Fraser Neill edges out non-wetsuit wearing Hayden Squance in sea swim series
It took a while, but at week 10 of the Port Nelson Sea Swim series, the good weather finally arrived.
A field of 158 took on courses of 400m or 900m in calm seas without too much tidal current.
With some non-wetsuit national triathlons coming up, series leader Hayden Squance took off his suit to acclimatise, but it didn't seem to slow him down too much, as he eased in for second, close behind former series winner Fraser Neill.
Although the entire Aquatic Centre squad was missing due to open water swim commitments in Taupo this weekend, they were replaced by more than 30 teenagers at swim camp with Nelson South Club, many of them from out of town and having their first open water swim in Nelson.
Kaleb Johnston came in right on Squance's heels, followed by 40-49 leader Terry Bone, Simon Kneebone, Jacob Northage, Hamish Neill and another former series winner Matthew Hansen, on the comeback trail as he starts preparation for the world masters games later in the year.
Flossie Van Dyke grabbed her first win in the women's section, finishing 11th overall, leading in Kerry Mathieson by one second.
Jude Vincent repeated her feat of last week as she pipped Christina Harris by two seconds to consolidate her lead in F50-59.
Moving up from the short event, Zara Aydon was the fifth woman home ahead of Georgie Trengrove and Ruby-Lou Stuart.
The short swim couldn't have been closer, with Emily Bryant snatching the win in a photo finish from Skye Humphries and Nicholas Paulin.
Gemma Langley, Fenlon Bayley and Mia Langley were next, leading in the first non-teen swimmer Robert Sheridan.