The annual open water swimming long distance events organised by Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club, have again attracted a record number of participants, as nine swimmers will be racing across the channel and back in the 11 kilometre Malta-Gozo-Malta event, while 62 swimmers will take on the 5.5 kilometre swim from Gozo to Malta.
The 11-kilometre race will start at 6:30h from the sandy beach at Marfa in Malta, towards a turn-around buoy at il-Blata tal-Halfa in Gozo and back to Marfa. The Gozo-Malta event will start at 8:15 a.m. from il-Blata tal-Halfa in Gozo and finishes at Marfa. Swimmers will be expected at the finish at about 9:15 a.m. All swimmers will be accompanied by an escort boat and the channel will be closed for maritime traffic between 6:30h and 11:45h (Local Notice to Mariners 59/2012).
These events are sponsored by Power Bar and held under the auspices of the Aquatic Sports Association of Malta.
This year Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club has teamed up with Swim Aid as the events’ charitable institution. Donations towards Swim Aid may be deposited into HSBC (Malta) account number 006207609001.