Message from New Zealand: OceanSwim series

This News Lettre was send on Januari 24, 2011


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1.     Five days till the Capital Classic - online entries close 5pm this Thursday. Enter today!
2.     Winner drawn for blueseventy wetsuit competition
3.     Who's taking the plunge this weekend in the Capital Classic?
4.     State NZ Ocean Swim Tip with Dean Kent - Wide Arm catch
5.     Winners of the premium membership from announced
6.     Geoff Carter to swim Cook Strait this week

The winner of the blueseventy Reaction Wetsuit is...

The winner of our Capital Classic blueseventy wetsuit is Gerard Gordon. Gerard entered the Capital Classic before 19 January, he is competing in the 2.8km distance swim at the Capital Classic on the 29th January.  We look forward to seeing a fast time out of Gerard with his new suit.  Thanks to all those that entered.

Upcoming events:

Capital Classic Wellington - THIS WEEKEND
State OceanKids starts 8:00am
'Give it a Go' 300m Ocean Swim start 8:45am
'Step it Up' 1000m Ocean Swim start 9:30am
'I'm Going Long' 2.8km Ocean Swim starts 10:30am

For more details on Race 3 of the State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series in Wellington click here.

Corsair Classic, Christchurch - Saturday 26 February
Sand to Surf, Mt Maunganui - Saturday 26 March
King of the Bays, North Shore - Saturday 16 April


Who's taking the plunge in Wellington?
What does Wellington's Mayor, a retired Nelson Bishop, a UK dentist, a Waikato policeman, Cara Baker, and a Manawatu school girl all have in common? They will be plunging into Wellington Harbour this Saturday, January 29 together with 900 other swimmers for the Capital Classic, the third event in the 2010/2011 State NZ Ocean Swim Series.

There is an international flavour to the event this year with an increase in international registrations and we've sited entries from Europe, USA, and Australia reinforcing the growing popularity of ocean swimming.

David Davidson, a recently retired dentist from the UK considers himself 63yrs young! He will be competing in the Capital Classic swim for the second time. He and his wife have planned their two month holiday to New Zealand around the Capital Classic Swim and the Corsair Classic Swim in Christchurch (26 February).

"What a great excuse to visit one of the most spectacular places on earth and enjoy wonderful kiwi hospitality," says an enthusiastic Davidson.

We look forward to seeing you at the event again David.

Dean Kent - Swim Tip 

This week I’ve loaded a few more videos of me demonstrating drills that may help you, you can view these here.  Wide arm catch up – a variation on normal catch up and wide arm cat and mouse are great for practising one great arm stroke at a time.  There is a drill to help with body roll or lack of it and a video that goes through the importance of engaging the big muscles and getting a deep pull.  I hope they help. 

Cheers, Dean Kent


Geoff Carter swims the Cook Strait this week
Geoff Carter is a courageous man. He is hoping to be the oldest person at 60 years old to ever successfully swim the Cook Strait. "I was at the Chelsea swim (Herne Bay to Chelsea Sugar Works) and a couple of ladies were planning to swim the Cook Strait, and I realised they weren't that much quicker than I was and I thought - if they could do it, then so could I," Carter said. Geoff Carter lives and trains on the North Shore of Auckland and has been putting in some huge mileage in to help prepare him for his huge goal. Currents, tides, wind and the 13 degree water temperature are just some of factors that must be taken into account when a swimmer attempts the crossing. Geoff has teamed up with Channel crossing legend Phillip Rush to help him navigate his way across the Strait. Weather forecasts for later this week have determined his journey will likely start this Thursday meaning he may well be able to attend the State Capital Classic on this Saturday (if for nothing more than a warm down!) Everyone one here at the State Ocean Swim Series wishes Geoff all the very best this week – a true hard core open water swimmer. Follow Geoff’s progress by logging into his blog here

Geoff with his training partners at Takapuna Beach - premium membership WINNERS

Open Water Source is a fantastic website providing all open water swimming enthusiasts information about the world of open water swimming. 

Last week we had some premium memberships up for grabs for anyone who LIKES our Facebook page and then LIKES the link about winning an openwatersource membership.  The Five Winners are:
1. Polly Barach
2. David Pearce
3. Helen Fielding
4. Scot Prebble
5. Rachel O'Connor 

There is a number of free resources you can access on the website but Premium Memberships are available that give you a whole lot more.  One of these benefits is every Wednesday you can join Steven Munatones and a special guests for intriguing interviews with amazing open water swimmers.  Last week had New Zealand's own Phillip Rush who described his epic 28 hour three way crossing of the English Channel.

Memberships for one year are US$49.99 per year for more details and to become a member click here.