Intertrust is sponsoring Jersey’s 1st Open Water Festival, organised by the Jersey Swimming Club, on Saturday 26 August and Sunday 27 August 2017.

The festival will take place at Ouaisne beach in St Brelade. There will be four different races: Race for Future Stars, 750m Fun Swim Challenge, Mix it with the Masters and the Relay Race.   

The Race for Future Stars will see swimmers take to the water in allocated age groups to compete for island honours over distances of 1km, 3km and 5km. This race takes place on 26 August between 9.00 and 11.30. The 750m Fun Swim Challenge is open to all swimmers who want to dive in and have a go. It takes place on 26 August from 11.00 to 12.00.

On 27 August the Mix it with the Masters race will start at 9.30 and ends at approximately midday. This race is for swimmers over the age of 18 who will compete in 1km, 3km and 5km events. Also on 27 August between 11.00 and 12.00 is the Relay Race where teams of three will compete, with each team member swimming 500m.

There is an entry fee of £10 for the 750m Fun Swim Challenge and the Race for Future Stars and Mix it with the Masters events cost £25. To enter a team for the Relay Race the cost per team is £45.  

Managing director of Intertrust in Jersey Simon Mackenzie said: "We are pleased to be sponsoring the 1st Jersey Open Water Festival. The festival is incredibly inclusive as it is not only open to experienced open water swimmers but there are categories for all ages and abilities. At Intertrust we see the importance in supporting local community events and encouraging people to be active and so we are delighted to be involved with this inaugural event.  

“The Jersey Swimming Club does a great job in promoting swimming to the community and with their hard work we hope the festival will set a high benchmark and the event will become increasingly popular in the years to come.”

The Jersey Swimming Club President, Carole Penfold MBE, said: “We’re excited to be organising the 1st Jersey Open Water Festival, which wouldn’t be possible without Intertrust’s sponsorship.

“We look forward to seeing as many families and friends come down to Ouaisne beach to show their support and we have taken great care to ensure the races will be swum in a controlled and safe environment.

 “We are so lucky to live on a beautiful island with accessible opportunities to take part in open water swimming; we’d like more members of the community to get involved in the sport and the festival is a chance to see what it’s all about.”

Closing date for entries is 22 August 2017. Late entry fee of £20 for the Relay Race and £10 for all individual races will apply. No entries on the day.  

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