NSW mugs rise to lead tallies at April's end
So it's happened as expected: As April drew to a close, the enduring NSW season has lifted their swimmers to the lead of the fine ocean swimmers' tallies. At month's close, Port Macquarie retiree, Neil Daley, emerged on top of the tallies table with 105.2km from 30 swims, ahead of former tallies winner Richard Murray on 98km from 28 swims, and Daley's travelliing cobber, Jim Donaldson, on 96.5km from 32 swims.
Much depends now on Bundaberg this weekend, then finally on South Head on May 19. If Daley does Bundaberg, it could leave him 200m clear of Murray and 1.7km ahead of Donaldson if both of them do South Head solo and Daley does not.
Entries to South Head close late next week.
Everyone else now is making up the numbers.
Then followed -
- 4th - Michael Swaddle (WA, 92.1km)
- 5th - Jenny Stark (NZ, 91.9km)
- 6th - Brett Bradley (NZ, 82.6km)
- 7th - Jillian Pateman (NZ, 81.7km)
- 8th - Wayne Annan (NZ, 78.7km)
- 9th - Joshua Randall (WA, 75.2km)
- 10th - Allison Haas (WA, 75.1km)
Thank you enormously to industrious propellor-head Colin Reyburn for rmaintaining our tallies.
We'll publish updates to our tallies throughout the season. Come back
to this page to check as your season progresses. The winner will be
known as soon as possible after the end of the season on May 31, 2013.
Maybe even earlier, if we run out of swims to add in.
Check the full tallies list as at the end of April, 2013... click here
We're very pleased to welcome budgysmuggler.com.au as the naming rights sponsor of our fine ocean swimmers' tallies in 2012/13.
From now, the competition will be known as the budgysmuggler.com.au fine ocean swimmers' tallies.
The tallies will operate in the same way as in previous seasons- by recording and tallying all the swims you do in Australia, New Zealand, and around the South Pacific, plus a few more relevant swims with notable Stra'an or NZ presence included, too.
The budgysmuggler.com.au fine ocean swimmers' tallies is a competition that anyone can win. All you have to do is to take part in swims. The more swims you do, the greater the distance you rack up over the course of the season running from June 1 through May 31, the higher you'll rank in the series.
This is a competition that recognised the efforts of each and every swimmer, not matter how good or weak a swimmer, no matter how fast or slow, no matter how good or flawed your technique. It's intended to reward participation and to encourage swimmers to take part in more events. That way, we'll all be healthier, too.
Have a look at the figures below comparing the past few seasons... You'll see that the average distance swum each season has been hovering around 2km. Only 2km! And the average number of swims done each season, per swimmer, was only 1.74 in 2011/12. That probably reflects the large number of swimmers who swim just one swim per year, probably at their home beach. Let's all push that up: if everyone did two swims per year, that would have an enormous effect on total distances completed and on overall health. Let that be your target. It ain't hard.
With budgysmuggler.co.au supporting the tallies now, we'll be able to boost the prize offerings for this competition. Stay tuned for more info.
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Para-royal takes out fine ocean swimmers' tallies in 2011/12
Michal J Fox receives his fine ocean swimmers tallies award from a fat, bald git who wandered in off the street at Xanthi.
So now we know: the 2011/12 fine ocean swimmers tallies has been won by Duckenfield para-royal Michael J Fox. The head-hunter won with 100.5km in total swum in 36 swims over the season June 1-May 31. Sadly, Fox didn't tally the kilometres he drove, usually with the Princess Para-Royal Julie at his side, from the Lower Hunter to swims around NSW. This was unlike the recording of the first inaugural tallies winner, Bathurst's Andrew Burke, who swam 80-odd kilometres, but drove 14,000 kilometres to do them.
Fox beat English Channel aspirant Tori Gorman on 96.5km from 13 swims, ahead of Sydney brief Justin Hanby on 92.7km from 20 swims.
The winner was announced at the oceanswims.com end of season dinner at Xanthi Greek Restaurant in Sydney on Saturday, June 2. That day, Gorman had been one of four tragics who swam from Palm Beach to Manly -- about 28km -- as a warm-up for her Channel attempt in July, also in attempt to "prove" an end-of-season epic swim course. Pity for Tori: not only was the Palm-Manly swim ineligible for the 2011/12 tallies -- it was two days after the season changed -- it's ineligible for any tallies, since it wasn't a swim open to all.
Next on the order of merit were Meadowbank sparkler Suanne Hunt, our own queen of the sea, Mrs Sparkle, on 86.2km from 34 swims, and Kiwi obsessive Jenny Stark, on 85.7km from 41 swims.
The first non-NSW swimmer was Robert Beutler, from Wessna Stra'a, on 76.9km from 16 swims, at equal 9th.
The domination of NSW swimmers reflects the far great availability of swims in that state, with 79 separate events -- many with multiple swims -- in a season running over eight months, from mid-October through late June.
The peloton at the oceanswims.com end of season dinner develops culcha.
(Thank you to Glistening Dave for staff photography.)
Thank you to a staff propellor-head, Colin Reyburn, for maintaining our stats for us for yet another season. According to Colin's reckoning -
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This is the second edition of our progressive tallies of distances that each swimmer does in formal ocean and open water swims in season 2011/12 in Australia, NZ, the Pacific and Hong Kong. This edition includes 401 swims up until the end of February, 2012.
We include in the tallies all individual swims and all relay legs in which legs are of verifiable distances. Relays of unverifiable legs are not included.
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Thank you very much to pointy head Colin Reyburn for maintaining the tallies for us. We simply wouldn't have the time or the expertise to do it ourselves. Colin is a whiz at Excel, although we told him something about it ecently that he didn't know.
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