Overview of Open Water racing events planned for 2019

Summary of events below (click on table for clearer version).
Detailed information on each event follows on below.
Information on our Open Water TRAINING sessions is provided [here].
To register your swimmer/s interest for any of these events please either update the spreadsheet here: [LINK], OR email karen@crabtree.com stating: name of swimmer, year of birth, squad, events interested in and any 800 / 1500m time (if they have one).OW Planning 2019

Swim England Scheduled Championship Events 2019

Kent Open Water Championships – Sat 29th June 2019
(in conjunction with London Region OW Champs)
Venue:
  Surrey Docks Water Sports Centre, Rope St, Rotherhithe London SE16 7SX.
Event Conditions: [LINK]
The Kent Championships is held in conjunction with London Region OW Championships.
There are no qualifying times for this event – anyone with an ASA number can enter (incl Masters swimmers).  However, we require all potential competitors to have either attended a TSC open water training session or have previously competed in an open water race.
Distances will be:  12 & 13yrs  2km  | 14 & 15yrs  3km  |  16, 17/18 and 19+ 5km
This race is anticipated to be a ‘non-wetsuit’ race based on previous years’ water temperatures, however there is a risk of the race becoming ‘wetsuit optional’ (read event conditions closely).
Entries: Entries cost £20 plus a £3 club admin fee per swimmer
This event has been oversubscribed for the last few years and often many entries are rejected – Entries are being accepted on a first-come-first-served basis with only a few spaces reserved for Kent ‘Rural’ Clubs (because of this we want to collate and submit our entries straight after our first training session, i.e. by Mon 3rd June).  If you want to attend this event, please email karen@crabtree.com quoting each swimmer’s full name, ASA number, date of birth, and a parental contact phone number.  Payments to be made via the club’s gala booking web-page in Early May.
No entries will be accepted after 8pm on Monday 3rd June.

South East Region Open Water Championships – Sat 13th July 2019
Venue:  Chichester Watersports Centre, Westhampnett
Event Conditions: [LINK]
There are no qualifying times for this event – anyone with an ASA number can enter (incl Masters swimmers). However, we require all potential competitors to have either attended a TSC open water training session or have previously competed in open water race.
Distances will be:  12 and 13yrs  2km  | 14 and 15yrs  3km  |  16, 17/18 and 19+ 5km
This race is anticipated to be a ‘non-wetsuit’ race based on previous years’ water temperatures, however there is a risk of the race becoming ‘wetsuit optional’ (read event conditions closely).
Entries: Entries cost £15 plus a £3 club admin fee per swimmer:
There is a risk that this event may become oversubscribed this year.  Because of this we will need to submit our entries as soon as possible after the event is announced.  If you plan on attending this event, please confirm via email to karen@crabtree.com so she can keep you informed and coordinate our team and team manager provision.  Entries to be made on a individual basis direct to SE Region, Karen Crabtree will provide the required ‘authorised club signature’ on the entry paperwork – it cannot be submitted without this.  Karen will be on the Hartsdown balcony on Thursdays from 5:30pm until 7pm.
Entries close 29th June – but we recommend placing your entries early June.

National Open Water Championships – Monday 5th August 2019
Venue: Rother Valley Country Park, Sheffield
Event Conditions: 
(conditions not published yet)
National OW entry via achieving the 1500/800m pool QT  or by achieving a top 3 place at the SE Region OW Championships.
Age groups and distances are anticipated to be:
2km: 12 and 13yrs  |  3km: 14 and 15yrs  |  5km: 16, 17/18, 19+  |  Masters 3km
(Conditions awaited – 2018 version here for info: Swim England Nat’l OW Festival )

Other OW events our team intend to compete at in 2019:
Events that our experienced open water swimmers are considering entering / have already entered are listed below.  If anyone else would like to join us at any of these events, please register your interest [here] or by e-mailing Karen Crabtree.

Henley Festival – Sunday 14th July 2019 (arrive 1pm for racing 3pm)
We need a team of 10 swimmers to participate
Fees:  £25 for all races
1/2-mile race: age on day 10-11
1-mile race: age on day 12-14, 15-17, 18-30, 31-55, 56+
Closing Date:  Mon 10th June
Club Entries: Please register your interest [here] or by e-mailing Karen Crabtree

Great North Swim – Elite Race – Windermere – Sat 8th June 2019
Great East Swim – Elite Race – Ipswich – Sat 22nd June 2019
Event website: [LINK]

For very experienced OW swimmers only the GNS is the qualifying ‘Trials’ event for the European Junior Open Water Championships.
In 2018 the elite entry qualifying times were (age at end of year):
Men 1500m LC: 14/15 = 17:36, 16/17 = 17:12, 18/19 = 16:44, 20+ = 16:16
Women 800m LC: 14/15 = 9:35, 16/17 = 9:27, 18/19 = 9:14, 20+ = 9:02

Welsh National Open Water Championships – Sun 30th June 2019
This is the day after the Kent OW Champs in London.
A very tough race – only for experienced OW Swimmers.
Please contact Karen Crabtree. if you want any further information regarding this race.
More details: Swim Wales Open Water


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