San Remo Channel Challenge 30th Anniversary
The iconic San Remo Channel Challenge is Victoria's Premier Aquathon event hosted by the Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club.
The town of San Remo comes to life with children's rides, market stands, various food vendors, the notorious hole in one golf challenge, a fashion parade by Full Circle Surf, live music and other festivities.
The event is a major fundraiser for local Surf Life Saving Club, with all proceeds going to support volunteer patrols at Woolamai Beach and Smiths Beach in the summer months, and the year round Jet Ski Rescue Service.
The swim is a distance of 550 metres starting from San Remo on the mainland and crossing the Westernport Channel to Newhaven which is situated on Phillip Island.
San Remo is a fishing village situated on the mainland of South Gippsland and in the Shire of Bass Coast; approximately 125 kilometres south-east of Melbourne.
Due to the strong tide flow through the Channel the swim can only take place on the slack water of the appropriate high tide and swimmers come ashore at Newhaven on the north side of the Channel.
Slack water of the high tide lasts approximately fifteen to twenty minutes in which time 500 plus competitors must complete the swim.
After the competitors complete the swim leg they run barefoot into the grassy transition area at Newhaven on Phillip Island and after donning their running shoes they start the run back to San Remo.
The two kilometre run back up over the picturesque Phillip Island Bridge to the township of San Remo spreads the runners out, and makes a spectacular sprint to the finish line in the main street where the large crowds urge the participants on.
Content: Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club