The Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub swim is a new and unique open water swimming event, which begins at Perth’s Leighton Beach and finishes at the beach in front of the Hotel Rottnest. The inaugural event will be held on 19 March 2016.
The Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub swim is designed to cater for the increased demand for long distance swimming in Western Australia, and the interest from local, interstate and international swimmers to cross the well-known Rottnest Channel. A special element of this event is the inclusion of a 25km ultra-marathon swim event, which will be the longest open water swim on offer in Australia, and one of the longest in the southern hemisphere.
2016 marks 60 years since the first attempts to cross the Rottnest Channel. The first channel crossing was completed by Gerd Von Dincklage-Schulenberg on 24 January 1956. This solo crossing was followed by the first official race to Rottnest Island on 25 March 1956, which started at near North Mole in North Fremantle and concluded at Rottnest Island. Of seven starters, only four men finished the race. The Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub Swim aims to pay tribute to, and re-enacts, that historic event.
Subiaco Sports Massage Clinic proprietor Bernd Adolph, along with Eamon Sullivan have come together to create a Subiaco Sports Massage Legend Team. The team at Subiaco Sports Massage Clinic are excited to be involved in such a prestigous event and will be providing 6 of our highly experienced therapists to treat all participants of the event throughout the day.
The Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub Committee is committed to combining a serious swimming event with a festive and family friendly atmosphere.
The Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub 20km
The Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub 20km is a swimming race from Leighton Beach to Rottnest. The race will comprise solo, duo and teams of four and six participants.
The Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub 25km ultra-marathon
The Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub 25km ultra-marathon race is a solo event open only to qualified swimmers. It is the longest open water swim in Australia. Our aim is to attract world-class, elite swimmers to compete in the 25km event as part of the World Series Circuit for marathon swimming. We also hope it provides an opportunity for interstate and international swimmers to visit Perth and iconic Rottnest Island
The Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub 25km will begin at Leighton Beach. Participants will swim a 5km course off Leighton Beach before continuing onto Rottnest Island to the finish area in front of the Hotel Rottnest.
Assisting on the day will be Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue Group Inc. managing rescue and on-water safety. Fremantle Surf Lifesaving Club will manage the start of the event to 1500 metres. Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue Group will assist City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club in managing the last 400 metres to the finish at Rottnest Island.
Presentations and a post-event party will be held at Hotel Rottnest.