Portsea Swim Classic 2016

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This is the 30th Anniversary of the famous Portsea Swim Classic. Commencing from Fisherman’s beach (accessible via the Cutting car park 200m west of Portsea Pier along Point Nepean Road), swimmers will head west around Police Point and along the coast to Jarman Oval ("Polo" Ground) at the historic Quarantine Station in the Point Nepean National Park. The Swim has been carefully timed to ensure it will be aided by the outgoing tide.

The swim distance is approximately 1,500m. While this is slightly longer than the old rectangular course around Portsea Pier, swimmers will have the benefit of the outgoing tide the whole way, with no hard slog back into the tide. Pre Race registration will be held at the finish line on Jarman Oval inside Point Nepean National Park, with a shuttle bus service to ferry swimmers to the start line. 

Each competitor will receive a souvenir 100% premium cotton BLAZER t-shirt, swim cap, certificate and products from our sponsors including Splitrock, Carman's, Bulla and the Australian Banana Industry.  Online registration will open in September. Entry numbers are limited to just 1,800 competitors this year and so on-day entries may not be available. 


The Portsea Swim Classic will be held again on Saturday the 16th of January 2016.  The Portsea Swim Classic is limited to 1,800 competitors in order to ensure a hassle free event & competitor safety. It is strongly advised that competitors enter online early so as to avoid disappointment at missing out on Australia's premier open water swim in the pristine waters of Point Nepean National Park, Portsea. Subject to numbers & availability there may be extremely limited on day entries from 8:00 am.

** PLEASE NOTE ** For the 30th anniversary of the Portsea Swim Classic in 2016 in addition to the classic 1.5 km course we will for the first time be offering the "Portsea Gold" being a 2.5 km swim classic option starting to the east of the Portsea Hotel with a shot gun start and competitor numbers strictly limited to 200 entrants only - first in best dressed. 

Stay tuned for further details. Book your accommodation requirements with MyCoastline Accommodation.

Don't miss one of the most beautiful open water swims in Australia (as voted by us).

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