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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Broulee Bay to Breakers Swim – breathtaking

Breathtakingly beautiful Autumn weather and 336 rapidly breathtaking swimmers enjoyed the Sunday’s 11th Hotondo Homes Broulee Bay to Breakers Ocean Swim

“After another difficult year and challenging recent weather, it was great to see such enthusiastic participation in this community event. Good for the spirit,” said Gary Pettigrove, President of the Broulee Surfers Surf Lifesaving Club. “ But it was touch and go. It was looking dodgy last Tuesday with the murky water and driftwood from recent rains However the water risk assessments were OK and we switched the course to an out and back one in North Broulee Bay. The good vibes of a fun swim in a beautiful spot were still present.”

Alec Morris cleaned up the Open Male fastest swimmer with 17 min 9 sec and

Jordayne Rauter powered home to win the Open Female in 20 min 0 sec.

Wendy Dunn swimming for the 11th time, she hasn’t missed one, won the over 80s for the second year in row and was still composed enough to pose graciously for the camera. Another veteran local, Peter Halpin, plodded efficiently to the line to come second in the over 70s men.

Recidivism was rife. Neil Kennedy again led a big Goulburn posse, many wearing zinc symbols supporting Ukraine. The Dunn family from Canberra resumed rivalries with father Vincent getting the bragging rights over son Oliver and daughter Charlotte. “He cheated” Charlotte explained “by training and wearing a wetsuit. “

Gary Pettigrove praised the volunteers who ran the event so efficiently and thanked the sponsors - Hotondo Homes (the major sponsor), Broulee Supermarket and Cellars, , Bay Physiotherapy and Pilates, FX Business Centre, Woolworths Moruya,

The $10000 raised from the event will be split between Broulee Mossy Point Community Association ($1000), the flood appeal for Surf lifesaving organisations in northern NSW ($1000) with the balance going to the Broulee Surfers Surf Lifesaving Club,

Age division winners 1.4km swim

Under 16 Female Rosie McPartland 20 min 51 sec

Under 16 Male Hugo Hayward 20 min 50 sec

Under 20 Female Nina Thorne 20 min 33 sec

Under 20 Male William Aiken 20 min 23 sec

Over 20 Female Hayley Baker 21 min 52 sec

Over 20 Male Lucas Soars 18 min 43 sec

Over 30 Female Jess Martin 21 min 56 sec

Over 30 Male Chris Chie 19 min 56 sec

Over 40 Female Melanie Wellenberg 19 min 21 sec

Over 40 Male Michael Harding 19 min 13 sec

Over 50 Female Nicolee Martin 22 min 30 sec

Over 50 Male Norm Lenehan 21 min 8 sec

Over 60 Female Jane McCallum 21 min 51 sec

Over 60 Male Gordon Huges 21 min 36 sec

Over 70 Female Lindy Dunn 31 min 23 sec

Over 70 Male Tim Booth 26 min 02 sec

Over 80 Female Wendy Dunn 38 min 19 sec

All age Flipper Lisa Whiting and Penelope Green (tie) 26 min 4 sec

Results 500M Swim

Under 12 Female Vivienne Gaffey 10 min 26 sec

Under 12 Male Monty Lloyd Jones 9 min 29 sec

Under 14 Female Annika Thorne 8 min 13 sec

Under 14 Male Louis Hayward 8 min 26 sec

Novice Emily Tugwell 12 min 44 sec

Jordayne Rauter powered home to win the Open Female in 20 min 0 sec

Lucas Soars and Jarrod Killey in a close tussle for second place in the Open Male section

Chris Chie first in the over 30s men

Nina Thorne wins the over 20s female

Wendy Dunn of Broulee won the over 80s for the second year and was still composed enough smile for the camera

Broulee veteran Peter Halpin plodded efficiently to finish 2nd in the over 70s

Neil Kennedy of Goulburn was relieved to see the finish line

Oliver, Charlotte and Vincent Dunn of Canberra resumed family rivalries. Vincent won but only because he trained and wore a wetsuit according to Charlotte

Goulburn was again well represented thanks to Neil Kennedy

Broulee Surfers Surf lifesaving president Gary Pettigrove marshalls swimmers at the start

then, a wave of swimmers set off

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