This is an ocean swim of approximately 800 metres, an out and back around the protruding wreck of the SS Maitai.

It starts and finishes from the shoreline in front of Trader Jack’s Bar & Grill (Ara Tapu, in Avarua) on the Thursday afternoon before the triathlon, and is a popular event for the triathletes who have just arrived to Rarotonga. It also is well attended by locals and visitors who happen to be on islands.

Regarding the course, swimmers will proceed counter clockwise around the wreck and then head back to shore. Please maintain a safe distance from the wreck as you approach the turn. Also keep well away from the reef shoreline that will be on the right following the turnaround.

New Zealand Olympian Nathan Richmond holds the course record of 9:00, set in 2001 under exceptional conditions. 

The event is open to anyone. Supporters, local residents, and anyone else who is visiting Rarotonga are all welcome to join the fun.

Please Contact us in advance if you wish to enter this event if you are not competing in the Triathlon so we can set up your registration ahead of time.


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