Tag Archives: swimming

I’ve Just Been Swimming…

19 Apr
The Baths

The Baths

I’ve just been swimming. Though officially it’s Autumn, the weather is quite mild and the river remains warm. Add high tide, and what have you go? Perfection!

Many people bring their canine companions along to enjoy the walk beside the water, and so Chicki gets to meet and greet friends, old and new.

It’s a win win situation!

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In The Swim: I Won Again!

7 Dec
Me at today's venue

Me at today’s venue

Twelve months  ago, I was so excited: I’d won the perpetual trophy for 50 metres at my local swimming club.

Today, my year was up, and the trophy was ready to be handed on.

Little did I think this morning that, once again, I’d make the grade.

By a strange co-incidence (or family ability), this year’s second place-getter was the daughter of last year’s runner up.

 

I wish that I could show you the photos that Ron took at today’s presentation, but they haven’t yet been downloaded. But I’ve done the best I can, and here’s a snapshot of me at the venue.

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I’m Back in the Water

9 Sep

Here in Sydney, the swimming season doesn’t officially start until October. But today’s sunshine and milder temperatures tempted more than myself into the water.

In fact, it looked perfect. The calm, clear water seemed so inviting. Until… I stepped in.

Let me clarify this. Last year, the water warmed up early. Several of us braved it in early September and were pleasantly surprised to find it a relatively comfortable eighteen degrees Celsius.

More– just yesterday I tested the temperature in the shallows. It registered a profoundly reassuring eighteen and half.

Problem is, I can’t swim in a few inches of water.

Reality: a bare sixteen degrees awaited me . And if anyone thinks that a couple of degrees difference in water temperature is irrelevant, I suggest they think again. 🙂

The final crucible: the hot water system had broken, so cold showers were all that was on offer.

Anyway, at least three swimmers, including me, faced the water. And I actually clocked up a couple of hundred metres.

Not bad for the first swim of the  season…

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It looks inviting

It looks inviting

 

A Lone Swimmer…

22 May
Me at Ramsgate Baths

Me at Ramsgate Baths

This summer I have rarely ventured into the sea.

But, on one occasion I braved it at Ramsgate Baths, in Sydney’s Botany Bay Foreshores.

Under good conditions, nothing beats swimming in this delightfully salty and clear water.

In  a pounding surf, though, I am not strong enough to get in and out of these baths.  Sure, I can swim in  it, but the problem lies in the extraordinary power of moving water. It is so hard to keep on ones feet.

Still, on this particular day, despite tempting waves and pleasant weather, I swam alone.

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Cloudy Skies: But the Water’s Still Fine

16 Apr
Come on in...

Come on in…

Lately, Sydney has had a run of cool, cloudy weather. Though light, showers have been hanging around day after day.

Nevertheless, the water’s still fine. Its temperature is hovering above 20 degrees, well clear the 18 degree mark that equates to ‘cold’.

So, is it really surprising that a few keen swimmers, myself included, are still taking the plunge?

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On the Highest Tide of the Year….

9 Jan

Earlier this month, Sydney waters experienced the highest tide of the year.

Officially 2.04 metres, it may well have been even higher, for at the baths (where I’ve swum for over thirty years) on the Georges River , I’ve never seen it so high..

Though not a regular swimmer, my husband Ron decided that this was an opportunity too good to miss. With the water temperature being around 25 degrees, who could blame him?

Our Maltese cross, Chicki, couldn’t bear to be left out, and soon discovered that she was almost chest-deep in salt water though her feet were firmly on the promenade.

For her, the adventure was followed by a warm wash, then  sun-baking on a chair.

What a memorable day!

Where's the Beach?

Where’s the Beach?

Ron and Chicki enjoying the water

Ron and Chicki enjoying the water

I'm wet!

I’m wet!

Drying off in style

Drying off in style

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Time and Tide…

8 Jan

They say time and tide waits for no man…

As one who swims in a tidal baths, I can vouch for this!

Certainly I prefer to take a dip in deep water, but sometimes I find that there’s enough water even when the tide is more than half way out.

Here’s a photo of the little beach besides the baths, taken at low tide.

Tide's out...

Tide’s out…

Watch this space, for later this week  I intend to show you just how this looks at the highest tide of the year. 🙂

For Me, A First!

12 Dec

For me, a first!

I have been competing for almost thirty-two years, mostly at the same venue. Yet in all this time, I had never won a trophy. Well, not the sort that gets engraved and passed on from winner to winner, year after year…

All that changed last Sunday, when, after racing in  three, fifty metre freestyle events – heat, semi-final and final- against adult swimmers (both male and female) I actually WON!

Accepting the Trophy

Accepting the Trophy

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So now it won’t be long before my feat is officially recorded for posterity – written into metal;  and as the years go by, swimmers from our Club will look and ponder….Who was this Margaret Sharp???

The Baths are Back!

3 Dec

After weeks of closure, the local swimming baths are back!

Here in Sydney, recent rains had brought with them quite extraordinary levels of pollution. Over the last month or so, signs had been in force almost constantly, warning swimmers to stay out….

So, after a decent spell of dry and sunny weather, at last the ‘all clear’ came, and with it the joy of being able to experience the clean water once again.

With very high, Christmas tides, our stretch of the river is now enjoying near-optimum conditions for water sports.

 

The Baths are Back....

The Baths are Back….

Let’s enjoy it while we can…

The Show Must Go On…

10 Nov

The show must go on…

Despite intermittent rain, unseasonable cold, and biting wind, today’s Swimming Club races went ahead.

Three determined women (including yours truly) and ten equally determined men all braved the conditions.

Our program of two sprints  and a distance event all proceeded smoothly, and despite what nature had thrown at us, we seemed to have a pretty good time.

My husband Ron kept the time in Lane One, with our little Maltese Chicki at his feet.

Better than spending the afternoon watching the box…

Despite the rain, Chicki stays snug

Despite the rain, Chicki stays snug

 

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