Glenelg (SA) - CANCELLED

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STOP PRESS (Wed, Dec 23, 2020, 10:45pm): This swim has been cancelled due to legal complications.

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Proclamation Classic

Organisers say -

The Proclamation Classic Swim draws its inspiration from South Australia's 180-year heritage. Taking its name from the Governor's Proclamation on 28 December 1836 that established the colony, the event pits swimmers' skills and endurance against an historical constant, the beautiful waters of 'the Bay'.

The Proclamation Classic gives swimmers two options – one and two-kilometre swims – all of which start, and finish close to the popular Glenelg Jetty.

The swim is organised by the Adelaide Masters Swimming Club and the Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club in association with the Bay Sports Festival.

Be aware, due to Covid-19 rstrictions, this event will be open to online entries only. This means that there will be no entries accepted on the beach on race day. Also, entrant numbers will be capped at 200. Further, distances will be 2km and 1km only. There will be no 5km swim at the Proclamation Classic in 2020.

What you need to know...

  • Event - Proclamation Classic Swim
  • Organiser - Adelaide Masters Swimming Club, with Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club
  • Distances - 1km, 2km (loop swims) (NB: There is no 5km event at the Proclamation Classic this year due to tides and Covid-19 restrictions.)
  • Venue - Glenelg Beach, near Glenelg Jetty
  • Time/Date - Monday, December 28, 2020. Start times - 1km (9:10), 2km (9:00)
  • Entry - Entries to this event are online only (see links above and below). No entries will be accepted on the beach on race day. This is to comply with Covid-19 regulations relating to the collection of data of those attending to assist in contact-tracing if necessary.
  • Race-day registration - Glenelg Foreshore - From 7:30am
  • Minimum age - 14 on race day.
  • 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 keyed into the Emergency contact fields. 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.
  • Water cover - provided by Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club
  • Entry fee - Online here - $35 Masters Swimming Australia members or $50 non-members. Please note your Masters Swimming club in the appropriate field whilst entering online.
  • Online entries close – Noon (CDT), Sunday, December 27, 2020
  • Water conditions - Usually clean, flat seas with no surf, maybe just a bit of chop (Adelaide is on the shallow Gulf St Vincent, well north of the Southern Ocean). Glenelg is Adelaide's premier beach destination. Water temperature in the low 20s.
  • Further information - Call Jeffrey Sheridan 0418 224 806 or email... Click here
  • Transport – By tram from Adelaide city (every 10 minutes); by various buses; by car: parking can be difficult but there is a variety of pay parking and time-limited free parking in the surrounding streets.
  • Progress entries - Check progress online entries list... Click here

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About the swim

All swimmers will start in the water on the south side of the Glenelg Jetty.

  • 1km race: 1 circuit of the course
  • 2km race: 2 circuits of the course

Finish at the water's edge on south side of jetty.

This is a swimming race, not a surf or running race. Swimmers are expected to stay in the order they finish at the point they stand up in the water, and not push past those in front of them in the gap between when swimming stops and the electronic finish line.

From the Start line in the water, all competitors will swim south parallel to the beach for approximately 400m; at the first buoy, turn right and swim 50m to the west (out to sea); at the second buoy, turn right again and swim parallel to the beach back towards the jetty; at the third buoy turn right towards the shore.

  • At this point, 1km swimmers will swim straight into shore and the finish line.
  • 2km swimmers will turn right at the fourth buoy closest to the beach and repeat the course once, before swimming into the beach at the end of the second circuit.

A diagram will be posted on the day and a race briefing will be held 25 minutes before the start of the 2km race.

Event time line

7:30 – One and a half hours before the start of the 1 km and 2 km events, the registration process for all swimmers will commence, and is planned to conclude at 08:30

8:58 – Two minute whistle is given advising 2 km swimmers to enter the water

9:08 – Two minute whistle is given advising 1 km swimmers to enter the water

9:00 – 2km event begins

9:10 – 1km event begins

10.20 – The Event concludes.

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After the races

Presentations will be held as soon as possible after the swim.

Small prizes will be awarded to the first place-getter, male and female, in each of the 2km and 1km races.

There will be no age group prizes.

Food and drinks are available in the Glenelg Surf Club. A great variety of cafes and hotels are within short walking distance of the swim.


Race Officials retain the right to cancel the event due to unfavourable conditions or circumstances beyond the organisers' control. Entry fees will not be refunded.


  1. A spirit of friendly competition is expected throughout the race.
  2. Any un-sportsmanlike conduct will be grounds for immediate disqualification.
  3. Race Officials may instruct a competitor to leave the race if:
    • they judge the competitor to be physically incapable of continuing without the risk of injury to themselves or others, or
    • the competitor has exceeded the set time limit or the Race Officials judge that the competitor is unlikely to complete the race within the set time limit.
  4. Decisions of the Race Officials are final and are not subject to appeal.
  5. Water cover personnel are considered as Race Officials.
  6. The Code of Behaviour of the SA Branch of Masters Swimming Australia (available at ) applies to all persons involved with the race, including swimmers, volunteers and officials.

Race Rules

Masters Swimming Australia's Masters Swimming Rules, Masters Open Water Swim Rules and Masters Swimwear Rules, available at, apply.

  1. No extraneous aids are allowed. Goggles are allowed and recommended.
  2. Swimmers not wearing FINA-approved swimwear will not be eligible for awards or prizes, but may swim in the race and receive a race place and time. Wetsuits and suits with zippers are not FINA-approved, nor are swimsuits that cover the neck, extend past the shoulder or extend below the ankle. Rash vests are allowed provided they do not provide compression or buoyancy.
  3. Watches and heavy jewellery are not permitted.
  4. An official swim cap will be issued to each swimmer at registration. Swimmers must wear their cap throughout the race.
  5. Swimmers must swim the course as described.
  6. Swimmers who cross the starting line before the sounding device is heard may be liable to disqualification.
  7. Competitors asked to withdraw must do so as soon as directed.

Time Limit

2 km race: Time limit is 1 hour 20 minutes (10:20 am).

The Race Officials reserve the right to reduce this time limit if weather conditions on the day warrant it.

The time limit for all swims is 10:20 am.

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