Swim series nears
By GREG WHITE
MOMENTUM is building for the North Coast Ocean Swim Series beginning in Yamba on December 30.
The series continues in Coffs Harbour on February 24 next year and concludes at South West Rocks on April 6.
Chief organiser of the Novotel Pacific Bay Jetty Swim, Mick Maley, said a steady stream of entries had started flowing for all three events since the relevant websites began operating.
"Up at Yamba the entries are pouring in and their head man Ray Burridge is expecting records numbers this year," he said.
"I'd like to encourage as many as possible to enter all three swims in the Series as they'll go into a random draw to win one of three holiday packages which we'll announce after the 3000m swim at the Rocks."
Yamba's program includes a short course 700m swim, the longer 2000m event and the 200m 'Dash For Cash.'
In the 700m swim from 10am, competitors can enter in 16 age divisions, eight male and eight female.
With a mass start, entrants swim 200m out to sea, and then follow a designated marked course of buoys to a point 200m off main beach before turning in the run to the finish line.
The 2000m swim begins at 11am in a massed start over a triangular course, with age categories beginning in the 12 to 14 group, going through to over-70's.
Finally, the 'Dash For Cash' will complete the day's activities from noon.
Club president Ray Burridge said that in the case of surf conditions being too rough the swims would be transferred to Whiting Beach, just inside the river mouth.
"Competitors must be numbered and wear the swim cap issued at the registration held before racing," he advised.
"However, no wetsuits or other swim aids (flippers, snorkels etc) will be allowed and for safety of competitors, IRB's, rowed surf boats and rescue boards will be operated during each event."
Coffs Harbour competitors can pick up an entry form from the swimming pool in the city centre which must be mailed to PO Box 219, Yamba, 2464, closing on Friday, December 21.
Electronic entries close on Friday, December 28, on www.yambabasics.com.au
Last minute entries can be lodged at Yamba Surf Life Saving Club on Saturday, December 29 between noon and 3pm, or race morning from 8am, but will incur a $10 late entry fee.
Further information from Ray Burridge on 6645 8017.