The 2019 annual Mollymook Ocean Swim Classic was held on Saturday, April 13, and attracted swimmers from throughout NSW with one international participant Claire Scheib from Germany. Conditions were perfect for this "length of beach" 2.2km ocean swim race, a clear blue sky, no wind, the ocean flat like a lake and crystal-clear water.
The event was organised by the Mollymook Surf Club with the major sponsor being the Ulladulla Ex-Servos Club. The day began with a novice 500m swim in front of the surf club followed by the main event, the Mollymook Ocean Classic.
The 2.2km swim began at the north end of Mollymook beach with 189 swimmers lining up at the start line. Jordan White was marginally in front at the first turning buoy positioned near Bannisters Headland. As the race progressed, she extended her lead from a group of swimmers that included last year's winner Jarrod Poort. The peloton of swimmers stretched out back over a distance of more than 200 metres as Jordan rounded the final turning buoy and went on to win in convincing fashion in the outstanding time of 25 minutes 13 seconds from local lad Jack Skinner. They were followed mere seconds later by David Allen, Jarrod Poort and 14-year-old local Archie Skinner.
A final event was the Raine and Horne sponsored 'Dash for Cash'. Jordan White won the female 200 metre sprint race with Jack Skinner first home in the male 200 metre ocean sprint.
The day concluded with the presentation of prizes in the Mollymook Surf Club auditorium to the placegetters in the various age and gender categories with Matt Dell MC.
Female category winners were: Open: Jordan White, U/19 Piper Hoyer, 19-29 age: Ashleigh Webb, 30-39 age: Simone Brayne, 40-49 age: Loise Bramble, 50-59 age: Carla Wentink, 60-69 age Sue Feigler, 70+ Helen Gray.
Male category winners were: Open: Jack Skinner, U/19 David Allen, 19-29 age: Jarrod Poort, 30-39 age: Adam McClosker, 40-49 age: Tony Ireland, 50-59 age: Darrin Jones, 60-69 age: Gordon Hughes, 70+ Charlie Richards
The Mollymook Ocean Classic swim is certainly recognised as a quality event on the swimming calendar, with great organisation and support from Mollymook SLSC volunteers on the water and on the beach. It is a wonderful occasion for our local community and club.