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Entries for the 2015-16 season will open on 1 September 2015.

 

Is your bucket list a little light, or heaven forbid, empty? It’s no coincidence the Harbour Crossing is a world renowned ‘bucket list’ event which attracts participants ‘the world over’ each year – this is one unique and jolly good swim!

Swimming across the Auckland Harbour and finishing in the bustling Auckland Viaduct is only possible one morning a year – don’t miss your opportunity. The perfect chance to set yourself a challenging goal that through training and the motivation to succeed – will have a hugely positive impact on your life.

Nervous about taking to the open water? Don’t be – we have an enormous and talented support team on the water who are right there with you for your every stroke from Surf Life Saving NZ to the Harbour Master, Coastguard, patrol vessels and the NZ Police, our safety planning will provide you piece and mind and confidence whilst in the water.

Set your challenge by entering today and feel the thrill of achieving this goal on Saturday 12th December, it could very well change your life for the better!

Key Event Information

Your swim pack will contain;
• A Timing Chip and Strap*
• A silicon swim cap that you must wear for the event
• A numbered gear bag
• Ferry Tickets (if applicable)

*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 $30.00

’I’m Going Long’ – Ferry to the Swim Start
For swimmers who need to get from the central city, across to the event start line in Bayswater there will be ferries in the morning of the event. These ferries depart from the Downtown Ferry Terminal at 6.00am and 6.45am. If you wish to travel across on one of these ferries, please purchase a ferry ticket with your online registration or by contacting us at info@oceanswim.co.nz.

Bag Transfer Service
A gear bag transfer will be available for all competitors of the Harbour Crossing. Only the plastic drawstring bag we provide may be used, packed with essentials. Bags will need to be placed into the appropriate bag cages at the start area in Quintin Park, Bayswater. Your bag will be transported to main event site/event finish line at Karanga Plaza.

Cut off time
The total cut off time is 1 hour 50 minutes after the last wave starts. All swimmers must make the 1100m buoy in 42 minutes.

Warm Showers
Thanks to Plumbing World, this season you’ll have the chance to rinse off the salty water after your swim in a nice warm shower “Turning Up the Heat – It’s What We Know”.

‘I’m Going Long’ 2.9km – click on image to enlarge

HC-2.9km

Contingency Course

A decision will be made by the Race Director in conjunction with Surf Life Saving NZ

In the event of weather that prevents the swim from being able to cross the Harbour safely the swim will move to a smaller 1.5km course starting at the Maritime Museum next to Princes Wharf. The briefing will take place at the finish line on Karanga Plaza. If this decision is made you will be informed first thing on the event morning by email / text and on our website & Facebook page.

 

What is the minimum age?

• 2.9km ‘I’m Going Long’ – the minimum age is 14 years old

Swimmers under these minimum ages wishing to enter an event, must have consent from a legal guardian to enter, and must seek pre-approval from the Race Director by contacting info@oceanswim.co.nz

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 info@oceanswim.co.nz.

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 info@oceanswim.co.nz at least 10 days before the event.

When will I get my ferry ticket?

If you have pre-booked your ferry ticket with your online event registration, your ticket will be included in your swim pack.

How do I wear the timing chip?

Thread the thin part of the strap through the timing chip and fasten the Velcro 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 early online to avoid disappointment.

What do I get in my swim pack?

• A Timing Chip and Strap*
• A swim cap that you must wear for the event
• A numbered gear bag
• Ferry Tickets (if applicable)

*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 $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
Orewa
Auckland 0946

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 info@oceanswim.co.nz 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 $15.00 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 info@oceanswim.co.nz to transfer your event registration.

Do I need a wetsuit?

Although not compulsory, we suggest wearing a wetsuit for the long ocean swim distances. Please visit our online store for the purchase/hire of wetsuits.

Details

Date:
December 12
Time:
7:30 am - 11:00 am

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
3.5km '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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