This weekend features the GSS returns to Western Australia for the longest open water swim in Australia. The Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub will take place on March 25th in Perth, Australia.
The swim comprises of 2 different races, the traditional direct crossing and the newer 25km ultra-marathon distance that adds an out and back along the coast.
The 25km ultra-marathon distance is tied with the Kotlin race as the longest swim in the GSS. It is also the longest swim on offer currently in Australia. This makes the swim a big deal for any ambitious marathon swimmer in Australia or around the world. The swim is open to solos, duos and teams of four and six, though it will be the solos that will be our focus for the GSS points.
The swim beings at Leighton Beach outside the Fremantle Surf Lifesaving Club and finishes at the beautiful Hotel Rottnest (specifically the pub there, hence the name).
The swim is open to solos, duos and teams of four and six, though it will be the solos that will be our focus for the GSS points.
The swim aims to continue to grow and in the future attract world-class elite swimmers to compete as part of the world calendar for marathon swimming.
This year, the race will have some of Australia’s biggest names in swimming join the hundreds of extraordinary people taking the Port to Pub challenge – again proving the ocean is the ultimate leveler and that everyone can make the most of our amazing natural assets. In the first instance, Olympic open water swimmer, Jarrod Poort, who competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics, told us he would come to WA from New South Wales to compete in the 25-kilometre solo ultra-marathon category. Then, three time Olympian and gold medallist Libby Trickett agreed to swim in a team of four to raise funds and awareness for one of our support charities R U OK?
There will also be the ‘Dream Team’, Olympic and champion pool swimmers Eamon Sullivan, Travis Nederpelt, Adam Lucas, Bobby Jovanovich, Jim Piper and Mark Riley (Subiaco Sports Massage Dream Team) have thrown out a challenge to their open water counterparts (South Cott Physio Open Water Champions) Rhys Mainstone, Kane Radford, Jessica Pengelly and Jaime Bowler, and everyone is set for a fantastic day on the water. Whether you are a recreational swimmer or Olympic champion, the Port to Pub is about going out there, making the most of Perth’s amazing lifestyle and taking the challenge of a lifetime.