Watchman Island

Watchman Island

Herne Bay around Watchman Island Swim


This is your chance to see how much that old wetsuit has shrunk over the winter!

When and where

Date: Sunday, 20 October 2019
Assemble: 10:00 am, Herne Bay Reserve, Herne Bay Rd
Start time: 11:30 am
Tide: 12.30 pm
Nominal cutoff time: 1.0 hr
Prize giving: outside Pt Erin Pool, 94 Shelley Beach Road, Herne Bay

The course

From Herne Bay beach (bottom of Herne Bay Reserve) to Masefield Beach with the harbour bridge to your left (bottom of Curran St) via Watchman Island. Total distance is approximately 2.2km.


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  • Download Wai Wai Shield and Molloy Shield information HERE

  • Download Wai Wai Shield and Molloy Shield Manual Entry Form HERE

The logistics

We will provide a van to carry your bags from the start to the finish

Entry criteria

  • For the Watchman Island Swim you must have undertaken appropriate training including time swimming  in open water.
  • If you are over 12 and 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

Entry fee and conditions

  • The entry fee is $50
  • By entering the event entrants acknowledge the terms and conditions of entry.
  • Enter the 2.2km Watchman Island Swim online using your credit card through our secure server. You will receive confirmation of your entry by return email.
  • If you wish to withdraw before the event your registration fee will be refunded only if written notice of your withdrawal is received by the organiser at least one day before the event. an admin fee of $20 will be charged for withdrawal.
  • If the race is cancelled because of bad weather please note that your registration fee will not be refunded.
  • Online entries close midnight on the Thursday before the race.
  • The cost of a late entry on the day is $70.00

Prizes and trophies

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

  • Orca Cup and miniatures for the fastest non-wetsuit swimmer male & female.

Trophies are awarded through the Ponsonby Amateur Swimming and Life Saving Club. Competition for these trophies is open to swimmers aged under 25 years. Wetsuit wearers and late entries are not eligible.

  • Wai Wai Cup for fastest male & woman club swimmer
  • Osbourne Cup for fastest woman club swimmer. Plus Chelsea gift
  • Mazzolini Cup for fastest male club swimmer. Plus Chelsea gift