Thomas Heaton repeats the dose in second race of Port Nelson Sea Swim Series
Race two of the Port Nelson Sea Swim Series was a little like a re-run of the previous week.
Shocking weather in the lead-up gave way to sunny skies and calm water by race start.
Thomas Heaton and Hayden Squance were right at home, repeating their one-two finishes, with Heaton taking out the 900m swim in 9 minutes 44 seconds, 40 seconds clear of Squance.
It was frantic in the long sprint to the finish, with Kaiori McGuinniety (10.37), snaffling it from Terry Bone, opening his season in 10min 42sec, the wetsuitless Luke Kelly (10.43), Matai McGuinniety (10.45) and Xavier Anderson (10.46).
The first women were right in the mix, with Talya Harwood (10.48) taking eighth spot, just pipping Caitlin Delany (10.49).
Other women to feature high up in the standings were Georgie Trengrove (11.33), Bailee Spriggs (11.38) and Libby Neill (11.43).
In the age groups, Jody Keefe-Laing and Megan Falloon dominated 20-29, Matt Newberry and Jess Hildyard were at the top of 30-39, while Bone and Kerry Mathieson took the top spots in 40-49.
Hamish Neill (11.43) had a brilliant swim to finish 11th overall and top M50-59 while Christine Harris (11.50) was the sixth woman overall to head F50-59.
Ben Van Dyke and Margaret Johnston were the best in 60-69 while Derek Eaton was as always at the head of 70+.
Finella Gibbs-Beal dominated the short swim over 500m, a clear winner in 6min 17sec ahead of Josh Sheridan (6.36) and Reuben Lile (6.38).
Hannah Martin (6.40), Caitlin Huhu (7.14), Karla Thurlow (7.33) and Ben Bushell (7.52) were next to finish.
Swimming continues on a high tide next week. Full results and information, nelsonseaswims.co.nz.