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Tim Giovanelli
Manly Beach
Swimmer, Dad to the Shmope, Bishop of Manly ;)
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In the words of JP... well that escalated quickly! Sure it looks beautiful, but it was a cold start to the day down at our favourite swim... from over 20 in the water to 18 degrees, and my car was telling me 11 degrees air temp. Here is proof... though... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at Pacific Jules
A big crowd gathered at the Medibank Bold and Beautiful swim this morning! (I'm kidding... send all angry messages to Bruce)... What a wonderful Good Friday swim - it's just so nice to see everyone emerge on a public holiday, people greeting each other, swimming together! Big crowd walking down... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at Pacific Jules
No I am not talking about Scrappy Scotty around the rocks... or a sabotaging Richie (who tried to slice me with a cuttlefish today)... I am talking about the dreaded bluebottle! Even the sky looked ominous this morning... A good line up of A-teamers this morning. It was James' 40th... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Pacific Jules
420 swimmers 21 newbies 21.6 degrees
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2018 on Old Men in Small Speedos at Pacific Jules
This morning hundreds of people woke up with the same thought... 'I'm off to the Bold and Beautiful for a splash!' And what can you expect to see on arrival? Well... plenty of old men in small speedos... I'm hoping that will be me in 40 years time... Also Matty... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2018 at Pacific Jules
What a morning! It was lovely to come down to some nice swell breaking off the point and a bunch of surfers and bodysurfers getting long peeling waves! Official temp was 19.7 degrees but I reckon there were patches of 17... I arrived as the Mayor of the Bold and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2017 at Pacific Jules
How did you find that....
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2017 on You're Going to Get Wet Anyway... at Pacific Jules
Not a lot of swimmers venturing down to Manly this morning, but for those who did, fun conditions with a nice north east swell pushing into the bay! This was the crew at 7am (though some had already ventured in or around to half way). Some manly men! Sterling threatened... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at Pacific Jules
What a cracking start to the day! We all arrived to a very calm and clear morning down in our little corner of paradise! After some 18 degree + days I've made the transition from wetsuit back into speedos. Dave and Sterling informed me on my arrival that it was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at Pacific Jules
What a morning - another opportunity to be thankful for the good things in our lives... The Spaniard is thankful that Alice recently said yes to marrying him! I was preaching last Sunday on the benefits of cultivating thankfulness and came across this from a Harvard Medical School report... “With... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at Pacific Jules
Well before I get to the one rule that Sterling broke this morning... gosh it's nice to come down to this! What a way for Storchy to celebrate his birthday at booty camp! This wonderful rose between the thorns is leaving us soon to head back home to Europe. Eva... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Pacific Jules
Lovely morning down at the swim - calm, clear and still warm! It reminds me that the annual nude solstice swim must be coming up on the shortest day of the year (not the only shortest thing you will see). Last year it was freezing... but temps seem to be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Pacific Jules
Who are you? I'd love to chat with you about this.
Well this seemed to keep most of the Bold and Beautiful in bed this morning. Driving down from Balgowlah Heights and it wasn't looking good on the harbour! But then this... if there was ever going to be one protected spot in all of Sydney to swim... it has to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Pacific Jules
Cracking morning... what a week... water is still warm enough to wear speedos (not impressed wetsuited Brad...), visibility is off the chops, and nice and flat. All that said, definitely a few less swimmers each morning now that winter is approaching! I ran into Irishman Alex and his lovely lady... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Pacific Jules
We start today with a missing A-team member alert. Has anybody seen Jimbob? Since getting a new job at Oxford Falls Grammar School he seems to have forgotten how to get to the swim. If you see him walking aimlessly around Manly, please direct him back to the swim... What... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Pacific Jules
Alright, put your hand up... who forgot we were starting at Shelley Beach today? Yep, me too. Good to see Management ensuring the nippers surf carnival had plenty of room to get underway by blocking the ramp for any cheeky B&B swimmers. So around to Shelley we go. What stunning... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Pacific Jules
Bit of rain this morning... kept the crowds away... sorted the diehards from the 'simply keen'... but it actually turned out to be a lovely swim! Check out this rig! Not bad for a 64 year old. I always like to ask Drinky what the condition are like before jumping... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Pacific Jules
It looked like another beautiful morning down at the Bold and Beautiful. The exercise crew were stretching as I arrived having got up much earlier than I care for... I met the Spaniard on my way over to the change area. It's cold and jimbly was the report! Lots of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Pacific Jules
Well stunning morning down at the swim. The water is getting colder but the enthusiasm for a dip stays strong! Well, the rumours are true... the A-team did leave Manly yesterday evening... suited and booted... receive our Order of A-team at the Australia Club. Bottom Right: Sterling Scroll Back... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Pacific Jules
Things seem to be returning to normal after a wild week at our favourite little patch of sea! 140 of you braved the weed and still slightly turdy water for a swim across the bay. Unfortunately no swimming for me... I already had a bad back and then decided to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at Pacific Jules
Cracking morning at the B&B this morning... dead calm, low tide, slight chill in the air and slowly dropping water temp. Just off the point the sharks were circling... they seem to have made a move from near Shelley Beach to the point. Are they about to leave us? It... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Pacific Jules
The black market prices for those caps make even the most scrupulous members of the A-team a little weak at times To
Toggle Commented Apr 15, 2016 on what A morning... at Pacific Jules
I think I am meant to be blogging today... apologies if two blogs all of a sudden turn up! Well, it has been a while since I wrote a blog so I reckon we just focus on one group of the swim... the A-team! Our very shy group can be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Pacific Jules
HIJACKED. Yes, that's right readers the Thursday blog has been hijacked by a non-A-teamer. "Alleluia" I hear the chorus sing. In a stunning piece of philanthropic espionage a wily Team Omega rep has control of the keyboard under a certain local cleric's own sign-in. Oh the fun I could have,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2016 at Pacific Jules