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5# Κολυμβητικός Αγώνας Διάπλους Σπετσών - Spetses cross channel swimming race, Greece

Saturday, 10 October, 2015 (All day)

Swimming Competition

On Saturday October 10th, swimmers will have a unique chance to participate in the swimming competitions held by the students of the Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses. Two races will take place, one of 3 km (Spetses-Kosta) and one of 5 km (Spetses-Kosta-Spetses).

The Spetses cross channel swimming race attracts a great number of both professional and amateur swimmers - last year more than 1,200 swimmers from across the globe dove into the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Argosaronic gulf.

The 3K race links the picturesque harbour of Costa on the mainland to the spectacular island of Spetses and swimmers have the opportunity to swim next to traditional wooden boats - crafted in the local shipyard - offering rest stops and water. The 5K race begins and ends on the sandy beach of the main square of Spetses, with thousands of spectators and volunteers cheering the swimmers along.

Past participants have included Olympic gold medalists, world and European champions as well as many amateur swimmers who come to savour one of the most magnificent swimming routes in the Mediterranean. Registration fees include:

a goodie bag with an electronic timing chip, swimming cap, t-shirt, bracelet and sponsor gifts and commemorative medals. Medals are awarded to overall finishers as well as age groups. For more information regarding the routes, starting times etc., please visit the website.


You are not allowed to use wetsuit, flippers, mask or snorkel!
In case you want to use them, you can participate but you will not be classified for medals.

Throughout the race, measures have been taken to ensure the safety and well being of the participants.  In particular, the traditional Spetses Shipbuilding Association (aptly named “Agamemnon” after the boat of Spetses heroine Bouboulina) will offer caiques lining the route, buoys will be placed as marks and lifeguards from Lifeguard Hellas will follow swimmers on canoes.

5.000m Course ( Spetses – Kosta-Spetses)

Participants will start from the Poseidonion square pier, will reach Kosta and then, swim back to Spetses. During this course, swimmers are not allowed to wear flippers or wet suit.

3.000m Course ( Kosta – Spetses)

The start of the race will be on the Kosta Beach (near the Drouzas tavern) and the finish on the beach near the Poseidonion Grand Hotel. Participants will be transferred to Kosta, and swim back to Spetses. During this course, swimmers are not allowed to wear wet suit and those that will have stated so, will be allowed to wear flippers (but will be excluded from classification).

Download the 3000m course data (from GARMIN Connect) as swam by Giannis Drymonakos!


Age groups for the non-wet suit swimming races:
up to 29 years old

Underage swimmers 13-17 years old can participate only if they are members of a professional club and they bring their pro-athlete’s certificate to the Registrations Office in Spetses during the days of the event!


Download the instructions for the swimming race

After the competition, swimmers will be greeted at the Poseidonion square for tsipouro, ouzo and free food cooked by the Women of Spetses.

SPORT  8/6 to 31/8 | 1/9 to 9/10
Swim 3.000m 20€   25€
Swim 5.000m 20€   25€
Kids’ 150m Swim (8-12 years old) FREE   FREE
Kids’ 300m Swim (12-15 years old) FREE   FREE


For team entries of 10 people or more to a sport, the fee is €10 per person.
For example, if a 10 people team swim the 3,000m race and then run the 5K race, the total cost would be 200€ [(10€ for the swim + 10€ for the run) x 10 athletes].