Giants of the Bay 30km swim for Autism - 9 March, 2013, Melbourne, Australia

grantsiedlegrantsiedle Member
edited January 2013 in Event Announcements
Hi everyone, I'd like to give a quick plug to a new swim we have started in Melbourne, Australia.
It is 30km in length, open to solo's, duos and teams of 4/6 and supports a very worthy cause - Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The swim takes place on Saturday the 9th March this year and entries are open here: http://www.spirited-away.com.au

The swim goes from Port Arlington to Point Lonsdale set in the waters of Port Phillip. There is a 4.5 knot tide to assist swimmers towards the end of the race and the water is about 17-19 degrees celsius. Swimmers are allowed to wear wetsuits but receive a time penalty of 1 minute per kilometre.

This is now Australia's longest swim and a very exciting course that gives participants room to choose their own path, apart from rounding a couple of critical marks. All swimmers will need a boat and a kayaker. While the race organisers can't guarantee finding you a boat, they will certainly help in the process - particularly for overseas competitors.

There are two Autism charities supported at this event: 1. http://www.amaze.org.au 2. http://swim4all.com.au
All funds raised through everyday hero will go directly to either one of the two charities.

Please consider this event either this year or for the future as a unique event for a great cause and a fantastic way to see a bit of Australia, find some new swimming friends and prepare for something like the english channel.

Yours in fine swimming Spirits,

Grant Siedle. info@spirited-away.com.au (http://www.spirited-away.com.au)

Comments

  • All the best for the swim Grant as it is for a nvery oble cause. I'm very much looking forward to it! I'm in Melbourne for the Bloody Big Swim on 9 Feb as well, maybe we can brielfy meet up to discuss the Giant swim.
    Cheers, Tobias
  • NiekNiek Member
    edited March 2013
    Here is a -with help from Google- a translated newspaper article about the winner Daan Glorie:
    (you can read the original in Dutch here )

    Marathon Swimming. Source: Noordhollands Dagblad March 11, 2013

    Daan Glory won on Saturday in Australia the "Giants of the Bay". The marathon specialist from Alkmaar swimming club DAW was much faster than the competition. After 30 km he finished 25 minutes in front of the second, a relay team.
    The journey of Portalington to Point Lonsdale (100 km below Melbourne) was swum under severe conditions, reports Glory of the other side of the world: 'The first two hours, I totally did not get into my stroke because off the heavy swell, which was right into my face. Only then I came into the rhythm, especially when the kayaker, who should have sailed besides me also decided to go into the water, because he did not dare sailing the first two hours.

    Then I had the currents flowing with me, but it's still a tough swim because you got sucked back and forth. The escort boat, kayaker and coach were eventually truly amazing. I continued to swim nice till the end and finished in 5 hours 59 minutes and 58 seconds. "

    It was only Glories tenth international marathon. The Heemskerker, in preparation for his double crossing of the English Channel, is incredibly relieved to finally winning a major marathon. ,, I'm pretty sun burned, had to swim a lot alone and had a long flight of twenty hours straight behind me, but it was all worth it. "

    The coming days Glorie will stay awhile in Melbourne, because before the match he had mainly focused on the race and he got no further than the pool, his bed and dining table.

    He turns back Thursday to Netherlands.
    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!
  • Niek, your fellow countryman did really great. Can highly recommend the swim.
  • NiekNiek Member
    edited March 2013
    edit: Only then I came into the rhythm, especially when the kayaker, who should have sailed besides me also decided to go into the water, because he did not dare sailing the first two hours. was afraid off the waves finally came sailing along side of me.

    Daan's report in Dutch: http://zwemfan.wordpress.com/2013/03/13/australie-de-terugblik-maar-ik-kom-terug/
    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!
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