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Event Overview

The next Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub event will take place on 17 March 2018

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The Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub swim is an open water swimming event in Perth, Western Australia, designed to cater for the increased demand for long distance swimming and the interest from local, interstate and international swimmers to cross the iconic Rottnest Channel.

The swim comprises two races over two distances from Leighton Beach to Rottnest Island - a direct crossing (19.7km) and a 25km ultra-marathon.

The swim is open to solos, duos, and teams of four and six. It begins at Leighton Beach outside Fremantle Surf Lifesaving Club and finishes at the Hotel Rottnest.

The 25km ultra-marathon swim is open to qualified solo swimmers. It is the longest open water swim on offer in Australia and, and one of the longest in the Southern Hemisphere.

Our aim in future years is to attract world-class, elite swimmers to compete in the Port to Pub as part of the world calendar for marathon swimming.

Event Registration

How to register

Register via the button on the home page of this website.

Registrations will remain open until early March 2018. 

Early bird, standard and late entry fees will apply.

Payment in full is required upon registration.

SOLO

  1. Enter as a 'Participant ' (if relevant, you can add in that you're part of a swim squad/club, sports club, organisation etc) 
  2. Choose 19.7km or 25km distance
  3. Enter your BOAT and SKIPPER DETAILS
  4. Order merchandise for you and your support team
  5. SIGN THE TERMS & CONDITIONS
  6. Make your payment 

DUO and TEAM 

  1. The team captain CREATES the TEAM NAME and a password. Fill out the BOAT and SKIPPER DETAILS for your team.
  2. Fill out your own details and sign your T&Cs.
  3. Pay for your team entry
  4. Invite your team member/s via an INVITE TEAM MEMBER button and inserting their email address.
  5. Team members login and register their own details and sign their own Terms & Conditions.
  6. All team members can purchase their own merchandise.

 

GROUP
If you are part of a swim squad/sport club or a corporate organisation, a team captain can set up a GROUP for other members to acknowledge they are part of. There are prizes for the most number of entries per:

  1. Swim club/squad or sporting club
  2. School
  3. Corporate organisation

So, it’s worth getting someone from your group to set up the page!

Please note - ALL participants must read the event's Terms and Conditions, and INDIVIDUALLY agree to them in the registration form.

Under 18 swimmers must have parent/guardian approval to participate. Access the form here

2018 Entry Fees

2018 Event Fees

Event

Early Bird (16 Oct-04 Nov 2017)

Standard (05 Nov – 31 Jan 2018)

Late Entries (01 Feb - 01 Mar 2018)

25km ultra-marathon

$310

$330

$350

Solo 19.7km

$310

$330

$350

Duo

$550

$570

$610

Teams of four

$1040

$1100

$1200

Team of six

$1560

$1650

$1800

 

Categories

The Port to Pub has the following age group categories for competing duos and teams. Your age group is calculated on the MEAN age of all participants.

Category

Mean age of participants

Juvies

13-17

Invincibles

18-29

Prime

30-39

Vintage

40-49

Veterans

50-59

Legends

60+

ASSISTED

Wetsuit only

For teams, duo and  solo only in any of the above age group categories. No assisted swimmers in the 25km ultra-marathon category.

Prize for first place getter in the solo category

Not classed as a ratified solo swim

 

Please visit the Open Water Swim Calendar and the Masters Live Lighter Open Water Swim Calendar at www.mswa.asn.au for information about upcoming events, qualifying swim and training opportunities.

Race Terms and Conditions 

As part of the Port to Pub registration process, ALL PARTICIPANTS (swimmers, skippers and paddlers) must read, agree to and accept the Terms and Conditions of the Port to Pub swim. This can be done online during registration.

All under 18s must return a signed Parent or Guardian form to be allowed to participate. This also can be found at the end of the Terms and Conditions form in the registration form.

Please return the form in the following ways:

  • Email: info@porttopub.com.au (photo or scanned document);
  • Post: PO Box 4237, Mosman Park South WA, 6012;

 

Event Rules

General event rules 2018

Applies to the 19.7km swim and the 25km ultra-marathon

  1. FINA Rules for open water swimming apply in regards to swim suits, feeding, drafting.
  2. Solos (19.7km only), duos, teams of 4 and teams of 6 swim categories may swim with assistance (wetsuit), but will not be recorded as ratified swims. Please note, solo swimmers competing in a wetsuit will not be eligible to apply for Port to Pub licence plates.
  3. Registrations close 30 minutes prior to your wave start. If you are not registered by this time you will not be permitted to start the race.  Each solo swimmer and one swimmer from each duo or team will collect their timing band to be worn on the left ankle for the entire duration of the race
  4. We advise team swimmers to have completed at least 1.25km open water swim within a two year timeframe prior to the event date. By accepting the event's Terms and Conditions, you agree to be able to swim this distance as a minimum. 
  5. We advise duo swimmers to have completed at least a 2.5km open water swim within a two year timeframe prior to the event date, or have completed a solo or duo Rottnest Channel crossing (Port to Pub or Rottnest Channel Swim) in the last two years. By accepting the event's Terms and Conditions, you agree to be able to swim one of these distance as a minimum. 
  6. All solo 19.7km swimmers must have completed a 10km open water swim in less than 4 hours 15 minutes within a two year time frame prior to the event date, or have completed a solo Rottnest Channel crossing (Port to Pub or Rottnest Channel Swim) in the last 2 years to enter. Solo swimmers must provide evidence of a qualifying swim via the registration form.
  7. All 25km ultra-marathon swimmers must complete a 10km open water swim in less than 4 hours 15 minutes within a two year time frame prior to the event date, or have completed a Rottnest Channel crossing (Port to Pub or Rottnest Channel Swim) in the last 2 years to enter. 25km ultra-marathon swimmers must provide evidence of a qualifying swim in their registration form.
  8. The minimum age of all swimmers at the date of the swim is 13 years, in accordance with WA Swimming and Swimming Australia rules.
    1. 13 year olds can only compete in duo and team events of the Port to Pub, and must have parental or guardian consent to take part in the event.
    2. All 13 year old (and above) duo swimmers must meet a qualification of being able to swim 2.5km or more, as per the event Terms and Conditions.
    3. All solo swimmers must be at least 14 years of age at the time of the event. All 14 year old (and above) swimmers must show proof of having completed a 10 kilometre open water swim previously in 4 hours 15 minutes or less to qualify for the event.
    4. All swimmers under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian consent to participate in the event. All solo swimmers must have completed the qualifying standards and must have been formally accepted by the race officials.
  9. Upon completion of the online registration as a solo/duo/team, all participants (swimmers, skippers and paddlers) are required to read, and accept, the event’s Terms and Conditions.
  10. Swimmers must be accompanied by a support boat and a paddler. Stand up paddle boards are not allowed.
  11. All swimmers will have their race number on their arms for the event. Number tattoos are provided through your registration in your swimmer bags.
  12. You must be officially registered to swim the 19.7km and 25km ultra-marathon swims. Failure to adhere to this rule, will result in a two year ban from the event.
  13. Swimmers are required to wear a timing strap. They must cross over the timing mat and enter the swimmers starting chute for the timing strap to register. Swimmers must also cross over the finish line mat to register the official swim time. A volunteer will collect all timing straps.
  14. Swimmers must wear their dedicated Port to Pub swim cap at all times throughout the event. Artificial propulsion devices are not to be used, nor any flotation devices. Gloves and socks including, but not limited to, compression socks are not to be worn.
  15. The 19.7km swim will have two categories of swimmers: UNASSISTED and ASSISTED.

 

UNASSISTED CATEGORY - Swimsuits must comply with FINA's Open Water Swimming Rules. FINA states that a complying suit:

  1. Is of a woven textile material
  2. Does not cover the neck
  3. Does not extend beyond the shoulders or ankles.
  4. Does not have a zip or other fastening system

A list of approved swimsuits can be found on the FINA website. It is the swimmer’s responsibility to ensure their swimsuit complies with FINA rules.

Swimmers MAY NOT:

  1. Wear any item with neoprene or any other buoyant material.
  2. Wear anything not within the FINA rules or within the Port to Pub exemptions
  3. Wear various types of in ear or outter ear headphones.

Swimmers MAY:

  1. Wear two suits as long one suit only comprises of a brief or bikini.
  2. Wool Fat/Lanolin/Vasoline
  3. Wear goggles
  4. Wear a nose clip
  5. Wear two caps as long as the outer cap is the Port to Pub cap to show swimmers category
  6. Wear ear plugs
  7. Wear a rash vest

ASSISTED CATEGORY:

  1. Wetsuits must be no thicker than 5mm
  2. All of the components of the wetsuit must fit the swimmers body tightly;
  3. May wear a brief or bikini underneath the wetsuit
  4. May wear Wool Fat/Lanolin/Vasoline
  5. May wear goggles
  6. May wear two caps as long as outer cap is the Port to Pub category cap
  7. May wear a nose clip
  8. May wear ear plugs
  9. May wear a rash vest
  10. If only one team member wears a wetsuit, the team is still categorised as ASSISTED.
  11. Solo swimmers that swim with a wetsuit will be recorded in the ASSISTED SOLO category.
  12. ASSISTED swimmers will not be competing against UNASSISTED for prizes and/or records.

 

  1. Each swimmer has indemnified Port to Pub Pty Ltd, the Port to Pub committee, Department of Transport, Fremantle Port Authority, Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue, Rottnest Island Authority, Fremantle Surf Lifesaving Club, City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club and their officers and swim officials against any claim for damages or injury arising from conduct of the swim.
  2. Participation in these events is voluntary and the organisation’s officials or volunteers can accept no liability on the day of the Port to Pub swim.
  3. Swimmers must complete sections of the event in specific times (refer to cut-off times). If solo, duo or team swimmers have not reached the stipulated distances within the time limit; they must leave the water and travel by their support boat to the finish or back to the mainland. Those who don’t meet specified cut-off times will be disqualified from the event immediately.

 

2018 Swimmer cut-off times – 19.7km direct course

Location 19.75km Course

Marker Buoy/s

Cut-off Times

1.5km TAMS Tugboat

TAMS Tugboat

08.50am

10km

Orange

12.00pm

15km

Yellow

02.50pm

18km

Orange

04.15pm

19km

Yellow

04.45pm

Finish Line

Rottnest Island

05.00pm

 

2018 Swimmer cut-off times 25km ultra-marathon course

Location 25km Course

Marker Buoy/s

Cut-off Times

6.5km TAMS Tugboat

TAMS Tugboat

08.50am

15km

Orange

12.00pm

20km

Yellow

02.50pm

23km

Orange

04.15pm

24km

Yellow

04.45pm

Finish Line

Rottnest Island

05.00pm

 

  1. The start of the event will be signalled by air horn and starting flag. Count-down to the start will commence 5 minutes before the allocated time by the event starter. It is the responsibility of the swimmer to ensure their support boat is on time
  2. Swimmers will swim alone in the starting channel for the first 500 metres. They must meet their paddler around the 500m buoy and may then continue to the 1000 metre buoy where they meet their support boat.
  3. During swimmer changeover, swimmers will tag at least 10 metres from the support boat in a visible manner (above water surface).
  4. In case of a shark sighting, duo and team swimmers have the option to leave the water and continue from where they vacated the water once safe, without disqualification. Solo swimmers have the option to leave the water and resume once considered safe. In this instance, however, the solo swimmer will be disqualified not credited with an official Rottnest Channel swim crossing.
  5. There is no set swimming time or order for team swimmers, although Port to Pub recommends at least 1-2 minutes of swimming before changeover for safety reasons and to reduce the risk of injury.
  6. Single propellor boat engines must be in neutral when picking up and taking a swimmer on board and twin propellor boats must switch their engines off completely. Support boats must not back up to pick up a swimmer. The swimmer must be on the windward or weather side of the boat. An extra lookout must be positioned at the transom (back) of the boat if the boat driver is unsighted when picking up a swimmer.
  7. Swimmers must enter Thomson Bay between the 18km orange buoy and Phillip Rock.
  8. Any protest regarding competitors conduct or race rules must be lodged in writing to a race official by 4:00pm on race day. A decision will be made by the committee in accordance to the Port to Pub event rules, based on any evidence given and the judgment of the officials.
  9. No duo or team member swimmer changeovers are to take place in the first 1000 metres for safety reasons.
  10. The event finishes at 5:00pm and all services will cease. All competitors who are in the water are required to leave the water, as officials will no longer provide swimmer safety support and assistance.

Support Vessels

  1. Support vessels must be 5-12 metres in length (if the support vessel is under this length then the vessel is required to only carry the number of pax as stated on the vessels compliance plate, the support vessel needs to make allowances for a skipper, paddler, water craft, spotter, support crew, swimmer/s) and tenders must be greater than 3.75 metres. Vessels of 10m and over are advised to stay south of the channel and of the main fleet. Competitors using a support boat and tender must register both vessels to travel more than 5 nautical miles offshore. Tenders must have all safety equipment on board. (See www.dot.wa.gov.au)
  2. Support boats MUST NOT make way astern. This means they must not move backwards. To avoid danger (to a vessel, a swimmer, a paddler, etc.) a skipper is permitted to use astern (reverse) thrust – BUT ONLY TO STOP OR SLOW THE VESSEL’S FORWARD WAY. The vessel MUST NOT make way astern (i.e. move backwards) under any circumstances. If you need to stop or slow the vessel’s forward way, they must ensure it is safe to do so (i.e. no swimmer or paddler immediately behind the vessel).
  3. For solos swimmers, a support vessel may support two swimmers but must comply with the following rules:
    1. Swimmers need to swim in close proximity to each other and at a similar pace – proximity is no greater than 20 metres in distance.
    2. Each swimmer must have its own paddler.
    3. You must stay with the slowest swimmer, and swimmers must be aware this could affect their overall race time.
    4. If a swimmer is injured or needs assistance, both swimmers must stop. The other swimmer must stay and tread water until the boat is able to proceed or withdraw from the event due to the support boat requiring action to render the solo swimmer medical assistance.
  4. Support vessels must display race number stickers supplied in the briefing pack. All vessels are to be registered in accordance with Navigable Aters Regulations 1958 and carry all required equipment to make a successful journey to Rottnest Island and back to Perth mainland. If you have a support boat and a tender, one sticker must be displayed on each vessel.
  5. All boats need to keep within an 8-knot speed limit and stay ~10 metres from their (slowest swimmer if supporting two solo swimmers) swimmer. Boats withdrawing from the event must be at least 200 metres from the race channel and main fleet before increasing speed past 8 knots.
  6. Vessels with single propellers must be in neutral during the exchange of swimmers on and off the boat. Vessels with twin outboard motors must ensure their engines are switched off entirely during swimmer exchange.
  7. Swimmers and escort craft shall give way to commercial shipping. All team swimmers who have not passed the east point of the shipping channel by 9.30am will be cleared from the water and transported to a point west of the shipping channel, and will be disqualified from the event.
  8. The Fremantle Port Authority’s commercial shipping channel (Gage Roads) will be open during the event. The Port to Pub Communications Base will advise support craft of commercial vessels expected to pass through the field. The Port is the controlling authority for vessels travelling through the field.
  9. If a commercial vessel crosses the race course, a safety officer on a boat moored at the inner limits of the channel will order the swimmers to stop and tread water until deemed safe to continue by race officials.
  10. All competitors must cross the Fremantle Port’s commercial swimming channel (Gage Roads) by 10:30am. The Port to Pub Communications Base will radio a warning ahead of time, and broadcast this alert at 10:00am. Failure to cross Gage Roads in time will require the swimmer to leave the water and board their support boat and exit the event.
  11. Support boats must assemble in clearly designed holding areas to the north and south of the swim channel. Support boat skippers will be notified just prior to their swimmer wave by VHF Channel 77 and will proceed to join up with swimmer at the 1000 metre mark. Swimmers cannot be dropped off at the start line. All vessels are required to log onto channel 77 and provide call sign details at the commencement of their event and log off channel 77 at the cessation of their event.
  12. If a swimmer is unaccompanied by their support boat at the 1500 metre mark (icon tug boat), they are instructed to swim to the moored icon tug boat and tread water. Port to Pub staff will contact swim base to notify them of your location and that you are awaiting support vessel. Swimmers may re-enter the event on the arrival of their support boat. Swimmers may tread water for 20 minutes and, if no support boat arrives, the swimmer must withdraw from the event and return to the beach.
  13. If a support boat has not located its swimmer by the 1500 metre buoy, the boat skipper must advise Swim Base by marine radio (VHF CH77) and await further instructions.
  14. No alcohol is to be consumed during the event by swimmers or support crew.
  15. Support boats are not permitted within the final 600 metres.

Paddlers

  1. Paddlers must display race number stickers supplied in briefing pack
  2. Support paddlers are to assemble at the buoys 500 metres offshore five minutes prior to wave start.
  3. Paddlers will exit at the final 400 metre mark
  4. Paddlers must not proceed beyond the 1500 metre mark (icon vessel) without their support vessel.

Qualifying Swims and Age Limits

All solo swimmers: you must provide evidence of a qualifying swim in your registration form. 

Teams of two, four and six: by agreeing to Port to Pub's Terms and Conditions, you acknowledge you can swim the qualifying swim distances recommended by Port to Pub (see table below). You do not need to provide proof.

Age Limits and Qualifying Swims

Category

Minimum Age

Qualifying Swim

25km ultra-marathon

Solo swimmer

14 years

10km under 4 hours 15 mins within a two year timeframe prior to the event date.

OR

Solo Rottnest Channel crossing (Port to Pub or RCS) in last 2 years.

19.7km

Solo swimmer 

14 years

10km under 4 hours 15 mins within a two year timeframe prior to the event date.

OR

Solo Rottnest Channel crossing (Port to Pub or RCS) in last 2 years.

 

Teams -  If you are participating in the event as part of a single team of two or more swimmers, by agreeing to the evert Terms & Conditions, you warrant that you meet the relevant event qualifying requirements set out in the table below. You do not need to provide proof of this swim to the event organisers

 

Category Age Qualifying Swim

19.7km

Duo

13 years with parental consent

RECOMMENDED ONLY: 2.5km within a two year timeframe prior to the event date.

OR

Rottnest Channel solo or duo crossing (Port to Pub or RCS) completed in last 2 years.

19.7km

Team of 4

13 years with parental consent

RECEOMMENDED ONLY: 1.25km within a two year timeframe prior to the event date.

19.7km

Team of 6

13 years with parental consent

RECOMMENDED ONLY: 1.25km within a two year timeframe prior to the event date

Cut-off Times

Cut–off times have been set along the course. All swimmers that do not meet the cut-off times, including solos, will be immediately disqualified from the race. Swimmers can choose to return to the mainland, or continue to Rottnest Island. The times have been set in the best interests of the health and safety of swimmers.

2018 Swimmer cut-off times – 19.7km direct course

Location 19.75km Course

Marker Buoy/s

Cut-off Times

1.5km TAMS Tugboat

TAMS Tugboat

08.50am

10km

Orange

12.00pm

15km

Yellow

02.50pm

18km

Orange

04.15pm

19km

Yellow

04.45pm

Finish Line

Rottnest Island

05.00pm

 

2018 Swimmer cut-off times 25km ultra-marathon course

Location 25km Course

Marker Buoy/s

Cut-off Times

6.5km TAMS Tugboat

TAMS Tugboat

08.50am

15km

Orange

12.00pm

20km

Yellow

02.50pm

23km

Orange

04.15pm

24km

Yellow

04.45pm

Finish Line

Rottnest Island

05.00pm