Boxing Day 2017

The Flinders Hotel Point Leo Swim Classic is the third event on the Cousins Open Water Swim Calendar. It is an ocean swim that is hosted by the Point Leo Surf Life Saving Club and held annually on Boxing Day (at Point Leo Beach) over a distance of 1200 metres.

In addition to the Swim Classic, there is also a 2.5km Challenge, a 400m Nipper/Novice event and a 4km beach run.

The Point Leo Swim Classic will continue to participate in the Global Swim Series. There are already 14,000 swimmers participating in this series across countries such as the United States, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Barbados and Brazil. This means that all participants in the Point Leo Swim Classic will automatically receive a global ranking! See www.globalswimseries.com for details

For results from last year’s events please click here.

Events:

Balnarring & District Community Bank 2.5 km Challenge

Held over the same course as the Point Leo Swim Classic, swimmers will complete two laps to finish the race. A cutoff time of 1.5 hours will be enforced (any remaining swimmers will be pulled from the water). There will be one leg in the swim that will be up to 600 metres long, depending on the conditions on the day.

There are no separate age categories for the 2.5km challenge and all male and female place-getters will receive a medallion.

400m Nipper & Novice Swims

This year the Nipper and Novice Swims will involve a 400m ocean swim. Set to encourage nippers and patrons who are not yet confident enough to tackle the 1200m swim, the Nipper and Novice swims make for a great starting point in open water swimming. Nipper age group categories are 8-U10, U12 and U14 year olds. Novice swim is for swimmers 14 – 70+.

All male and female place-getters will receive a medallion in each category.

Honeysuckle 4km Beach Run

The most exciting beach run held over summer is back again! The Honeysuckle Beach Run is an enthralling 4km race starting from the Point Leo SLSC clubhouse, heading towards Crunchy Point where competitors turn around to come back past the clubhouse and head towards Honeysuckle Point, where once again they will turn to finish in front of the clubhouse and hundreds of supporters! Male and female place-getters will receive a medal in each age category. Honeysuckle Beach Run categories are Nipper 8-U12, Junior Cadet 12-U16, Senior Cadet 16-U19 and Open 19+.

Flinders Hotel 1200m Point Leo Swim Classic

The Point Leo Swim Classic is a 1200 metre ocean swim. There will be one leg in the swim that will be up to 600 metres long, depending on the conditions on the day.

Categories include:

  • Junior Cadet (12-U16);
  • Senior Cadet (16-U19);
  • Open (19-29);
  • Masters (30-39);
  • Senior (40-49);
  • Veterans (50-59);
  • Legends (60-69)
  • Heros (70+).

All male and female place-getters will receive a medallion in each category.

Subject to inclement weather, the event maybe rescheduled to the  6th of January or the length of the course maybe varied subject to the discretion of the race director.

Race Information

Entry and payment

Event entry and payment to be made via Register Now up until 9.00 AM Sunday 24th December. Entry can be made on the day only if maximum competitor numbers have not been reached.

Registered participants will receive a complimentary t-shirt (excluding those only competing in the Nipper/Novice swim).

Competitors who enter on the day cannot be promised a complimentary t-shirt in their correct size. Please register online to avoid disappointment.

If entering on the day, please allow sufficient time in case of delays. Cheques will not be accepted. Correct money would be appreciated. EFTPOS facilities will be available.

Entries cannot be cancelled or transferred. No refunds are given and there is no public transport available to the beach.

Balnarring & District Community Bank 2.5 km Challenge

If weather conditions are such that the race directors deem it too unsafe to complete, the Balnarring & District Community Bank 2.5 km Challenge will be rescheduled for Saturday 6th January.

Fees (GST inclusive)

Event Online entry On day entry
Balnarring & District Community Bank 2.5 km Challenge $50 $60
400m Nipper & Novice Swims $20 $30
Honeysuckle 4km Beach Run $35 $45
Point Leo Swim Classic (1200m) $45 $55
Balnarring & District Community Bank 2.5 km Challenge & Swim Classic (1200m) $80 $100
400m Nipper/Novice Swim & 4km Beach Run $50 $60
4km Beach Run & Swim Classic (1200m) OR 2.5km Swim $65 $85
Balnarring & District Community Bank 2.5 km Challenge, 4km Beach Run & Swim Classic (1200m) $80 $100

Registration

Opens 8:30 AM outside the Point Leo SLSC Clubhouse.
Closes 30 minutes prior to start of each event.
Collect timing band, receive race numbering, swim cap/wrist band and show bag.

Event schedule

Honeysuckle 4km Beach Run 10.00 AM
Balnarring & District Community Bank 2.5 km Challenge 11.00 AM
Nipper Swim 11.30 AM
Novice Swim Noon
Point Leo Swim Classic 1.00 PM
Dude’s Bar opens upstairs Following the completion of the swim.

Marshalling

Race briefing will be given 10 minutes prior to each event.
Race officials will marshal competitors 5 minutes prior to the start of each event.
Each of the events will start and finish on the beach.
Times may vary on the day so make sure you are ready early so that you don’t miss your start.

Prizes

Balnarring & District Community Bank 2.5km Challenge All male and female placegetters will receive a medallion.
Nipper & Novice Swims All male and female placegetters will receive a medallion in each category.
Honeysuckle 4km Beach Run All male and female placegetters will receive a medallion in each category.
Point Leo Swim Classic All male and female placegetters will receive a medallion in each category.

Numerous random and spot prizes will be presented during the course of the day.

NOTE: to be eligible for random prizes participants must have entered online and must accept the prize in person.

RACE RULES & REGULATIONS

  1. In an emergency a swimmer will raise an arm overhead & call for or seek assistance. Once official assistance is rendered, the swimmer must retire from the race.
  2. Swimmers must be 12 years or older on the day of the event to compete in the Point Leo Swim Classic.
  3. Participants are not permitted to enter both the Nipper/Novice Swim and the Point Leo Swim Classic.
  4. Swimmers registered in the Point Leo Swim Classic are permitted to swim in only one age group.
  5. Swimmers may use any stroke to propel themselves and may tread water or float.
  6. Swimmers must start in the wave corresponding with their cap colour given to them at registration.
  7. A swimmer must be wearing the approved swim cap given to them at registration to start their swim.
  8. A swimmer must be wearing the transponder given to them at registration at all times during the swim.
  9. A swimmer shall not wear artificial propulsion devices of any kind including, but not limited to, fins, paddles, floatation devices or buoyancy suits of any kind. Wetsuits are allowed.
  10. A swimmer shall not dive under swim bouys
  11. Standing on the bottom shall not disqualify a swimmer.
  12. The referee’s decision is final.
  13. Loss of race timing tag will incur a replacement fee of $100.

Only those swimmers who have trained and feel competent to complete the event should enter the event.

We recommend wetsuits and goggles be worn by swimmers.

Each competitor will be issued with a transponder which they will be required to wear around their ankle at all times during the race. It is the responsibility of competitors to ensure the transponders are securely fastened to them prior to entering the water. Non-returned or lost transponders will incur a $100 replacement charge.

We look forward to seeing you at Point Leo on Boxing Day.

The Point Leo Surf Life Saving Club appreciates the Support of:

Principal Sponsor

Major Sponsors

If you require any further information on any events please contact us via our contact form with the subject line: Point Leo Swim Classic.