Nicely done Holly Cassin

Holly Cassin from Christchurch is the latest member of the 40.2 crew.

Yesterday she became the newest member of this special club by completing her Lake Taupo swim crossing in 15 hours and 51 minutes.

She had a tough day out there with a northerly breeze kicking up on her south to north crossing. She battled hard through everything with a smile on her face the whole time (so I hear from the support crew) – and although I couldn’t hear what she said on that video as she exited the water at the beach in Taupo, I’m pretty sure she was damn happy it was all over.

Congratulations Holly on achieving this massive goal 🙂


Katrina has made it!

Time to add Katrina Price to our list of successful swimmers – your 40.2 Lake Taupo challenge is complete.
Congratulations to you and your team Katrina :-).
Brilliant result, and do let me know how long that grin on your face lasts….I think it will be a while.

Katrina is on her way…..

Well that’s probably an understatement as Katrina Price started her 40.2km Lake Taupo swim challenge at 1am this morning. She is well on her way, past half way and the weather is looking beaut.

Keep it up Katrina, you’re going great guns!

Time for our next challenger

The 2013-2014 New Zealand open water swimming season is about half way through….the water temps are probably about as good as they are going to get, and we have completed 3 of the 6 State NZ Ocean swims.

Through all of this a determined swimmer has been training to prepare for her challenge. Weather permitting her time to succeed is very near.
We have a Lake Taupo 40.2 challenger ready to go. Katrina Price has been doing everything in her power to be in the best possible place physically and mentally to take on our big lake. The training has been gruelling, but through it all she’s always got a great big smile on her face and is always keen to soak up advice from others. For some silly reason she wanted a picture with me last time we caught up – but please remember Katrina you are the one that’s taken the big step out of your comfort zone to do this, and the personal glory you’ll take from it is all your own doing. Go smash it as I know you can 🙂


Hopefully I’ll get a couple of updates during your swim day…..and I’ll expect a full report after.

Have a great day out there Katrina, whichever day that is.


Surely winter is almost over?

I’m getting antsy about all this cold weather. Only a month to go and I can call it spring – although I wont be jumping straight back into Wellington harbour, twill still be way too cold for me.
By Labour weekend I’ll be back in, starting my training for the new Kiwi season of open water swims.

Hopefully I’ll get to hear about a couple more special people that will give the fortypointtwo lake Taupo challenge a go over the summer….. come on people. If I can do it so can you!

This year I’ve entered the full Series of 6 State Ocean Swims (November to April), and the Epic Swim January 11th-12th in Taupo.

I’ve decided to try and raise a few funds for Surf Life Saving New Zealand this year as per a suggestion from the good folk at the Ocean swim series. If I can raise $500 for SLSNZ, then Scott will refund my entry fee for the series – sounds like a good plan to me. The best part is that through the givealittle fundraising scheme, 100% of money donated will go straight to Surf Lifesaving NZ.
That makes me very happy as I’m a one-eyed Cantab that’s “in it for life” with Taylors Mistake Surf Club in beautiful Christchurch.

So if you’d like to help out some of those hardworking volunteers on our beaches, please check out my fundraising page:


Challenge completed by Casey Glover

Happy to report that Casey has finished his Lake Taupo marathon swim.

Unofficially 10 hours 52 minutes and 48 seconds.

Well done Casey and your crew, that’s a fantastic time.

Go Casey go!

What a glorious day for a big swim.

Casey Glover waded into Lake Taupo this morning before 5am, and hopefully he got to see the stars as he spent the first couple of hours in darkness.
He has been keeping up a brilliant pace, well over 4km per hour and is on track to break the old record of 10hrs14min.

He is being fuelled by powerade and gummy snakes…. Sounds like a winning combo to me 🙂

He’s now over halfway – go Casey GOOOOOO !!!