Boiler Swim - 30 April 2020

The Boiler Swim

The 'Boiler Swim' has always been an integral must do “local” swim and is often a regular fixture prior to the annual Rarotonga Triathlon, outrigger canoeing and open water swimming events.  The 775 metre course starts out in front of the world famous “Trader Jacks” bar and runs along the deep passage towards the “Boiler” and back again. NZ Olympian Nathan Richmond holds the course record of 9 minutes set in 2001. The 2019 Boiler Swim champion is Tina Loveridge who won with 11 minutes 4 seconds. 

'The Boiler' is the visible remains of the Union Steam Ship Company's RMS Maitai, which was wrecked on  the reef at the entrance to Avarua Harbour on Christmas Day in 1916.   It is also well known as a snorkeling and surfing spot and a “diving platform” for the more adventurous.

The Boiler Swim is a definite must and recommended event for locals, the adventurous and international athletes looking for swimming around a bit of Cook Islands history. For a more in-depth reading and insight into 'The Boiler' and the fated RMS Maitai, have a read of the article penned by local Rarotongan historian Tim Arnold by following this link -