Two sleeps to go and the nerves will begin to set in. This year the start line and finish line will be streamed live right here on the Rotto Swim Facebook page. Be it the rest of your team sitting out on the boat waiting for you or your grandma in England they will all now have a chance to catch you completing something extraordinary!
Start Line from 5.30am -7.45am
Finish Line from approx. 9.45am - 5pm (signal dependent)
With three sleeps to go the forecast conditions for Saturday's swim are looking favorable at this stage. There are predicted strong easterly winds (18 knots/30 km/h) for the start of the swim with these easing throughout the morning and afternoon and remaining from a south-south-east direction. The swell is also easing throughout the day, starting at 1.5 meters in the morning and dropping to 1 meter. The weather will be mostly sunny with a maximum of 34 degrees.
Charitha Pattiaratchi, Professor of Coastal Oceanography at UWA, has kindly created an ocean current forecast for the Rottnest Channel Swim. The forecast for Saturday will be active from Wednesday and can be found at coastaloceanography.org/ - click ‘events’.
Four sleeps left till the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim and the Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) has brought a gift!
The RIA and Paul Papalia CSC MLA have waived all landing fees for not just the swimmers this year but also all the amazing support crew on your boat! If you have paid already you will be receiving a refund.
This exemption does NOT apply to those boats not involved in the event so please ensure that you display your race number sticker proudly to help the rangers ou...t!
When you do get on the island remember that it is an A-class reserve so please take nothing but photos and leave nothing but footprints and if you see some of the friendly RIA staff say thanks 😀
With five days left, do you know who is swimming off the beach for your team or duo?
Here is a check list for them on the morning 📝
1. Before arriving make sure you have your bathers, goggles, sunscreen, tattoo already applied, swim cap...
2. Head to the registration desk on the south end of the beach and get your name signed off and be given a timing chip
3. Proceed to the timing tent to check your chip works and all your details are correct.
4. Meet up with your paddler and reafirm your pre-organised race plan.
5. Relax and wait for your wave to be called
6. Head into the start enclosure once your wave has been called.
7. Swim 20km
With 14 days to go until the 2018 Rotto Swim, have you got a meet plan? 🏊♂️🚣♀️🛥️
The start line can be one of the most stressful locations for swimmers, make sure everyone in your team is on the same page so you don't waste time and energy.
-How is your paddler going to identify your swimmer or vice versa.
-What side of the channel will you meet on?...
-Is your paddler launching from the boat or Cottesloe Beach?
-Does your paddler know what your boat looks like and where it will be positioned?
Swimming the Rottnest Channel is an extraordinary achievement but it doesn't come without serious risks. Anna Brotherson was a first time soloist in 2017 but at the 18km mark she fell unconscious and began to sink.
Anna's story highlights the danger of swimming induced pulmonary Edema (SIPE) a condition you can hardly prepare for but if your crew know the signs of your struggling it could just save your life. Visit goo.gl/mKWii9 or check out your yearbook for more info.
Get excited!! The 2018 Metro Safety Briefing is on today with doors opening at 1.30pm.
Make sure you head down early and check out some of our awesome sponsor tents and beat the rush to the t-shirts. UWA - West Coast Swimming Club will also be down there providing your pre-briefing snags, what more could you want?
Bowel cancer is the third most common type of newly diagnosed cancer in Australia. When Jess' partner Jarrod was diagnosed in late 2017 it rocked their world.
Jess, inspired by Jarrod's courage took the challenge of the Rottnest Channel Swim to raise funds for Cancer Council Western Australia to help bring an end to the devastation this disease causes families.
With her fierce gang of girls she has already raised over $5,500 but is determine to go further. Jess know in this age of smashed avo and $6 lattes not everyone can donate however if you would like to support Jess and her team head to rottnestchannelswim18.everydayhero.com/…/not-fast-just-furi…
Don't just be part of the party be part of the swim! 🎉🏊♂️🏊♀️
Perth weather is looking beautiful this weekend so why not sneak in a cheeky open water swim! ☀️☀️☀️
We have compiled our top 6 swims locations to get you Rotto ready, which one are you going to do?