2016 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim Skippers Newsletter

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Two months to go! Are you race ready?
Highly regarded worldwide and one of Western Australia's iconic events, the Karma Resorts 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 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim is a 'team' event with all swimmers surrounded by a support network of paddlers, boat skippers and crew. The event, managed by the Rottnest Channel Swim Association, is held in February of each year and is Rottnest Island's biggest day.
New rules

Thank you for skippering in the 2016 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim. The RCSA is always looking for ways to improve the safety of the event. This year we have introduced a few new rules to better manage the channel. 

New rules for 2016 include:

  • Two solos are permitted to share a boat. If you are skippering for two solos, please consider how you will respond if one swimmer is going too fast or one becomes unwell. Please refer to Rule 13 within the swimmers section.
  • Vessels are not permitted to exceed 6 knots on the swim course. Please refer to Rule 7 within the skippers section.
  • All yachts, and powered boats that are 10m or greater, are required to:
    • Stay on the extremities of the fleet at all times (north or south), but remain south of the northern boundary
    • Have a registered tender.
    • Exit the race no later than at the 18km gate (Phillip Rock).

These rules are in place to ensure the safety of all swimmers, and participants who do not comply will face disqualified. For more information on the rules and regulations of this year's Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim, please see our website.

Support Crew Info Night

Ahead of the 2016 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim, we are holding a free Support Crew Info Night on Wednesday, 20 January 2016. This event has been designed for first time skippers and support crew who are looking for some insight into what to expect on swim day, and some tips and tricks to ensure a safe and successful crossing. Of course, if you have supported the event before, you are still welcome to attend!

There will be representatives from Fremantle Sailing Club, Fremantle Volunteers Sea Rescue Group and Department of Transport (Marine Safety), as well as stories from experienced Rotto Swim paddlers and skippers.

Additionally, there will be an opportunity for support boats to receive a boat inspection in the Fremantle Sailing Club carpark for a $10 donation to the Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue Group. If you are interested in booking a boat inspection or attending the info night, please email info@rottnestchannelswim.com.au.

New paddle course available! 

Canoeing WA is holding a new course that is specifically designed for new or inexperienced paddlers who want to support a swimmer or team in the Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim. It will be held on Sunday, 31 January 2016 and the morning session will run through the basics of paddle strokes, tips and what to expect on event day.

The session will cost $40 and will run for 4 hours (start time TBC). Register your interest please email info@rottnestchannelswim.com.au. Please note: paddlers are required to bring their own equipment to the session.

Updating rego details

As you know, there are many things that could go wrong out at sea and having the correct support boat and skipper details can make a big difference to the emergency response time on event day. The Captain or solo swimmer has access to update all swimmer and support crew information through the new registration system. 

It is vital that we have your support boat registration number, RST number, boat size and your contact details, including the mobile number you will have with you on event day. 

Event briefing

The RCSA encourages all skippers to attend the 2016 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim Metro Safety Briefing, as it runs through important information that you will be responsible for on event day. 

While you may have skippered in the event many times before, changes are made to the safety protocols and course layout each year, and this year some of these are significant.

As a skipper, you are ultimately responsible for the well being of your swimmers and all support crew. Preparation is the key to a safe and successful crossing.

The briefing will be held at 6.30pm sharp on Tuesday, 2 February 2016  in the Main Arena at HBF Stadium, 100 Stephenson Avenue, Mount Claremont.


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