Port Melbourne to Williamstown
Update on 2018 Big Bay Swim Cancellation

Dear Big Bay Swim Participants and Supporters,

As you know, this year’s Jalna Big Bay Swim was firstly delayed by shipping in the channel then called off for safety reasons. This is the first time in 29 years that the swim has been called off for any reason.

This decision was made on the morning of the swim by the Williamstown Lifesaving Club due to heavy weather in the bay, with safety of the swimmers being the primary concern. While the cancellation is consistent with the conditions set out in the entry form, and the weather is something we cannot predict or control, we and our many sponsors are nonetheless disappointed that this year’s swim couldn’t go ahead.

We are pleased to say that we’re still able to provide the early bird prizes, which have been drawn. The winners are:

  • Wetsuit donated by Entrix – Gaynor Blankley
  • South Pacific 3 monthgym membership and 3 personal training sessions – Ben Morrison
  • South Pacific 3 monthgym membership and 3 personal training sessions – Nick Dabner
  • South Pacific 3 monthgym membership and 3 personal training sessions – Allan Ching
  • Double pass to the Sun Theatre Yarraville – Jessica Naylor
  • Double pass to the Sun Theatre Yarraville – Marcus Jones

The Rotary Club of Point Gellibrand primarily runs the Big Bay Swim to raise money for worthwhile charities such as the Challenge Cancer Support Network for children, The Les Twentyman Foundation for disadvantaged youth, breast cancer charities and many others.

We have incurred non-refundable expenses in hiring equipment and a timing contractor and acquiring permits. As this is a charity event, we would still like to offer as much of the proceeds to our charity partners as possible and will not be refunding the entry fees, which will be donated.

If you are an early bird entrant (entry prior to Feb 9th) and have not picked up your souvenir t-shirt and cap, it is available at Landingear Workwear, 1/241 Kororoit Creek Road, Williamstown.
Ph: 9397 7191,  email: sales@landingear.com.au

On behalf of the club I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you at next year’s 30th Big Bay Swim. It promises to be bigger and better than ever!

Yours sincerely

John Allcock

President, Rotary Club of Point Gellibrand

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Looking for Sponsors!

As a fund raising event for worthy local causes the Big Bay Swim, via the Rotary Club of Point Gellibrand, is always looking for new businesses who want to come on board and sponsor our swim.

Funds raised go to supporting projects in local communities and around the world and sponsorship provides fantastic positive exposure for brands.

We have many packages on offer, from $250 to $10,000 so why not take a look? Head to our contact page if you are interested in sponsoring our swim!

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2018 Early Bird Entries!

Chloё McCardel, Jalna Dairy Foods and Rotary are excited to invite you to enter the Jalna Big Bay Swim – from Port Melbourne to Williamstown (3.2km) – on Sunday, February 25, 2018.

We are delighted to be part of the Cousins’ Great Victorian Swim Series for the first time. You can earn invaluable GVSS points!

Get your entries in before February 8th and be in the draw for a major Early Bird prize and a discounted
entry fee.

Chloё McCardel, our Swim Ambassador, will be
posting swimming and training tips on our
Facebook Page (CLICK HERE) so jump on and LIKE our page. You will also find swim updates on the page too!

Thanks to your support the Rotary Club of Point Gellibrand has raised thousands of dollars for Kids with Cancer, youth leadership programs and community organisations over the years.

And there’ll be a big family festival afterwards on Williamstown’s Commonwealth Reserve, with live music and market stalls.

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Thank you Sponsors!

The Jalna Big Bay Swim + Festival are fund raising events which allow the Rotary Club of Point Gellibrand to continue our work in the community, supporting such organisations as Challenge Cancer and the National Breast Cancer Foundation in additional to local projects like the Hobsons Bay Summer Writing Prize for kids.

None of the work we do would be possible without the generous support of our sponsors who make the Jalna Big Bay Swim possible.

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Early Bird – Closing Soon!

Early Bird Registration for the 2017 Big Bay Swim is closing soon on the 10th of February!

Get in quick to take advantage of a discount on their entry fee as well as a cap and commemorative tee-shirt.
Click here to register

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2017 Big Bay Festival

The Big Bay Festival is on again in 2017 with rides, for the kids, acoustic bands on the routunda and heaps of Market stalls.

Supported by Jalana, and the Hobsons Bay City Council, the festival this year will attract more people than ever!

Come down to the Commonwealth Reserve from 10am and watch the swimmer cross the line from the Big Bay Swim!

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2017 Big Bay Swim

The Jalna Big Bay Swim gives open water swimmers the only chance to swim across Port Phillip Bay. Water safety is supervised by the Williamstown Swimming and Lifesaving Club and marshal boats are supplied by the Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club.
Every entrant gets a refreshing tub of yoghourt from our major sponsor Jalna and there’ll be a big family festival on Williamstown’s Commonwealth Reserve to greet swimmers.

Cash prizes, spot prizes and bragging rights are up for grabs for all entrants.
Swimmers who enter before February 10 get a discount on their entry fee as well as a cap and commemorative tee-shirt.

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2016 Swim Results

Thanks to everyone who participated in today’s swim. Please click the link below to view the race results.



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Festival in Full Swing!

This year the Big Bay Festival is set to be better than ever with more stalls and lots more for kids and adults to do!

We are going to have heaps of goodies on offer from our sponsors, a good old fashion Rotary Sausage Sizzle, bands book readings, rides everything!

Make sure to come down from 10am for some great family entertainment.

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2015 Swim Results!

Thank you for your patience in waiting for the results for this years swim.

You can view your times by clicking here.

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