GSS is looking forward to the 2018 Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub swim in Perth, Australia. This year’s race takes place on March 17th and is offered as a response to the increase in demand for longer format open water swim competitions.

Swimmers can look forward to two challenging distances at the Port to Pub swim, a 19.75km race and a 25km race. Starting on mainland at Leighton Beach just outside of Fremantle Surf Lifesaving Club, swimmers head to the finish at Hotel Rottnest on Rottnest Island through the Rottnest Channel.

The 19.75km race is a straight point to point, well marked by buoys. This year, there are three ways to participate.  Swimmers can compete solo, as a duo, or as part of a team of four or six individuals which makes this race a challenging and fun event for all levels.

The 25km race is open to qualified solo swimmers and details on how to qualify can be found on the race website, here. For this route, swimmers take a quick 5km loop up the coast before heading through the channel following the same path as the 19.75km race and finish on Rottnest Island. This swim is the longest event hosted in Australia and one of the longest that takes place in the southern hemisphere.Competitors in this exciting event are rewarded with prizes for first, second, and third in the solo category and teams are granted first and second place prizes. Prizes will also be awarded to the winners of the age group categories and more information about prizes and categories can be found here.

If you are looking to cheer, Rottnest Island is a great spot to be. With picturesque scenery, a casual feel, and some of the best beaches in the world, you can enjoy the island while waiting for the swimmers to make their way from the mainland to the island. With all kinds of things to see and do, it might just be worth making a weekend of it!

As is often the case with open water swimming competitions, the Port to Pub swim is affiliated with two fantastic charities.  This year, the Port to Pub is fundraising for two worthy causes. Coastcare is the first charity and is a community volunteer group who care passionately about the protection and management of the coastal and marine environments. The second charity is R U Ok?, a suicide prevention initiative. Supporting these two initiatives is just one more great reason to get involved with the 2018 Port to Pub swim.

For more information regarding the races, the charities, Rottnest Island, and how to register, please visit the Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub swim race website.

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