Lock in the dates - Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 January for the 2017 Tathra Wharf to Waves weekend. A big thank you to Bega Cheese who continue to be our major sponsor of this great community event.
Each year since 2002 over 400 people jump into the crystal blue water of Tathra from the historic Tathra Wharf and swim the 600m or 1200m course off the Tathra Wharf to Waves Ocean SwimThe event continues to grow and is a premier event on the Far South Coast calendar every January.
The swim claims centre stage of a weekend of fun and fitness in Tathra, which includes the 2km Coastlife Adventures Fun Run a and a 30k Bega to the Beach Mountain Bike Ride on the Saturday, followed by a day of swim events on the Sunday.
Amusements R Us will again be providing a carnival atmosphere in Tathra over the weekend. They are a great supporter of the event.
The weekend culminates with music which will be provided by Jonathan Richmond Experience and refreshments by Spicy Mama, a middle Eastern Flavour on the deck of the Tathra Surf Club. You can sit back, reflect on the weekend, while taking in the stunning vista of Tathra Beach, commencing at 6pm
We welcome all visitors to our area to come and join in. By taking part on the weekend you are helping our vibrant community as all funds raised go to support our local services - the Tathra Surf Life Saving Club, the Tathra Pre-School, the Tathra Primary School and the Tathra Rural Fire Service.
|Thank you again to Bega Cheese for continuing to be the events major sponsor in 2017 and to John Maher from www.scnswbiz who manages the website. We look forward to the support once again of our many local business sponsors, supporters, volunteers. We could not run the event without you.|
If you are a regular swimmer in the Tathra Wharf to Waves, go to our Photo Gallery and see if we have captured you in action. Then check out all the results or compare how you have competed over the years on our Results Dashboard.
In 2015 Dave Forrest, a Tathra local who is currently volunteering on the Africa Mercy hospital ship and had never missed a Wharf to Waves event, created and had officially sanctioned, a swim in Toamasina (the 501 Ocean Trek – 501 is the postcode of the region and the name of a restaurant on the beach) held at the same time as our event. In 2016 he convinced a couple of extra swimmers to become involved and held a swim in Madagascar, where the ship was currently based. Dave, who runs the teaching academy on the Africa Mercy hospital ship said, “Wharf to Waves is more than a just an ocean swim to me. So many people give up so much time to organise the event; it’s an annual celebration of the Tathra community and its beautiful natural environment.”
In 2016 Dave swam both events with an Alaskan swim champion, a Canadian life guard and a triathlete from the UK. Both the 600m and 1200m swims were held in the ocean on the main beach in town. This was seen from the ship so they had spectators on board. In 2015 they had to contend with a cyclone so had to complete one of the swims in the pool, but this year they completed both swims. Mr Forrest said events such as this were markers in his life. “To me this is more significant than New Year’s Eve. It marks the end of one year and the beginning of another.”
*The Mercy Ship is a floating hospital bringing healthcare to developing nations. All staff are volunteers who have stepped aside from their comfortable lives and work to help those less fortunate. Tathra locals, David and Justine Forrest and their family will work on the Mercy Ship for 3 years. AJ Collins, another Tathra resident and surgeon at Bega Valley Hospital, is a regular visitor on the Ship undertaking surgery for 3 weeks at a time in his vacation period. To find out about the 'miracles' that take place on the Mercy Ship, and to make a donation for this work to continue visit The Mercy Ship. Alternatively, you might like to help through a donation to David and Justine.
For other events held in Tathra throughout the year visit Tathra Tourism.