Photo - Oxford Bayley recorded his third win of the season in Thursday's Port Nelson series.
Words By Peter Gibbs
Oxford Bayley recorded his third win in four starts so far this summer in last Thursday's Port Nelson swim series, finishing 20 seconds ahead of Hayden Squance.
Terry Bone was a minute adrift in third place, narrowly holding off Abbey Smale in a sprint finish.
It was the Richmond schoolgirl's fifth win from the five races she's competed in this season.
Swimming over a triangular course of just over 1100 metres, the 72 competitors in the longer event swam 500m south before heading out to the 'dolphin' navigation marker and then back to the yacht club ramp.
A minute after the long course start, the 21 swimmers in the shorter swim started out in the same direction on a 600m course.
Emily Chadderton led the short course swimmers in, ahead of Noah Brehaut, Lily Claridge, Jacqui Maitland and Damian Cloeter.
By this time, the leading long course swimmers were threading their way through the short course field, meaning seconds could be lost or gained by regular sighting to see what obstacles were ahead.
After the four long course leaders, 90 seconds went by before fifth placed Peter Burrell made it to shore. He was followed by 14-year-old Eddie Swain, the young swimmer from Aniseed Valley giving notice that he's a future force to be reckoned with.
Angus Perham and Tom Somerville were next, followed by the second and third placed women, Christina Harris and Lucy Barron.
Swimming continues from the Nelson Yacht Club ramp each Thursday night, with the annual Eyebright Mile from the yacht club to the beach starting at 8am on Sunday January 10.
Full details, nelsonseaswims.co.nz