New FINA Race In New Caledonia

New FINA Race In New Caledonia

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The Nouvelle-Calédonie (New Caledonia) marathon swimming competition in Nouméa that is part of the 2015 FINA 10 km Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit will be held in 22 – 26C water in a lagoon that is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The likely location may be a new site, separate from the 5 km venue in Baie des Citrons or the 10 km venue in Anse-Vata [shown above] that were the sites of the Oceania Open Water Swimming Championships in 2002 and 2012. The local organisers have also been hosting a French Open Water Swimming Cup event there since 2006. The site will most probably be located in a protected lagoon that enables easy access for spectators to watch the races.

The athletes are scheduled to arrive on April 14th while pool and ocean practices mixed in with excursions are planned. There will be press conferences and VIP receptions held on the 16th and 17th with a mass local competition held after the elite FINA World Cup race on April 18th.

Céline Brasseur is President who is organizing the race together with Cyril Huet, the local organizing committee chairman, and Gil Verlaguet, the technical director. Jean-Paul Narce and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer Stéphane Lecat will also assist in the planning and execution of the event.

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Steven Munatones