Great conditions and a lovely community vibe made for a terrific 8th Hotondo Homes Broulee Bay to Breakers Ocean Swim according to swim coordinator Gary Pettigrove.
“We had a few technical hiccups (a red buoy which anchored itself to the bottom in the wrong spot and some teething problems with new timing gear) but these were well and truly overshadowed by great success with our fundraising - $12000 in total which will be shared by the surf club and the Broulee Mossy Point Community Association. “
The open event was particularly exciting with swim coaches James Thorp and Grace Hoitink from Canberra going stroke for stroke with Grace just edging ahead at the finish.
Gary Pettigrove applauded the 24 swimmers who achieved “bronze dolphin” status by completing five Broulee Bay to Breakers Ocean swims. He also paid tribute to all the sponsors and volunteers who made the swim such a success.
Sponsors of the event include major sponsor Hotondo Homes and Tomakin Sports and Social Club, Total Eco Adventures & Broulee Surf School, Broulee Supermarket and Cellars, Offshore Surf Shop, IGA the Moorings Tomakin, Trussworx, The Lodge Broulee, fx Business Centre, Mogo Zoo, Bay Physiotherapy & Pilates, Ingenia Holiday Big 4 Broulee, Key-Sun Laboratories, Woolworths Moruya and Batemans Bay, Kardinia Wines, Bridge Plaza/Village Centre, Vikings Group and Broulee Health Reform.
Faster swimmers were:
Above: James Gribble’s extended family assembles for an early start for the swim – Jame’s sixth
Above: The second wave of swimmers gets away
Above: Happy finishers
Above: Swim coaches and partners James Thorp and Grace Hoitink from Canberra went stroke for stroke in the Open with Grace just edging out James
Above: James and Roger Gribble
Above: Alan Cameron won the over 80s
Above: Winners of the open mens
Above: Winners of the open womens