The following norms apply to the third Illas Atlánticas Triple Crown open water swimming contest that will take place from the Sálvora Island to Vilagarcía de Arousa, covering 28 km. They may be subject to changes since they are made public until the date of the contest. Should any doubt arise over the interpretation of this regulation, the view and decision of the organization will prevail. All registered participants fully accept this regulation.
The departure of the participants to the Sálvora Island will take place on Saturday 2 September at 06:30 from the passenger dock in Vilagarcía de Arousa. The boat will leave at 07:00. Participants may leave on the ship a bag they will be given the previous day with their tournament ID number to bring some of their belongings. There will also be a cloakroom service at the point of departure in Vilagarcía de Arousa in case the swimmers want to leave a second bag.
Both bags will be returned at the arrival at the Compostela beach, in Vilagarcía de Arousa.
The departure of the contest will take place from the beach of Almacén in the Sálvora Island.
The organizers will establish three groups depending on the timings of the participants. When registering, participants will submit the time they need to swim 3,000 metres at an open water swimming contest rhythm.
The list of participants in each group will be made public at the end of the registration period or when all the positions are filled. The organization may set up a fourth group if needed to adjust the participants’ swimming timing. The list ofgroups will be sent by email and will be available on the official web site of the competition. If a participant wants to change the group he/she has been allocated, he/she must communicate this to the organization 15 days before the date of the competition. No changes will be possible after that date.
No group changes are allowed during the contest.
The minimum timing to participate in this contest is 3,000 metres in 60 minutes. Swimmers that fail to accomplish this will not be admitted.
Swimmers will go together until kilometre 12 (approximately around the south of the Illa de Arousa). From there, each swimmer will be able to mark his/her personal rhythm without having to follow the rhythm of the group. This point will coincide with the third provisioning of food and beverages.
Up to that point swimmers must keep the rhythm of the motorship and kayak that will control the timings of each group.
When registering, the swimmer must certify his/her participation in at least one competition of a minimum of 10,000 metres or more in the last three years. They must specify the contest, distance, year and time.
The swimmers must follow the beacons, signals and indications established by the organization and by the safety team of the contest.
Swimmers will have the possibility of getting provisions six times during the contest, in the 4, 8, 12, 16, 20 and 24 kilometres. There will be support ships specifically marked that will provide fruit, gels, energetic drinks and food and water. They will also provide hot beverages, anti-seasickness drugs, vaseline and spare goggles. Provisioning stops are not compulsory.
Up to kilometre 12 (included), the members of each group will do the provisioning at the same time.
Provisioning will be provided by the organization and no other provisioning will be allowed. Only provisioning dispensed from the organization’s boats will be allowed.
Minimum time and ending of the contest
For the safety of all the participants, there will be a minimum time in kilometre 16 (just after the Illa de Arousa bridge). All swimmers must have crossed the bridge 6 hours after their departure from Sálvora Island . If they fail to do this, they will be taken to the safety boats and transported to the shore.
The maximum time for the entire contest will be of 10:30 hours. Depending on the condition of the sea, the minimum time may be changed by the organization.
Safety on the sea
The organization will deploy a safety network on the sea coordinated by the Head of Safety and the Manager of the contest that will be in permanent contact with the Harbour Master’s Office in Vilagarcía de Arousa.
Those collaborating include Civil Protection in Vilagarcía and the different town halls from the Arousa estuary, Fishermen associations, Yacht Clubs, Agrupación de Parquistas de Carril, Vilagarcía de Arousa Port Authority, Guardia Civil del Mar, Parque Nacional das Illas Atlánticas, association of traditional ships, several fire fighters groups and canoeing and rowing clubs.
Safety boats will only be those designed as such by the organization. No other boat or ship will be allowed to individually accompany a particular swimmer.
The timing will be electronic. The chip will be delivered by the organization at the meeting that will take place on September the 1st in the Municipal Auditorium in Vilagarcía de Arousa. Swimmers must return the chip when completing the competition. If they fail to return it, they will be charged the cost of the chip.
Safety buoys are not compulsory but optional. Swimmers interested in buying or renting a safety buoy can do so by contacting with the organization.
There will be six mandatory controls throughout the contest for every swimmer. They will be located at 4, 8, 12, 16, 20 and 24 kilometres and they will also be the provisioning stops. In these points, every swimmers must tell the volunteers carrying out these checks the number on their caps. The swimmers that fail to go through the controls will disqualified.
Volunteers and Kayaks
Volunteers in kayaks will follow the swimmers group allocated by the organization. Those interested in becoming volunteers should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with their first and last name, phone number, email and T-shirt size. The organization will provide them with provisions, shirts, whistles and car park close to the departure dock.
The safety team may remove swimmers from the contest when they consider that their physical condition has deteriorated enough to risk their health and safety showing signs of confusion, hypothermia or they repeatedly fail to pass through the control points within the timing limits placing contestants at risk.
Cancellation of the contest
The organization reserves the right to suspend, neutralize or stop the contest for safety reasons, due to force majeure or by orders of the maritime authority and/or adverse weather conditions. In this case, swimmers will not be reimbursed their registration costs and the costs of the participants will not be covered.
If weather conditions make the contest impossible as originally envisaged, there is a 20 km alternative circuit in the Arousa estuary , arriving at Compostela beach, in Vilagarcía de Arousa.
The Regulation may be modified or corrected by the organization to guarantee an optimum running of the competition.
The registration involves that the swimmer agrees with this Regulation.