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BLDSA Champion of Champions (South) 2017

17 Jun 17

THE BRITISH LONG DISTANCE SWIMMING ASSOCIATION (BLDSA)

 

The world famous & gruelling BLDSA Champion of Champions will be held this year on the 17th June 2017

 

The Champion of Championship at Dover will be the 3rd BLDSA Championship of the season following swims at Colwick Park in Nottingham and Wykeham Lakes in Yorkshire (check those out!)

 

Seniors & Juniors enter to complete 3 events:  5 mile race +3 mile race +1 mile race = 9 miles in Total

 

Swimmers enter The full Championship 

 

IMPORTANT - Please note that WATER Temperatures over the last 10 years have averaged ca. 14.3 degrees celsius (but the race has taken place at 12 degrees!). You MUST train for these conditions - don't kid yourself that training in over 20 degrees is going to cut it. Wetsuits strictly NOT allowed as the swim takes place under channel rules. 

 

TRADITIONAL COSTUMES/TRUNKS ONLY TO BE WORN

 IF YOU ARE A NOVICE AT THIS SWIM YOU MUST WEAR A YELLOW SWIM CAP

The BLDSA hold 16 Championships across country.  They include Loch Lomond and St Mary's Loch in Scotland, Llyn Tegid in Wales and swims at Colwick Park, Dover, Torbay, North Yorkshire, Windermere, Coniston, Ullswater, Derwentwater and Scarborough.

 

A summer of great swimming through the BLDSA.  For more information go to www.bldsa.org.uk

  

Questions about the swim - Mark will be happy to answer at

 

 

 

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TRADITIONAL COSTUMES/TRUNKS ONLY TO BE WORN

IF YOU ARE A NOVICE AT THIS SWIM YOU MUST WEAR A YELLOW SWIM CAP

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17th June 2017

The Event
The senior Champion of Champions events will consist of three swims - over 10 laps, 6 laps and 2 laps of a designated course in Dover Harbour. Each lap will be 1/2 mile - the course being set using GPS.

 

To complete the full Champion of Champions event, competitors must complete all three swims and the Championship will be decided on the basis of the lowest aggregate times

 

In order for competitors to complete the full Champion of Champions event, they must complete each individual event before the designated time for the start of the next element

 

Water Temperature for this weekend of the year has averaged 14.3 degrees celsius over the last 10 years. The event has taken place in lower temperatures (12 degrees in 2013) so make sure you are prepared. Come with a buddy for support, make sure you have lots of hot drinks, nourishment you can access between swims.

  

Age Categories
Senior

 

Full member entry fee

  • All three events = £80

 

Registration

Report to the Swim Secretary upon arrival at the Start site from 8am.

 

Briefing
Please Note, attendance of the briefing is mandatory. They will be held in front of Dover Sea Sports Centre.
5mile swim @ 8.45am
3mile swim @ 1:15pm
1mile swim @ 4:15pm

 

Start
5 mile swim - 9:15am
3 mile swim - 1:30pm
1 mile swim - 4:30pm

 

(Note that times will be subject to change) 

 

Course
Will be around 3 buoys spaced out in approximately a triangle. Swimmers must pass outside each of the buoys on each circuit in a clockwise direction. Each time a swimmer passes the start point (Prince of Wales Pier) at the completion of each lap, they must clearly give his/her number to the Lap Recorders. The start will be in a line parallel to the Prince of Wales pier and finish will be at the same point, where the swimmer must touch the pier and give their name and number to the time keepers. (More details will be given at the briefing)

 

Conditions of Entry
1. This swim is restricted to fully paid-up senior members of the BLDSA.
2. BLDSA Rules apply to this swim, i.e. only traditional swimming costumes/trunks (must not extend beyond the end of the shoulder onto the upper arm and lower than the crotch onto the upper leg) will be permitted (No wetsuits or body suits). Caps - Breaststroke swimmers must wear a PINK swimming cap. All other swimmers can wear any colour cap other than white or pink. All other swimmers can wear any none white swimming cap. Note – only one cap may be worn which have no insulating properties.
3. That you will declare that if you enter the swim whilst pregnant, you will inform the swim secretary at the earliest possible opportunity, and will provide him/her with a letter from a doctor or midwife confirming your suitability to enter the event. You understand that entry may be refused to pregnant swimmers at the discretion of the swim secretary, following a risk assessment.

 

Time limit
BE AWARE there will be VERY STRICT time limits as follows - this is to protect YOUR safety and to ensure the smooth running of the swim:
5 mile swim - 4 hours, 3 mile swim - 2 1/2 hours, 1 mile swim - 50 mins

(The slowest finisher easily completed within these time frames in recent years)

 

Non UK Residents
Non UK Residents must provide evidence of membership of their governing body or individual insurance for Open Water Swimming.

 

Location
Dover Sea Sports Centre is situated at the western end of Dover Harbour. From the M20 follow the signs for Dover and ferries. The M20 becomes the A20 as you come into the town of Dover, continue going straight ahead through two islands (first is Archliffe Island, the second is Limekiln Island). On reaching the third island (Prince of Wales) turn right onto Union Street (sign posted Marina). Cross the steel bridge and turn left onto the Esplannade. Dover Sea Sports Centre is situated on the beach approximately 100m along the Esplanade.

 

Sorry you will need to 'Pay and Display' about £7.00 all day on the sea front. Other car parks are available near by. Most sea front hotels offer free parking. More details on Parking are available at Dover Council website, see below for link.

 

Emergency Safety Cover
Safety cover will be provided by two powerboats, by canoeist lifeguards, and by the BLDSA rescue boat. Given the difficulty in ensuring sufficient canoe cover, swimmers are encouraged to bring their own canoeists if possible.

 

Changing Facilities
Dover Sea Sports Centre have kindly offered the use of their Club facilities to change and shower.

 

Presentations
The presentation will take place in front of the Dover Sea Sports Centre at approximately 6:00pm.

 

Trophies will be awarded to the winner of the Ladies and Gents Champion of Champions event. Certificates will be awarded to all swimmers completing the full Champion of Champions event.

 

Certificates will also be presented to all competitors finishing individual races.

 

General Information
The Championship will be held in the recreational area of the harbour. Nevertheless, it will be a very demanding swim and the following points should be taken into account before entering:

 

* The swim is early in the season and water temperatures can often still be cold. In 2013 the temperature was 12 degrees celsius and in 2014 the temperature was 15 degrees celsius. The average over the last 10 years during this weekend in Dover is 14.3 degrees. Do not fool yourself by training in 20+ degree conditions thinking that will be the same!

 

* The harbour is the largest man made harbour in the UK and can be influenced by wind and swell out side the protective breakwaters.

 

* The harbour is also subject to tidal flow (The swim course is in a low flow area and parallel to the swim).
Serious training is needed before attempting an open water of this magnitude, nevertheless all the above will add to the enjoyment of the swim and I encourage you to enter.

 

All persons are advised to report any incidents, including near misses, to a nominated person who shall be named at the championship briefing meeting.

 

The BLDSA has in place Anti-Bullying and Child/ Vulnerable Adult Protection Policies. Copies of which may be obtained from the BLDSA Hon. Child Protection Officer.
Any person associated with the swim is expected to pay any car park charges that may be due from the parking of their vehicle.

 

Accommodation
Dover is a large town with a high number of people crossing the channel staying over night. Therefore, a wide range of accommodation is available. Please contact the swim secretary for more details, if required.

 

Websites
www.bldsa.org.uk - Information on all BLDSA events and much more.
www.dover.gov.uk/parking/dover.asp – Dover Council Parking Information.

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TRADITIONAL COSTUMES/TRUNKS ONLY TO BE WORN

IF YOU ARE A NOVICE AT THIS SWIM YOU MUST WEAR A YELLOW SWIM CAP 

*********************************************************************** 

17th June 2017

The Event
The senior Champion of Champions events will consist of three swims - over 10 laps, 6 laps and 2 laps of a designated course in Dover Harbour. Each lap will be 1/2 mile - the course being set using GPS.

 

To complete the full Champion of Champions event, competitors must complete all three swims and the Championship will be decided on the basis of the lowest aggregate times 

In order for competitors to complete the full Champion of Champions event, they must complete each individual event before the designated time for the start of the next element

 

Water Temperature for this weekend of the year has averaged 14.3 degrees celsius over the last 10 years. The event has taken place in lower temperatures (12 degrees in 2013) so make sure you are prepared. Come with a buddy for support, make sure you have lots of hot drinks, nourishment you can access between swims.

  

Age Categories 
Junior

 

Full member entry fee

  • All three events = £40

 

Registration

Report to the Swim Secretary upon arrival at the Start site from 8am.

 

Briefing 
Please Note, attendance of the briefing is mandatory. They will be held in front of Dover Sea Sports Centre. 
5mile swim @ 8.45am
3mile swim @ 1:15pm 
1mile swim @ 4:15pm

 

Start 
5 mile swim - 9:15am
3 mile swim - 1:30pm
1 mile swim - 4:30pm

 

(Note that times will be subject to change) 

 

Course 
Will be around 3 buoys spaced out in approximately a triangle. Swimmers must pass outside each of the buoys on each circuit in a clockwise direction. Each time a swimmer passes the start point (Prince of Wales Pier) at the completion of each lap, they must clearly give his/her number to the Lap Recorders. The start will be in a line parallel to the Prince of Wales pier and finish will be at the same point, where the swimmer must touch the pier and give their name and number to the time keepers. (More details will be given at the briefing)

 

Conditions of Entry 
1. This swim is restricted to fully paid-up senior members of the BLDSA. 
2. BLDSA Rules apply to this swim, i.e. only traditional swimming costumes/trunks (must not extend beyond the end of the shoulder onto the upper arm and lower than the crotch onto the upper leg) will be permitted (No wetsuits or body suits). Caps - Breaststroke swimmers must wear a PINK swimming cap. All other swimmers can wear any colour cap other than white or pink. All other swimmers can wear any none white swimming cap. Note – only one cap may be worn which have no insulating properties. 
3. That you will declare that if you enter the swim whilst pregnant, you will inform the swim secretary at the earliest possible opportunity, and will provide him/her with a letter from a doctor or midwife confirming your suitability to enter the event. You understand that entry may be refused to pregnant swimmers at the discretion of the swim secretary, following a risk assessment.

 

Time limit
BE AWARE there will be VERY STRICT time limits as follows - this is protect YOUR safety and to ensure the smooth running of the swim:
5 mile swim - 4 hours, 3 mile swim - 2 1/2 hours, 1 mile swim - 50 mins

(The slowest finisher easily completed within these time frames in recent years)

 

Non UK Residents 
Non UK Residents must provide evidence of membership of their governing body or individual insurance for Open Water Swimming.

 

Location 
Dover Sea Sports Centre is situated at the western end of Dover Harbour. From the M20 follow the signs for Dover and ferries. The M20 becomes the A20 as you come into the town of Dover, continue going straight ahead through two islands (first is Archliffe Island, the second is Limekiln Island). On reaching the third island (Prince of Wales) turn right onto Union Street (sign posted Marina). Cross the steel bridge and turn left onto the Esplannade. Dover Sea Sports Centre is situated on the beach approximately 100m along the Esplanade.

 

Sorry you will need to 'Pay and Display' about £7.00 all day on the sea front. Other car parks are available near by. Most sea front hotels offer free parking. More details on Parking are available at Dover Council website, see below for link.

 

Emergency Safety Cover 
Safety cover will be provided by two powerboats, by canoeist lifeguards, and by the BLDSA rescue boat. Given the difficulty in ensuring sufficient canoe cover, swimmers are encouraged to bring their own canoeists if possible.

 

Changing Facilities 
Dover Sea Sports Centre have kindly offered the use of their Club facilities to change and shower.

 

Presentations 
The presentation will take place in front of the Dover Sea Sports Centre at approximately 6:00pm.

 

Trophies will be awarded to the winner of the Ladies and Gents Champion of Champions event. Certificates will be awarded to all swimmers completing the full Champion of Champions event.

 

Certificates will also be presented to all competitors finishing individual races.

 

General Information 
The Championship will be held in the recreational area of the harbour. Nevertheless, it will be a very demanding swim and the following points should be taken into account before entering:

 

* The swim is early in the season and water temperatures can often still be cold. In 2013 the temperature was 12 degrees celsius and in 2014 the temperature was 15 degrees celsius. The average over the last 10 years during this weekend in Dover is 14.3 degrees. Do not fool yourself by training in 20+ degree conditions thinking that will be the same!

 

* The harbour is the largest man made harbour in the UK and can be influenced by wind and swell out side the protective breakwaters.

 

* The harbour is also subject to tidal flow (The swim course is in a low flow area and parallel to the swim).
Serious training is needed before attempting an open water of this magnitude, nevertheless all the above will add to the enjoyment of the swim and I encourage you to enter.

 

All persons are advised to report any incidents, including near misses, to a nominated person who shall be named at the championship briefing meeting.

 

The BLDSA has in place Anti-Bullying and Child/ Vulnerable Adult Protection Policies. Copies of which may be obtained from the BLDSA Hon. Child Protection Officer. 
Any person associated with the swim is expected to pay any car park charges that may be due from the parking of their vehicle.

 

Accommodation 
Dover is a large town with a high number of people crossing the channel staying over night. Therefore, a wide range of accommodation is available. Please contact the swim secretary for more details, if required.

 

Websites 
www.bldsa.org.uk - Information on all BLDSA events and much more. 
www.dover.gov.uk/parking/dover.asp – Dover Council Parking Information.

Organiser
Mark Sheridan
Dates and Status
EventDateAvailable/TotalStatusClosing Date
BLDSA Champion of Champions (South) 201717/06/2017??/60Closed27/05/2017
BLDSA Champion of Champions (South) 2017 (Junior)17/06/2017??/5Closed28/05/2017
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