It is run on the Waitemata Harbour, where the America’s Cup racing is held when New Zealand defend the cup. Each year is a different course to suit the tidal flows, this year it is a one way from and to one of Auckland’s beautiful beaches, with the finish line a simple short ferry ride to Downtown Auckland.
Each swimmer is supported by a kayaker for feeding and support. Overseas visitors can contact the organiser to arrange kayak support, some form of reward is helpful. The event is designed as a personal challenge rather than a race, however there is a cup presented to first Female and Male in both Non-Wetsuit and Wetsuit categories.