NEARLY 500 Coffs Coffs local donned their swimming caps and goggles on Sunday for the annual Coffs Ocean Swims.

Celebrating it' s 15th birthday in 2013, the Ocean swims once again proved a popular local event

There was plenty of quality open water racing with quick times set in both the men's and women's races.

The 2000m swim, the blue ribband event of the day, saw two Coffs Coast Locals take top prize with Geoffrrey Eastwood winning the men's and Hayley Patrech of Boambee winning the women's.

"It has been a fantastic day you couldn't have asked for better conditions," Patrech said.

"I was pretty much exhausted the entire way.

"I knew if I could keep on the toes of the lead male swimmers I'd finish well up the standings."

For Eastwood it was his second Ocean Swims title after taking out the 600m race in 2007.

"I had a calf injury and have been sick the last few weeks so to take home the win was a great feeling.

"I was happy with my time but I struggled a bit over the first half of the race so I think i should be able to go faster next time.

"I have the Australian national swim titles in Adelaide coming up so this has been a good warm up event.

While the focus may have been on the action in the water, the Ocean Swims were also helping local charities.

"The money raised helps do good things for local children's charities ," Coffs Harbour Rotary Daybreak's Elaine Norman said.

"We have had Rotary members working hard to help such a fantastic local event.

"It is a great cause and that is why our members are more than happy to give up their time to be involved."


Men's 2000m

1st Geoffrrey Eastwood 25.29

2nd Zac Freuden 25 36

3rd Zac Donnelly 26.55

Women's 2000m

1st Hayley Patrech 27.50

2nd Maddi Blomberg 28.02

3rd Maddy Gough 28.08

Men's 600m

1st  Julian Aenishaenslin 8.01

2nd Zach Donnelly 8.02

3rd. Lachlan O'Reilly 8.11

Women's 600m

1st Madeline McCullagh 8.38

2nd Lauren Dam 8.56

3rd Zoe Burgess 9.17

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