The Port Vila Masterbather’s Club, with generous support from BRED Bank will be hosting their annual 2.5km swim race this Saturday 15th April.

Swimmers from near and far will converge on the Rossi for some competitive (and some just-for-fun) ocean swimming in the beautiful Port Vila harbour.

Competitors can participate as an individual or share the distance in a team of two. Snorkels and fins are more than welcome.

Kids are also encouraged to participate with two separate shorter events to be held following the main 2.5km swim.

There are over 45 amazing prizes up for grabs, thanks to the generous support of the major sponsor, BRED Bank, including numerous airline vouchers to the value of 20,000 vatu each.

Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each category, as well as being randomly drawn, so everyone has the chance to take home one of the many prizes.

The Port Vila Masterbather’s Club is an informal gathering of people who like to swim for exercise and for fun.

It started out a decade or two ago as a group who would meet for a swim, the all important post-swim coffee and to teach their kids to swim. With the exception of formalising into a charity club in the past few years, nothing much has changed.

Swimmers meet informally throughout the day at the Rossi or Nambawan Café to swim to the helipad or ‘the rock’. All calibres of swimmers welcome.

The 2.5km Charity Swim is a lead up event to the club’s major event, the 3.2km ‘Round Island Swim, which attracts many international competitors and is to be held Saturday 27 May 2017.

The entry fee for the Charity Swim of 1,000 vatu for adults and 500 vatu for children includes breakfast and will aid the Vanuatu Aquatic Federation to support and promote the development of swimming across Vanuatu and teach Ni-Vanuatu kids how to swim.

Ni-Vanuatu kids can participate in the event at no charge. Registration opens at 7.15am, with the race starting at 8am sharp. Competitors are encouraged to arrive early. For more information, phone Michelle on 7737574.

Raymond Nasse

Sports Editor


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