The month of February has been a busy one for the Global Swim Series. The past 2 weekends have seen some busy back to back action that was highlighted by 2 huge races in South Africa. The Midmar Mile and the Sanlam Cape Mile brought out some of the world’s best elite swimmers and over 16,000 swimmers between the two races. Not to get overshadowed, the North Bondi Beach Classic had another great year bringing out over 1500 people to one of the best beaches in the world. Which brings us to the GSS Pacific Championships…
With all the action so far in February it seems fitting to cap of the month with another big weekend with 5 races in 3 different countries, including another GSS Championship Event! Stayed tuned for coverage of the events and make sure you make it out to one of these great races!
GSS Pacific Championships
North Curl Curl Beach, NSW, Australia
The Australians finally get their turn to host a GSS Championship race! The Canadians and Irish have already held their regional championships, which were both big successes. Now, it’s the Aussies’ turn and this should be a great event on a world class beach. The excitement takes place on the North Curl Curl Beach, just North of Sydney. The race will be the same venue as the popular 3 Points Ocean Swim Challenge from earlier this season. There will be a 1.5km & a 3.8km distance offered (and of course, the opportunity to do both).
Competition has been intense in the Pacific this season, with thousands of eager Australians taking part in a number of races all over the country.
Registrations are still open this week, so make a trip to the North Curl Curl Beach this weekend for a fantastic new GSS event! Check out the Pacific Championship race page for full event details.
Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim & Champions of the Channel
Over on the far other side of the country there’s another classic Australian race happening in the West coast city of Perth. The Rottnest Channel Swim has, for years, been a must-do on any serious marathon swimmer’s bucket list. The route of this iconic race goes from Cottesloe Beach on the mainland to Rottnest Island, which is 19.7km away. The race is done a solo or as part of a team but the field is limited to 900 escort boats, making for a huge flotilla making it’s way across the channel each year.
The race is a challenging one, the distance, the salt and the waves all make the voyage a test of endurance for even seasoned marathon swimmers. However, swimmers will find themselves cheered on the whole way by all the boats. Then swimmers head into an incredible finish at a beach-side pub full of 10,000 cheering fans!
Brand new last year was the Champions of the Channel race. This race, which is back for its 2nd year this weekend, is the exact same as the regular Rottnest Channel Swim except this one is for elites. Some of the best marathon swimmers in Australia and from all over the world come to duke it out on this challenging course. Spectators will have plenty to cheer for as they watch all these world class swimmers complete a fast crossing of the channel.
Chelsea Sugar Swim
Auckland, New Zealand
After a break of a couple months since the last race, the GSS returns to New Zealand. The Chelsea Sugar Swim comes back for its 2nd year as a part of the GSS and going off of last year, this should be a fun one!
Taking place right in Auckland, the swim is a great 2.4km point to point race across the harbour finishing up at the Chelsea Sugar Refinery where there is a great post-race picnic awaiting all the hungry competitors. The point-to-point route makes the race all the more scenic and easy for swimmers to navigate. This makes the race both a great beginner crossing event and a great event for the more elite to try to push it a bit more for a fast 2.4km. Along with the festive picnic on the beautiful gardens afterwards there will also be plenty of prizes to be given out as well.
Ruta Del Arrecife
Puerto Morelos, Mexico
What do you look for in your perfect open water swim race? Crystal clear waters? White sand beaches? Plenty of competition and an exciting atmosphere? Ruta Del Arrecife has got all this and more. This race is routinely one of the best races in Mexico both in terms of venue and organization.
Taking place on the beautiful Mayan Riviera in the amazing little coastal town of Puerto Morelos, the Ruta Del Arrecife (or the Reef Route) takes place in some of the nicest waters in the world. The race certainly does justice to its name, the venue is gorgeous and when you swim at about 400 meters from shore you find the world’s second largest coral reef. It’s packed full of color, and biodiversity. The clarity of the water allows you to see an incredible spectacle of ocean life while you are swimming your race. You can see hundreds of multi-colored tropical fish, stingrays and starfish as you swim over the beautiful coral reef in the warm, blue ocean. It certainly beats staring at the black line at the bottom of the pool.
This race has been the fastest growing race in Mexico for the past couple years. It features some very elite top end talent, including some Olympians. You don’t have to be elite to have a blast at this race however, the 600+ swimmer field has all ranges of experience and abilities taking part in a great event showcasing the beauty of the Mayan Riviera.
This race also makes a great preview for the upcoming GSS Global Championships taking place on May 27th just down the coast in Cancun.