The 7th Hotondo Homes Broulee Bay to Breakers Ocean Swim kicks off at 9am on Sunday 11 March.
“It’s a terrific community event,” said Swim Coordinator Gary Pettigrove. “ The 1.4km course from Broulee Island and around the headland to south Broulee Beach is world class and we expect around 300 competitors in the 18 senior and open categories. We also have a shorter 500m swim for junior entrants.”
Prizes include $300 cash for open winners and $100 for the fastest in the senior categories but according to Gary, “ everyone’s a winner because of the shared satisfaction of swimming in a particularly pretty bit of ocean with a nice mob of people.”
For many, it’s a family event. Family rivalries resume for Vincent Dunn of Canberra and his daughter Charlotte. It’ll be the fifth time Vincent has done the swim and the third time for Charlotte who reckons she’ll beat her dad this time. “He’s older and he’s pretty hairy and that’ll slow him down”.
Local swimmer Andrew Bain hopes to compete again in the over 70s category. ‘’I’ve been practicing - did the distance recently and didn’t drown which is encouraging’’
Registration fees for the swim are shared by the Broulee Surfers Surf Life Saving Club and the Broulee Mossy Point Community Association. Entries are open now - details are available on the Hotondo Homes Broulee Bay to Breakers Ocean Swim website.
Sponsors of the event include Hotondo Homes, Tomakin Sports and Social Club, Total Eco Adventures & Broulee Surf School, Broulee Supermarket and Cellars, Offshore Surf Shop, Beachcombers Broulee, IGA the Moorings Tomakin, The Lodge Broulee, fx Business Centre, Mogo Zoo, Bay Physiotherapy & Pilates, Woolworths Moruya, Kardinia Wines, Bridge Plaza/Village Centre, Vikings Group.
Above – swimmers in the 2017 event