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Round the Sound Swim

Sunday October 11th, 2020

Flatt's,

Official Website

Description

THIS SITE IS THE OFFICIAL ENTRY PORTAL FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS (BOTH LOCAL AND FROM OVERSEAS)


THE RACE COURSE WILL BE AN ANTI-CLOCKWISE LOOP OF HARRINGTON SOUND, BERMUDA. 


THERE WILL BE NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY AND NO LATE ENTRIES.


PLEASE CAREFULLY REVIEW THE COURSE MAP BELOW AND NOTE THE STARTING DOCK LOCATION, CHECKPOINTS AND CUT OFF TIMES FOR YOUR EVENT. 


PLEASE NOTE THAT ENTRY FEES WILL INCREASE AT MIDNIGHT ON 25 SEPTEMBER 2021.


 


COVID-19


Round the Sound 2021 will comply with the latest Covid Protocols as prescribed by the local authorities at the time of the event. We have therefore capped each swim distance at 65 participants. We also anticipate that once again there will be no spectator admission to the finish at the Aquarium and we would ask swimmers, when they are finished to leave the premises as soon as practical so as not to congregate. In this regard, results will only be posted online (at this site and Bermuda Timing website, see results tab above) in real time and there will be no awards presentation at the aquarium.


Similarly, starts will be limited to participants only.


(See also Prizes and Social comments below.)


 


PARTICIPANTS FROM OVERSEAS:


In addition to the race entry fee you may also purchase the Visitor Package during the Registration process that entitles to you to the following benefits:



  • Preferential room rate at the Grotto Bay Hotel

  • Event concierge services at the Grotto Bay Hotel

  • Glass of swizzle at the welcome cocktail party at the Grotto Bay Hotel on Thursday 8 October

  • Shuttle bus transportation from the Grotto Bay Hotel to the group practice swims in the days leading up to race day

  • A tour of Trunk Island in Harrington Sound (limited numbers available)

  • Pasta Dinner at the Grotto Bay Hotel on Saturday 10 October (socialise and carb load the night before race day)

  • Shuttle bus transportation from the Grotto Bay Hotel to your race start location on race day

  • Shuttle bus transportation back to the Grotto Bay Hotel after the conclusion of the race

  • Special deals at participating restaurants in Hamilton, Flatt's Village and St. George's


Please note that without the Visitor Package you will not have access to any of the benefits listed above. Especially note that bus transport from the Grotto Bay Hotel will only be available to those who have the Visitor Package.


Overseas swimmers should visit www.bows.bm for frequently asked questions and more info.


 


CHECK IN TIMES


Please ensure that you show up at your starting dock at the appropriate check in time.


10K - Check in time is 9:00 am - Start 10:00am - VILLA MONTICELLO DOCK (NEXT DOOR TO PALMETTO GARDENS)


6K - Check in time is 10:00 am - Start 11:00am - SHARK HOLE DOCK (SOUTH EAST CORNER OF HARRINGTON SOUND)


4K  - Check in time is 10:45 - Start time is 11:45 - BAYSIDE LANE DOCK (NEAR TRINITY CHURCH)


2K - Check in time 11:15 - Start time is 12:15 - RADNOR ESTATE ROAD DOCK


0.8K - Check in time is 11:45 - Start time is 12:45 pm  - AQUARIUM


PRIZES AND SOCIAL


All distances will finish at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo. Due to anticipated Covid-19 protocols and restrictions on large gatherings, unfortunately there will not be a social event or a prize giving at the finish. We will also not be having food or drinks for purchase. We kindly ask that once you have recovered from the exertions of your event that you make your way to exit.


Donations may be made online until 31 October 2021.


EVENT T-SHIRT COLLECTION


Note: This year, due to COVID, we will NOT be doing an in person check in on Saturday morning. T-shirts will be collected after you finish the swim along with an event towel, and mask. This will enable you not to have to load your swim bag with a towel when you check in at your start dock


Race Numbers and Swim Caps will be collected the Day of the Event from each respective Starting Dock.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


This is a Charity Event and to date the Round The Sound swim has raised more than $365,000 for local charities. All Donations/pledges will be given to the Bermuda Zoological Society, Bermuda Registered Charity # 179, to support their educational and conservation programs. Visit www.bamz.org for more information.


NOTES


1.  The race committee reserves the right to cancel the entire race or stop any individual at any stage of the race.
2.  Average sea temperature for October is 78 degrees F.
3.  In the event of extreme adverse weather, changes/modifications can be made to the course. This decision is made by the Committee at 8am on the morning of the race.


GENERAL RULES


1.  ANY SWIMMER WHO HAS OFFICIALLY STARTED THE RACE AND IS UNABLE TO FINISH OR WHO MUST WITHDRAW FOR ANY REASON IS OBLIGED TO IMMEDIATELY REPORT HIS/HER POSITION TO A RACE OFFICIAL.
2.  In order to be an official entrant, each swimmer must register at the check-in area between 30 and 60 minutes before the start of his/her race.
3.  An official swim cap for the race will be provided at each check-in. This cap must be worn as your timing chip will be inside it.
4. Transit swimmers must not cross or interfere with the starting line for shorter races – see Instructions.
5. During the race, directions issued by race officials must be followed.
6. Course marks must be passed on the correct side – see Instructions.
7. No wetsuits will be allowed.
8. An emergency plan card, provided, must be completed and handed in at registration.
9. The Race Committee reserves the right to remove a swimmer from the water who fails to reach a checkpoint by the official closing time - see CUT OFF TIMES for details.


PARKING FOR THE RACE


As all four events finish at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo but start elsewhere, competitors should have someone drop them off at their particular starting points at least 1 hour prior to the start of their race. See Check In times above.


Parking for the finish will not be available at the Aquarium, instead it will be up the hill at Whitney Institute or on Flatt's Victoria Field. Please use these areas responsibly and do not leave any litter.


THE STARTS


Check in will begin 1 hour prior to each start, see CHECK IN TIMES above. At the appropriate start, swimmers will be marked with their numbers and given their official swim cap. Please wear your official swim cap as it contains your timing chip and without it your time will not be recorded. Warm-up will be allowed, but all swimmers must have checked-in and be on land 20 minutes before start time. Swimmers will be checked into the water, in order, by number. Entry into the water shall be FEET FIRST. Diving is not permitted.


All starts will be in-water along the designated start line or rope and will strictly follow the timetable.


10K, 6K AND 4K SWIMMER CHECKPOINTS AND CUT OFF TIMES      


All swimmers entered in the 10k, 6k or 4k events will be required to check in at all official check points on their respective course. As a transit swimmer, you will approach the check point dock with the pink course marker buoy on your left shoulder. At the dock, identify yourself by number and confirm that you are fit to continue. At each checkpoint there will be water and Powerade available. Once you are given the go ahead to proceed you should continue on your course. At times there will be yellow 'sausage' shaped buoys that will indicate the direction of the course and are in place to separate you from other swimmers who may be starting a shorter race. Do not swim underneath these 'sausage' buoys.


8k Checkpoint (Angel's Grotto) - closes at 11:00am (For 10k swimmers only)


6k Checkpoint (Shark Hole) - closes at 12:00pm (For 10k swimmers only)


4.25k Checkpoint (Luffalong Dock) - closes at 12:55pm (For 10k and 6k swimmers only)


Please note that the Bayside Lane Dock is the start point for the 4k swim only. It is NOT a checkpoint for transit swimmers.


2.75k Checkpoint (Radnor Estate Road Dock) - closes at 1:55pm (For 10k, 6k and 4k swimmers)


THE FINISH          


All swimmers finish at the Aquarium, with an “In-Water” finish through a floating finish arch. Your finishing time and position will be taken as you swim through the arch. If you arrive in a pack please stay in your finishing order and make your way towards the steps to exit the water.


VOLUNTEERS


This event can not take place without the continual support of volunteers. If you or a family member wish to volunteer to help at the Start and Checkpoint docks on race day or with kayak and safety support then please click this link www.signupgenius.com/RTS2021  to signup for one of the volunteer positions.


SAFETY BOATS AND KAYAKS


These safety boats are officials of the race and will correct a swimmer who is off course or who misses a mark. Please comply with their directions courteously. Failure to comply will result in your number being reported to the race committee along with the offense. Penalty or disqualification may result.


THE COURSE       


The 2021 course is an ANTI-CLOCKWISE route around Harrington Sound using islands, docks and buoys as course markers. RULE FOR BUOYS: Other than the yellow sausage buoys. ALL BUOYS MUST BE KEPT ON THE SWIMMER'S LEFT SHOULDER


There are four types of buoys which will be used on the course:


(1) PINK BUOYS (~5 foot tall cylinders) indicate a check point / water stop along the course - SWIMMERS MUST CHECK IN AT THESE PINK MARKERS,


(2) ORANGE TRIANGULAR BUOYS (~ 5 foot tall pyramids) indicate an island at which swimmers will be making a turn,


(3) ORANGE ROUND BUOYS (most are 5 feet tall, some at the end of the route are 8 feet tall) indicate a path for the swimmer, do not turn at these, they are simply for guidance,


(4) YELLOW SAUSAGE BUOYS (15 feet long by 18 inches high) indicate a direction for swimmers to follow leading into a Dingles Island, Cockroach Island, and out of the checkpoint with 2.75k to go.


 


Round the Sound 2021 is sanctioned by Open Water Bermuda, and organized by Bermuda Open Water Swimming Ltd.

Race Fee includes an Event Membership Fee, which provides an Event Membership in Open Water Bermuda for the duration of Round the Sound 2021

Race Distances

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Swim Distance 0.8KM **Start - Aquarium (St... Click to Find Out Register »
Swim Distance 2KM **Start - Radnor Estate ... Click to Find Out Register »
Swim Distance 4KM **Start - Bayside Lane d... Click to Find Out Register »
Swim Distance 6KM **Start - Shark Hole Dock** Click to Find Out Register »
Swim Distance 10KM **Start - Villa Montice... Click to Find Out Register »

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Start Location

All Distances Finish at the Aquarium, Flatt's,

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