The organising committee were members from the Broulee Surf Life Saving Club and the Broulee Mossy Point Community Association. The committee all did a great job applying lessons learnt from the previous three previous swims.
The conditions for the main course were unsafe with waves breaking across the exit from Broulee Island which would have caused swimmers to swim under the waves with reef below them. The
2015 swim was moved to the contingency location on North Broulee inside the lee of the island as part of the swim day risk assessment.
The conditions at North Broulee were flat and perfect swimming and the water was very clear and warm at 22.4C. There were small 0.3 metre wave at the beach. The course swum was the pre-approved contingency course which was a 1.6km distance with a swim of just on 1.5km. The weather conditions were overcast and cool around 20C, water temp at 22.4C with a mild southerly wind which did not affect the swim conditions of North Broulee. A storm passed through Broulee at 5am on the morning of the event and presented a southerly wind. There were 229 swimmers that entered the water and 228 completed the distance. The walk up event day registration numbers were down significantly on previous years and the weather conditions seemed to be the reason.
The event was sponsored by Hotondo Homes (Principal Darren Phillips) in the last of a three year agreement and supported by number of local sponsors. The swimmer’s feedback was excellent again this year. A $3021.80 profit was made from the event and the allocation of funds split ($1400 each) between the Broulee Surf Life Saving Club and the Broulee Mossy Point Community Association. The whole Broulee community were the winners on the day.
Event Facts and Highlights
- 229 swimmers entered the water
- As the contingency course was swam there were no records set
- 139 swimmers were male and 90 were female (2013 had 151 male and 113 female)
- The Over 50 age division had 62 swimmers and Over 70 increased from 6 to 8 swimmers
- 65 swimmers came from Canberra
- 77swimmers came from Broulee, Mossy Point, Moruya and Batemans Bay
- 10 from Sydney and 3 from Melbourne
- Dylan Appelqvist won his fourth Open Swim and Jane McCullum won the open Women’s swim.
- The navy T-shirts with the new large swim logo and sponsors name were very well received.
- Swimmer feedback was again excellent via email after the event.