The new event replacing Swansea-Belmont SLSC's Across Lake Macquarie swim, this offers 1km and 2km courses off the club's home at Blacksmiths Beach, at the southern end of Nine Mile Beach, which runs north to Redhead.
Two distances on offer, 1km and 2m, as circuits from the beach. This means there will be a surf break to negotiate, but the break at this beach is very much protected from the worst conditions by Moon Island, which sits out from the channel mouth.
It's a nice start time, too: 10am for the first (shorter) swim, and 11am for the longer. That gives a bit more time for punters to get up from Sydney or down from the Hunter.
Note the prize money for this event: cash prizes from $500 for Male and Female winners in the 2km (2nd - $250, 3rd - $100), and from $250 in the 1km for both Open and U17 each (2nd - $100, 3rd - $50). That will cover a nice portion of squad fees.
Please note this event is not run by Surf Life Saving NSW.