oceanswims.com introduces the fine ocean swimmers series New Zealand in 2014/15. The series involves a handicap pointscore over six, specially selected open water and ocean swims. Participate in 4 to qualify for the travel prizes.
Auckland sexagenarian Bruce Smith has won the 1st inaugural fine ocean swimmers series NZ. After six rounds, finishing with the 5 Bridges Swim at Hamilton, Smith 541.93 points from all six swims, to beat another Aucklander, Andrew Stevens, by 16 points. Jenny Stark was third with 508.41. All three placegetters completed all six swims in the series.
Smith wins a trip to Fiji for his troubles. The swim travel package he did not select went to a random draw of all qualifying swimmers, that is all swimmers who did at least four of the series six swims. At the end of the series six swims, there were 13 swimmers who qualified, five of whom did all six swims, and another five who did five. Rebecca Hollinsworth from Wellington won the trip to Vanuatu.