VIII OPEN WATER SWIM CIES ISLANDS CHALLENGE 2017
Friday, 25th of August 2017
At 8pm a briefing meeting will be held to explain all the schedule and event rules as well as credential assignment.
Venue: Ciudad de Vigo Hotel.
Concepción Arenal, 5 CP 36208
Phone: +34 986 22 78 20
Saturday, 26th of August 2017
Swimmers participating will meet at 7.15am in the parking lot of Vao Beach. From there, buses will depart at 7.45am to take swimmers to Vigo’s Port for transport to the NAVIERA MAR DE ONS’s ship.
Swimmers and families lodged in the partnership hotels will be allowed to go directly to the Port’s dock.
Boarding starts at 8.30am.
Please be there 15-30 minutes prior to boarding.
The boat will depart from Vigo at 8.30am to be around 9.15 in Cíes’ Dock so that swimmers can have enough time to prepare themselves.
It is recommended to leave the car parked at Vao Beach near to Punto Pasión Beach.
Departure from Cíes Islands (Rodas Beach) at 10am for the first group, 10.20am for the second group, 10.40am for the third and 11am for the fourth, arriving to Vao Beach in Vigo.
Such finish line will be appropriately indicated.
TIME SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY THE 27th OF AUGUST
- 7.15am Swimmer’s meeting point at Vao Beach’s Parking lot.
- 7.30am Buses departure to the Port.
- 8.00am Grouping with rest of participants lodged at partnership hotels.
- 8.30am Departure of Naviera Mar de Ons’s Boat.
- 9.15am Arrival at Island.
- 10.00am Start 1st Group (Slower)
- 10.20am Start 2nd Group.
- 10.40am Start 3rd Group.
- 11.00am Start 4th Group (Faster)
- 11.00 Return of Boat from Cíes to Vigo with swimmer’s companions.
In this way, finishers will arrive between 1.30pm and 2.30pm more or less.
Once the event is finished, there are no buses scheduled so that participants can enjoy their evening at the beach.
However, there are public buses and taxis available from the beach:
Bus line (line nº 10):
Telephones Taxi Vigo:
Group changes are not allowed during the event. Once the swimmer gets on board of a ship, he/she cannot return to the water.
Waste from Aid Stations cannot be thrown to the sea.
Any person that is left behind from the group will be warned by the Organization, with the possibility of withdrawal and mandatory boarding on the ship with the third warning.
The Event Authorities and medical personnel may withdraw from the event a swimmer when they consider he/she has their physical or technical capacities decreased as a cause of fatigue or his/her conditions are not appropriate to resume the swim.
Along the whole itinerary there will be a service with a rubber dinghy boat supplied with all necessary equipment to cover any swimmer’s needs.
It remains forbidden any type of external aid such as fins, floating devices or similar. It is MANDATORY the use of wetsuits.
The Event Authorities can suspend, shorten, neutralize or stop the race for security reasons or mayor forces external to their will (climatology, waves, boat danger, etc.)
The Organization reserves the right to suspension of the event by major external causes, under alert of competent authorities and/or adverse meteorological phenomenons.
If climate conditions allow so, an alternative 5k itinerary will be set around the coast. (see map).
The present regulations may be corrected, modified or improved any time by the organization, such as any detail, rule or section for a more optimal event execution. Registration to his event shows conformity of the participant with these rules.
Aid stations, although being subject to modification during the briefing by each group, are approximately every hour of the swim, making 3 stops for each group except for the faster group that will only stop twice.
Provisioning will be given to swimmers by the ships that accompany them at all times.
Provisioning during the swim will consist of:
- Isotonic drink bottles. NUTRISPORT brand.
- Energetic bars. NUTRISPORT brand
- Geles. NUTRISPORT brand
- Water bottles.
At the end of the open water swim, a snack will be given in a tent destined for such.
The organization reserves the right to modify the event, postpone the start or suspend it if, to its judgement, the conditions are dangerous for swimmers the day of the event. If by authorities order, major forces or security reasons, changes should be made in the event or this was cancelled, the Organization has no obligation to compensate the Participant for the inconveniences this event might have cost.
In this case, if climate conditions allow it, an alternative itinerary of 5k will be set around the coast.
It is a 5k route from Bouza’s Beach up to the Finish line in Vao’s Beach, going through all the coast line of Vigo.
We hope this is not necessary…