MORE than 2700 individuals took to the water on Saturday 21 January, all within the title of elevating funds for the Portsea Surf Lifesaving Membership and their life saving applications and assets.

The day started at 1.20pm with the two.5km Gold swim, adopted by the 500m classes, with the signature 1.5km Portsea Swim Traditional rounding out the annual occasion from 3pm.

The youngest swimmer competing within the Portsea Swim Traditional was 12 years outdated, and the oldest one taking to the waves was Pat Galvin, 89.

The Portsea Swim Traditional, one of many Mornington Peninsula’s key summer season occasions, attracts a crowd of trade leaders, well-known sporting stars and personalities, in addition to Victoria’s main ocean and pool swimmers.

The thirty seventh occasion was gained by Robbie Dilisson, 23, who stormed residence to win the 1.5km Portsea Swim Traditional males’s division. Dilisson, from Altona North, gained in a time of 13:16.9, ending forward of former Australian Dolphins crew member, Jordan Merrilees (13:29.8) and Harry Atkins (14:06.0).

Portsea surf life saver Dom Hart was first feminine residence in 1.5km Traditional, backing up after ending third within the 2.5km occasion an hour earlier. Hart had a snug dash up the seashore to win in 14:17.40.

Out for a swim: Tom and Georgia Lynch on the Portsea Surf Traditional.

“The situations have been nice on the market, the tide actually helped to push me alongside,” Hart mentioned after her win. “It’s a such nice occasion to participate in yearly.”

Change pupil Imara-Bella Thorpe, from Kenya, claimed second (14:37.8) with Steph Hunter third (14:50.2).

Within the junior 1.5km Traditional, defending champ Mackie Hunter gained for the second consecutive 12 months, and added to her haul, after profitable the two.5km Gold occasion earlier within the day. Harvey Larke was first male residence within the Junior 1.5km.

The Portsea Swim Traditional is one among Victoria’s greatest open water swimming occasions.

The thrilling point-to-point course, which began at The Slicing close to Portsea Pier, noticed rivals swim within the pristine waters of Weeroona Bay earlier than heading west round Police Level, alongside the gorgeous foreshore of Level Nepean, to complete at Jarman Oval on the historic Quarantine Station in Level Nepean Nationwide Park.

Within the 2.5km Gold occasion which opened the day, 17-year-old Tommy Lane from Brighton was first over the road in 22:36.30. Portsea surf life saver Mackie Hunter, 16, was the primary feminine residence in 23:55.1

Sophie Jacka (24:50) and defending champion, Dom Hart (24:52) have been second and third placegetters within the ladies’s 2.5km Gold. Logan Brandi (22:39.9) and Charlie Cornwell (24:23) have been the minor placegetters within the males’s occasion.

On the run: Rivals within the Bay to Surf run. Footage: Con Chronis

The Portsea Swim Traditional rounds out the Portsea Traditional weekend (January 20-21) which opened on Friday 20 January with the Portsea Bay to Surf – two twilight journey runs and a stroll, by means of picturesque Level Nepean Nationwide Park.

Stephen Dinneen, 43, of Thornbury, gained the 9km occasion with nationwide distance runner, Sarah Billings, 24, from Hawthorn, the primary feminine over the road.

Within the beneath 18 age group, Matilda Cronin, 14, claimed victory and Noah Brown, 16, was first male residence.

The occasion, which was staged in Level Nepean Nationwide Park and completed on the Portsea SLSC, noticed Sarah Morgan, 52, win the shorter 4.5km occasion, with Joshua Rendall, 19, first male. 11-year-old Sophie Corridor claimed victory within the junior division, together with her youthful brother James Corridor, 9, first male.

Each occasions, that are volunteer-led by members of the Portsea Surf Life Saving Membership, are main fundraisers.

All proceeds go instantly into supporting the membership’s volunteer capabilities for coaching, lifesaver improvement and very important tools.

First revealed within the Southern Peninsula Information – 31 January 2023