Brenda Norman and Richard Jones - Palm to Shelly

Palm Beach to Shelly Beach

24 km (14.9 miles)

11 hours, 17 minutes on 28 February 2021

Observed and documented by Cameron Read



Name Gender Age Nationality Resides
Brenda Norman female 40 Australia Deniliquin
Richard Jones male 54 Australia Highett

Support Personnel

  • Julie Spencer - crew chief
  • Murray Norman - crew
  • Alissa Brabin - crew

Escort Vessel

Name Type Port
Shap, Crackle, Pop fishing boat Bayview

Swim Parameters

  • Category: Solo, nonstop, unassisted.
  • Rules: MSF Rules of Marathon Swimming, without exception or modification.
  • Equipment used:
    • Brenda: textile swimsuit (TYR Trinityfit), cap, goggles, earplugs.
    • Richard: textile swimsuit (TYR), cap, goggles.

Route Definition


Swim Data

  • Start: 28 February 2021, 07:57:00 (Australia/Sydney, UTC+11).
  • Finish: 28 February 2021, 19:14:39
  • Elapsed: 11 hours, 17 minutes, 39 seconds.

Summary of Conditions

Feature Min Max
Water Temp (C) 23 24
Air Temp (C) 19.5 26
Wind (knots) 5 11

GPS Track

Trackpoint frequency: 15 minutes. Download raw data (CSV).

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Speed Plot


  • Brenda: electrolytes, soup, water.
  • Richard: electrolytes, gels, lollies.

Observer Log

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What inspired you to do this swim?

Wanting to complete the Australian Triple Crown.

Please describe how you planned for the swim.

Planned to swim the Palm2Shelly event but due to it being postponed twice I decided to complete the swim as a solo.

How did the swim go, generally? Did you face any unanticipated challenges?

The sea conditions were not what was predicted. There was a southerly wind and unpredictable swell. As a result, I was very sea sick. The ocean was littered with blue bottles for the final 5 kms for the swim.


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