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Sponsored by Chelsea, this is your first real open water swim across the Harbour. Afterwards you can picnic in the grounds of the Chelsea sugar refinery

When and where
Date:                       Sunday 24 February 2019
Assemble:                9:30 am Pt Erin Park (by the Pool), Herne Bay
Start time:               11:00am
Tide:                       12:07 pm
Nominal cutoff time: 1.5 hrs
Prize giving:
             Chelsea refinery, 60 Colonial Road, Birkenhead

The course

From Masefield Beach (bottom of Curran St) to the Chelsea Sugar refinery. Total distance is 2.4km.

Forms to Download

Download Wai Wai Shield and Molloy Shield information HERE

Download Wai Wai Shield and Molloy Shield Manual Entry Form HERE

The Logistics

A van will be provided to transport swimmers bags from the start to the finish.

During prize giving we ask those that give others a lift back to the start line to identify themselves, please make yourself known if you need a lift back.

Entry criteria

For the Chelsea Swim you must have undertaken appropriate training including time swimming in open water.

If you are 12 or under 16, you will need to confirm your parent or guardian consent when you enter

ACM has the right to decline any applicant if there are significant doubts about the entrant’s ability to complete the course

For slower swimmers we have implemented a policy of transporting swimmers back up to the pack to reduce the spread, if you are asked please assist with this otherwise you will be asked to leave the water.

Entry fee and conditions

Prizes and trophies

There will also be a spot prize draw for all those present at prize giving

The following trophies are awarded through the Ponsonby Amateur Swimming and Life Saving Club.

Competition for these trophies is open to registered members of recognised swimming clubs, registered surf club swimmers and recognised School groups aged under 25 years. Wetsuit wearers and late entries are not eligible.

Reduced entry fees are available for entrants in the above categories. 

These trophies were first presented in 1939 and 1979 respectively. 

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