This page contains all the information there is to know about the WSR Swim. Of course, now we’ve gone and said that, we’ve invariably missed something off! So if you have any questions, please don’t hesistate to Contact Us.
The WSR Swim is an event held by the Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta, organised and run by the dedicated WSR Swim Team. With the rising popularity of Open Water Swimming, we thought it presented an ideal opportunity to introduce this new dimension to the yearly Regatta. We ran a ‘pilot’ event in 2011 for approximately 25 swimmers, followed up with a larger event in 2012. Feedback was generally very good, and we’ve taken as many of your comments on board as possible to make this year’s swim even better.
What is it for?
WSR is a registered Charity, and all the proceeds of the Swim will go directly towards the regatta to pay for maintenance of the boats and running costs. The WSR Swim Team are all volunteers, no profit is made or taken from your entry fee.
When is it held?
The Swim is held on the morning of the Saturday of WSR. This year it is Saturday 10th August. The swim starts from 06.30. Swim registration starts at 05.45.
Who can enter?
You have to have entered at least one open swimming event in the past, be a confident open water swimmer and able to abide by the Terms & Conditions and Health & Safety notice on this website.
The Swim will take part on the Regatta course. Entering the river at the pontoons near the finish line, you will swim up river on the Bucks side, around a buoy, and back down the river on the Berks side. The circuit is 1000m in length.
We are running two events, an Advanced swim which will be two circuits (2km in total), and a Standard swim of one circuit.
How do I get there?
The WSR Swim is run on the regatta course. All swim entrants are asked to meet in the WSR enclosure from 5.45am when registration opens. If you are travelling by car, the easiest way is to park in the Regatta car park, off Mill Lane in Shiplake (Map). Free parking is included as part of your entry fee for the swim, and will be signposted on arrival. Alternatively, there will also be a ferry available that runs from the St. George & Dragon Pub in Wargrave (Map) .
What time does it start?
The Swim is held on the morning of the Saturday of the WSR. This year it is Saturday 10th August at 06:30 (registration will open from 05.45 onwards).
How do I enter?
Through this website! Registration for the 2013 will be open in May. Until then, please fill out the short Pre-Registration form to ensure that your place is reserved, and we will contact you by email to let you know once Entries are open. Places are limited to 75 for each event, so please register as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
The cost of entry is £25, regardless of whether you enter the Standard or Advanced event.
And what does that get me?
We are in the process of finalising all the details, but amongst other things your entry fee buys you:
- entry to the event itself (obviously!)
- car parking Shiplake side, or ferry transport Wargrave side
- refreshments of bacon rolls and cups of tea or coffee on completion of the swim
- a rather stylish swim cap
- entry to the Wargrave & Shiplake Regatta on Saturday (see below)
- a goody bag
Do I need my own wetsuit?
No, although you will need a wetsuit. There are several companies locally who hire wetsuits, we are currently negotiating with one of them to arrange a discounted rate, and will let you know if and when this is sorted.
I’m pretty sure I’m going to win this. What do I get?
There will be a short prize giving ceremony after the swim to reward the winners of the different events.
What happens afterwards?
The second day of the Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta will take place, starting at about 8:30am. Many of you will already been keen WSR attendees, but if not we would love you to stick around and find out what it’s all about. As part of your entry fee, you will be given a complimentary enclosure pass for WSR, which will enable you to stay throughout the day at the Regatta.
Can I bring my family or friends?
Spectators are encouraged and can attend the WSR Swim free of charge. If you all wish to stay for the Regatta proper, they will need to purchase tickets at a very reasonable price of £7, which will be available on the morning of the Swim.
I’d like to help. What can I do?
The Swim is always looking for Supporters or Sponsors, who are willing to donate either monetarily or with prizes or anything else that might be helpful (eg goody bag contents). Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.