Race to be lord of The Ruby rings

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The race for the ring is on again as The Ruby annual swim event returns on Saturday, January 30.

Organiser Eddie Spearing said bookings were still available but the 10km, 5km and 3.8km events were full.

Options still open included the 1.2km and the 2.5km lap around the island.

The annual event swimming to Ruby Island had a range of challenges for all ages and abilities, Mr Spearing said.

Bookings were expected to be similar to last year when about 420 people took to the water.

People were travelling from across the region as well as visitors from further afield, including Auckland and Wellington to take part in the event.

The winning ‘‘Ruby Rings’’ this year had been designed by Wanaka jeweller Nicola Whelan.

The stirling silver rings featured the local mountain range including Treble Cone, Black Peak and Fog Peak with Ruby Island in the foreground, Mr Spearing said.

The rings would be given to the male and female winners of the 2.5km event.

As well as organising the event, Mr Spearing regularly swims round Ruby Island with a local group.

‘‘We go every Thursday.’’
The water was warm at the moment, about 17degC, ‘‘it’s really nice’’.
‘‘So the water is good.’’

This year’s winning rings have been created by local jeweller Nicola Whelan with a mountain range design in sterling silver. PHOTO: SIMON HENDERSON
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