This is a swim, an adventure and a race. There are very few places where you can get out once you have started. Swimmers grouped in waves in reverse-order, slowest first. Each wave has a bus-driver (pace-setter) whose job it is to shepherd swimmers safely to the finish line.
A meet-and-greet takes place on the Thursday before the swim near the finish in Camps Bay. You can meet your fellow swimmers and ask anything you want.
On the day: Check-in/organised transport to the starting venue. Last starting group has no pace-setter. Swimmers in this group can elect their own strategy and (within reason) be able to execute it. A sweeper is in place to ensure everyone is accounted for.
Cut-off times ensure that everyone keeps moving towards the finish line. Spectators are encouraged to bring binoculars.
Start stagger is expected to be made-up by the midway mark (time range +/-20min) Spectators with binoculars will be able to watch the different swim strategies unfold. After the midway, the stronger swimmers will start pulling away. This will likely be most evident in Section E. There will be a concentration of water-craft in Section D (which corresponds with a technical area). NSRI will be on 2nd level support and, if needed, accept transfers from IRBs (with propeller guards) to exit swimmers at NSRI Station 2.
Whale Rock will be rounded by all swimmers. Any person swimming through the channel inside Whale Rock will be automatically DQ’d.
Camps Bay: solo swimmers will swim 3 sides of the circuit clockwise before finishing.