GERRINGONG Surf Lifesaving Club has completed its biggest weekend of the year, with brilliant weather making Saturday's Bob Churton Surf Classic and Sunday's Captain Christie Ocean Swim outstanding successes.
Saturday's South Coast Branch Junior Carnival was held at Werri Beach and despite the blustery north-east winds all events were held, with the juniors braving 'marginal' water conditions.
"Despite the wind, all the kids did really well in tough conditions," South Coast Branch junior co-ordinator Byron Dengate said.
Sunday's historic Captain Christie Ocean Swim between Boat Harbour and Werri Beach Gerringong was held in perfect conditions, with 217 swimmers entering the water in brilliant sunshine and making their way 1.8 kilometres north in 17.5C water.
First swimmer home was the Australian Olympian Jarrod Poort, who finished in a time of 21 minutes, 23 seconds.
He was closely followed by the first female swimmer, Claire Nicholls of Bowral, in a time of 23 minutes, 26 seconds.
"This was one of the best swims we have had," said Gerringong Surf Club luminary Mark Booth, who has done 27 Captain Christie swims.