Event 2 - Sunday 13 January

This is a new swim course which I believe will be a future classic event. The full route stretches from Seatoun Wharf, past Scorching Bay, around Point Halswell lighthouse, across to Point Jerningham, and finishes at Freyberg Beach.

What’s special about this event - the long and medium courses are brand new so you will be a first time finisher; there are great coastal habitats sporting giant seaweed gardens along the way; it’s an interesting swim with lots of bays to navigate along the way; you pass by golden beaches; you swim around a lighthouse; you swim between lighthouses (Pt Halswell to Pt Jerningham); and finish in the city, which will give you an awesome sense of accomplishment.

There are options to swim courses of 3 km, 5.5 km or 8.5 km -

  • 3.0 km swim: Seatoun to Scorching Bay .. $60 entry (this is the only event swimmers can sign up to on the event day - $80)

  • 5.5 km swim: Scorching Bay to Freyberg Beach .. $75 entry

  • 8.5 km swim: Seatoun to Freyberg Beach .. $75 entry

    • $15 late entry fee after Sun 30th December 2018 - no entries after Thurs midnight 10th Jan

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General Logistics:

  • You need a support crew for this event or you need to organise a car pool between Freyberg Beach and the start point - there is no service to take your gear to the finish line

  • There are cut-off times at Scorching Bay and Pt Halswell Lighthouse for the 5.5 km and 8.5 km swims - the cut-off times are set at 25 mins per km. Swimmers who swim slower than this will not be able to continue after this point

  • If you swim slower than 23 mins/km - enter the 3 km swim course from Seatoun Wharf to Scorching Bay

  • Both the 3.0 km and 8.5 km courses start at Seatoun Wharf

  • There are 2 swims groups that will start from each start point (sub 17 mins and over 17 mins)

  • Scorching Bay - 3 km swimmers finish here. This is a Checkpoint for the 8.5 km swimmers and it’s a start point for the 5.5 km swimmers. There will be 2 different groups start at this point depending on estimated speed.

  • Swim Start times & locations

    • Group 1: 3 km & 8.5 km - 07:30 am Seatoun Wharf (swimmers who swim > 17 mins per km)

    • Group 2: 3 km & 8.5 km - 08:00 am Seatoun Wharf (swimmers who swim < 17 mins per km)

    • Group 3: 5.5 km - 08:25 am Scorching Bay (swimmers who swim > 17 mins per km)

    • Group 4: 5.5 km - 08:40 am Scorching Bay (swimmers who swim < 17 mins per km)

  • Course Check-points (CP) - Scorching Bay, Pt Halswell Lighthouse & Pt Jerningham

  • Course Cut-off Times -

    • Cut-off time Scorching Bay 08:55 am

    • Cut-off time Point Halswell Lighthouse 09:45 am

    • Cut-off time Pt Jerningham 10:30 am

  • Feed Zones (FZ) - Scorching Bay, Pt Halswell Lighthouse and Pt Jerningham. Water, electrolyte drink, bananas, jetplanes/sweets

  • Swimmers will be sent off from Pt Halswell Lighthouse in pairs or small groups - compulsory swim buoy across Evans Bay

  • Estimated Course arrival/finish times -

    • 3 km swimmers will reach Scorching Bay, the finish, between 08:15 - 09:00

    • Swimmers will reach Pt Halswell Lighthouse between 09:05 - 09:40

    • Swimmers will reach Pt Jerningham between 09:40 – 10:15

    • Swimmers will reach Freyberg Beach, finish area, between 10:00 - 11:05


Your Swim Safety:

  • Aim to pair up with a swim buddy. This is ideally an endurance based adventure swim. Check on your buddy along the course to ensure they are happy

  • Dress appropriately for the conditions on the day and ensure you eat breakfast before the event

  • Wetsuits are compulsory unless cleared by the Event Director (email jen@tractionfitness.co.nz)

  • The event swim cap is compulsory (below)

  • Put up your hand and call for assistance if required & if able to, swim to the shore

  • Towing a swim buoy is compulsory between Pt Halswell Lighthouse and Pt Jerningham

  • Be aware of your surroundings – watch you don’t run into watercraft, other swimmers, floating debris, rocks & slightly submerged rocks (particularly at headlands)

  • Watch for fishermen and swim outside their lines - we all love the sea and being around it


Supporters

Welcome. We hope you have a great day out. There are cafes along the route to enjoy and swimmers can be talked to at Scorching Bay, Pt Halswell Lighthouse & Pt Jerningham. Be very careful when parking cars and crossing roads. Particularly around Point Halswell and Point Jerningham. There is limited parking available and traffic moves quickly around these corners.

  • Swimmers need to organise their own gear transfer between the start and finish points for this event - thanks for taking care of this

  • You can give your swimmer their own special nutrition at Scorching Bay and Pt Jerningham Lighthouse - although there will be water, electrolyte, bananas and sweets available

  • The following times are estimated only -

    • 3 km swimmers are likely to be finished between 08:15 - 09:00

    • Swimmers will reach Pt Halswell Lighthouse between 09:05 - 09:40

    • Swimmers will reach Pt Jerningham between 09:40 – 10:15

    • Swimmers will reach Freyberg Beach, finish area, between 10:00 - 11:05