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Feedback received over the past few seasons, and echoed by a large survey response, confirms a very high majority of participants would like to see the Christchurch leg of the Series head back to Corsair Bay, Lyttelton.

We have listened to your feedback, considered the logistics of proposed courses and are pleased to announce we have created an exciting new event the ‘Christchurch Crown’ in Corsair Bay to replace La Grande Swim in Akaroa!

Named the ‘Christchurch Crown’ based on the interesting 3.3km ‘I’m Going Long’ course shape, this is a classic ocean swimming event that weaves in and out of three bays on the return leg to Corsair Bay.

Accommodating a large number of participants in Corsair Bay will be achieved by the event being held during a lower tide and event services being positioned in the Corsair Bay carparks, with participants (excluding mobility pass holders) parking their vehicles at Erskine Point – a short walk just around the corner.

With it’s course following the contours of the coast, the Christchurch Crown 3.3km ‘I’m Going Long’ swim will offer an amazing spectator experience for those on land with the ability to walk the track alongside swimmers as they weave in and out of the bays on their return leg back towards Corsair Bay.

The proposed course detailed in the survey which crossed the harbour from Hays Bay to Corsair Bay, has been ruled out based on negative feedback about logistics, specifically the compulsory transport via bus to the start line which was unavoidable.

We acknowledge the passionate supporters who enjoyed La Grande Swim in Akaroa as it was, and understand for some this decision will be unwelcome news. Without question Akaroa is a stunning place to visit and swim, however this decision has been made as a result of feedback and comments from a large majority regarding the additional time and expense to travel to Akaroa as a barrier to participating, along with much discussion around the appeal of the swim courses themselves.

We look forward to sharing more information regarding these changes and other exciting news over the coming months and will continue to seek feedback to ensure the new venue provides a spectacular event for all participants.

Christchurch-Crown-3.3km-Web *Course maps for 1km ‘Step it Up’, 300m ‘Give it a Go’ and 200m OceanKids events will be uploaded onto this page soon.

Details

Date:
13 February, 2016
Time:
8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Bay of Islands Classic

Event Times


200m 'OceanKids'
11:50am
11:55am
Paihia Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
300m 'Give it a Go'
11:25am
11:30am
Paihia Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
3.3km 'I'm Going Long'
8:50am
9:00am
Russell Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location

Harbour Crossing

Event Times


2.9km 'I'm Going Long'
7:40am
8:05am
Quinton Park
10:15am
Briefing
Race Start
Location
Prize Giving

Capital Classic

Event Times


200m 'OceanKids'
12:10pm
12:15pm
Oriental Bay Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
300m 'Give it a Go'
11:20am
11:25am
Oriental Bay Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
1000m 'Step It Up'
11:20am
11.25am
Oriental Bay Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
3.3km 'I'm Going Long'
8:40am
9:00am
Frank Kitts Park
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
300m 'Tag Team Relay'
12:20pm
12:25pm
Oriental Bay Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location

La Grande Swim

Event Times


200m 'OceanKids'
9:40am
9:45am
Corsair Bay
Briefing 
Swim Start  
Location
300m 'Give it a Go'
9:15am
9:20am
Corsair Bay
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
1000m 'Step It Up'
8:25am
8:30am
Corsair Bay
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
3.3km 'I'm Going Long'
11:20am
11:30am
Corsair Bay
Briefing
Swim Start
Location

Sand to Surf

Event Times


200m 'OceanKids'
11:15am
11:20am
Mount Main Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
300m 'Give it a Go'
10:25am
10:30am
Mount Main Beach
Briefing
Race Start
Location
1000m 'Step It Up'
10:25am
10:30am
Mount Main Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
2.6km 'I'm Going Long'
8:20am
8:30am
Mount Main Beach
Briefing
Race Start
Location
300m 'Tag Team Relay'
11:35am
11:40am
Mount Main Beach
Briefing
Race Start
Location

King of the Bays

Event Times


200m 'OceanKids'
11:20am
11:25am
Takapuna Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
300m 'Give it a Go'
10:30am
10:35am
Takapuna Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
1000m 'Step It Up'
10:30am
10:35am
Takapuna Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
2.8km 'I'm Going Long'
8:10am
8:30am
Milford Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
300m 'Tag Team Relay'
11:40am
11:45am
Takapuna Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location

Blue Lake Swim

Event Times


200m 'OceanKids'
1:35pm
1:40pm
Blue Lake
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
300m 'Give it a Go'
12:45pm
12:50pm
Blue Lake
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
1000m 'Step It Up'
12:45pm
12:50pm
Blue Lake
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
3.3km 'I'm Going Long'
10:20am
10:30am
Blue Lake
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
300m 'Tag Team Relay'
1:55pm
2:00pm
Blue Lake
Briefing
Swim Start
Location

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