Father and son take out Sunday's endurance swim series double
It was a Squance family double header as 19-year-old Hayden won the opening race of the Clements Windows and Doors Endurance Series and father Charlie took line honours in the short race in Nelson Haven on Sunday.
Things were calm as 78 swimmers signed in on Tahunanui Beach at 7am, but by race start 30 minutes later a south-westerly breeze had picked up, making things a little more challenging.
Hayden Squance led out on the 2km race from the beach to the Nelson Yacht Club, chased by Luke Kelly, Terry Bone, Hamish Neill, Simon Kneebone and Ben Van Dyke and that was the way things finished.
Flossie Van Dyke followed her father by 30 seconds to take the women's race narrowly ahead of Kerry Mathieson and Jude Vincent.
The expected teen domination didn't eventuate, as Richmond coach Andy Adair took his squad to Kaiteriteri for a Christmas breakfast, leaving the older age groups to post some good finish positions.
Charlie Squance led a small field in the short swim. While conditions forced two withdrawals from this race, Squance swam strongly to finish ahead of Rebecca McKenzie, Lincoln Mackenzie and Erin O'Connor.
AT A GLANCE
2km race: Hayden Squance 23.43 1, Luke Kelly 24.37 2, Terry Bone 25.15 3, Hamish Neill 26.10 4, Simon Kneebone 27.35 5, Ben Van Dyke 27.37 6, Flossie Van Dyke 28.10 7, Andrew Martin 28.12 8, Jon Linyard 28.15 9, Kerry Mathieson 28.18 10, Denis Cooper 28.26 11, Hamish Crook 29.21 12, Jude Vincent 29.23 13, Chris King 30.09 14, Greg Dykzeul 30.11 15, Janis Crampton 30.14 16, Paul Peacock 30.16 17, Steve Clements 30.20 18, Wendy Healey 30.22 19, Steve Malthus 30.26 20.
600m race: Charlie Squance 16.09 1, Rebecca McKenzie 16.51 2, Lincoln Mackenzie 17.10 3, Erin O'Connor 17.57 4, Paula Meer 19.08 5.