The last few weeks have been a bit quiet for the Global Swim Series, there were a couple weekends without a race and the Sharjah City Swim was rescheduled to February 2nd. But now the GSS kicks things into high gear with a weekend of unique and exciting races in 3 different countries!
Currently the Morocco Swim Trek is underway, marking the 1st ever GSS race to take place in Africa. The event features 4 races over the course of 6 days (started November 29th with stage 1 underway today) and is about 30km in total. Around 100 swimmers will take part in this amazing adventure this year. The swims offer a very cool experience of being able to complete several open water swims while swimming next to the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert. Swimmers get the full Moroccan experience, sleeping in tents in the Desert under the stars and being exposed to the fascinating local culture as well. The swimming takes place in the Dakhla lagoon in Morocco.
The distance of the event breaks down as follows:
Stage 1 (Nov. 30) – 6.5km
Stage 2 (Dec. 1) – 8.5km
Stage 3 (Dec. 2) – 10km
Stage 4 (Dec. 3) – 5km
Stayed tuned as we continue to update with results and recaps from the Morocco Swim Trek.
On Saturday the excitement shifts to Australia with one of the unique “must do” races on the Australian swimming calendar. The 3 Points Challenge & Ocean Swim takes place just North of Sydney at the beautiful North Curl Curl Beach, which will also be hosting the GSS Pacific Championships in a few months’ time. Factor in the beautiful location, proximity to Sydney and the amazing organization of the event and it’s no surprise that over 700 swimmers flock to this race every year!
The 2km Ocean swim starts in North Curl Curl and heads to South Curl Curl and back, giving swimmers some fantastic beachside scenery throughout the entire route. The swim offers $800 in prize money for Male and Female place getters driving up the competition at the top end.
While not a GSS event, another unique part of the day is the challenging 3 Points Challenge. It is a swim-run race that features 3 surf swims with a run leg separating each swim. Both the swim and the run offer a breathtaking course that showcases the best scenery the north beaches have to offer! The Challenge brings in some heavy competition as it offers $1000 for 1st, $300 for 2nd and $150 for 3rd in the Elite Division.
It will be a fun and exciting day and both events have something to offer for everyone from the Elites to the Weekend Warrior.
Switching over to Sunday the GSS has its 2nd event of the season in New Zealand. The Bays Swim is new to the GSS this year and will take place in Auckland. This event will also double as the NZ Masters Open Water Swimming Championship, adding another layer of excitement. The distance has also been upped from the last GSS NZ event (Herne Bay to Watchman) with the Bays Swim race distance being 3.6km.
Now further into the summer months, the water should also be warmer. The course has been slightly changed from previous years with both the start and finish happening at St. Heliers Bay. The swimmers will complete a triangular route. This should make the route fun and exciting for both swimmers and spectators.
This weekend showcases the busy schedule lined up for the summers in New Zealand and Australia coming up. It should be exciting to watch swimmers from the Pacific division start to catch up and get competitive in the Global Rankings with the leaders from North America and Europe.