The 33rd Pier to Pérignon (P2P) swim on February 21 once again promises to be an event enjoyed by swimmers and spectators alike.

Proudly supported by Kay & Burton Portsea, the event has been running since 1989, when its ‘Humble Founders’ Ted Baillieu and Robbie Robertson had a friendly wager over a swim from Sorrento to Portsea. The prize: a coveted bottle of Dom Pérignon.

The swim has grown from this spirited challenge between two friends, to an annual fundraising event boasting a registration of more than 900 enthusiastic swimmers and a strong band of supporters.

The Portsea Surf Life Saving Club (PSLSC) is the proud custodian of the swim, and P2P Manager Craig Evans said the club looks forward to the swim every year.

“We have worked very hard to retain the soul of the swim, never forgetting its history. The event is entirely run by Portsea Surf Lifesaving Club volunteers and all proceeds go towards the running and growth of the club.

“PSLSC has recently completed renovations to its club house, which we’re thrilled with. Fundraising has been integral to this project and P2P registrations certainly contribute to these improvements which benefit the community.

“The fact the event has sold out again is testament to the popularity of the swim and its deep community connection.”

Managing the event is quite an undertaking, with the safety of the swimmers paramount. To ensure the well-being of competitors, 10 inflatable rescue boats (including one from Dromana SLSC), 15 rescue boards, 10 stand up paddle boards/surf skis, two jet skis, one Southern Peninsula rescue boat and one repeater boat will be deployed. It promises to be quite a spectacle.

As well as water safety, competitors will this year be COVID safe. New procedures will be in place at the start and finish lines to ensure necessary health protocols are followed, including unique QR codes for each competitor and the use of face masks and sanitiser. At this stage, a single wave format will be used to start the race.

Kay & Burton Portsea Director Liz Jensen commented that it is because of this community spirit that she agreed to contribute to the event back in 1997 when P2P was still in its infancy.

“The Pier to Pérignon encapsulates the spirit of the Mornington Peninsula and has become a permanent fixture on the event calendar. The fact it has been running for 33 years is testament to the founders and the Portsea Surf Life Saving Club.”

“What was once a friendly rivalry and tradition, has become an event the whole community loves to celebrate and participate in. Of course, the fact that it is held in our spectacular Bay certainly adds to the occasion.”

Now the major sponsor, the Kay & Burton team looks forward to their involvement in the event, fulfilling registrations on the day and spurring competitors on at the finish line.

** Please Note ** Give the current lockdown and how quickly the situation changes, please refer to the website below for further details and updates.

A record 900 swimmers will take part in 2020

P2P is proudly supported by Kay & Burton

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