2012 King And Queen Of The Sea Swim Series Announced

2012 King And Queen Of The Sea Swim Series Announced

Pedro Rego Monteiro announced new courses for the 2012 King and Queen of the Sea Swim Series and Elite Challenge.

2012 will see the King and Queen of the Sea Swim Series offer three stages with innovations.

The first stage is scheduled for the March 10th with the Sprint, Beach Biathlon and Challenge races. The “Arpoador Sunset” is held in the afternoon with a finish timed to culminate with the most spectacular sunset in all of Brazil at Arpoador Beach.

The 3.5K Arpoador Sunset swim is between Leblon and Arpoador followed by a Beach Biathlon (1K swim + 2.5K beach run between Leblon and Arpoador) and a 1K Sprint Swim between Ipanema and Arpoador Beach.

If the weather is inappropriate for the first stage, the race will be postponed until March 11th. If the Atlantic Ocean is extremely choppy, the course will change to posto 6 on Copacabana Beach.

The second stage, scheduled for September 7th, is on Brazilian Independence Day when the King and Queen of the Sea will return to its roots. Swimmers will swim around the harrowing rock formation that divides the beaches of Recreio and Macumb on the course Pedra do Pontal (see photo above). This is the same location where Luiz Lima was first crowned King of the Sea after completing his unprecedented 35K Leme to Pontal solo swim challenge in 2008 between the two well-known beaches of Leme and Pontal.

The second stage also includes a Beach Biathlon (1K swim + 2K beach run) and a 1K Sprint Swim at Recreio or Macumba depending on the wind.

The third stage is the Leme-Copa course where the swimmers will start at Leme Beach, swim 3.5K, and finish at the world-famous Copacabana Beach. A Beach Biathlon (1K swim + 2K beach run) and a 1K Sprint Swim is also offered.

In addition to the amateur swim series, the third stage on December 14th – 16th will include the Elite Challenge King and Queen of the Sea where some of the world’s fastest open water swimmers fight for the title of King and Queen of the Sea 2012.

The scoring system for the King and Queen of the Sea Swim Series is 10 points for 1st place, 9 for 2nd, 8 for 3rd place, 7 for 4th, 6 for 5th, 5 for 6th, 4 for 7th, 3 for 8th, 2 for 9th and 1 for 10th. The cash prizes for the King and Queen of the Sea Swim Series includes R$1000 for both the male and female winner, R$500 for both the second place male and female, and R$250 for both the third male and female.

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