fos series nsw
Nine swims are planned in the fine ocean swimmers series 2014 -
The event program is -
Dawny's Cockatoo Challenge, Balmain, Cockatoo Island, Nov 17 (2.3km)
Bilgola Ocean Swim, Dec 8 (1.5km)
The Big Swim, Palm Beach-Whale Beach, Stra'a Day, Jan 26
Caves Beach Ocean Swim Classic, Sun, Feb 2 (1.5km)
Murray Rose's Malabar Magic, eastern suburbs, Feb 16 (2km)
Bluewater Challenge, Bondi, eastern suburbs, Feb 23 (2.1km)
Barney Mullins Classic, Freshwater, March 2 (1.5km)
Stanwell Park Ocean Challenge, March 23 (2.3km)
Island Challenge, Coogee, April 13 (2.4km)
For progress points after Round... coming when appropriate
Random prizes at each participating event...
Olympus Tough 320 cameras to be given away at each participating event; (TBC)
Dinner voucher for $120, Xanthi Bar & Restaurant
A View Swim Gear pack,
Vouchers for $50 with BudgySmuggler
- A carton of
James Squire beer
How it works
The series uses the oceanswims.com handicap system, with each swimmer's time being weighted for age and sex to produced handicap results. This means all swimmers can compare themselves validly with all other swimmers.
The major prizes (travel packs and the Olympus E-P) can be won only by swimmers who haven't already won major prizes. In essence, the series winner gets the pick of the travel packs plus the Olympus E-P camera. But, a winner can't win a major prize twice. If a series winner has already won in preceding years, then the travel prizes and the E-P camera all are subject to random draws. There will be random draws amongst the top 20 in the series, and a final random draw of all those who qualify for points in the series, ie of those swimmers who have done five of the series swims. Thus, it's possible that all major prizes will be subject to random draws. You can win the series more than once, but you can't collect the prizes more than once.
Travel prizes must be taken in their year they are won (ie they cannot be deferred) and they are not transferable.
Swimmers must do six of the nine swims to qualify for prizes in the series, and final points will be the tally of all a qualifying swimmer's swims. That means, the more swims you do, the more points you receive. The oceanswims.com handicap system levels the playing field for swimmers of all ages and both genders. This makes it possible for a swimmer of any age and either gender to win the series. Past winners have been a truckie (age 40), a graphic designer (age 55), a horse breaker (age 56), a lady clerical assistant in her early 50s, and a lady in her early 60s.
To qualify for points in the series, swimmers must wear conventional cossies only. This means no fastskins, no wetties, no cossies that cover any part of the arms or legs. Blokes must wear conventional budgy smugglers (sorry, still no jammies), and laydees must wear one piece or two piece, but without arms or legs. No hi-tech material, and no material with any flotation property.
Olympus has worked with us on the series the last three years, providing cameras as random giveaways at participating swims. This year, Olympus will provide -
- An Olympus Tough 320 camera to a random draws of entrants to participating swims, and
- An Olympus E-P camera to the overall winner.
Xanthi Greek restaurant, which is run Sydney's vogue chef, David Tsirekas, is providing dinner for two, including wine, as a random draw at each event in the fine ocean swimmers series 2012. David will give you a very top night out indeed. Or lunch. It's up to you. But as with all our prizes, you must be present at the draw to collect.
We're very pleased to welcome budgysmuggler.com.au as a supporter of the series, too. We'll give away a $50 voucher to use at budgysmuggler.com.au at each participating swim in the series.
Vanuatu Open Water Swims and Espiritu Santo Swim Week
Sponsored by Air Vanuatu and Vanuatu tourism, prize includes airfares, accommodation, transfers and swim entry (3rd party taxes and charges attaching to airfares are the responsibility of the prize winner). Find out more about how you can join these swims -- Port Vila on June 9 and Espiritu Santo-Aore on June 12... click here
Mana Fiji Swim
Mana Island Resort sponsors our Mana Fiji Swim prize. Prize includes airfares, accommodation, transfers and swim entry (3rd party taxes and charges attaching to airfares are the responsibility of the prize winner). Find out more about how you can be part of this swim, and maybe come north with us to the Yasawas afterwards, too... click here
David Helsham Design
David Helsham Design also supports the Olympus Fine Ocean Swimmers Series 2014.
With queries... click here
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