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Some people say Wellington can be windy. In our collective experience, we concur.
But there is more to Wellington than the resident stiff breeze, an oversized cake tin, and the very large nest of politicians for which the city is commonly associated. Yes indeed, Wellington has an absolutely positively beautiful harbour which plays host to the absolutely positively awesome Capital Classic Ocean Swim.
Open Water swimming in Wellington can be a daunting prospect, so take the opportunity to do it safely and in style with the country’s most experienced and well-resourced crew. Safety comes first at the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series which is why we ensure the best support crew are in the water with you, including an enormous contingent from Surf Life Saving New Zealand with support when possible from the Harbour Master and the New Zealand Police. Rest assured they’ll be there for support and encouragement for every stroke of your challenge!
Some people say Wellington is hard to beat on a good day. We say the Capital Classic in Wellington is hard to beat full stop. Set your goal today and enter here and find out for yourself first-hand.
Do you have friends, family or work colleagues? Can they swim?
The stars have aligned because we now have a fun-filled event for you and your buddies to take part in together as a team – the ‘Tag Team Relay’! Click here to find out more and double the good times at this year’s Capital Classic.
All participants will receive a FREE Swim Program and silicon swim cap.
The time for waiting is over – enter an event today!
Event Entry Fees
Event Day (if avail.)
|before 20th Dec||20th Dec - 16th Jan||17th Jan - 29th Jan||31st Jan|
|3.3km 'I'm Going Long' - Adult||$54.50||$59.50||$64.50||$75.00|
|3.3km 'I'm Going Long' - Student/Senior||$49.50||$54.50||$59.50||$70.00|
|1km 'Step it Up' - Adult||$39.50||$44.50||$49.50||$60.00|
|1km 'Step it Up' - Student/Senior||$34.50||$39.50||$44.50||$55.00|
|300m 'Give it a Go' - Adult||$24.50||$29.50||$34.50||$40.00|
|300m 'Give it a Go' - Student/Senior||$22.50||$25.00||$29.50||$35.00|
|200m 'OceanKids' (7-13 yrs)||$22.50||$25.00||$25.00||$35.00|
|300m 'Tag Team Relay'||$45.00||$60.00||$60.00||$60.00|
Key Event Information
Swimmer Information Sheet
This Swimmer Information Sheet contains all the information you need to ensure you are prepared for your event, and your swim is safe and enjoyable.
Your swim pack will contain;
• A Timing Chip and Strap*
• A silicon swim cap that you must wear for the event
• A drawstring gear bag courtesy of Ford
*Please fasten the timing chip securely to your ankle with the supplied strap. The chip is on loan to you and must be returned after the event. A replacement chip is $50.00
Getting Your Swim Pack
When registering for the event online you can choose to either pay a courier fee to have your swim pack delivered to you in the week leading into the event, or to collect your swim pack from the Event Registration at Poneke Football Club (3 Kilbirnie Cres, Kilbirnie) 4-8pm on Saturday 30th January.
‘I’m Going Long’ 3.3km Swim Start
The swim start for I’m Going Long’ competitors is just in front of the Frank Kitts Lagoon. It is a 10-15 minute walk from the finish site of Oriental Bay around the water front or you can get dropped off by your spectator.
Bag Transfer Service – ‘I’m Going Long’ 3.3km
Ford will be ‘Going Further’ this season by providing a free gear bag transfer for all competitors of the 3.3km ‘I’m Going Long’ swim. Only the plastic drawstring bag provided may be used, packed with essentials. Bags will need to placed into the appropriate bag cages at the start line in Frank Kitts Park. Your bag will be transported to the main event site at Freyberg Beach, and will be available for collection after your swim from the Ford Bag Pick Up Area.
Bag Storage Area – Freyberg Beach
An area designated for gear bags will be available for all swimmers of the ‘Step it Up’ 1km, ‘Give it a Go’ 300m, ‘Tag Team Relay’ and ‘OceanKids’ events. This will be situated at the main event site on Freyberg Beach. Please only use the plastic drawstring bags we have provided you.
Cut off times
Each event has a cut off time
– ‘I’m Going Long’ 3.3km Swim – the total cut off time 2 hours after the last wave starts. All swimmers must make the 1200m buoy in 45 minutes
– ‘Step it Up’ 1km Swim – the cut of time is 40 minutes after the start
– ‘Give It A Go’ 300m Swim – the cut off time is 13 minutes after the start
Sponsor Goodies at the Finish Line
Upon finishing you will receive a heap of sponsor goodies to enjoy including Tasti bars, Good Health nutritional products, Banana Boat sunscreen and more.
Our talented support team on the water will be with you for your every stroke. Find out more HERE.
|Mon 26 Jan||3.00pm||Swim Packs couriered to those swimmers who have chosen to have their packs couriered to them|
|Fri 29 Jan||12.00pm||Online Entries Close|
|Sat 30 Jan||4 - 8pm||Swim Pack Pick Up at Poneke Football Club (3 Kilbirnie Cres, Kilbirnie)|
|Event Day - Sun 31 Jan||8.40am||3.3km 'I'm Going Long' Compulsory Event Briefing at Frank Kitts Park|
|Event Day - Sun 31 Jan||9.00am||3.3km 'I'm Going Long' Event Start from Frank Kitts Park (8 wave starts approx 45 secs apart)|
|Event Day - Sun 31 Jan||11.06am||3.3km 'I'm Going Long' Event Cut Off Time (2hrs after last wave starts)|
|Event Day - Sun 31 Jan||11.20am||300m 'Give it a Go' and 1000m 'Step it Up' Compulsory Event Briefing at Oriental Bay Beach|
|Event Day - Sun 31 Jan||11.25am||1000m 'Step it Up' Event Start from Oriental Bay Beach (3 wave starts approx 45 secs apart)|
|Event Day - Sun 31 Jan||11.28am||300m 'Give it a Go' Event Start from Oriental Bay Beach (2 wave starts approx 45 secs apart)|
|Event Day - Sun 31 Jan||12.10pm||200m 'OceanKids' Compulsory Event Briefing at Oriental Bay Beach|
|Event Day - Sun 31 Jan||12.15pm||200m 'OceanKids' Event Start from Oriental Bay Beach (3 wave starts approx 45 secs apart)|
|Event Day - Sun 31 Jan||12.20pm||300m Tag Team Relay Compulsory Event Briefing at Freyberg Beach|
|Event Day - Sun 31 Jan||12.25pm||300m Tag Team Relay Event Start at Freyberg Beach|
|Event Day - Sun 31 Jan||1.15pm||Prize Giving Starts at Freyberg Beach|
‘I’m Going Long’ 3.3km – click on image to enlarge
‘Step It Up’ 1000m – click on image to enlarge
‘Give it a Go’ 300m – click on image to enlarge
‘OceanKids’ 200m – click on image to enlarge
‘Tag Team Relay’ 300m – click on image to enlarge
Decisions for all swims will be made by the Race Director in conjunction with Surf Life Saving NZ
‘I’m Going Long’ 3.3km Swim
In the event of weather that prevents the Capital Classic ‘I’m Going Long’ swim going ahead safety, the swim will be shortened to a 2km contingency course starting and finishing at the same start location but will not go all the way out to Pt Jerningham Lighthouse. This course suits days when the Capital is hit by a blustery north-westerly wind. If this is the case all competitors will be advised prior by email, text message, on the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series Facebook page and website. The briefing will take part at the same Frank Kitts Park location.
‘Step it Up’ 1km Swim, ‘Give It A Go’ 300m Swim and OceanKids
In the event of weather that prevents the swimmers from being able to complete the swim courses safely, the swims maybe altered from the advertised courses to provide the safest and most enjoyable swimming conditions.
Capital Classic Accommodation
Get prepared for your weekend in the coolest little capital in the world! Wellington will be abuzz with excitement this weekend with the Capital Classic as well as the Rugby Seven’s, so get your accommodation sorted soon to avoid missing out! A few of our favourites below and plenty more at holidayhouses.co.nz.
Sleeps 7, From $395
Sleeps 10, From $795
Sleeps 4, From $185
Sleeps 8, From $275
Sleeps 6, From $490
Sleeps 4, From $170
Sleeps 4, From $113
Sleeps 6, From $395
Sleeps 2, From $85
What is the minimum age for each swim length?
• OceanKids – for children aged between 7 – 13 years old
• ‘Give It A Go’ 300m – the minimum age is 10 years old
• ‘Step It Up’ 1000m – the minimum age is 12 years old
• 3.3km ‘I’m Going Long’ – the minimum age is 14 years old
For swimmers under these minimum ages that have consent from a legal guardian to enter, you must seek pre-approval from the Race Director by contacting us proving their ability to swim in this race.
How do I enter?
Entries are accepted online, click here.
How do I know I am entered?
You will receive an event confirmation email, confirming your registration.
I haven’t received my confirmation email, can you send it again?
Your confirmation email was sent to the email address you provided on your entry form. Please check your junk mail/spam folder. For any queries, please contact us at email@example.com.
What time does my swim start and from where?
Please refer to the “Event Times” box on the right hand side of this webpage. Or for more information click on the “Timetable” tab above. We also send regular email newsletters, so be sure that you have subscribed to this.
Can I change my estimated swim time?
Yes, you can change this by emailing us at least 10 days before the event.
How do I wear the timing chip?
Thread the strap through the timing chip and fasten the strap securely around your ankle. We recommend you put your wetsuit over the chip to keep it secure. If you lose it, you will be liable for a replacement cost of $30.
Once you have completed the event your chip is collected at the finish line.
If you have a problem fastening your timing chip just ask one of the event officials on event day, they will be able to assist you.
Are there entry limits for the events?
Yes. For safety reasons, there is a maximum number of competitors allowed at each event. Enter early to avoid disappointment.
Can I enter on the day?
Yes, providing entries haven’t sold out online prior. We recommend you enter online to avoid disappointment.
What do I get in my swim pack?
• A Timing Chip and Strap*
• A silicon swim cap that you must wear for the event
• A drawstring gear bag courtesy of Ford
*Please fasten the timing chip securely to your ankle with the supplied strap. The chip is on loan to you and must be returned after the event (or after your final event if you have registered with a ‘Series Pass’ and taking part in 3 or more events this Summer). A replacement chip is $30.00.
How can I see the results?
Results will be published on the event website on the evening of each event. All swimmers that took part in a timed event will be able to download a certificate from the results page.
What is a ‘wave start’?
A ‘wave start’ requires smaller groups to start at different times to reduce congestion and will be based on the estimated times
I still have my timing chip – what do I do?
If you have taken it home by mistake, please post it back to us at the following address:
Quantum Events Ltd
PO Box 605
Note that if you have registered with a ‘Series Pass’ and are taking part in 3 or more events this season, you can keep your timing chip to use at all of your events over the Summer. Please return your timing chip to us following the final event that you are taking part in.
If it’s cold, can I swim with booties/skull cap/gloves?
It has been approved the use of the following:
• wetsuit booties
• skull caps (your event swim cap must be worn over the skull cap and must remain visible for the duration of the race)
• wetsuit gloves (must NOT be webbed)
What happens in bad weather?
A decision to run with the contingency plan for the ocean swims will be made in the event of bad weather or circumstances beyond the control of the event management. The Race Director in conjunction with Surf Life Saving New Zealand will make this decision on race morning in the interest of your safety. Updates will be given to you on race morning. For contingency decisions made the day prior – please check our website home page & event page as well as your own email inbox for the latest information.
What happens if I have difficulties in the water?
Simple! Stop! Raise your arm high into the air to identify yourself to a lifeguard. If this is not possible, simply roll on to your back to float in a relaxed position. If you are near an athlete experiencing difficulties, please make sure they are alright, assist if necessary, and alert a lifeguard.
I can no longer make it, can I get a refund?
Refunds are not available, but we can transfer your entry across to another swim in the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series at the cost of $15. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange this transfer.
Should you decide not to swim, you are still entitled to collect your event swim pack, please advise crew of your decision so that you are not issued with a timing chip.
I don’t feel ready for my event, could I transfer to another race?
Yes you can. It comes at a cost of $15 to a transfer your entry to a different event or you can choose to transfer to a smaller length swim, in the same event, for no extra charge. Please contact us at email@example.com to transfer your event registration.
Do I need a wetsuit?
Although not compulsory, we suggest wearing a wetsuit for the long ocean swim distances.
Find out more about purchasing or hiring a wetsuit for the event here