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Manly Lifesaving Club is having its Carnival at South Steyne this morning, so our usual starting point was obstructed by feather boas and rhinestone bikinis.. 380 Bold & Beautiful swimmers kindly accommodated the club festivities and flocked to Shelly Beach for a reversed course to the point and back. Ian's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2019 at Pacific Jules
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The persistent NE wind continues to serve up a rather interesting mix of big swell and strong rips in the southern corner. So management had a clear message for the 330 swimmers this morning: If you're not 100% sure, walk to Shelly and do an anticlockwise round-trip to the point... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2018 at Pacific Jules
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A total of 265 good looking swimmers enjoyed near perfect swimming conditions this morning. And really, where else would you want to be? The morning started off the usual way. Rusty doing his thing on the ramp.. ..followed by the girls doing the cancan.. ... and a bit of flipper... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2018 at Pacific Jules
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A total of 219 healthy looking swimmers (incl. 4 newbies!) showed up for a warm-ish morning. While air and water temperature were up, under-water visibility was down due to northerly winds overnight. Annie stopped me to tell me about the cuttlefish graveyard that had emerged in the bay: Indeed, the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2018 at Pacific Jules
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We're back to normal. Moving on from yesterday's filthy solstice shenanigans, we were able to go back to focusing on what's really important: A total of 254 appropriately dressed swimmers braved the morning chill and enjoyed stunning conditions in Cabbage Tree Bay. And how good was it seeing Andrew with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2018 at Pacific Jules
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Typepad is back up. We've successfully repelled yesterday's onslaught of Russian bots and state-sponsored North Korean cybercriminals. The Bold & Beautiful blog will not be silenced. A total of 194* good looking swimmers enjoyed the continued run of balmy water temperatures. We're still sitting pretty at 21 degrees! (*entirely made... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2018 at Pacific Jules
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Amazing light show this morning - it was worth coming down just for the sunrise! Little Sarah wearing her trademark pink cossie, adding an extra splash of colour to an already colourful morning: It was Tanja's last swim with us before heading back to Hamburg later today: Did I mention... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2018 at Pacific Jules
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The surf beach was closed today due to big swell courtesy of Tropical Cyclone Gita: Late blog post courtesy of Typepad which was also closed for most of the day: Anyway, here's the gist of what happened this morning: Halfway bouncer: Water safety significantly downgraded from yesterday: Great eye for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2018 at Pacific Jules
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Another top Sunday. Management is still counting, but I'm estimating 321 swimmers, including, let's say, 12 newbies. Roz and John were there.. ..and so were Robin and Brendan: Ian was signing up newbies: The Girls: The Boys: Helen and Stacey ruining an otherwise beautiful shot of Little Sarah: Shaun back... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2017 at Pacific Jules
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Impressive turnout this morning. Management counted 335 swimmers for the 7am group. The day started off in the usual fashion... Ian taking photos of newbies: S Shaun selling overpriced counterfeit swim caps: Lesbubs and Lucy working the camera - giving their loyal Instagram fan base what they want: It didn't... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at Pacific Jules
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What a Sunday! A total of 290 happy swimmers made it down to Manly this morning, despite an aggressive multi-million-dollar marketing campaign by Fairfax Media to poach swimmers for the City2Surf run. If you don't have much time - here's an Executive Summary: Perfect winter conditions this morning Whales in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2017 at Pacific Jules
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Welcome to the weekend edition of the swim blog. Producing two blogs every weekend is costly. The combined weekend blog is just one of a number of cost savings measures that are currently trialed by management. It is critical that we improve the swim group's profitability ahead of next year's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at Pacific Jules
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What a morning!!! Manly really knows how to turn it on this time of year: 472 good looking swimmers, near 21 degrees water temp, light offshore wind, superb underwater visibility and beautiful sunshine. Throw in a couple of birthdays, a giant cuttlefish, and a dozen or so dusky whaler sharks... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at Pacific Jules
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The B&B statisticians counted a total of 380 beautiful, happy swimmers today, including 8 newbies. What a way to kick off Easter Sunday! Quick blog today as I have an important 11am Easter Egg Hunt to attend. Don't worry, I'm not going to put bunny ears on every swimmer now.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Pacific Jules
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What a morning! Duskies, Big Jellies, Yellow Tail.. and 320 happy pink-capped swimmers amongst it all! Fellow Sunday Blogger Emma introduced me to Poppy, who is about to sail around Australia to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson's: If you want to support Poppy, click here: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/scaramouch-parkinsons Little Sarah trying... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2017 at Pacific Jules
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Good Morning Manly! Management reported 350 swimmers this morning, including 10 newbies. Water temperature was a balmy 23.8 degrees. Personally, I think it felt warmer. <insert gratuitous toilet humour here> Today was all about Ian (aka Santa), who celebrated his 97th birthday AND completed his 1000 km with the Bold... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at Pacific Jules
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Upper Middle Management estimated 385 swimmers today. It felt like 835 to me. Lips here with a Sunday Quickie. Got to get this blog out fast, so I'll have to skip my usual self-indulgent waffle and cut straight to the photos and one-liners. Lots of Newbies. Upper Middle Management supported... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2017 at Pacific Jules
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A total of 273 swimmers enjoyed spectacular conditions this morning. Many in questionable attire. For a good cause. Of course. A brainchild of fellow blogger and aquatic clown Roger, the Bold & Beautiful held its first ever 'Spring into Summer' fancy dress charity swim, raising money for Royal Far West.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2016 at Pacific Jules
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It felt like winter this morning: grey sky, cold offshore winds, and a thriving population of jimbles frolicking in the bay. Water temperature dropped to a refreshing 16.8 degrees! The cold weather seemed to be putting many of our 'fair weather' weekend swimmers off. Numbers decidedly down compared to previous... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2016 at Pacific Jules
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At whopping 238 swimmers made it down to Manly Beach this morning, including Little Sarah and The Storchmeister: This is Lips filling in for Sunday Blogger Gino today. Poor Gino was unable to swim due to an acute mustache infection: We wish him a swift recovery. Sunrise as captured by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2016 at Pacific Jules
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What a morning! A total of 220 swimmers, including 8 newbies, braved the wind chill and were rewarded with what has to be the best start to a Sunday. Well, to any day really.. Solstice Swim Report: The morning kicked off at 6:20 with leg #2 of the Drinks Express... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2016 at Pacific Jules
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A total of 190 happy swimmers submerged themselves in a tantalising mixture of rotting seaweed and feacal matter this morning. How lucky are we! Unsurprisingly, the group was abuzz with toilet humour. Poo jokes everywhere. Lesbubbles found this fine specimen of a turd.. (see photo below, not above) Here's a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2016 at Pacific Jules
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It's Little Sarah's birthday and, as every year, Manly is falling over itself to pay its respects to our very own Hong Kong Triad Queen. If you were up early this morning you might have heard some thunder from the 6am fireworks.. If you missed the fireworks, don't worry. You... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2016 at Pacific Jules
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Another glorious morning in Manly. No wonder more than 350 swimmers showed up to get wet and waterlogged.. Chest of the Day: And here's how it's done.. Registering 26 newbies - Ian in top form this morning: Triple Crown: 3rd and final leg will be on Anzac weekend. JP still... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2016 at Pacific Jules
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This is Lips reporting from the 2016 Badge Ceremony. What a morning! Lots of photos.. fasten your seat-belts: Big turnout for the 7am swim - as you would expect on Badge Ceremony Sunday. The morning started with a short speech by the Prime Minister followed by live performances from Cold... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2016 at Pacific Jules
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