13 year old Alex Pilgrim followed up last weekend’s impressive 5th place in Bowood House Tri Stars 13/14 year old Tri Star Triathlon with a strong 8th place finish today (6th July) at the Eton Dorney Tri Stars 13/14 year old triathlon which was also draft legal.

In a more competitive field Alex exited the water close to the leaders in 5 mins 13 secs but had a relatively slow transition of 1 : 03. He then had a solid bike segment of 18:27 and a good run of 9:17.

ALEX PILGRIM - Eton Dorney TriStars 2014
ALEX PILGRIM – Eton Dorney TriStars 2014

ALEX PILGRIM - Eton Dorney 2014
ALEX PILGRIM – Eton Dorney 2014

Results below :


Matthew Oliveira’s special gift

At age fourteen not too many junior triathletes can say that they have raced on a team with two time Olympic medalist Bevan Docherty but Matthew Oliveira, one of Bermuda’s very talented juniors, did just that here in Bermuda.

And now, family friend Gordon Benson, who is one of the UK’s leading triathletes who was on the GB Olympic team, has autographed Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee’s book (Swim, Bike, Run) AND….got them to autograph the book and sent it to Matthew. For those of you who don’t know, amongst many other achievements, Alastair Brownlee won gold in the 2012 London Olympic Triathlon and his brother Jonathan won bronze in the same event..

Now, that’s one way to inspire a junior !! Keep up the good work Matthew and enjoy !!

Matthew Oliveira's autographed book.
Matthew Oliveira’s autographed book.
Matthew Oliveira
Matthew Oliveira


Date: 13 July 2014
Venue: Turtle Beach, St. David’s (next beach along from Clearwater Beach as you head to Cooper’s Island)
Entry fee: $25 or $20 for BASA registered members
Register: Online at http://www.racedayworld.com
5km – starts at 9:00am (2 laps of 2.5km course)
1500m – starts at 9:30am (1 lap of 1500m course)
400m – starts at 9:45am (shallow course that runs parallel to the beach)
Mandatory race briefing for all participants at 8:45am
Swim caps will be provided.
Race course map – click on map for larger clear view of three courses

BASA National OWS Route
Three Distances to choose from (please see attached map):

Timing by Bermuda Timing Systems
Hope to see you there.
Thanks Nick Strong

Another ocean swim group you can join

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Louise Wakefield has sent me the following :

I thought you may want to share this:

I organize weekly group swims – so if there is anyone who can’t make the Sat 4pm swim at Harrington Sound Dock I have a Sat at 10am Group and a Wed at 6pm Group. Distance and swim levels vary depending on what people want to do. I call the swim location the day before – depending on wind direction – locations range from Admiralty Park / Aquarium / HSD / Shelly Bay and John Smiths. To join the email notification all they need to do is subscribe to join the email group

Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/sbrbda.


For those of you who are ocean swim training please note that I have spotted a lot of Portuguese Man o War (called jellyfish but not actually of the jellyfish family) on South Shore this week so watch out for them and note that they have long tentacles below the water surface. They cause a very painful sting. See below from Wikipedia and how to treat stings.

Portuguese Man 'O War
Portuguese Man ‘O War

This from Wikipedia :
Stings usually cause severe pain to humans, leaving whip-like, red welts on the skin that normally last two or three days after the initial sting, though the pain should subside after about an hour. However, the venom can travel to the lymph nodes and may cause, depending on the amount of venom, a more intense pain. A sting may lead to an allergic reaction. There can also be serious effects, including fever, shock, and interference with heart and lung function. Stings may also cause death, although this is extremely rare. Medical attention may be necessary, especially if pain persists or is intense, the reaction is extreme, the rash worsens, a feeling of overall illness develops, a red streak develops between swollen lymph nodes and the sting, or either area becomes red, warm, and tender.

avoid further contact with the Portuguese man o’ war and carefully remove remnants of the organism from the skin (taking care not to touch them directly with fingers or any other part of the skin to avoid secondary stinging)
apply salt water to the affected area (not fresh water, which tends to make the affected area worse
follow up with the application of hot water (45 °C/113 °F) to the affected area from 15 to 20 minutes which eases the pain of a sting by denaturing the toxins.
if eyes have been affected, irrigate with copious amounts of room-temperature tap water for at least 15 minutes, and if vision blurs or the eyes continue to tear, hurt, swell, or show light sensitivity after irrigating, or there is any concern, seek medical attention as soon as possible

Vinegar is not recommended for treating stings.Vinegar dousing increases toxin delivery and worsens symptoms of stings from the nematocysts of this species. Vinegar has also been confirmed to provoke hemorrhaging when used on the less severe stings of nematocysts of smaller species

Super Sprint and Training Swim

Don’t forget that Thursday night is Argo Re Super Sprint night at Clearwater at 6.30 PM. Last week over 40 participants showed up with our great up and coming juniors showing the way. Mathew Oliveira crossed the line first in a very quick 23:55 with Nick Pilgrim in third. Otis Ingham continued his progress as he took second.

Sharon Hammond was the first female home but again it was the youngsters who impressed with Lyndsay Palmer in second and Laura Hope in third. Full results and a race report can be found by following the link on this blog to the BTA website.

Saturday at 4PM will be the usual 750 m or 2km swims at Harrington Sound School Dock. This swim is not an official event so you swim at your own risk as there are no lifeguards.


First batch of pictures of Aon 2014 (140 ) posted and many more to follow. Go to Bermuda Triathlon Photos link in LINKS section of this blog to view.

Below is Alex Pilgrim yesterday (Saturday 28th June) competing at the Bowood House 13/14 year old draft legal Tri Stars Triathlon where he finished 5th.