STOP PRESS (Thurs am, Mar 18, 2021): This event has been canceled/postponed due to forecast heavy seas. Organisers are looking for a postponement date. Watch this space for more info as it comes to hand.
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Newport to Avalon Swim
Avalon Beach Surf Swims
The Avalon swims have undergone major changes in recent years, with the addition of the Newport-Avalon swim and the rescheduling of the event from January to April. This season sees further changes: awgies have rejigged the swims off Avalon Beach: As well as the 2.5km swim from Newport "around the bends" to Avalon, there will be only one other swim off Avalon, of 1.2km, which the organisers are pitching as a family swim with mum and dad able to swim with the kids. Reinforcing this, you can do both swims for the one entry fee: $40. This is to encourage parents to swim the longer swim, then jump back in and swim with their kids in the shorter swim off Avalon.
"Avalon boasts one of the most picturesque coastlines of all the Northern Beaches beauties. With the help of the ‘North Avalon express’, you can get an easy ride out past the flowing seaweed and sea life covered rocks to the first bouy before swimming across the beach to the pool and back to the new club house.
"Imagine the feeling of doing so with your child by your side! While Avalon’s shore dump can at times be tricky to navigate, the easy ride out and the scenic swim across the beach between the headlands make it all worthwhile, and of course offers valid bragging rights for you and/or your child as soon as landing on the sandy finish line!"
The Newport to Avalon Swim will run first at 8am, followed by the 1.2km swim at 9:30.
NB: Like many swim events this season, this event will accept no entries on race day. Entries to this event are online only and must be submitted by the close of entries time indicated below.
Date, Time - Sunday, March 21, 2021, 8am (Newport to Avalon), 9.30am (1.2km)
Organiser - Avalon Beach SLSC
Where - Avalon Beach, Sydney northern beaches (check-in/registration and start of Newport to Avalon is at northern end of Newport Beach)
Distances - 2.5km (Newport to Avalon), and 1.2km (journey off Avalon Beach)
Minimum ages - Newport to Avalon - 13, 1.2km - 10
Under 18 swimmers - Parents/guardians of swimmers aged under 18 must complete the online entry form, not the swimmers themselves. They must include their consent to the entry with full name and phone contact. Just a phone number, a first name, or a number and first name will not do. Entries of U18 swimmers are not complete without this complete parental/guardian consent. Entries of U18 swimmers must use the parent's email, address, not that of the U18 entrant.
Newport to Avalon starts at the northern end of Newport Beach and heads out around the headland, past Bilgola Beach, then past another headland into Avalon.
At Avalon, the 1.2km swim starts at the northern end of the beach, out through the break via the ‘North Avalon Express’, thence towards the southern headland to around the middle of the beach and then straight in towards the clubhouse.
Registration - On-line here. Registration on the day is available from 8am upstairs at Avalon Beach SLSC, and from 7am at the carpark at the northern end of Newport beach for the Around the Bends swim.
Back of the Pack - Avalon offers a Back of the Pack division for those who’d like a more relaxed swim. Swim with your friends, wear a wetsuit or flippers. Your time will be recorded but you wont be eligible for prizes. You can tick the checkbox for Back of the Pack when you enter on line.
Entry fees - $40 if you want to swim one or both swims. Race in the 2.5km swim and then jump in and support your child in the 1.2km swim at Avalon no extra charge. You still need to register online for both swims so you will receive your ankle tag.
Online entries close - 3pm, Saturday, March 20, 2021
Race day entries – Entries to this event are online only. No entries will be accepted on race day.
Shuttle transport - There will be a free shuttle bus running between Avalon and Newport beaches between 10.00 and 1.00pm. This means you can park at Newport, swim the Around the Bends to Avalon (your gear will be transported between the beaches for you) then get the shuttle back to Newport after the race. Pick up point is at Avalon on Barrenjoey Rd in front of the surf club and drop off at Newport on Barrenjoey at the northern end of the beach car park. Departure times are on the half hour from 10am through to 1pm. Normal parking restrictions apply.
Bag drop- Avalon SLSC will transport your gear from the start at Newport back to Avalon SLSC, where you can pick up after your swim. You can also store your gear free of charge at the clubhouse at Avalon Beach.
Transport and parking - Free parking will be available in the reserve opposite Avalon Public School in Old Barrenjoey Road, courtesy of Northern Beaches Council. Otherwise, you can catch a bus to Avalon Beach (Route190 runs from Railway Square on Sunday). Parking will be available at the beach, but you need to get there early. Normal parking restrictions apply. Park legally and feed the meter where necessary.
Progress online entries - To check progress entries online... Click here
Newport to Avalon course.
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