2nd JULY


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Date 02/07/2017 02/07/2017 02/07/2017
Start Time 12:15 09:15 09:00
Start Area Limeni Limeni Limeni
Arrival Limeni Limeni Limeni
Distance 2,5Km 5,0Km 7,5Km
Maximum Participants 250 250 250
Neutralised section 5Km 2h30min
Time Limit 13:00-(1h30min) 14:45-(2h30min) 15:30-(4h30min)
Feed point(s) at sea 2,5Km 2,5Km-5Km
Approx water Temp. 22ºC 22ºC 22ºC
Approx Atmosphere Temp. 30ºC 30C 30ºC
Wetsuit* No No No
Buoy No No Yes (organisation gift )




15:00 – 20:00 Collect racer chip & swimmers welcome pack Limeni Mani Watersports
20.30 – 21.00 Race breifing Greek – English Areopoli High School
21.00 – 21.30 Open Water Seminar Areopoli High School
19.00 Sunset Pasta Party Limeni Mani Watersports
07:00-08.30 Registation Office Collect racer chip & swimmers welcome pack for Oceanman – Half Oceanman Limeni Mani Watersports
08.30 Warm up Oceanman – Half Oceanman Limeni Mani Watersports
09.00 Oceanman Race 7,5Km Limeni Mani Watersports
09.15 Half Oceanman 5Km Limeni Mani Watersports
10.00 – 11.30 Registation Office Collect racer chip & swimmers welcome pack For Popular Limeni Mani Watersports
12.00 Popular  Race start Limeni Mani Watersports
14.00 Ceremonys Limeni Mani Watersports

Technical Briefing Oitylo English

ELITE High level swimmers from 16 years ( Oceanman ) y 14 years ( Half Oceanman )
JUNIOR Amateurs swimmers  14-16 to 19 years
MASTER 20-29 Amateurs swimmers  20-29 years
MASTER 30-39 Amateurs swimmers  30-39 years
MASTER 40-49 Amateurs swimmers  40-49 years
MASTER 50-59 Amateurs swimmers  50-59 years
MASTER + 60 Amateurs swimmers  60 years and older
INSPIRATION Amateurs Swimmers with a degree of disability greater than 33%
Oceanman Swimmers from 16 years
Half Oceanman Swimmers from 14 years
World Championship The first 10 classified male and first 10 classified female in each category of both OCEANMAN & HALF OCEANMAN from each of the competitions held before the Final event will be offered a place for the World Championship.
GENERAL Amateurs Swimmers from 14 years old
Non-Categorical Swimmers from 14 to 16 years
under age 18 participants must present parental or guardian authorization to remove spine


· Qualifying races for the Worldwide Championship in Benidorm for OCEANMAN & HALF OCEANMAN are: Malaysia, Sochi, Tabarca, Lago d’Orta, Oitylo and Cozumel.

· The first 10 women and first 10 men classified in each category in each race before Benidorm in both OCEANMAN & HALF OCEANMAN, will automatically pass through to the Oceanman Worldwide Championship final in Benidorm.

· Participation in the Benidorm race is also open to all swimmers that don’t classify in the qualifying races.  These swimmers will follow the same route in each of OCEANMAN & HALF OCEANMAN distances, however they will not opt for the Worldwide Championship.

· In Benidorm’s OCEANMAN & HALF OCEANMAN, there will be 2 different classifications.  The first classification will show the results obtained by the swimmers competing for the worldwide championship.  The second classification will show the results for the unclassified swimmers up to before the worldwide championship.



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  • Security, Health & Safety






  • Getting Here

    via Athens by road

    The drive down from Venizelos airport in Athens to the southern Peloponnese has been improved dramatically by the construction of the Athens ring-road and improvements to various segments of the motorway south of Corinth. If you are heading to Kalamata, this drive now takes less than three hours. It is another hour south to Kardamyli/Stoupa. Tolls will cost around 15 euros one way. At Tripolis, there is the option to turn off to head to Gythio to enter the Mani this way. This segment has as yet (November 2012) not been completed.

    via Kalamata by air

    The good news is that for the summer of 2013, Easyjet will (at last) be running scheduled flights from Gatwick to Kalamata. More details here. Alternatively, Thomas Cook offer chartered flights from Gatwick and Manchester. A taxi from Kalamata airport to Kardamyli/Stoupa is about 60 euros and takes just over an hour. The taxi rank always has drivers waiting for fares.

  • Accommodation

    Village / Location Hotel Website Phone / Telf Range Prices / Rango Precios
    Limeni Limeni Village www.limenivillage.gr +3027330 51111 60-100 euros
    Aeropoli Vasilios Hotel Apartments www.vasilioshotel.com +3027330 51934 > 100 euros
    Aeropoli Porto Vitilo Boutique  Hotel www.portovitilo.gr +3027330 59210 > 100 euros
    Oitylo Selana Studio www.selanastudios.gr +3027330 51799 60-100 euros
    Oitylo Itilo Hotel www.hotelitilo.gr +3027330 59222 60-100 euros
    Limeni Kourmas Apartments www.kourmas.gr +3027330 51237 < 60 euros
    Oitylo Plagiaki Rooms www.plagiaki-mani.gr +3027330 29572 < 60 euros
    Oitylo Elixirion Guest House www.mani-elixirion.com +3027330 59275 < 60 euros
    Karavostasi Alkyon SeaSide Studios http://alkyonmani.gr +30 27330 53603 < 60 euros
    Oitylo Petra and fos Boutique Hotel and Spa www.petrafoshotel.com +3027330 54050 > 100 euros
    Limeni Fivos Studio-Villas www.fivosmani.gr +3027330 52300 < 60 euros
    Aeropoli Trapela Hotel www.trapela.gr +3027330 52690 60 – 100 euros
    Aeropoli Achelatis guest house www.axelatis.gr +3027330 52409 < 60 euros
    Aeropoli Mani Hotel www.hotelmani.gr +3027330 51190 < 60 euros
    Oitylo En Plo Luxury Suites www.enplo-luxurysuites.gr +302733052004 >100 euros
    Limeni Pirgos Mavromichali http://pirgosmavromichali.gr +302733051042 > 100 euros
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  • Local Information

    This section is defined to the north by the county border between Messinia and Lakonia and to the south by the Areopolis/Gythio road. The dominant feature of this area is the glorious bay of Oitylo, once a harbour for shipping and piracy, now a growing resort aimed at attracting tourism. There is a pebbly beach at Neo Oitylo backed by a number of cafes and tavernas and further along the coast the smaller bay of Limeni has a couple of fish tavernas overlooking incredibly turquoise water, making a perfect place for lunch. The village of Oitylo and Kelefa Castle, opposite Oitylo across a gorge, crown the bay. Further inland there is another possible ‘mini-mini’ circuit to drive around to get off the beaten track and into the hills, starting at Kelefa and ending up at Oitylo (or the other way round).

    Oitylo was always an important town, strategically because it linked North and South Mani and commercially through trade, piracy and a very profitable slave trade (Jules Verne called it the ‘Great Algiers’). It was the ‘capital’ of the Mani before the rise to prominence of Tsimova (Areopolis) and Limeni, so it was a focus of attention for Turkish control of the area and Kelefa Castle, across the gorge, became a major garrison during the brief periods of occupation. The constant attacks of Turkish forces during the late 17th century and some desperate family feuds caused a mass migration from the Mani that included 1,700 people from Oitylo and Kelefa village. Patrick Leigh Fermor gives very detailed information on these migrations and the settlements the Iatrani and Stephanopoli clans established in Tuscany and Corsica respectively. Most of Oitylo’s towers have been destroyed but the strongly fortified houses illustrate the constant defence put up by the local inhabitants.

    Aeropolis the town is of great historic importance to Greece as it was here that the war for independence against 350 years of Turkish occupation began. On 17th March 1821, a banner was raised and allegiance sworn under the motto “Victory or Death” by the various Maniat clan leaders assembled. They then marched to Kardamyli and on to Kalamata. The seven-year struggle had begun. In recognition of this role, the town was renamed Areopolis after Ares, the god of war, in 1836. Previously it had been known by its Slavic name, Tsimova.







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