Race Rules for the SunSmart Busselton Jetty Swim 2017

This information is subject to change - updated 26 September 2016

  • Only competent swimmers who are fit and adequately trained should enter.
  • An official online entry must be completed by each swimmer or team. Completion of the online entry form and payment of the entry fee represents acceptance of these Race Rules and Conditions of Entry and the Swimmer Declaration (waiver).
  • Swimmers should ensure that they have a confirmed entry. If you do not receive a confirmation email and your entry does not appear on the confirmed entrants list (published on the Busselton Jetty Swim website) then please contact the race organizers as soon as possible via email to rego@busseltonjettyswim.org.au
  • Confirmed entrants will be emailed an eTicket containing entry details and race number and swimmer declaration (waiver) in the week prior to the swim.  Please bring the eTicket to and your signed declaration to pre-race check-in.
  • All swimmers must check-in (note check-in by proxy is not permitted) at the Beachfront Marquee on either Saturday 11 February 2017 between 14:30 and 18:00 (preferred option) or Sunday 12 February 2016 between 06:00 and 07:00.  At check-in swimmers will: receive their swim cap, timing band, start wave and race number tattoo.
  • Swimmers must be at least 8 years of age on race day.  Swimmers 12 years of age and under must provide proof of completing and passing stage 8 (as per Royal Life Saving) or equivalent to be eligible to swim in the event.  Parents or guardians are required to email swim stage proof to rego@busseltonjettyswim.org.au
  • The following age categories apply for males and females : under 15; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79, 80-84, 85 and over. Age category is based on age on race day.
  • Swimmers may enter for a solo swim, a relay team of 2 or a relay team of 4.
  • The solo swim is 3.6km.
  • Relay team of 2: first leg 1.4km, beach start exiting at Allie’s Landing; second leg 2.2km, starting at Allie’s Landing, rounding the end of the jetty and finishing on the shore.
  • Relay team of 4: first leg 1.0km, beach start exiting at Jetty Platform (east); second leg 1.0km, starting at Jetty Platform (east) exiting at the Underwater Observatory Ramp; third leg 0.6km starting at the Underwater Observatory Ramp and finishing at the Jetty Platform (west); fourth leg 1.0km, starting at the Jetty Platform (west) and finishing on the shore.
  • Relay members must physically tag their teammate at the relay change-over point. Race marshals will be present to monitor the relay changeovers.
  • The swim course is marked with buoys; swimmers should use these as a guide.
  • Swimmers or support craft are not permitted to go under any part of the Jetty unless directed by Race Officials.
  • Wetsuits and/or swimming aids are permitted but wearers will not be eligible for awards.
  • Wetsuits and/or swimming aids must be declared on the entry form.  Swim-aids include: flippers, snorkels, wetsuits, pull buoys, speed-suits.
  • Swim caps indicating starting wave and team category will be supplied and must be worn.
  • Swimmers will be required to have their race number tattoo displayed on their front left thigh and left arm.
  • All swimmers will be given a timing band to be worn on their left ankle.
  • Solo swimmers and the last swimmer in each team will be timed as they cross the timing mats at the beach finish.  Swimmers finishing on the jetty must walk over the timing mat at the foot of the jetty to "check-out" of the swim and hand in their timing band.
  • All swimmers will receive a finisher's award either as they exit the finish area or as they exit the Jetty.  Awards will not be posted out.
  • Trophies are awarded as per the award list (see below).
  • Trophies must be collected at the official awards presentation (in person or by proxy).  Trophies will not be posted out.
  • Swimmers withdrawing from the event must present themselves at the check-in desk and confirm their withdrawal.
  • Failure to return a timing band will result in a $25 penalty payable at the check-in desk on the day.
  • On water safety and support is provided by Surf Life Saving and personal support paddlers are no longer permitted, however if you feel you have a special need requiring your own personal support or provisions this must be indicated as part of your online entry under 'special needs'.
  • All vessels in the vicinity of the event, whether involved in the event or not must abide by the Navigable Waters Regulations. Authorized officers will police these regulations as part of the overall safety provisions for the event.
  • A swimmer may be disqualified at the discretion of the race organisers for contravening the race rules or for unsporting conduct.
  • The organisers of the swim, Busselton Allsports Inc., reserve the right to accept or reject any entry at their discretion and also to issue special invitations.
  • Entries close at 23:59, Western Standard Time, Tuesday 31 January 2017 unless sold out earlier.
  • Late entries are not accepted.
  • If a member of a team cannot swim on the day, a replacement may be approved by the check-in desk for a team member only, not for solo entrants  or whole teams. The replacement team swimmer must fill in an entry form and sign the waiver at the check-in desk.
  • Refunds are available if applied for in writing or by email prior to the entry closing date of Wednesday 27 January 2016.
  • The event organisers reserve the right to cap numbers or close entries early.

Busselton Jetty Swim 2017 - Awards List

The following awards will be made at the organiser's discretion and are subject to change at any time.

BREAK THE RACE RECORDS: A bonus $1500 cash award is on offer for the fastest solo male to break the existing male solo swim record and the fastest solo female to break the existing female solo swim record.  GNOT does not apply to this bonus award.

NOTE: Swimmers using swim-aids (inc. wetsuits, speed-suits, flippers, snorkels, pull buoys) are ineligible for race awards.

Awards for the 3.6km Solo Jetty Swim
Awards are allocated in the following order (GNOT*)

1st Open Male
1st Open Female
2nd Open Male
2nd Open Female
3rd Open Male
3rd Open Female
1st Busselton Male
1st Busselton Female
1st Under 15 Male
1st Under 15 Female
1st 20-24 Male
1st 20-24 Female
1st 25-29 Male
1st 25-29 Female
1st 30-34 Male
1st 30-34 Female
1st 35-39 Male
1st 35-39 Female
1st 40-44 Male
1st 40-44 Female
1st 45-49 Male
1st 45-49 Female
1st 50-54 Male
1st 50-54 Female
1st 55-59 Male
1st 55-59 Female
1st 60-64 Male
1st 60-64 Female
1st 65-69 Male
1st 65-69 Female
1st 70-74 Male
1st 70-74 Female
1st 75-79 Male
1st 75-79 Female
1st 80-84 Male
1st 80-84 Female
1st 85 and over Male
1st 85 and over Female

 

Awards for 2 Person Relay Team
Awards are allocated in the following order (GNOT*)

1st 2 Person Team
2nd 2 Person Team
3rd 2 Person Team

Awards for 4 Person Relay Team
Awards are allocated in the following order (GNOT*)

1st 4 Person Team
2nd 4 Person Team
3rd 4 Person Team

Kids Swim

The Kids Swim is a participation event.  Every swimmer in the Kids Swim receives a medallion.  No other prizes are awarded.

*GNOT - gaining no other trophy

Kids Swim Rules

1.     The Kids Swim is a solo swim of 222m for 8 to 12-year old’s starting on the beach on the Eastern side of the Swimming Jetty and going anticlockwise out and around the jetty, finishing on the beach on the Western side.

2.     Swimmers must provide proof of completing and passing stage 8 (as per Department of Education) or equivalent to be eligible to swim in the event.   Parents or guardians are required to email swim stage proof to rego@busseltonjettyswim.org.au  

3.     An official online entry must be completed by each swimmer’s guardian.  Completion of the online entry form and payment of the entry fee represents acceptance of these Race Rules and Conditions of Entry and the Swimmer Declaration (waiver).

4.     Swimmers should ensure that they have a confirmed entry.  If you do not receive a confirmation email and your entry does not appear on the confirmed entrants list (published on the Busselton Jetty Swim website) then please contact the race organizers as soon as possible via email to rego@busseltonjettyswim.org.au

5.     Confirmed entrants will be emailed an eTicket containing entry details and race number and swimmer declaration in the week prior to the swim. Please bring the eTicket and your signed declaration to pre-race check-in.

6.     All swimmers must be checked-in by their legal guardian at the Beachfront Marquee on either Saturday 11 February between 14:30 – 18:00 (preferred option) or Sunday 12 February between 06:00 - 07:00.  At check-in, guardians shall: provide a signed copy of the swimmer declaration, receive a swim cap, timing band, start wave and race number for the swimmer.

7.     Official Swim caps must be worn, race number must be displayed on the front left thigh and left arm and timing bands are to be worn on the left ankle

8.     Swimmers withdrawing from the event on race day must present themselves at the check-in desk and confirm their withdrawal.

9.     Failure to return a timing band will result in a $25 penalty payable at the check-in desk on the day.

10.  The organisers of the swim, Busselton Allsports Inc., reserve the right to accept or reject any entry at their discretion and also to issue special invitations.

11.  Entries close at 23:59, Western Standard Time, Tuesday 31 January 2017 UNLESS SOLD OUT EARLIER.

12.  Refunds are only available if applied for in writing or by email and must be applied for prior to the entry closing date of Tuesday 31 January 2017.  A $10 administration fee per swimmer will be retained. 

13.  The event organisers reserve the right to cap numbers or close entries early.

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