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Swim with the life savers
February 5th is the 12th Brighton Jetty Classic. This annual event is South Australia's largest open water swim. 2016 Brighton Jetty Classic saw an excess of 1000 participants throughout all categories, and veritably more observers.
The event is always a convivial day, with something to cater for all the family. Jetty Road and the Esplanade comes alive with the street festivities. There's the main stage that hosts a variety of music performances, entertaining acts, and winner presentations. The Esplanade boasts a lane of market stalls retailing swimwear, jewellery, sportswear, arts and a panoply of knick-knacks.
If you're fortunate, you could even be one of the lucky few to meet and greet the Channel 7 Home and Away or My Kitchen Rules TV stars. February 5th is the final day of Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures exhibition, so take a wander and put in your vote for 'people's choice' - winner to be announced at 11am. For more information on the sculptures exhibition, click here.
With many road closures and subsequently limited parking, it is recommended that you use alternative methods to get to the event. I suggest taking the train to the Brighton station, riding your bike or carpooling.
You do not need to bring anything to this event other than a hat, sunscreen, and all your friends. Don't be that wally that brings half their house, everything you need is available at your fingertips on the day. You will certainly not go hungry or thirsty with a plethora of specialty food trucks, coffee carts and delicious local eatery options.
The fun kicks off bright and early, 7:30am for some breakfast, coffee, and a surf boat carnival. The surf boat carnival will involve the various South Australian Surf Life Saving clubs competing against one another in a short course rowing race with competition categories based on age and gender. The 400m swim waves will commence amid the rowing carnival.
There are several different swimming race categories held throughout the day, with something to suit everyone. The swims include: 100m 'on the same wave' family friendly event (untimed) 400m Marilyn fundraiser event 400m general swimmers race
400m invitational 'fast-lap' blue-ribbon race
1500m general swimmers race
1500m elite blue-ribbon race
The race categories are then broken down into 'waves' (age-groups).
There are prizes awarded to the 1st to 3rd winners of each wave in the general swimmers races; and 1st to 5th winners in the blue-ribbon races. The charity swims have no prizes.
My favourite event is the Marilyn Monroe swim scheduled at 10:30am. This is where lads and ladies alike all dress up as the famous pop icon and swim around the jetty to raise money for Cancer Council SA (2016 raised $50,000). I can assure you it is a spectacle not to be missed!
The proceeds from the other events are split between Brighton Surf Life Saving Club, National Breast Cancer Foundation, Sammy D Foundation and Australian Melanoma Research Foundation. Additionally, each swimmer on registration can elect a charity, sports club or school of their choice that goes into a draw to be eligible to receive one of $500, $300, or $200 donations.
Head on down to Brighton beach on February 5th and take a look for yourself. It's a fun-filled day all done to raise money for charities. Show your support and come participate. You can register for the swims here, and for more information about the events, click here. The race is on.