Kelly error allows Bone a first victory

Swimmer Jude Vincent wades out of the water.
Emily Trengrove

Swimmer Jude Vincent wades out of the water.

There's something about a perfect sea swim. It's calm, There's a bit of current but not too much. It's a bit cloudy, so you're not squinting to see where to go.

To top it off, you navigate perfectly. In a way, a sea swim is like an orienteering event. It doesn't matter how fast you go - you have to go in the right direction.

Getting it wrong can be costly, as Luke Kelly found when a navigation error opened the door for Terry Bone to score his first-ever win in last night's Port Nelson Sea Swim.

In every other respect, the swim was pure perfection. The lungs hurt, the shoulders ache but there's nothing getting in the way of a perfect swim except human imperfection.

Bone finished the swim over a bit more than 1500m in 16 minutes 23 seconds, with Kelly given a time four seconds behind.

Hayden Squance continued his consistent showing for the season, taking third in 16min 47sec, ahead of Matt Hansen (16.55), Simon Kneebone (16.59), Matai McGuinniety (17.01) and Jody Keefe-Laing (17.07).

Pip Dwyer continued her dominant form in the women's field, taking 8th overall in 17min 19sec.

Kerry Mathieson was also true to form, leading F40-49 and taking the second women's spot in 18min 17sec.

Britta Martin is showing the benefits of consistent training, stopping the clock in 18.27, followed in the women's field by Georgie Trengrove, repeating her season-best 4th place of last week in a time of 18.33.

The next two women's places were filled by Christina Harris (18.45) and Jude Vincent (18.57). The pair are locked in a titanic battle in F50-59. With 16 of 18 races complete, Harris now has nine wins, Vincent seven. It's not impossible that Vincent could win the next two, putting them in a dead heat for the age group title. Neither has finished worse than second over the season.

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Burglars are an honourable part of our culture, especially since we seem to have adopted hobbits as part of our national identity.

That probably means there's really nothing wrong with accomplished long-distance swimmers like Alex Grigg and Wendy Healey dropping down to the short swim and cleaning up.

Competing over about 600m, Grigg stopped the clock at 7.21, ahead of Healey (7.57), while regular short-course swimmer Finella Gibbs (8.01) took third, ahead of Lauren Penney (8.12), Nige Burgess (8.22), Bryony Marriott (8.27), Georgina Cooper (8.33) and Hannah Martin (8.39).

Results, information at nelsonseaswims.co.nz.

 - The Nelson Mail

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