Brighton Jetty Classic
Brighton Jetty Classic is an open water swim held in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia each year on the first Sunday in February. There are two races, the 1500 metre Brighton Jetty Classic, and the 400 metre Jetty Fun Swim. The race attracts fields of up to 1200 swimmers and is the largest open water swim by numbers in South Australia. In 2007 the fast lap was also introduced. This is an invited sprint race around the Brighton Jetty for the Fastest Qualifying Swimmers.
The Race began in 2006 and 788 swimmers were registered. By 2010, the event was receiving over 1200 entries. This easily makes the event the largest of its type in South Australia. The Brighton Jetty Classic was the winner of the Event Category in the 2006 Recreation & Sport Industry Awards, and The City of Holdfast Bay Major Event Award 2007. The event is also the richest open water swim in the state, with significant cash prizes. This encourages a very high standard of competitors in the open age groups.
The 400 metre jetty fun swim has a beach start and beach finish around the Brighton Jetty. The 1500 metre Brighton Jetty Classic has a water start and beach finish. The course is based around the Brighton Jetty and the Jetty itself makes an ideal viewing platform for the spectacular race.
The race is organised by the Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club as a way of raising funds for its new building. The Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club provides essential lifesaving services for the Brighton Beach on weekends and public holidays. However, due to the success of the event, significant money was raised for over 100 different sporting groups and charities. Five dollars from every entry went to a charity named by the entrant while a separate race was held to raise money for the Flinders Hospital Neo-Natal Unit, the Breast Cancer Society and the Royal Society for the Blind.
The 2010 winners of the Brighton Jetty Classic were James Fennell and Kallie Rump. The 2011 winners of the Brighton Jetty Classic were Patrick Cobiac and Leah Cutting. In 2012 due to poor weather and bad water conditions, the event was cancelled. The 2013 winners of the Brighton Jetty Classic were James Fennell and Leah Cutting.
The Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures Competition was inspired by Brighton Surf Life Saving members after experiencing Sculptures at Cottesloe Beach, WA, the latter event modeled on the famous Bondi Sculptures.
The vision is to continue to hold a major arts event in conjunction with the successful annual Brighton Jetty Classic Swim. The combination of both arts and sport is a unique and successful community event. Sculptures large and small for outdoor and indoor display are made from multi media compositions i.e. wood, wire, glass, metals, stone, clay, plastics, cement etc. During the event, sculptures are displayed both inside the Brighton Surf Club, and outside in the Bindara Reserve. In 2011 a "sculptures walk" was initiated. Chosen sculptures were placed on the esplanade to create a 400-metre walk from Beach Road to well north of the Brighton Jetty. This fabulous concept was expanded further in 2012, with more sculptures carefully placed with an ocean background.
While continuing with the successful exhibition of indoor sculptures, the outdoor component of the sculptures competition has been turned into a walk along the esplanade, placing sculptures in a natural beach setting. Artists are encouraged to produce pieces that will match the location, combining art and the beach environment. 2011 also added a new category for best environmental piece.
2012 was a record breaking event with over 110 pieces entered.