Wreck2Reef Swim Classic 2014
- Indented Head, Bellarine Peninsula
The 2014 swim will took place on
Sat 8th March 2014
LATEST NEWS: 2014 MAR 10 Monday
With plenty heading down to the Mornington Peninsula to take on the iconic Pier to Perignon, I had opted instead to head off in the opposite direction to take on the lesser known Wreck2Reef at Indented Head on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Like last weeks Club2Club Swim, this event is very grass roots and is very well supported by the local community.
The day kicked off with the dash and dig where it seemed that more time was spent trying to find the buried treasure that the 300 meter swim.
The main swim was a traditional 1.2k circuit where we swim towards the old wreck of the Ozone, hook right and swim back up to the top end of the bay, presumably to some reef & then back to the start. The wind was up and the water was lumpy and it looked like swimming out the back was going to be a good test.
Danielle Tulloch was in the first wave and she blitzed the field in a very impressive time of 17:55 to not only win her 30-39 age group but also win bragging rights for being the fastest women on the day and 5th overall.
Danielle’s hot tip was to run along the beach a bit where the wade is slightly longer and to make the swim to the first buoy more direct.
There were 20 blokes in my 40-49 group and we were joined by another 16 from the 60-69 group and 4 over 70s. Not having done many swims on the west coast, I was unsure who I was up against. But I knew that some of these older guys are very good swimmers and would be giving it their all.
I did as Danielle suggested and took off up the beach for around 10 meters & did gain a slight advantage over those who chose to take the hypotenuse line to the first buoy. By the time I got to the first turning buoy, I had managed to establish a 10 to 15 meter gap and now it was a matter of trying to find some sort of rhythm as we battled the rise and fall of the waves.
Being in the lead is very novel to me and I am not really sure how hard I need to go nor how much I should be leaving in the bank for the run home. I settled into what was a reasonably comfortable pace and counted down the big yellow buoys which guided our way around the course.
For much more information and images of the W2R 2014 Swim by BRAVEDAVE – CLICK the following link
To our Valued Supporters
Our 5th swim was run last Saturday in challenging water conditions, but a happy, safe, and successful day was had by all.
People like our swim and keep coming back because of the relaxed, lay back feel of it, its local community flavour, and the fact that it is well run and managed.
Your ongoing support is vital to enabling us to run such an event. They are expensive to run properly and safely, and for a small Club such as us to do it, is a big challenge, but one we enjoy doing to help support and promote the local Bellarine Community and its businesses.
There is an article on the Swim in this weeks Bellarine Times, that also makes mention of our Supporters.
Surplus funds raised also go to a good cause. Our junior sail training program is the most successful on the Coast, and we could not buy the boats and equipment needed to run it without this event. We are the only organised outdoor activity for Children in Indented Head.
A thank you certificate recognising your contribution is being prepared and will be sent to you shortly.
Thank you once again, and we trust you will be back with us again in 2015 when we will again run the swim on the Saturday of the March long weekend.
Indented Head Yacht Club