SUNDAY’S ocean swim at Yamba is sure to make a splash, as these competitors did last year.
SUNDAY’S ocean swim at Yamba is sure to make a splash, as these competitors did last year. Adam Hourigan

Yamba ocean swim to make a splash this Sunday

COMPETITORS in training for the annual Yamba Ocean Swims may have had to forego a few additional slices of roast pork and crackling on December 25, but 300 people are expected to make a splash in the post-Christmas swims on Sunday.

With the bureau forecasting a flat surf, light southerly winds and sunny skies for the event, Jim Dougherty from the Yamba Surf Life Saving Club predicts a high number of entries and spectators to descend on the coastal village.

"Ideal conditions are forecast for Sunday so we expect a lot of less-experienced ocean swimmers to compete this year too," he said.

"Last year 260 competed and the event continues to grow in popularity. The Yamba Ocean Swims started in the 1990s with 50 swimmers so it has come a long way."

Mr Dougherty expects swimmers to record good times in the favourable conditions, adding hometown heroine and 2011 winner of the 2km women's division Alyce Bennett will compete again.

The Yamba Ocean Swims will start with the 700m swim from Convent Beach to Main Beach at 11am, followed by the 2km swim in a specified rectangular course at Main Beach at noon. The 150m Dash for Cash, also at Main Beach will complete the event at 1pm.

Competitors will be divided into male and female groups in accordance to their age and swims.

Entries in the Yamba Ocean Swims close tomorrow at 3pm. Mr Dougherty said late entries will be accepted at the Yamba Surf Life Saving Club until 10am on Sunday and will incur a $10 surcharge.

For more information or to register visit oceanswims.com.

MAKE A SPLASH

Competitors as young as 10 can enter in the 700m swim.

The event is the most popular for ocean swimmers between the ages of 40 and 50.

The Yamba Ocean Swims attracts plenty of enthusiastic swimmers in their 70s.



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