My 100th blog post. When I started this blog it was to record my various ocean swims races or open water swims as they call them in the UK. I just looked at my very first blog, and it talked about places to swim around the world that I might get to. Well I have swum at all of them and more. I started doing open water swim events in my former… Read More

  On the morning of Friday 13 March 2015, the idyllic island paradise of Vanuatu was smashed by Cyclone Pam. The category 5 cyclone (also known as a hurricane or typhoon) roared in from the north with winds of up to 300 km/h (185 mph) and flattened everything in its path. The island chain was battered by the storm with large waves and storm surges adding to the misery. It has been… Read More

Well it has been a while since my readers have been rewarded with a new posting.  I thought it was time to do my annual update of the swim season. Loyal readers will recognise that I use the season that starts on 1 June each year, and finishes on 31 May. While this may seem odd, it does match with some of the tests used for annual tallies of distances swum in… Read More

My trip to Vanuatu was over and it was time to hop on a plane to England. I was off to get my qualifications in driving a powerboat and beach lifeguard to enable me to work as a tour guide. I did my powerboat course in Falmouth in Cornwall. That was a lot of fun, though the weather was cool and grey. Then it was off to Newquay to do the five… Read More

On Sunday we took the fifty minute flight from Port Vila to Luganville on the island of Espiritu Santo, the largest island in Vanuatu. The 72 seat flight was full with excited swimmers eager to take the next step on the adventure. Monday saw us pile into a mini-bus to take the one hour drive to Champagne Beach on the east coast of the island. This has to be one of the… Read More

I was in Port Vila the capital of Vanuatu as part of my prize in the NSW Fine Oceanswim series. Luckily for me the winner had chosen the trip to Fiji as his prize (thanks Rohan), which left the Vanuatu trip for the random prize winner amongst the eligible top 20 finishers in the series. I flew out of Sydney on the Wednesday evening flight, and after a short three-hour flight, landed… Read More

  The last weekend of April, and there were three swims scheduled in Sydney: the Shark Island swim at Cronulla; the Warriewood swim; and the South Curl Curl swim. All of these were attractive, but I chose the Curl Curl swim, as I had heard excellent reports of it from other swimmers. The swim over a two km course starts at South Curl Curl and swims south along the cliffs down to… Read More