Chelsea swim

Chelsea Swim


A 2.4km true cross-harbour swim from Masefield beach at the foot of the Harbour Bridge to the historic Chelsea Sugar factory.

When and where

We are aiming to tun this swim in early 2023 and will confirm the date and time closer to the event date. 

The course

From Masefield Beach (bottom of Curran St) to the Chelsea Sugar Factory. Total distance is 2.4km.

The logistics

We will provide a van to carry your bags from the start to the finish.

During prize giving, please let other swimmers know if you can give them a lift back to the start line. Please make yourself known if you need a lift back.

Entry criteria

For the Chelsea Swim you must have undertaken appropriate training including time swimming in open water.

If you are over 12 and under 16, you will need to confirm your parent or guardian consent when you enter.

ACM has the right to decline any applicant if there are significant doubts about the entrant’s ability to complete the course.

For slower swimmers we have implemented a policy of transporting swimmers back up to the pack to reduce the spread, if you are asked please assist with this otherwise you will be asked to leave the water.

Entry fee and conditions

  • The entry fee is $60
  • By entering the event entrants acknowledge the terms and conditions of entry.
  • Enter the 2.4km Chelsea Swim online using your credit card through our secure server. You will receive confirmation of your entry by return email.
  • If you wish to withdraw before the event your registration fee will be refunded only if written notice of your withdrawal is received by the organiser at least one day before the event. An Administration Fee of $20 will be charged for withdrawal.
  • If the race is cancelled because of bad weather please note that your registration fee will not be refunded.
  • Online entries close midnight on the Thursday before the race.
  • The cost of a late entry on the day is $80.

Prizes and trophies

There will also be a spot prize draw for all those present at prize giving.

The following trophies are awarded through the Ponsonby Amateur Swimming and Life Saving Club.

Competition for these trophies is open to registered members of recognised swimming clubs, registered surf club swimmers and recognised School groups aged under 25 years. 

  • Mazzolini Cup and miniatures for the fastest non-wetsuit male swimmer
  • Osbourne Cup and miniatures for the fastest non-wetsuit female swimmer
  • Chelsea Cup and miniatures for fastest male & woman wetsuit swimmers