Bomarsund Open Water Challenge

Bomarsund Open Water Challenge 2018/Finnish Nationals

The competition is over for this year.

Resultatlista FM & BOWC 2018


Ålands Simförening welcomes you to participate in the Bomarsund Open Water Challenge which also has the status of Finnish Open Water Nationals this year. We have two courses this year, 3k and 1.5k in the beautiful and historic surroundings of Bomarsund, Åland. The 3k is a really good challenge where you swim around the small island of Slätskär, the 1.5k event is swam in a one-lap course in a more sheltered setting.
The same day, some hours later the Bomarsund Trail Run will take place in the surroundings.

3k course around Slätskär, it’s swam counter-clockwise

1.5k course, swam counter-clockwise:

Competition classes and entry fees

The entry fee includes automatic timekeeping (chip), swim cap, medal and light snacks at the finish.

  • 3km: Comptition class, entry fee €40 until July 25th, late entries €50. Late entries can not be a part of the Finnish Nationals accounding to the Finnish rules.
    Masters (35-49/50+)
    Boys (14-18)
    Girls (14-17) and
    Non-competition class (timed swim only)
    Teams competiton (3 persons, at least one male/female) entries accepted until July 25th, entry fee 10€
  • 1.5km: Competition class women/men, entry fee €30 until July 25th, late entries €50
    Youth (14-18år), entry fee €20 until July 25th, late entries €30.
    Non-competition class (timed swim only), entry fee €30 until July 25th, late entries €50.

Preliminary time of start is 10:30am for both races. All swimmers start at the same time.

Make your entry at Swedish openwater entries website
In order to participate in the competition classes you need a national licens.
For participating in the Finnish nationals Junior and Senior classes you need a Finnish license. Swimmers of all nationalities are welcome to participate in the Masters classes of the Finnish Nationals, nb Masters classes are 35-49 and 50+ only.

Make your entry fee payment to the bank account of Ålands Simförening: FI54 6601 0010 3002 91 (Ålandsbanken, BIC AABAFI22) in connection with the entries. Tag the payment with BOWC2018 and your first and last names.

Ålands Simförening can unfortunately not refound any entry fees.

Competition rules

All events are held according to the FINA rules for Open Water. The start will be made as a mass start for both races (all classes). All competitiors are expected to wear their personal numbered swim cap provided in the envelope given from the competition office as well as the time keeping chip attached to the wrist.

The envelopes are available at the competiton location in Bomarsund at the day of the competition between 8am and 9:30am.

Safety measures

Life savers will be present both in canoes and in SAR boats along both courses.

First aid assistants and a competition physician will be present in the competition area.

Please note that all swimming is done at one’s own risk and that all participants (competition or time-only) are supposed to have a valid insurance.

In the case of bad weather the competitions could be held at a different course, the organizers will inform the participants of this at the competition office on location.

Time keeping

The time keeping chip worn shall be worn at the wrist. Chips should be returned after leaving the water, non-returned chips will be charged to the competitor a fee of €90.


In the competition classes prizes are give to the first three near the competition office. All participants will get at memorabilia designed by the åland glass artist Ritva Saloranta.


Results will be published here at the web site and at the clubs Facebook page.

Pre race info:

Will be held in Finnish, Swedish and English at the start area 15 minutes before start of the race.

Bags et al

Bags and clothes can be left in a guarded area near the competition office during the race.

Toilets and shower

There are a few out-door toilets available in the surroundings. At the beach south of the main road is a dressing room. At the near by camping (Puttes Camping) there are warm showers available for a small fee.

Wet suit

Below 16 ̊C wet suits are mandatory, between 16°C and 18°C suits are recommended, between 18°C and 23°C are suits accepted. At water temperatures above 23°C neoprene wet suits are not allowed due to medical reasons.
Expected water temperature ~23°C (last year it was 17.4°C)


Experienced massage therapist is to be found at the competition area. You can get a quick muscle shake before the race or have a short recovery massage afterwards.

Possibility to book in beforehand ( or just drop by. 10 minutes for 10€, cash or card.


Futher questions should be directed to Ålands Simförening at

Previous results

Results 2017: Results-BOWC-2017.pdf