Thursday 27 November 2014

Ever wanted to complete the Abaco one mile open water swim?

Published 11/08/2014 | 00:00

Swimmers during last year’s One Mile Open Water Swim
Swimmers during last year’s One Mile Open Water Swim

The Abaco Islands are situated in the Northern Bahamas, and consist of a host of big and small islands.

The two main islands include Great Abaco and Little Abaco, while the remaining islands consist of a collection of 12smaller islands.

The One Mile Open Water Swim takes place on the northern side of the island Treasure Cay.

Treasure Cay beach is renowned as the most sparkling natural feature of the coastal regions on the islands of Abaco.

The beach stretches an impressive 3.5 miles down along the coast, with exquisite and uninterrupted powdery-soft, white sand covering the beach in its entirety.

The stunning setting of the beach is matched only by the equally impressive gleam of the sun on the turquoise waters of the gentle sea, which laps soothingly against the shore.

Treasure Cay beach has been voted as one of the Caribbean region's top 10 beaches in a reader poll by Caribbean Travel and Life.

The one mile course consists of a straightforward 'out and back' route where race participants are expected to swim around the buoys marking the perimeters of the course in a clockwise fashion.

The event is for individual entry only; therefore there is no relay/team entry option.

There are three categories where awards are provided for those in first, second and third place; i.e. for male entrants, female entrants, and juvenile entrants (those under the age of 18).

Over the same weekend, for those more interested in triathlons, there are both Olympic and Sprint distance triathlons to choose from, while there is also a Kid's one-mile race, as well as a 5km and 10km Fun Run taking place, which all together make up the Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend. All competition entrants receive an official event t-shirt, while those who finish will receive an official event medal to mark the occasion and the achievement of finishing.

Racers pick up their race packets on the Friday afternoon, which will contain their race numbers, t-shirts and an itinerary of the weekend's events.

The open water race takes place on the Friday evening around 5pm off the Coco Beach Bar.

Following the swim, there is a cocktail reception held by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. On the Saturday, the Olympic and Sprint triathlons are held, while on the Sunday, the 5km and 10km Fun Runs are held, while the awards ceremony then takes place on the Sunday evening, with food and live entertainment for race competitors and their families.

WHEN

March 20, 2015

HOW TO GET THERE?

Return flights from Dublin to Treasure Cay International airport for next March, sit at the €950 mark, so get your skates on.

WHERE TO STAY?

Accommodation in the Bahamas, mainly consists of hotels or renting an apartment, and may be on the more expensive side in comparison with some of the events taking place in big cities like New York or Sydney due to the exotic location and nature of the accommodation.

There is a wide range of hotels, beach clubs accommodation and apartments to choose from in the general Treasure Cay area.

CONTACT DETAILS

www.gaffw.com; or phone: Lee McCoy MD - 242-394-3410

Highs

Competing in one or more of a host of different races in a particularly scenic location.

Lows

Difficult to find any, except for the exertion of the swim of course.

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