clevedon long swim

just swim

SUMMARY

This historic swim has been held in Clevedon since at least 1928, which is when two large silver trophies were first presented to the fastest swimmers. These were called The Oakhill Brewery cup for men and The Rose Bowl trophy for the ladies. Keeping with tradition, these are only presented to non-wetsuit swimmers. The swim starts at Ladye Bay after the tide has turned. Swimmers are then carried swiftly back on the River Severn’s famously fast tide, under the Grade 1 pier, and finish at Clevedon beach. 

REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION

  • Registrations is at the Sailing Club (BS21 7QU)
  • You will be given an ID-tag to wear throughout the race.
  • Wear the ID-tag facing upwards to help faster scanning (OUTSIDE your wetsuit if wearing one).

KIT, BAG-DROP, SHOWERS

  • Please bring your own swim hat if you choose to wear one. 
  • You can leave kit safely at the Sailing Club. There are also hot showers downstairs. Mens: directly as you come in. Ladies: door to steps leading down behind the bar.

GETTING TO LADYE BAY START POINT

    • Make your own way to Ladye Bay where the swim starts (see map, head North).  Wear a top and shoes to walk to Ladye Bay. We’ll bring them back to the finish beach for you. It takes approx. 25mins to walk to Ladye Bay in time for the briefing.
    • At Ladye Bay, register with the marshal so we know who has arrived. 
    • BE CAREFUL OF THE STEPS at Ladye Bay, they are uneven and can be slippery
    • If you decide not to swim, inform the marshal and hand back your tag to them.

SAFETY

  • Swimming tow floats can be used 
  • Be aware of other swimmers, avoid bumping and swimming over others. 
  • Sight often and watch for floating objects such as logs or seaweed
  • Safety kayaks will provide support, keep you away from rocks and straying out too far. 
  • If you drift off course, a kayak may block your route to keep you on course. Follow all instructions
  • For help or to withdraw:  lie on your back, raise one arm with a clenched fist, wait for a kayak. Follow all instructions. 
  • A safety boat will be in support to extract swimmers. DO NOT approach it, wait for a kayak to take you to it (its rear propellers are unprotected)
  • Follow the swim direction in the diagram below. DO NOT swim around the pier end.

BAD WEATHER & WATER QUALITY

  • We use a combination of kayaks and fast RIB to get any casualty to safety. Our minimum for the event to proceed is a fast RIB, kindly provided by Clevedon Sailing Club. Choppy conditions can sometimes preventing launching causing us to cancel. 
  • Lightening may also cause us to cancel
  • Water quality is usually sufficient quality to allow any race to proceed. However, we leave it to swimmers to decide on the day. Surfers Against Sewage will show any discharges
  • We will try to tell you well in advance if there is any issue causing us to cancel the event. However, sometimes a final decision can only be made on the day, in which case we will tell you at registration.

COURSE

ENTRY CLASSES:

  • WETSUIT
  • SKINS (i.e. non-wetsuit

NOTES

  • Under 18s must provide signed consent form; minimum age is 12 by event date.
  • Disabilities welcome, please contact us to discuss how we can safely include you
  • We use ID-tags for SAFETY tracking. They record times but water can interfere with the NFC chip inside, so if you need a race time, please bring your own timing equipment.
  • ONLY SKINS swimmers will be eligible for one of the historic 1928 trophies: Oakhill Brewery (men) and Rose Bowl (women)
  • You may enter the water to acclimatise but keep close to hear the briefing and start instructions
  • There will be two waves of swimmers. The starter marshal will fire a starter pistol and lower a flag for each wave.
  • Faster swimmers line up in front of the starter marshal, leisure swimmers hang back behind or on the beach.
  • Follow the swim direction in the diagram below. DO NOT swim around the pier end.
  • Swim between 1st and 2nd pier legs then head directly to shore and finish.
  • Exit the water and move up the finish funnel to allow room for other swimmers finishing.
  • In the finish funnel, marshals will scan your tag, please have it ready.
  • PLEASE HAND BACK YOUR ID-TAG AT THE FINISH. DO NOT LEAVE THE BEACH WITH IT

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