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The Tilbury Classic runs from the beach in the centre left, around Tilbury headland into the cove. Or vice versa, depending on conditions on the day. Or if too difficult, it runs out and back in in the cove. Nice to have a fallback course.

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Tilbury Classic Open Water Swim

An Easter Saturday institution, the Tilbury Classic is a spectacularly beautiful swim around a beautiful headland through some fascinating water, with lots of life, swells surging over reefs, etc. It's a lot of fun. When we first did this swim, dolphins put on a display in the break to welcome us during the race briefing. Culburra is one of those cul-de-sac towns that most people would not normally get to. Ocean swimming gets us there, though, and that's reason enough alone to be a fine ocean swimmer.

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The Tilbury Classic is a stunning swim through some exciting water: a beach break at one end and a quiet cove at the other, and in between a point girt by reefs on the way through. Tilbury Cove offers an excellent fallback course if seas don't co-operate on swim day.

Stuff you need to know...

  • Event - The Tilbury Classic
  • Organisers - Nowra Culburra SLSC (also beneficiaries)
  • Distance - 1.9km
  • Venue - Culburra Beach
  • Date/Time - Easter Saturday, April 3, 2021, 10am
  • Registration on race day - 8am-9:15am at Nowra Culburra SLSC
  • Entry fee - $30 online ($40 on race day)
  • Online entries close - 3pm, Good Friday, April 2, 2021
  • Minimum age - 13. NB: Entries are restricted to persons 13 years to 15 years who currently hold Surf Rescue Certificate, and over, who have adequately trained for this event. Entrants aged 13-15 who do not hold a Surf Rescue Certificate must obtain approval of the Swim Committee.
  • Under 18 swimmers - Parents/guardians of swimmers aged under 18 must complete the online entry form, not the swimmers themselves. Parents/guardians must include their consent to the entry with full name and phone contact, entered into the Emergency contact fields. Just a phone number, a first name, or a number and first name, or even just a surname, will not do and entries will not be accepted. Entries of U18 swimmers are not complete without this complete parental/guardian consent. Entries of U18 swimmers must use the parent's email address, not that of the U18 entrant.
  • Water conditions - Culburra Beach can take swell with shifting banks, gutters, and a tricky shore break if seas get up. Swim course passes between and around smaller reefs as it rounds Tilbury headland. Direction of the swim can be affected by sea conditions, ie either from Culburra Beach around the point, or around the point to Culburra Beach.
  • Further information - email Nowra Culburra SLSC or call Col Lawrence 0407 220 626 or Mitch Pakes 0432 557 516… Or download hard copy entry form (pdf)… Click here
  • Parking - Plenty on street and in beach car park.
  • Progress entries - To check the list of Progress online entries... Click here

the sunbatherCulburra Beach is where Max Dupain "snapped" his photograph of The Sunbather, the bloke sunbaking face down on the beach.

Very important...

All entrants are offered Brunch at the completion of the event.


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Tilbury Cove: Start or finish, or both start and finish.

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