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Tim Giovanelli
Manly Beach
Swimmer, Dad to the Shmope, Bishop of Manly ;)
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Hello people of the Bold and Beautiful... Our numbers of swimmers is still a bit thin, after this weeks sharky drama on a wooly, wintery, windy morning... This photo doesn't quite capture the size of the swell on the point. The A-team always get in at 7:07am so as to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2019 at Pacific Jules
It's definitely that time of year when its better in than out. 8 degrees out, 18.8 degrees in... but even warmer around the point... We've had a lovely flat and clear spell down at the swim. Surely a big northerly winter swell must be coming... It must be emphasised, there... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at Pacific Jules
Well that was a first for me this morning... the honour of taking Jeff and Sally's 10 year wedding anniversary, vow renewal on the beach! Jeff reckons it was the first time a Pastor has emerged from the sea in his speedos to take a re-commitment ceremony... Congratulations guys on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2019 at Pacific Jules
They say never talk about sex, religion and politics in polite company... which is a shame because I like all three. Well it was hard to ignore this morning with the anti-Abbott greenie, socialist, inner west, Get Up types out in force this morning... It will certainly be an interesting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2019 at Pacific Jules
Well swimmer of the day has to go to this 8 year old girl who swam all the way to Shelley today. As we waited for the last swimmers to come in, some little arms were spinning around towards us. Congratulations on a great effort! Bit of swell still around,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2018 at Pacific Jules
It looked good from the point... but arctic conditions returned with the inland winds blowing cool water to the top. 16.6 degrees and a lot of chattering teeth. Here is the finish with Irishman Alex and Christoph the big German locked in an epic tussle for bragging rights. And it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2018 at Pacific Jules
Well, another lovely morning down at the swim. 16.7 degrees today in the water, lots of swimmers, a big wobby shark on the point and nice clear conditions. Poor old Sterls broke his elbow a week ago when he slipped at Shelley Beach boat ramp. He is out of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at Pacific Jules
Well may they say... Hang on, wrong speech. Obviously a momentous day in our national story... it was Sterling's 5 year anniversary of joining the Bold and Beautiful swim. Yes our favourite slowest member of the A-team celebrated 5 life transforming years down at the swim. He was even granted... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2018 at Pacific Jules
What a morning down in our favourite corner of the world. Admittedly I can only count my swims this winter on two hands, but gosh it's good to get down for a dip. And I'll tell you this... in my bones, I can feel 22 degree water coming in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at Pacific Jules
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