Bay Challenge

Race Information

2015 Race Date: Saturday, August 8, with mandatory pre-race meeting Friday August 7, 2015

Race Start Location:  Sandy Cove Beach, West Vancouver BC

Race Finish Location: Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver BC

Distance: 10 km (Solo and Relay option) – Course Map


  • All Bay Challenge solo swimmers and relay teams are required to have their own support boat.
  • The Bay Challenge is a wetsuit mandatory race.

Pre-Race Meeting Information

All swimmers and support crew MUST attend the pre-race meeting. Boat pilots will be required to produce a Canadian Boating License, as required by Transport Canada. Check here for more information.

Date: Friday August 7, 2015

Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: Kitsilano Beach - Map

  • We will review the course and safety/emergency procedures in detail, and you will receive your race package and race numbers.
  • All swimmers will sign a waiver and a $700.00 indemnification for the VHF radios VOWSA is providing.
  • Remember to bring your dry bag  to the pre-race meeting. Your dry bag will be securely stored overnight at Kitsilano Beach (if we do not have it, you will not have a warm change of clothes at the finish line!)


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2015 Registration Fees

Category Entry Fee
Bay Challenge SOLO $120.00 (includes radio rental)
Bay Challenge RELAY (2-3 people) $170.00 (per team, includes radio rental)
Only the team captain registers – other team members will register at pre-race briefing
Bay Challenge RELAY (4+ people) $170.00 (per team, includes radio rental)
Only the team captain registers – other team members will register at pre-race briefing

All entries are non-refundable and non-transferable.

2015 Tentative Schedule

Check in times

  • 6:30 am — Check-in begins for Solo & Relay participants
  • 6:50 am — Check-in closes for Solo & Relay participants

Failure to check-in during the appropriate check-in period will result in entry cancellation.

Race Start Time

  • 7:00 am — Solo & Relay start

Start times are approximate and may be delayed.

Cut-off Times

There are 2 safety cut-off points (marked on the map in Appendix I of the safety policy below) that if a swimmer fails to achieve they will have to abort their race.

  • The first is a 2 hour limit to clear the ingress path for deep water vessels , the south side of this channel is marked by a large (~10’ tall) red tower buoy.
  • The second is a 4 hour limit to make it inside the white markers at Kits Beach


For an overview of the event details, please review the 2014 Bay Challenge Safety Policy.

NEW: Every boat operator MUST have a on board a VHF radio, boater’s licence (PCOL) and Transport Canada approved Equipment. Failure to comply with any of these safety requirements will result in a disqualification from the race.

If you unsure about any of these requirements, please review the Bay Challenge Safety Policy prior to emailing VOWSA.racedirector “at” with the subject line: Bay Challenge Safety Requirements


The Bay Challenge is a wetsuit mandatory race.

Don’t have a wetsuit?  A great place to rent or purchase a wetsuit is West Point Multisport.  They are located at 3780 West 10th Avenue (South side of the street, between Alma and Highbury).  They also carry a wide selection of swim caps, goggles, swim suits and other swimming accessories, as well as triathlon products.  You can contact them at 604-569-1102 or by email at Please mention you heard of them through VOWSA.

For more information, check out our wetsuit sponsor page.

Additional Information

VOWSA reserves the right to reschedule or cancel events if water conditions are unsafe. VOWSA reserves the right to refuse entry based on safety or health concerns or previous violations of official rules.

If you have any photos of the race and would like to share them on VOWSA’s FacebookFlickr page, please email swimVOWSA “at” with the subject line: VOWSA 2015 – Bay Challenge The Bay Challenge is part of the Canadian Open Water Swim Series! Click the logo for more information!

Still have questions? Visit our FAQ page.

Thank you to our 2015 sponsors, who have provided prizes, food & drinks for this event

West Point Multisport


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