Bruges Swim Event
Dan here – I’ve have been coming back to this charming event since 2011 when I first raced the 5km. An almost dead-straight canal takes you from the village of Damme right to Bruges. This weekend is sensibly priced, swimmer friendly with easy sighting!
The weekend acts as a small fundraiser for the local swim club. The swims are under FINA rules so no wetsuit, jewellery, watches and proper swim suits must be worn (no zips or neoprene etc.). Fear not – there is a fun wave over 4km with wetsuits. Ideal IM training.
Race day is most likely to be August 2019. Bear with us as we wait for confirmation. This is a small event run by a local swim club who are at the mercy of the local authorities. Don’t book Travel and Hotels too early. In fact you cannot book Eurostar just yet as they make you wait until 6months before your travel date. Check back in Feb!
Travel options: This is just for information now. SFT will not take part in 2019.
Sat afternoon: Most meet in Bruges and then take a taxis to Damme, the village where the race starts. This of course depends on where you are staying. Confusingly though you will need to travel back to Brugge for registration then buses head to the start. In the past we have flown to Brussels and caught the train, as well as driven directly via Ferry. Eurostar to Brussels is also easy, changing then catching a train to Brugge.
Sunday Morning: Meet for registration in Brugge! don’t be late. This is a most officious race and they take things very seriously. We have had swimmers disqualified for wrong suits/swimming in a watch and they do not like you changing events on the day.
PROGRAM and TIME TABLE
11.30am: registration of the participants at SPORTS CLUB, The Witte Beer, Damse Vaart Zuid te 8310 Brugge.
Registration fee: € 8,00
- 13.45 5000 m Free style open men
- 13.45 3000 m Breast Stroke open men
- 13.50 5000 m Free style open women
- 13.50 3000 m Breast Stroke open women
- 14.00 3000 m Free style women/men
For those swim events, you have to be licensed by a club with the UK swimming Association.
The entries for the 4000m will be made before end of July at www.brugsezwemkring.be.
Registration fee: € 20,00
15.15 h 4000 m for non-licensed swimmers
To take part in this swim, you will need to email me the following, and then I will create a group booking
- Your preferred distance and stroke
- Date of birth
- Club code