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THE 32nd Channel Challenge is shaping up to be
a cracking day, with an ideal start time and a num-
ber of new initiatives when it returns this Saturday,
The tide-dependent aquathon will start at
12.45pm and will see competitors swim 550m
from San Remo across the Western Port Chan-
nel to Newhaven, before a 2km run back over the
bridge to finish at San Remo.
After first up success at the Cape Aquathon,
Channel Challenge competitors will wear timing
transponders with microchips on their ankles,
providing split times for the swim and run legs.
Organiser Ron Nicholson of the Woolamai Beach
SLSC was particularly excited for this year’s event.
“The organisers consider it to be the best day
and starting time for a long time,” he said.
“The second Saturday in February works well
and the lunchtime start works well so we hope a
lot of visitors will have lunch in San Remo and
hang around for the presentations at 2.45pm on
“The activities will continue on stage after the
event, with the normal fashion parade and tug of
“We’ve invested in a new inflatable archway at the
finish which is much bigger and more expansive,
with special banners made up for major sponsors.”
For the first time, the YMCA team will be running
competitors through a stretch and warm down af-
ter the race.
Before the race, local duo Danielle Baylis and
Emma O’Neill will perform on stage from 10.30am
and six piece band The Desmonds will hit the stage
The market will be open from 7.30am until 4pm,
the carnival and animal nursery will be open from
8.30am and the race centre will be open from 8am.
The new federal Health Minister Greg Hunt is
expected to compete in the aquathon, along with
Bass MP Brian Paynter and St Kilda Football Club
CEO Matt Finnis is always a keen competitor.
The Channel Challenge is the second event of
the Bass Coast Summer Series, with the final
event the Cowes Classic to follow on Saturday,
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Competitors in last year’s Channel Challenge set off for the 500m swim across the Western Port Channel to Newhaven. This year’s
aquathon will start at 12.45pm this Saturday, February 11. G080816
Perfect time for a swim to Newhaven
THE 32nd San Remo Chan-
nel Challenge 2017, Satur-
day, February 11 is proudly
sponsored by Bendigo Bank
San Remo, Bass Coast Shire
Council, San Remo Hotel-Mo-
tel and Phillip Island Nature
The Channel Challenge is
the second leg of the Bass
Coast Series which includes
the Cape Aquathon (Sunday,
January 15) and the Cowes
Classic (Saturday, February
Cash prizes worth $3450
are up for grabs across 18 cat-
egories, including local adult
and junior male and female.
The program is:
• 7.30am: Market opens –
arts, crafts and general mar-
ket. (Market queries to 0418
• 8am: Race centre opens
San Remo Hotel (closes
• 8.30am: Action carnival –
slides, rides, animal nursery.
• 10am: Marine parade
closed to incoming traffic.
• 10.30am: Music on stage
Danielle Baylis and Emma
11.15am: Music on
stage by ‘The Desmonds’.
• 12.30pm: Competitors race
briefing – marshall at start.
• 12.45pm: 32nd San Remo
Channel Challenge starts.
• 1.25pm: YMCA warm
down and stretch session for
• 1.45pm: Fashion parade
by Full Circle Surf Design.
• 2.30pm: Bass Coast Tug-
of-war championships (Men
• 3pm: 32nd San Remo
awards presented on stage.
Register to race at www.
full day schedule
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