07
December
7:00 am — 10:30 am
Auckland

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Last season Sir John Kirwan ticked this swim off his bucket list, this year it could be you!

There is only one day in the year when maritime traffic must yield to swimmers in Auckland’s Harbour and this is it! Join the growing number of recreational and elite swimmers keen to complete this iconic crossing from Bayswater on the North Shore to the Viaduct’s Karanga Plaza.

New Zealanders and a growing number of international visitors have been enjoying the opportunity to swim across Auckland Harbour in this event since 2004. As registrations often exceed capacity we urge any interested swimmers to register early. As with all of the swims in our series, trained volunteers from Surf Life Saving New Zealand will be keeping a watchful eye on swimmers.

This event is not for the faint hearted – we urge you only to enter if you are confident and have trained for the 2.9km distance. We do offer a variety of start waves to ensure that swimmers are grouped according to their ability and expected finish times to ensure that everyone enjoys this incredible swim.

If you are not feeling ready to tackle this swim, please check out our other events which all offer a variety of shorter distances to help you gain confidence. A competitor transfer ferry is on offer from Downtown Auckland to Bayswater for the 7.45am race start (with 7.15am compulsory briefing).

This makes it easier for your friends and family to grab a good vantage point at the Viaduct finish line and be there to cheer you home!

Watch the video to find out what to expect on event day:

Key Event Information

Your swim pack will contain;
• 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 $50.00

’I’m Going Long’ – Ferry to the Swim Start
Ferry tickets must be booked online with your entry or by editing your entry (by clicking the link on your confirmation email) or by contacting us on 09 486 0240.

Bag Transfer Service
A gear bag transfer will be provided for all competitors of the Harbour Crossing. This will be at the swim start area at Quinton Park. Please only use the bag provided and only pack essentials as there is limited space. Bags will be transported to the finish site at the Viaduct, and be available to collect after your swim.

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 that I’m entered?

You will receive an event confirmation email, confirming your registration.

I haven’t received my confimation 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?

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 prior to the 10 day cut-off date your ticket will be included in your swim pack.

If you have purchased your ferry ticket after this date, your name will be on a ‘Transfers List’ at the Downtown Ferry Terminal on the morning of the event, which will allow you to board the ferry to travel across to the start line in Bayswater.

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 $50. 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.

Is there an entry limit for the event?

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 $50.00

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 should 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 33-1057 Takapuna Auckland 0740

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.

Upcoming Events

Details

Date:
7 December, 2014
Time:
7:00 am - 10:30 am

Bay of Islands Classic

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11:00am
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Session    
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Race Start
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200m 'OceanKids'
12:55pm
1:25pm
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Activity Session
Swim Start
Location
300m 'Give it a Go'
12:25pm
12:30pm
Oriental Bay Beach
Briefing
Swim Start
Location
1000m 'Step It Up'
11:30am
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Swim Start
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200m 'OceanKids'
11:00am
11:30am
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Activity Session  
Swim Start  
Location
300m 'Give it a Go'
11:00am
11:05am
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Briefing
Swim Start
Location
1000m 'Step It Up'
2:00pm
2:10pm
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Briefing
Swim Start
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12:00pm
12:10pm
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Briefing
Swim Start
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Event Times


200m 'OceanKids'
12:15pm
12:45pm
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Activity Session
Swim Start
Location
300m 'Give it a Go'
11:50am
12:00pm
Mount Main Beach
Briefing
Race Start
Location
1000m 'Step It Up'
11:00am
11:10am
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Briefing
Swim Start
Location
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8:10am
8:30am
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Briefing
Race Start
Location

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Event Times


200m 'OceanKids'
1:30pm
2:00pm
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Activity Session
Swim Start
Location
300m 'Give it a Go'
3:30pm
3:35pm
Takapuna Beach
Briefing
Race Start
Location
1000m 'Step It Up'
2:30pm
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Briefing
Race Start
Location
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10:40am
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Briefing
Race Start
Location

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