Thomas Moore led from start to finish to win his second consecutive Hipkins Cup swim trophy at Whites Bay near Blenheim on Sunday.
Moore won the trophy the last time the race was held, in 2011, but had to work hard all the way this time to hold off a determined Peter Colbert.
Leading into the surf at the start line at Rarangi Beach, Moore held his lead throughout the 2km swim to Whites Bay and crossed the finish line in 33min 44sec, Colbert chasing hard in second place, clocking 34.52.
It was another fine performance from Colbert, a man who has bounced back from triple-bypass heart surgery.
Third and first woman home, winning the women's Hipkins Cup, was Yasmin Gee, her time 35.22. Sixty-three-year-old Judy Hegglun won the Norton Family Trophy for the oldest finisher while the Askew Family Trophy for the youngest swimmer across the line went to 13-year-old Nicholas Meiklejohn.
Thirteen swimmers took the plunge in Sunday's race, held in slightly choppy seas and a spokesman for the Rarangi Surf Lifesaving Club, Brendon Ferguson, said he was confident the event would expand and attract more competitors next year.
- The Marlborough Express