Photos from CBA Boat 3 in Harbour Bridge to Manly Wharf swim from 7:50am on Sat 4 March 2006
Two nasty swarms of Blue Bottles, which got most of Boat Team 3 swimmers, caused us to not swim a 2km section from Sydney Heads to 700m from Manly beach whereupon Boat 3 and Boat 4 swimmers swam the final 700m into Manly Wharf
Pre swim briefing at Blues Point by the swim co-ordinator, Dean of Ocean Paddlers
(Above 'n below) Pictures of Lily from Freehills, as she entered the water to "high five" with our lead-off swimmer, Trent from Challenger Financial Services who is about 5m to the L of our paddler, Phil Carmont, CBA, in top right of pic.
Judging by the splash Lily didn't make that dive would have
ranked high points.
Trent, from Challenger Financial Services, caught his breath after climbing aboard after his opening 1.4km where the pace was really on.
Lily out in from of paddler, Phil Carmont, early in her initial interval under o'cast skies.
Alison with a strong kick. No swimmer from Boat 3 put in harder swim intervals than Alison, who after each interval took quiet a while to catch her breath.
We had to steer clear of some bigger craft.
Lily has swum in the Cottesloe to Rottnest Island swim and lots of other oceans. With her 6 beat kick churning out the 'wash' in the above pic, it is easy to see why it took Lily on 37 min to swim the 2.7km Palm to Whale Beach in late Jan.
Another entrant waiting for her swim partner to arrive at their change-over
You can tell the men from the boys by the size of their toys - James Packer's Russian Ice Breaker moored off Taronga Zoo.
Lily and Jonathan Horan just after they had high fived their 'tag-up' following Lily 2nd swim interval where she had sought the protection of her white rash vest, 'cause the Bluey's were starting to drift in on the incoming tide.
More obstacles to look out for, as about 60 kayaks which were separately competing in kayak events passed us en route to Manly.
A close-up of Rohan on point duty.
Tom Kirby, CBA, from his best side enters the water for his 2nd interval after 50% of our 11km course was all done. Alison from PWC is still swimming in between our two paddlers, so Tom Boy had some catching up to do. If there were any Sea Creatures hanging around our boat, they would have vamoosed pronto after Tom had pierced the water.
Alison is re-entering CBA Boat 3 after tagging up with Tom.
Jonathan, Adam, Richard 'n ? back at Manly post swim.
CBA Boat 3 post swim on the Beach - Phil Carmont (Paddler), Trent Koch (Swimmer 'A'), Tom Kirby (Swimmer 'E'), Ian Grayburn Boat Captain, Lily Mathews (Swimmer 'B'), Jonathan Horan (Swimmer 'C'), Alison Peakman (Swimmer 'D'), Phil Johnston (Swimmer 'F') and Rohan Last (Paddler)
Some swimmers from CBA Boat 4 joined us in the above victory pic
Having a quiet post swim ale back at the Manly Wharf Hotel. The guy without legs up front in the 20 year old sweat shirt is on his knees, 'cause the dude next to him, Chris Milcz (Paddler for CBA Boat 2), is a shortie.
Lily showing off her freebee shirt from the swim organisers.
On the beach at Manly, with the swim all done, Chris Milcz
presented Phil with the above memento which is suitably inscribed
It is muchly appreciated, because it isn't every day CBA can draw a bunch of clients together who can also hammer hard out of the office, and laugh about it afterwards.
POSTSCRIPT: A lot of planning was required to ensure 4
boats, 5 paddlers and 24 swimmers arrived at Blues Point by 6:50am.
Everyone did their job. I am sure all 24 swimmers are as appreciative as I am
that 4 boat owners and 5 paddlers were prepared to wake at Sparrow Fart
to put their craft into the water from as far a field as Rose Bay, Meadowbank
and Roseville Bridge, so that 24 swimmers had boats to climb aboard, and paddlers to