Bay of Islands Classic – Saturday 18 March 2017

The Bay of Islands Classic is a special event for swimmers to enjoy and it’s no wonder we have so many participants return year after year.

Current Prices

200m Banana Boat OceanKids
Start Time: 9.30 am Location: Paihia Beach $25.00 Restricted for Ages 7yrs - 12yrs
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300m Give it a Go
Start Time: 9.50 am Location: Paihia Beach $29.50 Restricted for Ages 8yrs & above
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3.3km I'm Going Long
Start Time: 11.25 am Location: Russell Beach $69.50 Restricted for Ages 12yrs & above
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I'm Going Long Series Pass

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Current Prices

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Future Prices

200m Banana Boat OceanKids
$25.00After
4 Mar
300m Give it a Go
$34.50After
4 Mar
3.3km I'm Going Long
$79.50After
4 Mar

Bay of Islands Classic – Saturday 18 March 2017

Enjoy a summer break in the ‘eternally sunny’ Bay of Islands with our crowd favourite ‘Bay of Islands Classic’ on Saturday 18 March.

If you answer ‘yes’ to the following questions, the Bay of Islands Classic is going to be right up your alley:

1. Do you like warm and sunny weather?
2. Do you enjoy a weekend away with friends and family?
3. Are you partial to a bit of a swim from time to time?

The Bay of Islands Classic is a special event for swimmers to enjoy and it’s no wonder we have so many participants return year after year. Take part in a challenging swim across the picturesque harbour or a more conservative 500m distance, then revel in your glory and achievements with friends and family at a restaurant or bar on the waterfront. The Bay of Islands has a multitude of options to relax, excite or inspire the senses – whatever your flavour, chances are you’ll head away from the event weekend planning your return the following year!

Get your friends or family together and join us – it might just be the beginning of a new tradition!

Your swim entry will contain;

  • Timing Chip and Strap
  • Silicone Swim Cap (that you must wear for the event)
  • Bag Label
  • Bottle of Loaded electrolyte drink at event finish line
  • Tasti Bars at event finish line

Are your 7-12 year old kids enjoying their swimming?
Why not extend their skill range and confidence in a safe and fun environment with the Banana Boat OceanKids – a 200m ocean swim. What better way to encourage your children to have fun and be safe in the ocean, than being surrounded by their peers and inspiring life guards! Find out more here.

Key Event Information

Bay of Islands Classic

I'm Going Long

Distance: 3.3km Start Location: Russell Beach
I'm Going Long

Bay of Islands Classic

Give it a Go

Distance: 300m Start Location: Paihia Beach
Give it a Go

Bay of Islands Classic

Banana Boat OceanKids

Distance: 200m Start Location: Paihia Beach
Banana Boat OceanKids

Bay of Islands Classic

Contingency Courses

Contingency Courses

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 ‘I’m Going Long’ 3.3km swim from being able to cross the Bay safely the swim will move to a smaller 2km triangular course off Paihia Beach. If this decision is made swimmers will be informed first thing on the event morning by email / text and on our website & Facebook page. If conditions change significantly on event day morning, a text message will be sent out to all ‘I’m Going Long’ swimmers and we will have event crew stationed in Russell sending swimmers back to Paihia on our chartered ferries.

‘Give it a Go’ 300m and ‘Banana Boat OceanKids’ 200m
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.