The second annual Giants of the Bay swim will be held on March 9th 2013 as a means to raise awareness and funds for autism.

The Giants of the Bay race goes from Portarlington to Point Lonsdale on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. The new one-day format includes solo swimmers who must qualify for the 30km as well as teams of 2, 4 or 6 swimmers.

At 30km (18.6 miles) in length it is the longest swimming race in Australia – and one of the longest marathon swims in the world (see here).

Giants of the Bay course follows the Bay coastline and finishes near The Rip, near the entrance to Port Philip Bay. The Rip is said to be one of the most treacherous stretches of water in the world. It is so dangerous and inherently risky that ships require local expert pilots to takeover their ship going in and out. There are very fast tidal currents caused by the rip and the swim is scheduled to ensure tidal assistance of up to nearly 5 knots at times.

 

 

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