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General map of the swimming course


Swimming course takes place in Tammemäe sandpit located in Saku county, Harjumaa. Tammemäe sandpit is located on the left hand side of Männiku road when driving away from Tallinn, access is possible from Männiku road or from the opposite (roundabout) side of the road.

Open water area is an old sandpit which has the characteristic of having very deep slopes (about 10-45 degrees). At the location where competitors leave the water the slope is with a lower degree. Predicted water temperature at the second half of August is 16-22 oC. Lap distance is 1900m and competitors complete 2 full laps counterclockwise.

Competitors are allowed to swim in any style they choose.

Diving is not allowed in any part of the swimming course, except in the start.

Competitors are allowed to walk in the start and finish as well as to stand up, but the competitor is not allowed to use the bottom of the open water area, floating objects nor stationary objects to gain advantage. 

Athletes may stand on the bottom or rest by holding an inanimate object, such as a buoy or stationary boat. 

Race official has the right to pull out the competitor at any point during the swimming cource to ensure safety or to clear the water after time limit has been passed.

Race officials are allowed to help the competitors to leave the water at the finish of the swimming course.

The swim distance can be shortened or even cancelled according to this table:

 

Original swim distance

Temperature of water oC

16,9 - 16

15,9 - 15

14,9 - 14

13,9 - 13

Below 13

750 m

750 m

750 m

750 m

750 m

Cancel

1500 m

1500 m

1500 m

1500 m

750 m


Cancel

3000 m

3000 m

3000 m

1500 m


Cancel

Cancel

4000 m

4000 m

3000 m

1500 m

Cancel


Cancel


Wetsuit use is governed by the following tables:

 
 

DISTANCE

FORBIDDEN ABOVE:

MANDATORY BELOW:

MAXIMUM STAY IN WATER

750 m

22.0 oC

14.0 oC

30 min

1500 m

22.0 oC

14.0 oC

1 h 10 min

3000 m

23.0 oC

16.0 oC

1 h 40 min

4000 m

24.0 oC

16.0 oC

2 h 15 min

 

 

Water temperature must be taken one (1) hour prior to the start of the event on race day. It must be taken at the middle of the course and in two other areas on the swim course, at a depth of 60 cm. The lowest measured temperature will be considered as the official water temperature. Water temperature and depth are announced before the start.

It is suggested that race officials measure the water temperature one day before the race at the time of the race start in order to be ready for the possibility to shorten the swimming distance.

If water temperature, wind and/or other weather conditions require, then the race organizer is allowed to shorten the swimming course and/or postpone the start. In case the start is postponed, it can be postponed only by full hour at a time and must be announced clearly.

Competitor does not swim with race number attached to the body.

Minimal swimming equipment:

           not seethrough swim trunks;

           not seethrough one or two part swimsuit.

Wearing of swimming goggles, nose clips and swimcap are allowed. Artificial swimming aids are not allowed like paddles, fins, socks, gloves, snorkles.

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