Rottnest Island Channel Swim
Saturday 25th February 2017
This event is the busiest and longest day of the year for Boat Park and Boat Lifters teams. Last year due to careful planning and co-operation from our customers the day was a great success. To repeat the success, we ask that the below procedures are followed for the day;
1. ALL SWIM BOATS MUST BE BOOKED-IN AS AN AFTER HOURS BOOKING on the 24/2/17 if you are planning to leave the Boat Park on the Saturday before 8.00am.
2. ALL SWIM BOOKINGS MUST HAVE A TIME THAT YOU INTEND TO LEAVE. We recommend leaving at least 1 hr prior to your swimmer’s wave departure time.
3. ALL BOOKINGS MUST HAVE A SKIPPER’S NAME AND MOBILE NUMBER.
4. ALL BOOKINGS MUST HAVE A RETURN DATE. i.e. returning the same day or planning on staying overnight at Rottnest. This helps with marina planning.
5. IF YOU HAVE BOOKED AFTER HOURS WE EXPECT YOU TO BE GONE BY 7.00am ON THE SATURDAY.
BLUE HQ TIPS: PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR BOAT IS FULLY PREPARED PRIOR TO THE DAY
►► FUEL UP in the week prior – once you leave your load out point (as allocated by Blue HQ staff) there is no
guarantee it will be available on your return. i.e. If you go and fuel up, we will continue to fill any vacant jetty area as it presents.
►► WORK RACKS will be in high demand prior to this event (as will mechanics) – don’t leave anything to the last minute or you may be disappointed.
►► CHECK NAVIGATION LIGHTS, remember that many of you supporting solo or duo swimmers will be departing Blue HQ in the dark. Please check that your navigation lights are working to avoid being stopped by water police which may delay your arrival at the start line.
►► CHECK VHF, All official swim communications are now done through VHF so please check your VHF radio and aerial are in good condition if you have not been using regularly.
►► BATTERIES, Check them, don’t risk a flat battery.
►► FENDERS, To accommodate the high number of early departures it will be necessary for us to raft boats. Please ensure fenders are on board and labelled prior to the requested launch.
Normal Bookings: We will open the Saturday morning bookings on swim day at 7.30am for all other customers. Rottnest swim participants must be departed before 7.00am to make room for normal bookings.
ALL CLIENTS NOT DOING THE SWIM, PLEASE DO NOT USE THE AFTER HOURS SPOTS ON FRIDAY THE 24th.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR NON-COMPETITORS WANTING TO USE THEIR BOAT DURING THE WEEK PRIOR TO THE ROTTNEST SWIM:
All bookings between Wednesday 22nd and Friday 24th must depart at the booked as we will have limited jetty space. Any boat that is booked on Thursday the 23rd and Friday the 24th will be launched when you arrive.
We have allocated extra afterhours spaces specifically for this event. This is a very special day for many customers and I am sure all others will want to see those participating have a great day and maybe even another winner from the Park.
Lastly, good luck to all boat crews and those participating.
Fingers crossed the weather is good!