Fri, Jan 14, 2022 1:45 PM

Swimmers face tough sea conditions

Peter Burrell, left, Hayden Squance and Terry Bone took the top three places. Photo: Kay Sneddon

Peter Gibbs

Hayden Squance cruised to his sixth win in race nine of the Rylock swim series in Nelson harbour on Thursday, but there were changes in the established order back in the field.

Peter Burrell scored an upset, taking second place from Terry Bone. Peter’s best place so far this season is fourth, so it’s a significant result for him.

After winning race one in the women’s section, Emily Chadderton has had to wait eight weeks for a repeat, a result which puts her back at the top of the points table.

Christina Harris was the second woman, ahead of Lucy Barron.

There hasn’t been an easy swim yet this summer.

In race nine over a 1200m course, swimmers had to battle an incoming tide over the first 600m, with the wind from the opposite direction kicking up bigger waves as the race went on.

In the middle of the field, Marina Buonocore and Carolyn Squance (both F50-59) had excellent races, as did David Marriott (M60-69), swimming without a wetsuit.

In F60-69, Maggy Johnston ended Eileen Searle’s run of eight straight wins by the narrowest of margins - only four seconds separating the pair at the finish.

In the short course, Keshia Linyard won from Keisha Old, continuing their back and forth battle.

It was Keshia’s second win of the series, taking her to the top of the leaderboard by the narrowest of margins.

Rommel Wilson took his first win in the men’s section, placing third overall.

Racing continues each week into March. Full results and details at nelsonseaswims.co.nz.