IT’S one of the toughest events on the Victorian swim calendar.
But veterans and young challengers are already lining up for the 30th Jalna Big Bay Swim across Port Phillip Bay on Sunday, February 24.
Lifesavers from Frankston, Mentone, Williamstown, Port Melbourne and Altona have rallied to ensure the 3.2km race from Port Melbourne to Williamstown goes ahead after rough weather forced organisers to cancel last year’s event.
This month’s swim is guaranteed, with an alternative course in place if the sea is too wild.
The iconic bay swim attracts the state’s best open water swimmers – including Pier to Pub champ Sam Sheppard – and a host of social swimmers who love the challenge.
A strong throng of western suburbs swimmers is among this year’s earlybird entries. Youngsters Robbe Dilissen, Altona, and Jesse Coulson, Williamstown, finished hot on the heels of Sam Sheppard in the previous bay swim and will be hoping to turn the tables this year.
Chloe McCardel, Australia’s English Channel champion, will greet swimmers at the finish line in Williamstown. She hopes to recruit a few more swimmers for the UK Channel crossings she organises.
Michael Harwood does about 40 open water swims a year with mates from the Williamstown Dolphins swim group, and rates the bay swim “one of the best”. “It’s a good swim, probably the best straight line event in Victoria. And it’s always well organised and prepared for all eventualities,” he said.
Entrants compete for cash prizes and valuable points in the Great Victorian Swim Series in the event run by the Rotary Club of Point Gellibrand.
Melbourne’s shipping channel will close for an hour during the swim, and a community festival on Williamstown’s Commonwealth Reserve will entertain swimmers and spectators.
Proceeds from the event support Rotary charities including a Pirates’ Day for Kids with Cancer and a weekend camp for disadvantaged youths from Melbourne’s West. Swimmers can enter at bigbayswim.com.au
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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 24, 2019 and in doing so you will be help celebrate our 30th year of the Big Bay Swim (the only open water swim across Port Philip Bay).
We are delighted to be part of the Cousins’ Great Victorian Swim Series again. You can earn invaluable GVSS points!
Get your entries in before January 16th and be in the draw for a major Early Bird prize and a discounted
Thanks to your support the Rotary Club of Point Gellibrand, Williamstown 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.
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.
Early Bird Registration for the 2019 30th Anniversary Big Bay Swim is closing on the 16th of January!
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
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!
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.