The first outing of what could grow to become one of the great classics on the NSW ocean swimming circuit ... Malabar-Little Bay Stockland Challenge. Due to conditions, it was a circuit inside Long Bay at Malabar, rather than the full journey swim. When run over its full course, this swim offers a challenging, once-you're-out-you're-committed course around a broad, flat headland, and did you get a load of all that activity in the water off the headland? Not just backwash from the sou'-east swell, but there was movement there. "That water is really moving," said Willoughby hack Graeme Brewer afterwards, gazing out over the Pacific Ocean towards Auckland. There's a bombora out there, too. On an easy day, this swim would be a challenge. On a difficult day, you should consider seriously whether to attempt it.
Make no mistake, this will be a classic. This will be one of the ultimate challenges for the rank-and-file, journeyperson ocean swimmer.
Well done to Murray Rose and team on their first outing, pulling almost 500, indeed, making it a very healthy first time swim, although not the biggest. And well done to the Rainbow Club, the charity of benefit.