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Port Fairy SLSC News #6

Port Fairy SLSC News #6 2011/12

January 3rd 2012

2012 has started with a bang for the Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club with big crowds flocking to East Beach and also attending our annual events, the Moyne Duck Derby and Moyneyana Ocean Swim.

The Duck Derby was run and won on the Moyne River on New Year’s Day with local Paul Solomon’s duck first across the line in front of a massive field. Past events have often been like marathons however this year it was more like a sprint thanks to the intensive training of the ducks – or perhaps thanks to strong assistance from the wind and the river current! Thanks to all who supported this event by purchasing a duck – we can only encourage you to come back next year for another chance at the elusive thrill of “owning” the winning duck!

The Moyneyana Ocean swim was held at East Beach on January 2nd, a day when the temperature soared to 43 degrees. An excellent field of 258 swimmers took to the water for the 1.2 kilometre swim which is the first leg of the 3-race Shipwreck Coast Swim Series, with further swims held at Port Campbell and Warrnambool later in the summer. Conditions were generally good for ocean swimming although many swimmers commented on the choppy conditions around the last buoy as they turned for the shore. The overall winner in a fantastic time of 15:15 was Isaac Jones followed by Jack Paulka in 2nd on 16:11 and Chris Russell in 3rd place with a time of 16:47. First female swimmer across the line was Ebony Edenwaldner in a time of 17:34 just ahead of Britney Berger on 17:42 and Rachael Brodie in 3rd place in 19:19. The first male swimmer representing the Port Fairy Surf Club was Andrew Lowe, who finished ahead of wife Genevieve and sons Ryan & Liam, in a time of 20:22. 12 year old Sarah Fenton put in a brilliant swim to be the first Port Fairy Surf Club female swimmer home in a time of 23:48. All swimmers put in a fantastic effort to complete the swim however particular congratulations go to those in the veteran and super veteran categories. Full race results are on the Port Campbell SLSC web site at

The Nippers program, which caters for ages 6-13 and is all about learning, gaining confidence and having fun in a safe beach environment, recommences this week with holiday sessions from 10:30am on Tuesday and Thursday followed by our regular Sunday morning sessions. There are also 3 sessions next week and all eligible visitors are more than welcome to join in with registrations open from 10am each nippers day at the club rooms on East Beach. Any parental assistance, both on the beach and in the water, is most appreciated. Many local Nippers also participated in the Western Region Carnival at Apollo Bay on Wednesday - but more about that next week.

Many readers would have seen the club’s main surf boat on display in the Moyneyana New Year’s Eve parade through Port Fairy. This coming weekend sees the boat in action from Friday to Sunday as the crews compete in the ongoing Life Saving Victoria events at both Lorne and Anglesea.

Please enjoy the beach and remember to always swim between the flags and heed the directions of life guards at all times.

For Administration enquiries please contact Paul Nash on Mobile: 0400 801 317 Office: 5568 2246 or Email:

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THE MOYNE GAZETTE, 2011, IMAGE: The Duck Derby is held each New Year's Day on the Moyne River at King George Square and offers $700 to the winning duck ticket-holder. [The Moyne Gazette]. Accessed Thursday December 29, 2011.