State Capital Classic

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The State Capital Classic is held in Wellington and is part of the State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series, a six-race ocean swim series that takes place on some of New Zealand's most beautiful harbours and beaches. It is one of the World's Top 100 Open Water Swims.

2015-2016 New Zealand Ocean Swim Series

1. Bay of Islands Classic
2. Christchurch Crown in Akaroa, Christchurch
3. Legend of the Lake in Rotorua
4. Harbour Crossing in Auckland
5. Capital Classic in Wellington
6. Sand to Surf in Mt Maunganui
7. King of the Bays in Auckland

2012-2013 State New Zealand Ocean Swim Events

1. 3.3 km State Paihia Classic in Bay of Islands on 10 November 2011
2. 2.9 km State Harbour Crossing in Auckland on 2 December 2011
3. 3.3 km State Capital Classic in Wellington on 27 January 2013
4. 2.8 km State Le Grande Swim in Akaroa, Christchurch on 23 February 2013
5. 2.6 km State Sand to Surf in Mt Maunganui on 16 March 2013
6. 2.8 km State King of the Bays in King of the Bays, North Shore, Auckland on 6 April 2013


The State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series consists of several races within each event:

1. The I’m Going Long swims: 2.6 km - 3.3 km depending on each race. Wetsuits are recommended for buoyancy and warmth, but are not compulsory. There are 4 or 5 wave start groups and are split by the estimated time selected during the entry process. There is ‘novice only’ wave for swimmers who are new to the longer swims and would like a little more space and less pressure on the starting line.

2. The Step It Up 1000m swims: ideal for those swimmers who would still like a challenge but perhaps aren’t quite ready to enter the I’m Going Long swim. The Cut-off time for the 1000m swim is 40 minutes. There are 2 or 3 wave starts in this event.

3. The Give It A Go 300m swims: an introduction to ocean swimming and is suitable for most swimming abilities and ages from young to old. The ‘Give It A Go’ 300m course is typically a triangular course which is close to the beach. The cut-off time for the 300m swim is 13 minutes.

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