastics are doing to our marine environment. A clean up of Natadola Beach then followed. 

There was also information on Project Kaisei and the research being conducted to find collection and recycling solutions in areas such as the North Pacific Gyre.

This is a vast area in the North Pacific where currents merge and have formed a sea of plastic and other dumped materials.  

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Scarborough amphibian comes ashore in Fiji

Friday, 16 April 2010

We arrived. Two white, jet lagged ghosts, fresh from our gray, wet Washington State winter for the latest Fiji Swim Safari, during which participants enjoyed five days of perfect, hot, sunny weather.

Our first full day in the Yasawa Islands was ideal and soothed one ghastly ghosts soul even if it did turn skin the color of boiled lobster in spite of SPF 55.

Grins from ear to ear were sighted as we swam from Safe Landing to the beach at Oarsman's Bay Lodge, our home base for the next five days.

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The social side of swimming - Jan Juc Seals

The boating marker buoys 600m apart at Torquay front beach have always tempted local swimmers.

A couple of regular groups head offshore in varying Victorian conditions to complete the loop.

Our group, inspired by Kenny and Bondo, originally consisted of 5 blokes and one ‘sheila’.

We began the 8am 1km swims just prior to Christmas 2003.

It's ideal training for the Danger 1000 swim, that is if you can squeeze in a race between work, patrol, or officiating for Jan Juc Surf Lifesaving Club, who run the event.

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