2017 Santa Cruz Open Water Weekend

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Saturday, July 29 - Sunday, July 30, 2017

Santa Cruz Masters & Santa Cruz Surf Life Saving Assn

Open Water Registration

Santa Cruz Surf Life Saving Assn

This event is over.  Here is the next event in this series:

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 2018 Santa Cruz Open Water Weekend

Registration Schedule

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Swimmer Registration Fri, Jun 16, 2017
12:00 AM
Sat, Jul 29, 2017
06:00 PM

44th Annual Roughwater 1 Mile Swim &
The Cruz Cruise - Santa Cruz 2 Mile Ocean Swim 

ELIGIBILITY: Entrants must be at least 18 years old. All swimmers must be USMS registered. Proof of USMS registration is mandatory. This swim is sanctioned by Pacific Masters Swimming and conducted under USMS Long Distance and Pacific Masters Open Water guidelines.  Entrants under 18 years of age may only enter the 1 Mile Roughwater Swim.  Under 18 entrants must have parent signature.

ENTRIES: Online entries preferred. 
Online entry fee for the One Mile Roughwater Swim is $40 per person if received by July 22nd and late or race day registration is $45.00. Online entry fee for the 2 Mile Cruze Cruise is $45 per person if received by July 22nd and late or race day registration is $60. 
Online entry fee for both swims is $65 per person if received by July 22nd.

In addition, insurance / USMS fee is $5 that covers either or both swims. 
Entry fee is nonrefundable. 
Online entries are paid by credit card to "ClubAssistant.com Events".  

Paper/mailed entry fee is $70.00 per person for both swims and $50 per person for one swim if RECEIVED by July 25.  Paper/mailed entries received after July 25, 2017, and race day entries are $55 per swim.  

DIVISIONS:  The usual USMS divisions: 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, etc., for both male and female using the Category 1 swim suits, and Category 2 wet suit divisions for male and female swimmers, also with divisions: 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, etc.

Please indicate on entry form if wearing a wetsuit.  See Pacific Masters Open Water web site for swim suit Category info.

SAFETY:  Safety services provided by the Santa Cruz City Beach Lifeguard Service and Santa Cruz Surf Life Saving Association. All contestants are required to wear a brightly colored swim cap.  Caps provided for the 1 Mile Roughwater.  Bring your own brightly colored cap for the Cruz Cruise.   Cut-off time for the 1 Mile swim is 1 hour. Cut off time for the 2 Mile swim is 1 hour 45 minutes.  No personal escorts are permitted.    Insulated swim caps permitted, no other swim aids allowed. Contestants in wetsuits and other defined swimwear such as rashguards are eligible for USMS/PacMasters points or awards in their respective Category (Cat 2). The expected water temperature is 60 degrees.

CHECK-IN AND RACE DAY REGISTRATION:  For the Roughwater on July 29, check-in begins at 9:30 a.m, closes at 10:45 a.m.; race start at 11:00 a.m.  For the CRUZ CRUISE on July 30, check-in begins at 7:00 a.m. and closes at 8:00 a.m.; race start at 8:30 (fog dependent).  Registration for the Roughwater is at Lifeguard Tower #1 in front of the Dream Inn, West side of the pier.  Registration for the Cruz Cruise is immediately on the East side of the pier.


For the 1 Mile ROUGHWATER:  Contestants receive a siren start, enter the ocean at Lifeguard Tower #3 on the East side of the Municipal Wharf, swim parallel to the pier, around the end, and then straight in to the finish in front of the Santa Cruz Dream Inn on the West side of the pier. The course is one mile.  Water temperature is approximately 57 to 62 degrees.

For the 2 Mile CRUZ CRUISE:  The Cruz Cruise 2 Mile Swim starts and finishes just to the left (South/East) side of the Santa Cruz Wharf. Swimmers will start in one wave, entering the water on the left side of the wharf (left side as you face the ocean). Swim to the first turn buoy off the end of the wharf and turn right to swim towards shore on the opposite side of the wharf. Swim to the second turn buoy (adjacent to lifeguard headquarters). Turn left for a leg parallel to shore.  You will swim until you reach the third turn buoy. Turn left again and head directly back to the original first buoy at the end of the wharf. One final turn left here will have you returning on the final leg to shore with the wharf on your left shoulder. Finish on the beach at the original start/finish line. Water temperature is approximately 57 to 62 degrees.

EQUIPMENT: Entrants wearing wetsuits will be entered into Category 2 division for competition and awards. Use of fins, pull buoys, or other swimming devices are prohibited. Soft hand paddles may be used as prosthesis only if they do not present a safety hazard to other swimmers. Race director shall have final decision.

AWARDS:  To top three finishers in each age group and gender division of Category 1 swim suits. Awards to top three male and female Category 2 wetsuit finishers.

Direct your questions to:

City Lifeguards:  (831) 420-6014

Race Director Scott Patterson:  scott_patterson@comcast.net   831.706.7950

Paul Wrangell: pfwrangel@gmail.com   831.566.1534

• From Highway 1 North come into town on Highway 1/Mission St. Continue along Mission for 0.6 miles. Turn right onto Bay Ave. for 0.9 miles. Find parking as you would for the previous day’s one mile swim in the vicinity of the Dream Inn hotel.

• From Highway 17 continue south, toward the ocean, on Ocean St. (highway 17 ends at the top, or north end of Ocean St.), for 0.7 miles to Soquel Ave. Turn right on Soquel Ave., go 0.3 miles over the bridge to Front St. Turn left onto Front St., go south 0.6 miles along Front St. until it curves to the right and meets the intersections of Washington St. and Center St.   Go around the round-a-bout, heading South,  to the end of Center St.  Pass around the next round-a-bout to enter onto the Santa Cruz Pier.

PARKING: Various kinds of parking are available in the vicinity of the Santa Cruz Pier. Long term parking is easy on the pier and metered parking is available close to the pier.

If you have previously entered the 1-Mile Swim or the 2-Mile Swim, and now you would like to ADD to that entry the other race, then click "Add to My Previous Entry".

Note: If paying by credit card, your credit card statement will reflect a charge from "SC MASTERS AQUATICS."

Online Registration closed on 7/29/2017.
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