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NZ Ocean Swim Series – Bay of Islands Classic

Sat, 16 Dec 2017

Nestled in the stunning Bay of Islands, New Zealand’s first capital Russell will play host to this summer’s Bay of Islands Classic – the second of seven events in the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series.

For the first time in this event’s 9 year history, the 3.3km ‘I’m Going Long’ course will be in reverse, starting over at Paihia Beach and finishing over at the main event site in Russell. As a Series first, this distance will also be a twilight swim!

Consisting of four different swim events, the Bay of Islands Classic provides an ocean swim event for all ages and abilities:

  • ‘I’m Going Long’ 3.3km – a swim across the harbour from Paihia Beach to Russell
  • ‘Step it Up’ 1km – taking place off Russell, an achievable distance for individuals with swimming experience
  • ‘Give it a Go’ 500m – taking place off Russell, a great introduction to open water swimming
  • ‘OceanKids’ 200m – a swim for children aged between 7-12 years old, consisting of a 200m shallow water swim along the Russell shore line, lined with Surf Life Saving NZ guards.

Event details

Sat, 16 Dec 2017
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Type of event
ocean swim
Course types
point to point & around the buoys
Swim lengths
200m, 500m, 1km & 3.3km
Swim series
New Zealand Ocean Swim Series


Kororareka Bay
Russell NZ
Russell, 0202 New Zealand
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Weather forecast

Dec 16

Mostly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
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7am 19°C 1 m/s
8am 22°C 3 m/s
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10am 23°C 2 m/s
11am 25°C 2 m/s
12pm 25°C 2 m/s
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4pm 24°C 3 m/s
5pm 22°C 4 m/s
6pm 21°C 3 m/s
7pm 20°C 2 m/s
8pm 19°C 2 m/s
9pm 17°C 2 m/s


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