IT’S ALMOST RACE DAY!

Three more sleeps! You will be so excited/nervous, and getting up so early, that you probably won’t sleep much Friday night - so you will be taking part in the Port to Pub before you know it!

Make sure you are prepared for any weather and ocean conditions, and for a longer-than-expected swim. Then, on the day, when it’s beautiful weather, calm conditions, and you get there in sub 5 hours, you will have even more reason to celebrate at the Hotel Rottnest.

We will be conducting a special blessing ceremony at the start of the race, followed by the National Anthem, led by WA opera soprano, Harriet O’Shannessy.

At the finish line this year, we have a special marine bell trophy, which will be rung by all of our 25km ultra-marathon swimmers as they cross the finish line. Please be sure to cheer these legends in as they finish Australia’s longest marathon swim race.

Best of luck to all our swimmers – we hope you have a great Channel crossing and thoroughly enjoy this year’s Port to Pub event!

Briefing Day

If you didn’t make it to the main race briefing last Thursday, please join us (along with our international, interstate and intrastate participants) this Friday 24 March at 10:00-11:00am at the Fremantle Surf Lifesaving Club, 20 Leighton Beach Blv, North Fremantle.

Race Handbook

There is a hard copy in your race pack but you can download a copy of the 2017 Handbook from our website.  http://porttopub.com.au/

Signed Terms & Conditions

All participants must print and sign the Terms and Conditions form. It is located in the registration forms and on our website. Please bring your signed copy to Friday’s second event briefing. Alternatively scan/photograph the signed copy and send it to info@porttopub.com.au

All under 18s must return a signed parental/guardian consent form.

All forms can be downloaded here.

Make a team plan for the day: make sure you set your alarm early and make sure all your team and support crew are out of bed and on their way to Leighton Beach and the Fremantle Surf Lifesaving Club.

Event parking: There is extremely limited parking in the vicinity of the event and we advise that swimmers and paddlers are dropped off at the event. There are public carparks to the north and south of Fremantle Surf Lifesaving Club. Traffic management will be in place to direct you on the day.

Know your wave time: you must register at least 30 minutes ahead of your wave time.

Wear your swim caps: You must wear your Port to Pub swim cap provided in your race pack for the duration of your swim.

Arm tattoos: Each team member must put the arm tattoos with your team number (also provided in the race pack) on both arms ahead of arriving for the event.

Boat /paddle stickers: there must be two stickers on each side of your boat and paddle craft, clearly displaying your bib number.

The Port to Pub Live Tracker APP: Support crew, spectators, family and friends can follow their swimmer or team as they swim to the Island. Instructions on how to download the app are here.

Swimmer changeovers: No swimmer changeovers are to take place in the first 1500 metres of the race for safety reasons. There will be a TAMS tugboat sitting out at the 1500 metre mark. Swimmers, you must not proceed past this point until you’ve met up with your boat and paddler. We recommend swimming for at least 1-2 minutes between changeovers during the race.

Checklist - Solo Swimmers

For the Support Boat

  • VHF Radio – on Channel 77 for the duration of the event
  • Personal flotation devices on board and other required safety equipment
  • Department of Transport skipper information
  • Port to Pub skipper lanyard
  • Flag/light/balloons for paddler and swimmer and paddler to easily identify the boat. For solos it will still be dark so lights are best.
  • Towels and warm clothes in case you end up on the boat.
  • Swimmer food and drinks – take more than enough! Label it clearly for support crew. Make sure you have a food plan written out for your crew to follow.
  • Food and drinks for support crew
  • Medication you may require – – Voltaren/Nurofen. Take seasickness tablets BEFORE the race starts if you require them.  Notify support crew of your medical needs.
  • Stop watch – one that can measure your stroke rate is great! Otherwise one support crew should be in charge of your food stop timings.
  • Spare Goggles
  • Stingose/ ice packs/antihistamines if you are prone to reactions
  • Port to Pub handbook on board for the crew to refer to.
  • Boat number
  • Skipper lanyard
  • Camera/video camera
  • Your phone (and charger)
  • Binoculars
  • First aid kit
  • Change of warm clothes for the finish
  • Flares

For solo swimmer on the start line

  • Swim suit
  • Suncream /Zinc (Invisible Zinc is great)
  • Coloured Zinc/lights so your paddler can identify you
  • Goggles and spares
  • Cap with your number on it
  • Seasickness medication
  • Wool fat/Vasoline/Glide – available from pharmacies
  • Organise someone to drop you and your paddler at the beach and to take your clothes.
  • Water bottle – stay hydrated before, during and after the race!
  • Phone to contact boat and make sure your skipper and support boat and paddler are on time
  • Warm clothes for before the event

For your paddler

  • Make sure you have discussed with your paddler which side you would prefer them to paddle on, any hand signals you will use, and any motivational tips for you
  • Bright clothing/lights/hat to help the swimmer and the boat identify the paddler
  • Sunglasses with a strap
  • Hat and sun cream (put cream on your feet, paddlers!)
  • Wetsuit/rash vest (it can be cold at the start especially if you fall in)
  • Stickers with number for the ski

Checklist – teams

For the boat

  • VHF Radio – on Channel 77 for the duration of the event
  • Personal flotation devices on board and other required safety equipment
  • Department of Transport skipper information
  • Port to Pub skipper lanyard
  • Big flag/balloons for paddler and swimmer to easily identify the boat.
  • Towels get really wet and heavy as you continue to dry yourself. Pack a chamois or a microfiber/ absorbent towels and a big warm jacket to wrap around you each time
  • Food and drinks – pack plenty! Make sure it’s labeled easily for support crew to know it’s your water, sports drink, coconut water. Make sure you have some warm drinks on board. A Coke is always good to have for the final swim!
  • Food and drinks for support crew – fruit, muffins, sandwiches, biscuits. Grapes and watermelon are always good.
  • Medication you may require – Voltaren/Nurofen. Take seasickness tablets BEFORE the race starts if you require them.
  • Stop watch – one that can measure your stroke rate is great! Otherwise one support crew member should be in charge of timing your changeovers.
  • Spare goggles
  • Stingose/ ice packs/antihistamines
  • Suncream/Zinc
  • Port to Pub handbook on board for the crew to refer to (and you can look up who other teams are when you pass them!)
  • Boat number
  • Skipper lanyard
  • Camera/video camera
  • Your phone (give it to your crew to have on the boat if you are leaving from the beach. Make sure your support crew on the beach has a phone that you can call the boat crew with from the start)
  • Binoculars
  • First aid kit
  • Bag of warm clothes for the finish on the island.

For swimmer starting off the beach

  • Swim suit
  • Suncream /Zinc (Invisible zinc is great), plus coloured zinc for your arms so your paddler can spot you at the start
  • Goggles and spares (goggles have been known to break before the start!)
  • Port to Pub swim cap with your number on it
  • Seasickness medication
  • Wool fat/Vasoline/Glide – all available from pharmacies
  • Organise someone to drop you and your paddler at the beach and to take your clothes. Be aware, the car park will get very busy with people being dropped off, so allow plenty of time!
  • Water bottle
  • Phone to contact boat and make sure the boats on the way!
  • Warm clothes for before event

For your paddler

  • Information on preparation and safety precautions
  • Bright clothing/lights/hat to help the swimmer and boat identify the paddler
  • Sunglasses with a strap
  • Hat and suncream
  • Wetsuit/rash vest (it can be cold at the start especially if you fall in)
  • Number stickers for the ski
  • Camel back water bottle
  • Wearing a personal floatation device is recommended. Carrying a personal flotation device on board the support boat is mandatory.
  • The Department of Transport Marine Safety Section has exempted paddlers from carrying safety equipment in the 2017 Port to Pub

Prizes

Cash prizes will be awarded as follows to first, second and third solo swim place getters, and first and second place getters in the team categories.

Prizes will also be awarded to the winners of age group categories.

CASH PRIZES

1st

2nd

3rd

Austral Fisheries Solo 25km (M & F)

$800

$400

$200

K&L Gates Solo 19.75km (M & F)

$600

$300

$150

Rottnest Express Duo (M, F & Mixed)

$300

$150

 

KC Sports Teams of 4 (M, F & Mixed)

$300

$150

 

KC Sports Teams of 6 (M, F & Mixed)

$300

$150

 

Solo Wetsuit

Orca Wetsuit

Orca Wetsuit

 

 

 

Mar 22 2017 - 4:45pm