A new star emerges in Port Nelson Sea Swim Series
Hayden Squance made it two from two as he distanced the competition over an 800m triangular course from the Nelson Yacht Club in Thursday night's Port Nelson Sea Swim, while a first-time swimmer spreadeagled the women's competition.
Terry Bone and Simon Kneebone were in close attendance behind the leader over the 300m leg south, before Squance opened up a gap to swim solo to the finish line, finishing in 9min 55sec.
Bone (10.39) and Kneebone (11.19) set the scene for the season's competition in M40-49, while Ben Van Dyke continued his astonishing defiance of the passage of years, the 66-year-old taking fourth in 11min 31sec, a second ahead of the leading M20-29 competitor Jody Keefe Laing.
Perhaps the most significant swim of the night came from 13-year-old Waimea Intermediate student Piper Riley.
In her first-ever sea swim, Riley led the women's field home in 11min 33sec, inadvertently becoming the person to beat in future weeks.
Angus Perham led M50-59 in 11.48, ahead of the women's triumvirate of Kerry Mathieson (11.49), Jude Vincent (11.57) and Christine Harris (12.01). That result leaves Mathieson and Vincent tied at the top of the women's points table, while Harris will be a determined chaser in weeks to come.
Andrew Martin (11.53) came in among the female trio, to place second in the competitive M50-59 group ahead of Denis Cooper (12.06).
Reuben Lile (12.08) was next, to lead the U-16 group ahead of Josh Sheridan (12.10), the leading non-wetsuit swimmer.
In the short race over 350m, Zara Aydon repeated her win from last week in 6min 3sec, ahead of Ruby-Lou Stuart (6.12), Hannah Martin (6.52), Gemma Langley (7.00) and Robert Sheridan (7.03), who repeated his son's achievement in the long course, leading the non-wetsuit field.
Swimming continues in the series next Thursday.