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Gozo-Malta Open Water Channel Swim

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The Malta-Gozo-Malta Open Water Swimming Competition is located in Malta, an archipelago situated in the Mediterranean Sea south of the coast of Sicily, Italy. The course is a channel swim between the main island Malta and its sister island Gozo that passes by the small picturesque island of Comino on the east. There are two distances: a one-way crossing of 5.5 km and a two-way marathon swim crossing of 11 km, usually the third Saturday of August.

The Malta-Gozo-Malta Open Water Swimming Competition is a competitive swim that may serve to generate funds for the swimmer's favored charity. All swimmers are escorted by safety boats. Swimming in groups up to 4 is allowed, although group swimming is not part of the competition.

The two-way 11 km swim starts in Marfa Bay, Malta with a turn-around buoy in Qala, Gozo and the finish in Marfa Bay. The one-way 5 km swim starts from Gozo.

The channel swim is part of the local open water swimming championship series organized by the Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club which manages another 6 coastal swims, 5 of which are 2 km and one 4 km. These swims are held between June and August and serve as qualifiers for the local swimmers to do the channel swim. Foreigner swimmers must produce a recent medical certificate and a letter from their coach, club and national federation for them to participate.



5.5 km and 11 km




City Ras il-Qala to Marfa

Country Malta

Region Europe


Name Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club

Event Information[edit]

Month: August

Event Date: 23 August 2009

Website: Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club

Class: Charity

Wetsuit: No

Charity: Yes

Relay: No

External links[edit]

Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club