24. February 2018 - 5:00 till 17:00
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2018 Rottnest Channel Swim | Cottesloe Beach | Saturday, 24. February 2018

Highly regarded worldwide and one of Western Australia’s iconic events, the Rottnest Channel Swim is a 19.7km open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island. Whether competing as a solo, duo or team, the Rottnest Channel Swim is a ‘team’ event with all swimmers surrounded by a support network of paddlers, boat skippers and crew.

Registations for solos and Laval Charity Challenge open 8.00am (AWST) Monday 23 October till 5.30pm (AWST) Sunday 29 October

Team and Duo registations will be open 8.00am (AWST) Wednesday 1 November

For those looking to find a boat, skipper or paddler head over to our dedicated group.

If you are looking to top up your team with another swimmer or two head over to our spare swimmer group.
  • Is this where the live stream of the race will be?
  • FINAL WEATHER REPORT The forecast one day out from the swim continue to show favourable conditions. 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 metres in the morning and dropping to 1 metre. The weather will be mostly sunny with a maximum of 32 degrees. The forecast thunderstorms are not due to hit until early Sunday morning and, even then, east of the city so shouldn't cause any troubles. The surface currents are also predicted to be favourable and will be coming from the south from the halfway mark onwards. We advise holding your swimmer's line just south of the rhumb line however don't overdo it; 50-100 metres south of the rhumb line is ideal. Charitha Pattiaratchi, Professor of Coastal Oceanography at UWA, has kindly created an ocean current forecast for the Rottnest Channel Swim. The forecast for tomorrow is active and can be found at: coastaloceanography.org/ - make sure you select the correct date and click the tab for 'surface currents'.
  • Madeline. You should not attempt this so soon after your recent Operation no matter how good you feel Not wise at all.
  • is it going to be easy enough to fuel up the boat at rottnest?
  • Anyone still need accomodation? We are thinking of booking the 18 person dorm but there’s only 6 of us. Let me know 🙂
  • Anyone still needing accommodation for this weekend? An 18 bed dorm has come available in Kingstown. To book, phone our friendly Reservation team on 9432 9111 or visit www.rottnestisland.com.
  • Any tips... I’m trying to change our boat details in my rego before tomorrow and it says the user already exists.... any suggestions!! I’ve been trying all week!!!
  • FAQ #029 👨‍🏫 What is this skipper's questionnaire I hear about? 📝 The skippers questionnaire is a compulsory multi choice test for all skippers taking part in the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim. It covers basic event rules to ensure that your skipper know what to do to keep all swimmers safe on event day. Make sure your skipper has filled it out so that you don't run into any trouble. rottnestchannelswim.com.au/quiz/2018-skippers-questionnaire/
  • Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia CSC MLA announced that Island admission fees for support crews (captains, spotters and paddlers) will be waived for this year's Rottnest Channel Swim. If you have already paid your admission fees, our Reservations team will contact you to arrange a refund.
  • https://www.facebook.com/aussiegolduniforms/posts/1201154679988283 ☆Check out Aussie Gold Uniforms for this years merch 🎑
  • Yanti Ardie here ?
  • James Serman oh would you look at that, it’s the 24th 😎
  • Camp ground site available for rotto swim weekend Fri - Mon (3 nights). (Sleeps 4 people or 2 tents) Paid $120, selling for $100. PM if interested :)
  • I'm in 🏊🏻😎🤗
  • FAQ #028 👨‍🏫 How can I keep track of my swimmer and know where they are on event day? 🌐🛰️📱🏊‍♂️ We don't yet have the ability to track individuates however because every swimmer has a support boat you are able to track that. One of our amazing soloists, Andrew has created Map Swim a downloadable application for your smartphone where you can claim your race number and let your friends and family track your swim. Just search for map swim on the app store or if you are at a computer you can view them online!
  • A big thank you to all who attended the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim​ briefing on Saturday! If you missed it, save yourself the stress and head to www.rottnestisland.com/channelswim to pay your Rottnest Island Admission Fee (excludes swimmers) before race day!
  • FAQ#027 👨‍🏫 What should I have received in my race pack and where can I find the information from the briefing online? 🎁 With the Metro Safety Briefing complete all metro based swimmers will have their race packs ready for race day. In this pack you will have received some key items: -Swimming Caps -Race tattoos -Boat stickers (A3) -Kayak Stickers (A5) -Tender Stickers (A5) -Skipper Protocols (for on the boat on race day) -Complimentary event shirts (duos and teams only, solos will get their custom embroidered shirts after finishing) -Additional merchandise ordered If you are missing any of these items please contact the office this week. All the information is now available online with the yearbook available here: goo.gl/p1nkFL and the briefing video and maps here: goo.gl/sMnoYY Please note that international, interstate and regional swimmers must still attend their briefing to collect their race packs. Information on this briefing has been communicated directly to those swimmers.
  • The day has come, three weeks to go 😮
  • FAQ#026 👩‍🏫 When will I receive my race number? 🔢 Race numbers have been allocated and were distributed today to all teams and duos. You will need this number at the briefing to collect your race pack. Solo race numbers have also been allocated however this will be sent to you on Thursday following wave allocations. 👌
  • FAQ #025 🛶🛶🛶 My paddler has no experience, should I be worried? The paddler can be one of the most valuable assets to any Rotto crossing assuming that they know what they are doing. On the other hand an inexperienced paddler can jeopardize your crossing attempt. To find out what your paddler should be doing head to goo.gl/oHFJjG. To help out all the new paddlers the Rotto Swim has also partnered with Paddle WA to provide a training course so that your paddler is prepared. The course is run on Sunday, 4 February at the Ascot Kayak Club, follow the link for the full details.
  • if anyone is looking for a paddler, please contact me. never done this before so would prefer to tag team with another paddler.
  • Hi - I’ve been training for a duo and my partner’s pulled out (he had the boat). Looking for a duo partner and/or boat? Anyone keen message me. Cheers.
  • Chasing a Skipper with a boat - Team of 4 first time swimmers. Please message me. Cheers.
  • FAQ #024 When is the Metro Safety Briefing? The Metro Safety Briefing is held on Saturday, 3 February. Doors will open at 1.45pm with the briefing commencing at 2.30pm sharp. Pack collection will follow and will only be available to those that attended the full briefing. Note that it is compulsory that a representative of your team to attend this briefing (excluding international, interstate and regional swimmers who will have their own). Any questions should be directed to query@rottnestchannelswim.com.au
  • Looking for a skipper with a boat - we are a team of 4 experienced swimmers. Please message me. Thanks !