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Cala Montgó Swim Festival 19-20-21/09/2014

Cala Montgó Swim Festival – the original and still the most popular! The Zoot swim series is proud to return to this iconic location with a group of 6 race distances of sea swimming at its best. cala-montgó-swim-festival-banner-eng

Time Friday 19th Time Saturday 20th Time Sunday 21st
19:30 Marathon 12K technical briefing.12K Race number pick up 12K. 6:45 Race number pick up 12K (Cala Montgó). 7:30 6K race number pick up
7:00 Transfer Cala Montgó – L’Estartit Cloakroom 12K (L’Estartit) 8:15 Transfer Cala Montgó – L’Escala seaport6k cloackroom
8:00 Start of Marathon 12K (l´Estartit) 8:30 Boarding at Atlantida III
  13:00 Botifarra party 9:30 Start of 6K race
13:30 12K award ceremony 11:30 1.5K race number pick up
15:30 Start of KIDS’ race 12:30 Botifarra party
15:45 Start of RELAYS 13:00 Start of 1.5K swim
15.30 3K / 6K / 1.5K race number pick up 13:30 6K ceremony award
16:15 2015 championship presentation3K/6K/1.5K technical briefing
17:30 Start of 3K race


The flagship event, the 12K swim race* has been incorporated into the annual program for 2014. Swimmers will set off from l´Estartit beach following the stunning Montgrí natural park towards Cala Montgó beach which is in the next town. In the event of bad weather conditions or for the safety of the group, the race will be taking place within the Cala Montgó protected bay (4 laps). IMPORTANT: Please note that bagagge drop-off and collection area will be at Cala Montgó.

The 6.0Km race offers the possibility for the accompanying people to join the swimmers on the boat to fully enjoy the start of the race as well as part of its route.

•Bagagge drop-off

• La Clota port in l’ Escala for the 6.0K race • Cala Montgó beach for both the 3.0K and 1.5 races and also for the 12K challenge • Participants of the relay race and Kid´s race might drop their personal belongins at Cala Montgó cloackroom service areas designed for this.

•Baggage collection 

•Cala Montgó beach for the 3 races (1,5K,3.0K & 6.0K) and also for the 12K challenge. The collection points for your personal belongings will be at the baggage storage point clearly identified.

Dates September 21st
Starting time 1:00p.m.
Start Cala Montgó
Finish Cala Montgó
Distance 1.5 km
Limit of participants 100 participants
Feeding points None
Categories Male / Female

Swim course:


Dates September 20th
Starting time 5:30p.m.
Start Cala Montgó
Finish Cala Montgó
Distance 3 km
Limit of participants 200 participants
Feeding points None
Categories Male / Female

Swim course:


Dates September 21st
Starting time 9:30 a.m.
Start Cala Ferriol
Finish Cala Montgó
Distance 6 km
Limit of participants 200 participants
Feeding points One
Categories Male skin / Female skin / Male wetsuit / Female wetsuit

Swim course:


Dates September 20th
Starting time 8:30 a.m.
Start l´Estartit
Finish Cala Montgó
Distance 12 km
Limit of participants 100 participants
Feeding points 3
Categories Male skin / Female skin / Male wetsuit / Female wetsuit
Mandatory equipment Safety buoy (provided by the organization)
Mandatory safety Kayak and motor boats support

Swim course:


Dates September 20th
Starting time 3:45 p.m.
Start Cala Montgó
Finish Cala Montgó
Modality 3×400
Distance 400 m (per swimmer)
Limit of participants 20 teams per category
Categories Male / Female

Swim course:


Dates September 20th
Starting time 3:30 p.m.
Start Cala Montgó
Finish Cala Montgó
Distance 100 m
Limit of participants 50 participants
Feeding points None
Categories Male (Age 6 – 12) / Female (Age 6-12)

Course map:




THE COMPETITION: Cala Montgó Swim Festival

1.DEFINITION OF THE COMPETITION: Cala Montgó Swim Festival is an international open water swimming competition organized by CultureSport 365 in collaboration with the Pirineu- Costa Brava Tourist Board.

2. DISTANCES: Marathon 12Km, long 6.0km, medium 3.0km, popular 1.5km, plus a relay and a kid’s race.

3.DATES: Friday, September 19 — Sunday, September 21, 2014(activities planned throughout the whole weekend)

4.VENUE : Cala Montgó / L’Escala – Torroella de Montgrí (Costa Brava, Spain)


  • Marathon 12K

New Rules and Regulations 12km race

a)     The port of l’Estartit will be the departure point and Cala Montgó the arrival point.

b)     The maximum number of participants is limited to 100 swimmers.

c)     The minimum required age for participantion is 16. (The organization requires written  parent consent letter for the participants under 18).

d)    Wearing wetsuit is optional (Average water temperature 21-23 C).

e)      It is advisable to have successfully completed two 6.000m races in 2013 or 2014.

f)      The race will be neutralized until the kilometer 5. Starting at kilometer 5, the individual competition will begin. Up to the kilometer 5 the swimmers will be divided into 3 groups of different levels according to their personal paces.

g)     The organization will assign the group to each swimmer depending on the results obtained in the pool test:

•       GROUP A: 3000 Pace: 45’30’ – 49’ (1000 meter pace between 15’ y 16’30’’)

•       GROUP B: 3000 Pace: 50’-54’ (1000 meter pace between 17’ y 18’)

•       GROUP C: 3000 Pace: 55’-60’ (1000 meter pace between 18’30’’-20’)

h)   Every registered swimmer must do 3000 meter test in 25- meter pool in July or August of 2014 and send the results to the organization ( info@swimthecostabrava.com). The deadline for sending the results in is August, 31.

The organization will make public the list of registered swimmers and the assigned groups on September, 7, 2014.

Those swimmers who do not send the results to the organization won’t be assigned any group and won’t be able to take part in the competition on the race day.

The organization reserves the right to deny the participation rights in the race to swimmers who show evidence of not being in suitable physical conditions to complete the race while offering the possibility to partake in some other distance.

i)  The start of the race will take place at the port  l’Estartit. The start time for the group C – 8 am, group B-  8.10 am, group A – 8.20 am.

j)     Changing the group during the race is not allowed, unless the organization deems it appropriate taking into consideration swimmer’s safety as well as his/her level of satisfaction with the experience.

k)    The race will count on 4 feeding stations, 3 in the sea and 1 on land. They will be separated by 3.000 meters.

The first refueling stop will be obligatory for all swimmers and will last 8 minutes. The rest will be optional.

•       FEEDING STATION 1: 3000m (Duration 8’, obligatory)

•        FEEDING STATION 2: 6000m (Optional)

•       FEEDING STATION 3: 9000m (Optional)

l)       To improve safety and visibility of the swimmers the organization will provide each participant with a Tow-Flow buoy. Use of the buoy is obligatory during 12km race. The buoy must be returned at the end of the race unless you decide to buy it.

m)     Categories:

•       Female Senior Category without neoprene)

•       Male Senior Category without neoprene)

•       Female Senior Category with neoprene)

•       Male Senior Category with neoprene)

n)     Prizes:

- The first three classified swimmers in each category

ñ)     Timing:

- Electronic – chip

o)     Cut off time:

- 6 hours

  • 6K race

The organization highly recommends having successfully completed at least two 3km races in the two years prior to the competition.


Female Absolute Category without neoprene (Female Senior Category without neoprene)

Male Absolute Category without neoprene (Male Senior Category without neoprene)

Female Absolute Category with neoprene (Female Senior Category with neoprene)

Male Absolute Category with neoprene (Male Senior Category with neoprene)


The first three classified swimmers in each category

Timing: Electronic-chip

Cut off time: All entrants must be able to complete the course in under 3  hours

  • 3k race

The organization highly recommends having successfully completed at least two 2km races in the two years prior to the competition.


Female Absolute Category

Male Absolute Category


The first three classified swimmers in each category

Timing: Electronic-chip

Cut off time : All entrants must be able to complete the course in under 2  hours

  • 1.5k popular race

Popular non-competitive race. Intended either for swimmers making their debut in the world of open water swimming or swimmers who prefer participating in a short distance race.

There aren’t any  categories or prizes in this race due to its non-competitive nature.

Timing: Electronic-chip

Cut off time: All entrants must be able to complete the course in under 1 hour

  • Relays

Race in a team modality. Each team will consist of 3 swimmers and each swimmer must cover 400 meters distance swimming plus the respective  stretch of sand until getting to the pit stop where the next swimmer will be awaiting.

Swimmers belonging to the same team must wear swimming caps of the same colour. The caps for this race won’t be provided by the organization.

Skin competition (No wetsuit allowed on this competition)


Female Absolute Category

Male Absolute Category


The first three classified teams in each category .

Timing: Manual – without chip (There is no cut off time)

  • Kid’s race

100 meters race for swimmers aged between 6-12.

The organization won’t provide caps, thus, leaving it up to each swimmer  to decide which cap to wear. Please note that the caps must be made out of one of the following materials: textile, latex or silicone.


Female 6-12 category

Male 6-12 category

Timing: Manual – without chip (There is no cut off time)

6.REGISTRATION : The registration fees are not transferable and imply the acceptance of all the articles of the present  rules and regulations as well as the purchase terms and conditions. All fees are listed in the “Registration” section of this website and can be processed  using the online payment system.

In the event of not being able to attend the competition, the registered participant will not  be able to transfer his/her rights of participation to another person.

In the event of adverse weather conditions or any other conditions beyond our control (plague of jellyfish, strong currents, high winds, etc. ) the organizers of the event reserve the right to modify and even cancel the race out of safety reasons. Under the circumstances described above, no refunds of the registration fees will be given.

Registration fees include:

•The right to participate in the competition •Assistance during the race •Supplies during and after the race •Merchandising (T-shirt, swim cap, gift bags, etc.) •The right to participate in additional activities scheduled for Saturday, September 21, 2013 • Classification and timing with the chip (except 1.5km popular race, relays and kid’s race)


All the participants declare being in optimal health conditions and not having knowledge of any motive or reason that will prevent them from participating in the Swim The Costa Brava Championship. For this reason the swimmers agree to participate under their responsibility. The organizing body recommends for 6.0 km swimmers to have previously successfully completed  3.000 m ( or more) crossing or to have obtained time results inferior to 45 min in 1500 crossing in the last two years.

Sportsmen of any nationality, federated or not, and born after 1995 are eligible for participation. (the competition is recommended for participants over 18). The participants under 18 must be in possession and provide at the moment of picking up their start number the License of respective Swimming Federation and a signed written consent of their parents or tutors. No swimmers under 18  will be authorized to participate in Swim The Costa Brava competition without a signed consent delivered to the organizing committee.

In accordance with the current legislation, the event organizers hire  general civil liability insurance as well as accident insurance that will cover all the participants in the three distances.


Land and sea security presence is guaranteed. On the day of the competition motor boats, kayaks and rescue boats will be present to guarantee the safety of the swimmers. On land there will be plenty of support ambulances and professional medical staff.

The medical staff provided by the event organizers is authorized to withdraw any participants for medical reasons.


Wearing neoprene is not obligatory although highly recommendable by the organization. There will be two different classifications, one for swimmers wearing neoprene and another one for those who don’t.

Once registered in the “neoprene” or “without neoprene ” modality, the registration can’t be changed or modified.

It is mandatory to wear swim cap provided by the organization for safety reasons and to improve swimmer’s visibility in the water.

The use of such electronic devices as watches, heart rate monitors and water GPS is allowed. However, the use of underwater music players and/or similar devices is not allowed.

The use of any type of auxiliary propulsive or flotation equipment or material is prohibited, except in special cases to be considered by the organization.


The organization will set for the participants refreshment points during 3km, 6km and 12km races,  as will as at the finish of every trial. The refreshment points will be properly signposted and their exact locations will be disclosed during the technical briefing.

It is up to the participants to decide whether to have a stop during the race or not. In any case all the participants may use  the support boat to rest and refuell. Please note that getting on the boat is strictly prohibited. In case of getting on the boat, the participants will be automatically disqualified.


The organizing committee reserves the right to withdraw any participant from the competition for safety reasons.

Circumstances for swimmer withdrawal:

• Whenever the swimmer exceeds time limits mentioned in the section 5. • In case of advert weather conditions that endanger the participants of the competition. • Whenever a swimmer shows  symptoms of dehydration, hypothermia, extreme fatigue, extremely slow pace or any other symptom that reveals that the swimmer cannot swim adequately. •Swimmers who do not respect the safety limits established by the organizing committee. Swimmers must follow the indications and guidelines of the technical team at all times. •When the swimmer makes a distress signal by lifting one or both arms.

Support boat volunteers will monitor swimmers’ safety and will inform the technical team about swimmers’ physical conditions and weather conditions.


In the event of adverse weather conditions and in reference to the long-distance race the organizers of the event  might consider it necessary to have an alternative race inside Cala Montgó. For more information please see the section 6.


The organizing committee informs and you agree to the following:

All the personal information provided by you at the moment of registration for the competition or by means of any other channels at the web  www.swimthecostabrava.com is incorporated into a secure and confidential database. Culture Sport 365 is responsable for this database.

The main purpose of this data collection is no other than the administration and management of the information of the competition, especially at the moment of the competition as such. In this line and with clearly sporting, promotional and commercial aims, we ask sportsmen and their children to give their consent for the reproduction of their images in photographs and other recordings that will take place during different scheduled activities.

In case you wish to withdraw your consent, you  must notify Culture Sport 365 in writing and, under the provisions of the Organic law 15/1999 of 13th December, you can rectify or cancel partially or totally your personal data.

  • Briefing. Friday 19th, 12k race technical briefing and Saturday 20th, 1.5K, 3.0K and 6.0K briefing.
  • Live music group (to be confirmed)
  • Wetsuits rental service available. 
  • Alternative activities throughout the weekend.
  • Baggage store. Saturday 20—–Cala Montgó (12K,3.0K, relay and kid´s race) Sunday 21—Cala Montgó (1.5K ) and la Clota harbour (6.0K)
  • Shower facilities and wetsuits cleaning service in the arrival area.
  • Safety on the water/medical service. Kayaks, engine boats and sea rescue boat on-site. The Swim the Costa Brava organization provides unparalleled levels of water safety with the experienced and knowledgeable Human Race Water Safety Crew looking after you at every stroke. There will be an ambulance in Cala Mongó.
  • Insurance. The organization takes out liability insurance cover as well as accident insurance for every participant.
  • Supplies.  The organization will set for the participants feeding points during and after the race. The refreshment points will be properly signposted by the organization.
  • Catamaran ride. The organization will provide a catamaran ride for the accompanying persons so that they can follow the 6.0k race.
  • Complimentary massage service after the race.
  • Traditional meal (grilled meat and pasta for main course!) at the restaurant Can Miquel that has an outdoor space facing the beach.Supreme location to celebrate and round off a perfect weekend of open water and outdoor activities! Tickets to the “farewell lunch” can  be purchased when registering for the event.
  • Swim holidays package. Tuesday 23 Sept to Thrusday 25 Sept (3 days, 2 nights)
  • All swimmers will receive an event swim cap and an exclusive Swim Series medal as well as an event-specific clothes. Gift bags will be given to participants too.

L´Escala–Cala Montgó beach is situated 143Km away from Barcelona and 53Km from the airport of Girona.

If you have chosen to travel by plane because you are coming from a long way away, you can then fly to the Girona airport with Ryanair that links this airport with national and international destinations or from Barcelona-El Prat airport- where many international airlines operate from-

There are various options when travelling to L´Escala by road. You can use the AP-7 motorway or the N-II road.The roads are all in good condition and they are well signed.

For those arriving in Girona airport looking for a taxi, here there is a very useful link to go through: http://www.aena-aeropuertos.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Girona-Costa-Brava/en/Page/1237554462165/

Just for you to have an overall idea of costs travelling from Girona airport to Cala Montgó-l´Escala village, tariffs are as follows:

L´ESCALA 57 €80  €95

Family hotel Can Miquel

Package Includes Package does not include
Accommodation in a double/triple room with breakfast Lunches, dinners or any extra meal not mentioned in the package
Transfer Barcelona airport-Hotel-Back to Barcelona (scheduled times) Registration for the competition. To register please go to the “Registration” tab of the website.
1 dinner included

Transfer times City of Barcelona pick-up Barcelona airport pick-up
Friday 19 Sept 2.00 p.m. 2.30 p.m.
Saturday 20 Sept Upon request Upon request

•The times are approximate, can be slightly modified to accommodate the needs of participants/companions. • Girona airport pick-up upon request.

Transfer times City of Barcelona drop-off Barcelona airport  drop-off
Sunday 21 Sept 6.00 p.m. 6.30 p.m.
Monday 22 Sept 4.00 p.m. 4.30 p.m.

•The times are approximate, can be slightly modified to accommodate the needs of participants/companions. •To arrange a transfer service on Monday a minimum of 7 people is required. • Girona airport drop-off upon request.

Hotel Features

Features Can Miquel hotel
Room facilities Modern and newly- renovated hotel rooms
Hotel facilities Restaurant, bar, daily press, gardens, internet, terrace, smoking area, tennis court, playroom, pool table, ping pong, library, outdoors grill, cycling, diving, horseback riding, snorkeling, mini-golf, outdoor swimming pool.
Menu Lunch or dinner 3 couse menu: 15 euros per person / day VAT included. 
Rooms Double rooms for a single use are not available


2 NIGHTS PACKAGE 165€ – Price per person sharing a double room  3 NIGHTS PACKAGE 195€ – Price per person sharing a double room 

According to requests received after  last year’s event, Swim the Costa Brava team has arranged for you a 3 day swimming holiday package scheduled for Sept 23-25.

This promising tour will take you to the most unknown spots and beaches precisely in the Catalonia region.We offer you a 3-day break of open water swimming where guided swims previously designed by our technical team harmoniously combined with cultural visits. At all times the swimmers will be escorted by safety crew to guarantee their safety and well-being, taking extreme caution in any undertaken swim.

Don’t you feel like trying it?

  • Swim courses

23-25 Sept Swim Itinerary
Day 1 3-5k swim (Calella de Palafrugell – Baix Empordà region)
Day 2 3.5K swim  (Palamós – Baix Empordà region)
Day 3 5.0K swim (Tamariu – Baix Empordà region)

Weather conditions: Open water swimming does require an inherent degree of on-trip flexibility, so required changes in the planned itinerary will not be uncommon and will undoubtedly add to the uniqueness of each tour.

  • Tour highlights

23-25 Sept Trip Summary
Tour highlights  A perfect combination of stunning landscapes, mild climate, culture & cuisine
Duration 3 days/2 nights
Dates September 23-25
Swim Locations Calella de Palafrugell, Palamós, Tamariu
Gathering Cala Montgó early in the 23rd
Entertainment Visit the Gothic quartier of Pals and either Peralada castle or Besalú medieval village.
Accommodation 3* Sup.hotel in Calella de Palafrugell
  • What is included and what is not

What is included What is not included
2 nights accommodation 3* hotel (half board basis) Airline tickets
Daily supported swims. Speadboat and/or Kayak escorting Visas expenses if applicable
Visit the Gothic quarter of Pals declared a Historic Artistic Site Telephone calls
Visit to either the Peralada Castle or Besalú that was designated as a historical national property Personal expenses that are not included in the program
Fully guided tour with full safety Meals not specified in the program
Transfers Travel/accident insurance coverage
Lots of fun

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A perfect way to unwind after a week­end full of activities and sports is to have lunch at the magnificent Can Miquel grill restaurant which serves different kinds of grilled meat and fish on its outdoor space facing the beach. You are welcome to indulge in this gastronomical offer on Saturday, 20 after the 12km race and before the briefing, as well on Sunday, 21, after the 6km race. The lunch is served between 12.00 and 14.00 and the previous online registration is required.

The menu consists in a pasta dish paired with grilled meat and delicious Catalan tomato bread plus a drink.

You will be enthralled by its stunning terrace views of Cala Montgó!


For all accompanying people who wish to enjoy a boat ride while contemplating the spectacular 6km start and part of the route that runs in the open sea, the organizers put at their disposal Atlantida III, a fabulous catamaran of 25 m in length with underwater view.

It is a great opportunity for all those who wish to admire part of the 6km route as well as the beauty of rugged coastline landscape untouched by human hands.

The acompanying persons will share the boat which takes the participants to the start point of the race, at 8:00 am Sunday morning at La Clota Port (L’Escala). The boat trip takes 2 hours (8-10am).

Once the passengers disembark at La Clota Port, a shuttle provided by the organizers will take the participants to Cala Montgó (final race 6.0km).

Tariffs Atlantida III catamaran
Adults 18.00 Euros
Children under 6 years old free (accompanied by adults)
Children 6-12 10.00 Euros (accompanied by adults)


The following document shows provisional Zoot Swim Series classification which makes reference to the Palamos event held last May. The forthcoming round is the 6K race of the Cala Montgó Swim Festival being the final event of the championship series. Good luck!

Please also note that your final classification will be comprised of the classification obtained at 4km race in Palamós and 6km race in Cala Montgó. 

Provisional Classification.PDF 

Accommodation Packages

2 NIGHTS PACKAGE 165€ – Price per person sharing a double room  

3 NIGHTS PACKAGE 195€ – Price per person sharing a double room 

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