Kiwis sweeping 2013/14 tallies... so far
We're a bit embarrassed by this, but we've reposted our progress tallies for season 2013/14, up to the end of January, and they now give a very different pitcher of the leaderboard. Our staff propellor-head told us shortly after we'd posted the earlier version that he hadn't yet included most New Zealand swims, you see. Now he has, and the situation is very different to that pertaining before.
Now, rather than the Wessna-Stra'ans leading, it's the Kiwis, because we included now their mid-week swims, and more...
Now, read on...
Auckland's two mid-week swim series are paying off for local swimmers, with Kiwis occupying six of the top ten positions on our fine ocean swimmers' tallies as at the end of January. Geoff Carter, who finished 6th in our tallies last season, was in the lead at the end of January with an extraordinary 74.1km from 30 swims, averaging 2.5km per swim. That's a distance that used to win the tallies for the season, let alone its first few, intense months.
It will be interesting to see how Mr Carter fares as the NZ season winds down over the next few weeks, with NSW and Queensland still three months to go, and a string of events, some with distance, remaining in Wessna-Stra'a. In the West, Rottnest is this Sat'dee, and both Cocos Islands and Lake Argyle are still to come, as well as a string of swims of more conventional distances. Mind you, there's a new 10km swim in Auckland coming up, too.
Second at the end of January is die-hard NSWelshperson, Jim Donaldson, on 56.7km from 18 swims (average 3.2km). There are two from the West, at 8th (Liz Betteridge, 49.7km, 10 swims, 5km average), and 9th (Caitlyn James (our earlier calculated leader -- 49.2km, 9, 5.5).
Other Kiwis in the top 10 are Wayne Annan (equal 3rd, 55.1km, 18, 3.1), and Jenny Stark, who's regularly figured in the lead during the season (equal 3rd, 55.1km, 26, 2.1), Katrina Price (5th, 54.8km, 16, 3.4), Susan Sherwen (7th, 51, 16, 3.2, and Jane Sutton (10th, 48.1, 16, 3).
In between is another NSWelshperson, Nick McCouat (6th, 53.7, 18, 3).
Leading in each state/country is Carter, Donaldson, Lisandra de Carvalho (Victoria, 45.9, 11,4.2), Olivia Sanderson (Tasmania, 445th, 18.2km, 6, 3km), a bunch of Sou'-Stra'ans on 23.4km at 205th (Peter Gill, Maryanne Heffernan, MIchael Hughes, Leanne Markey, Serena Murphy, Neil Thies, Russell Wood, and Roman Zaika), and the first Queenslander at 223rd, Rohan Priestley (23km, 3, 7.7km).
The tallies so far include 355 swims. But there is a long season still ahead of us, particularly in NSW, where the final swim will be South Head (10km) on May 18.
Tallies to end-January...
For the complete list of tallies to the end of January... click here
Swims included in these tallies... click here
If there are issues with your listing in the tallies... click here
Thank you to propellor-head Colin Reyburn for his help in compiling the fine ocean swimmers' tallies. We couldn't do it without him.
Sarth Pacific up for grabs
At last, we're able to offer good prizes for winners of our fine ocean swimmers tallies...
Overall winner - Vanuatu (either Vanuatu Open Water Swims, Port Vila, or Espiritu Santo Swim Week)
NZ winner - Vanuatu (either Vanuatu Open Water Swims, Port Vila, or Espiritu Santo Swim Week)
Queensland winner - Samoa Swim Series (land package: accommodation, swim entries, functions)
Wessna-Stra'an winner - Samoa Swim Series (land package: accommodation, swim entries, functions)
We've tried to spread these prizes around so that swimmers in as many states/countries as possible have the chance to benefit from them. [Other travel prizes are on offer through our fine ocean swimmers series in NSW (Mana Fiji SwimFest and Vanuatu) and through the Portsea Swim Classic in Victoria (Vanuatu).]
Thank you to budgysmuggler.com.au for their support of the fine ocean swimmers tallies 2013/14.
NSW retiree takes out 2012/13 tallies
Talliesman Neil Daley leads an admiring sub-peloton home at this season's Freshwater swim. He did 110.7km over 32 swims in season 2012/13.
So it's happened at last: with his last mninute flight to Bundaberg, peripatetic Port Macquarie retiree Neil Daley has won the season 2012/13
budgysmuggler.com.au fine ocean swimmers' tallies, with 110.7km swum from 32 swims, at an average distance of 3.5km.
Daley sealed his win with the 3km Bundaberg swim, which lifted him just far enough ahead of his snapping rival, former winner Richard Murray, on 100.5km from 29 swims (average 3.5km), to guarantee him victory irrespective of whether Murray became a last-minute entry to the 10km South Head Roughwater, the season's final swim, on May 19. Daley did; Murray didn't; Daley prevailed.
Our staff pointy-head, Colin Reyburn, recorded results from 613 swims to complete the season's tallies, up from 551 in season 2011/12, and from 209 in season 2007/8. There were 47,431 swimmers whose distances we tallied, from 45,152 last season and 30,185 in season 2007/8. They swam 168,264.1km in the season, from 154,882.03km last season and 102,877.63km in 2007/8.
There were 85,436 individual swims in the season just ended, at an average distance of 2km, slightly up from the average 1.9km the season earlier.
For full details, see the table below.
We'd love to know how far Daley travelled over the season for his 110.7km. He's coming to Spain with us, so perhaps he'll tell us over a late night paella and Estrella. But from Port Macquarie, where Daley lives in retirement after Adelaide, every weekend was a trek.
Third postiion went to Daley's travelling cobber, Jim Donaldson, from Westleigh, on 96.5km also from 32 swims, average 3km.
The three NS-Welshpersons filling the podium places reflects the eight-month season in NSW. The first swim of the new season comes up there in late June with the Mona Vale Solstice Swim on June 23. Lots of NSW swimmers also are doing Vanuatu, which offers a base 5.9km with main swims in Port Vila then in Santo. Not a bad season's start.
Look below for full details, and for various state/national/regional winners.
Then followed -
- 4th - Michael Swaddle (WA, 92.1km)
- 5th - Jenny Stark (NZ, 91.9km)
- 6th - Geoff Carter (NZ, 91.3km)
- 7th - Brett Bradley (NZ, 82.6km)
- 8th - Jillian Pateman (NZ, 81.7km)
- 9th - Wayne Annan (NZ, 78.7km)
- 10th - Joshua Randall (WA, 75.2km)
Thank you enormously to industrious propellor-head Colin Reyburn for rmaintaining our tallies.
Final tallies 2012/13...
Check the full, final tallies for season 2012/13 (as at the end of May, 2013)...
Our thanks to budgysmuggler.com.au who supported our tallies in season 2012/13.
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