Paros Antiparos Channel Crossing – a great sporting event!


Information for the 2017 Channel Crossing:

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The date of the Antiparos – Pounta channel crossing is on 13.07.17 and starts at 18.30 from the pier of the ferry boat in Punta (Paros) and terminates at the port of Antiparos in front of the cafes.

The distance is 1.453m.

This year the athletes will be divided into two groups: the first group will have electronic timing (chip) with cost of 10 euro participation and optionally t-shirt at an additional 5 euros and in the 2nd group there will be no timing at a cost of 10 euros with t-shirt.

Right to participate in the two groups will have ages 10-60 years old.

The first group will not permitted to have life jackets, flippers, masks, snorkels and coils.Only goggles and caps are allowed.

The second group will be open class and athletes can use swimming equipment.

All athletes should sign the declaration  of responsibility (pdf attached).

Registrations will be made daily in the taverna Klimataria 10:00-12:00 am and 18:00 to 20:00 pm, in Summer Cinema from 4/7 18:00 till 24:00 all days.

Entries in Paros will be from 3/7 -6/7/2017, hours and place will be announced shortly.

Online registrations will be made on the web site of

The registrations for the first group with electronic timing (chip) will be made until 06/07/17. Please fill the responsibility statement form (pdf attached).

For the second group will be up to two hours before the race, in Punta 15:00-17:00 pm and in Antiparos from 10:00-13:00 and 15:00-17:00.

The receipt of electronic chips in the first group will be held only in Punta two hours before the race at the time the payment is made.

Commemorative medals will be given to all athletes. In the first group, cups will be awarded to the first 3 men, 3 women first, the smallest and the greatest athlete.

For the second group, cups will be awarded to the first 3 athletes.

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Registration procedure

First group – (with electronic chip)

  1. Sign the responsibility statement form (pdf attached) and send it to FAX (0030)22840-61061 or at
  2. Payment of 10 euro at the time of receiving the electronic chip2 hours before the race, in Antiparos or Pounta.

Second Group

  1. Sign the responsibility statement form (pdf attached) and send it to FAX (0030)22840-61061 or at
  2. Payment of 10 euro at the time of registration before the race.


General info

The first Saturday in July marks the day a great sporting event takes place—the Paros-Antiparos Channel Crossing—a race that both celebrates swimming and challenges young and old, athletes and non-athletes. It is an aquatic channel crossing from Pounta in Paros to the Port of Antiparos, covering a distance of 1,453 metres. Every year, Greek and non-Greek swimmers, kids and grown-ups with an appetite for the event and with astounding vivacity, swim across the channel, their reward being either a distinction or the warm applause of the crowd waiting to welcome them on the opposite shore.

Participation forms for the Channel Crossing are completed at the NOA offices at the Port of Antiparos, up to two hours prior to the start of the event. Participants must declare that they know how to swim. All necessary safety precautions and measures are taken, and all regulations upheld, as laid down by law. Lifeboats follow behind the swimmers, as do caiques, carrying the escorts of the athletes and others providing competitors with words of encouragement to help boost their morale. Nevertheless, however safeguarded swimmers may be owing to the actions taken by the organisers, their physical condition must still be sound, their training regimen suitable and stamina at a high level in order to be able to swim across the channel.

What matters is taking part, not gaining a distinction. This thought, however many times it may be heard or repeated, never loses its meaning. The Channel Crossing is a celebration for the entire island. It is an astounding course and an unforgettable experience.

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Date:  Thursday, 13 July 2017 @ 18:30