Another Sunday morning, another ocean swim. Today was the turn of Mona Vale SLSC to host the Winter Solstice Ocean Swim. It was chilly, a mix of grey skies and sunshine with some decent swells rolling in making the conditions fairly challenging. A few of my regular swimming group were taking part today and we caught up before the race, all wrapped up to keep warm before getting in the water. The ocean temperature was certainly warmer than the air temperature today so the swimmers were pretty keen to get in the water after stripping down to their swim suits! After a pre-race briefing it was 10am and we were off, bashing through the waves and heading to the first marker point.
The weather was threatening and with dark grey clouds on one side and the sun trying to make an appearance on the other we were treated to a beautiful rainbow - you might even spot the rainbow in one of the photos.
We got so lucky the last weeks with seeing great sea life. This week we found "Shelly the turtle" it was great to swim along her for a bit and spot her transmitter on her back. Hopefully she will find a partner soon. She was all alone out there.
Visibility was great again and the temp has now dropped under the 20 degrees. The cold water feels so good. It focus your body and mind totally. Great swim sessions with Kim and Greg improving there technique and increasing there swim strength. Come on and join us.
Underwater photo's taken by Jennifer Gwynne
What a great week we had, Monday was the official start of our winter in Australia. Treated with deep blue skies daily. The air temperature was nippy sometimes down to 8 degrees. However the water was clear and still above 20 degrees so we are still swimming without suits. We clocked up some serious kilometres and as icing on the cake we were greeted by a big pod of dolphins on Friday morning. Come on and join our growing ocean swim community!