Re-ordering the ages
Codgers left with nothing to whinge about
Collaroy Ocean Swims, Sun, Nov 13, 2016
Retired compositor Norm McIntyre approached us at Collaroy to ask whether the order of waves off the beach might be copied elsewhere. At Collaroy, the fogies and farts went off first, the decreasingly younger age groups following at five-minute intervals. "It was terrific," said Norm. "I had clear water all the way around."
"Why can't the other swims do this?" he asked, rhetorically but still in hope.
Norm's clear water might have been as much to do with the five-minute gaps between waves as with the wave order.
It was a bumpy day, but the sun shone generously through a gentle onshore breeze, despite the forecast of offshore. That came in later.
Glistening Dave's view of Collaroy...
We got in the way at the start...
Angela van Boxtel's blob...
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Kids will be kids
The over 60s were 1st wave off the beach at Collaroy. This should happen every swim. It enables us to have swimmers around us the whole distance. There were no problems with groups overtaking apart from the last and fastest. (Kids will be kids)
Boofheads on loose
What a beautiful swim at Collaroy on Sunday. Really lovely organising crew, relaxed atmosphere, and a stunning day.
However, my swim in the 800m was marred by an incredibly rough group of "40-something" blokes. I'm pretty used to swimming in a pack and am not fussed when I get the occasional bump and scratch but rarely have I swum in a race and been hit and thumped so hard as Collaroy on Sunday. On two occasions I was hit on the head so hard that my goggles came off, and at one point the bloke swimming beside me said "Oh, I didn't see you there, I was in my own world".
Please, please, Is it possible to send off the blokes a couple of minutes before the ladies or vice versa?
My son, Skinny Gavel, swam at Collaroy today. He loved both swims but we were particularly impressed with the nature of the people: really friendly and chatty. The swim itself he loved; saw some fish and swam over the reef.
We live in Canberra and had to drive up to Sydney the day before. Our car broke down in the M5 tunnel so we ditched it somewhere over near the airport and arrived at our accommodation after taxis, trains and a ferry. The trip took us 10 hours from door to door but the two swims made the whole venture so worthwhile.
Thanks to the organisers and all those who, like my son, just love a good ocean swim.
Jennifer Andrew and Tim Gavel