The Samira Karara 7K Open Water North Coast Fun Swim


The Samira Karara 7K North Coast Open Water Fun Swim-

From Ghazala Bay to Hacienda Bay, North Coast

(In memory & honor of Mrs. Samira Karara- more details below)

When: Friday July 28, 2017

Program:
 
6:45 am Meeting point: Hacienda alongside Andrea (Approx. kilo 136) to park our cars & head by bus to Ghazala Bay
(Bus will leave Hacienda at 7:15am)
 
7:30-8:00 am Registration: Ghazala Bay
 
8:00-8:15   Briefing by Hazem Labib:
 
8:15am Swim Starts from Ghazala to Hacienda 7K
 
11:00/11:30 Awards & Snacks on the beach in Hacienda
(Approx. depending on when the last swimmer finishes)
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Purpose of the Swim & how it all started (in case you are interested)

This fun 7K open water swim will be held in memory & honor of Mrs. Samira Karara, a self made, self determined & persistent woman who won a 7K swimming competition in Ras El Barr when she was only 17 years at a time when women were not that much involved in sports let alone swimming.

This strong willed woman happens to be the grandmother of Hussein Mesharafa who in case you don’t know, is an Ironman Triathlete who successfully completed 2 Ironman triathlons- A title only earned by a few strong willed men.

As a child, Mesharafa was notorious for being the lazy one in the family according his grandmother’s standards. For this reason he always yearned to prove to her the opposite. His wish came to fruition when one day he came across her 7K swimming certificate by chance on Facebook. This intrigued him very much & he asked himself: “Can I do the same like her? It didn’t take him that much time to decide “If she can do it, I can too”.

And that’s how the challenge began…..He decided to challenge himself & try swimming a similar 7K distance & this was the beginning of the legacy! He has been swimming from Ghazala to Hacienda in her memory & honor for the past two years now along with his dear friend Hazem Labib, who is also a renowned ironman triathlete so passionate about swimming too. Last summer of 2016, Mesharafa invited several other swimmer friends of his to try this unique swim with him & I luckily happened to be one of the them.

I immediately accepted the invitation & decided to take on this challenge too since I thrive on such challenges! Despite this though, I admit I was still a little apprehensive at first because I never swan this open water distance ever before- the maximum open water distance I swan was 3K so it was rather a challenge. To my surprise,I not only managed to complete the swim successfully, but I simply felt ecstatic while doing it! It was like a meditation swim especially in this specific spot as opposed to other spots which I swan in before in the North Coast! Why you ask? Well it’s because of this area’s exceptionally serene, translucent water & the very very clear spectacular sight of a wide variety of fish that I enjoyed watching underneath me as I was swimming which was quite peaceful & entertaining I must say! It was simply breath taking & this serenity is what kept me going for 7K nonstop. You will believe me more after you try it yourself too. It was simply the best swim I have ever done in my whole life so naturally for all those reasons I was eager to repeat this swim again this summer 2017. But this time, I thought it would be nice to push this swimming adventure to a higher level & turn it into a bigger event so that other swimmers like yourselves would enjoy the beautiful unique swim as well.

Since I have had a passion for organizing open water swims throughout Egypt during the past year, without a doubt in my mind, I suggested this to Hussein & Hazem & they willingly supported the idea very much!

So the three of us swimmers teamed up together to organize this similar swim so that you too can experience swimming in this amazing spot in honor of Mrs. Karara’s strong will & courage at a time when not that many women swimmers dared swim such open water long distances.

The swim will be from shore to shore starting from Ghazala beach with motorboats & kayaks tailing us for safety & security until we reach Hacienda Beach.

We will all meet in Ghazala at 7:00 am for registration, a short briefing & the distribution of your wrist band numbers & swim caps.

Swimming will start at 8:00 am & upon successful completion of the 7K swim, you will end up at Hacienda beach where we will all celebrate our success together with drinks & some snacks at a simple award giving reception on the beach.
At around 12ish, a bus will leave Hacienda to take you back to Ghazala where you cars are parked.

Although this will not be a race, finisher medals will be presented to all finishers. The first three women & the first three men will also receive trophies. Not only that but in honor of his grandmother, Hussein Mesharafa will also grant a special honorary trophy & prize for the first 17 year old woman who completes the swim. This trophy will be called the “The Karara 7K North Coast Open Sea Swim Trophy” & will mark the start of an annual event in her honor.

If you find that the 7K might be too much for you, you may form a team of two or three or even four & split the distance between you…so don’t worry..each person can swim as much or as little as he/she wishes–there is no minimum distance that each person has to swim as long as the team finishes the race to the finish line.

So make sure not to miss this fun, adventurous & unique swim.

We had to incur a minimal fee for this event to cover our costs. So each participant will pay 200 EGP to participate.
Indicating that you are joining the swim on FB wil not be enough so please registration will be necessary to help us to keep track of the exact numbers for organizational reasons since we do have a limit of only 50 swimmers who may participate in this event.

So hurry up & register
Here’s the Link:
https://mastersoftheseaegypt.eventsmart.com/?p=311

See you on Friday the 28th of July
Meeting point: 6:45 am Hacienda alongside Andrea (Approx. kilo 136) to park our cars & head by bus to Ghazala Bay
Registation: 7:30-8:00 at Ghazala Bay
Briefing by Hazem Labib: 8:00-8:15
Swim Starts: 8:15am
Till we meet, keep swimming!

Marina Wadi El Dom, Ein Sukhna


Masters of the Sea Open water swimming season is back!

April 22

6:15 meeting

6:45 leave Cairo

8:30 yacht embarks from Marina Wadi El Dom

We return to Ain Sukhna — the site of our first Yacht Swimming Adventure last March 2106 — and head out on a luxurious yacht from Marina Wadi El Dom into the translucent, turquoise water of the Red Sea reaching Ras Sedr.

We will embark to clear blue waters and start from the deck of the yacht your  1K, 2K, or any distance according to your level. We’ll set sail to Ras Sedr then set anchor for a lunch of fish, roasted potatoes, brown rice, a variety of salads, tahini and fruit.

Besides your swimsuits, wet-suits, goggles and caps, bring towels and slippers and don’t forget your sunscreen. The water temperature is expected to be a warm 20-21 degrees during this time in April as opposed to the 18 degrees it was in March.

Directions & Meeting point: Head to Ain Sukhna Road from Cairo, drive for about 30 km until you reach the Cairo-Sukhna gates, then drive for about 100 km until the Sukhna gates, and then Porto Sukhna. You will see Marina Wadi El Dom across the street.

The list of names of the participant swimmers will be left at the main entrance. We will send scanned copies of your IDs beforehand, so we are guaranteed to leave on time. Your entry to the Marina is included in the registration fee so you won’t need to pay  anything at the door. If you have  a car, you’ll pay the attendant only 20LE to park.

Safety: Your safety is of the utmost importance to us, so rest assured that a boat with a Life Guard will be escorting swimmers along the way. An emergency first aid kit will also be available, too.

Registration:  Online registration must be completed by April 10. And a copy of your ID/ passport if you are not Egyptian should be sent  to us by this date as well via Whats app in order to get the necessary permissions ahead of time to prevent delay on the day of the Swimming trip.

Registration alone does not guarantee your place; payment has to be made prior to the event in order to hold your booking.

Cost of Trip: Per person 350 LE . This includes:
Your entrance to the Marina
Your organized swim, with a safety escort boat &  life guards
A full day on the yacht enjoying a fresh fish lunch including brown sayadeya rice, roasted potatoes & a variety of salads.
Drinks & water too of course. Also tea & fruits in the evening.
Finisher Certificates
First three winner prizes.
Not included in price:
Parking inside the Marina is not included.
If we have enough people interested, bus transportation can be arranged for & the cost can split amongst us.
For more details or any inquiries, please call:  01009608012 anytime from 10:00 am- 5:00 pm daily or email  mastersofthesea.egypt@gmail.com.

Your “Masters of the Sea” team can’t wait to serve you & share this wonderful day with you.


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Happy New Year Moonlight Runners Everywhere

We are back again ready to celebrate the New Year together with all of you our dear Moonlighters —
We are ready for yet another bright Full Moonlight Run at the Wadi so get ready & don’t miss this upcoming
Full Moonlight New Year’s Run which will be held on January the 13th from 7:30 pm- 11:00.

We will all enjoy running together under the bright moonlit sky, then after we’re done with our run, we will light up a heartwarming bone-fire, & enjoy gathering around it while drinking hot chocolate & munching on Marsh-mellows. You are also welcome bring your own snacks if you wish.
Waiting for all- Lets start the new year together on a Bright Foot–LOL
All you need to do is register online (the link will be posted soon) & pay only 60LE which will cover our organizational costs plus your:
1. Wadi entrance fee
2. Running bib
3. Certificate
4. Medals & prizes
5. Hot chocolate & Marsh-mellows
6. Water
So all you need to do is register today, bring your torch, come along & have some fun running time with all of us at the Wadi.

9th Full Moonlight New Year’s Run 2017


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Happy New Year Moonlight Runners Everywhere

We are back again ready to celebrate the New Year together with all of you our dear Moonlighters —
We are ready for yet another bright Full Moonlight Run at the Wadi so get ready & don’t miss this upcoming
Full Moonlight New Year’s Run which will be held on January the 13th from 7:30 pm- 11:00.

We will all enjoy running together under the bright moonlit sky, then after we’re done with our run, we will light up a heartwarming bone-fire, & enjoy gathering around it while drinking hot chocolate & munching on Marsh-mellows. You are also welcome bring your own snacks if you wish.
Waiting for all- Lets start the new year together on a Bright Foot–LOL
All you need to do is register online (the link will be posted soon) & pay only 60LE which will cover our organizational costs plus your:
1. Wadi entrance fee
2. Running bib
3. Certificate
4. Medals & prizes
5. Hot chocolate & Marsh-mellows
6. Water

So all you need to do once you register here is to deposit the 60 EGP registration fee at any CIB branch or CIB ATM machine, send us a copy of the payment slip on whatsApp (01009608012)

& just bring your torch, come along & have some fun running time with all of us at the Wadi.

7th Full Moonlight Run


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7th Full Moonlight Run
Our Slogan: We Don’t Sweat, We Glow! (with no delays :):)
Details:
You will find two packages with two prices here which indicate two different packages as follows:
A.  Full package: 80 LE
This package will include:
1. Wadi Degla entrance Ticket
2. Full Moonlight Run T. shirt
3. Number Bib
4. Head Flash light
5. Glow Sticks
B. Only Run Package: 40 LE –
This package includes:
1. Wadi Degla entrance ticket
2. Bib
3. Glow sticks
(No T. shirt nor head flashlight is included in this package)

This package is for those who have already participated before in previous full moonlight runs & already have their T. shirt & Flash headlights. It is also for those of you who do not wish to have a T. shirt nor a head flash light. So choose the package that suits you but make sure you register before the deadline which is November 1st.

Water bottles shall be provided at the start line, at 5k & at the end of the run back at 10K

A first Aide kit including lots of extra ice shall be available onsite should any injury occur to anyone God forbid.

Whether you choose to run 5K or 10, your run will be well timed with the help of our many volunteers who so generously offered to help us.
The first three females & the first three males in both the 5K & 10 who complete the run in the least amount of time will each receive a prize as well as a winner certificate.

All other participants will receive Finisher Certificates.

Register now, & we will inform you how to pick up your kit before the run.

Lets all enjoy running together under the moonlit sky on Tuesday the 15th of November!

See you all 🙂

6th Full Moonlight Run


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6th Full Moonlight Run
Our Slogan: We Don’t Sweat, We Glow! (with no delays :):)
Details:
You will find two packages with two prices here which indicate two different packages as follows:
A.  Full package: 80 LE
This package will include:
1. Wadi Degla entrance Ticket
2. A Moonlight Run T. shirt
3. Number Bib
4. Head Flash light
5. Glow Sticks
B. Only Run Package: 40 LE –
This package includes:
1. Wadi Degla entrance ticket
2. Bib
3. Glow sticks
(No T. shirt nor head flashlight is included in this package)

This package is for those who have already participated before in last month’s full moonlight run & have their T. shirt & Flash headlights. It is also for those of you who do not wish to have a T. shirt nor a head flash light.Choose the package that suits you but make sure you register before the deadline which is October 5th.

 

Water bottles shall be provided at the start line, at 5k & at the end of the run back at 10K

A first Aide kit including lots of extra ice shall be available onsite should any injury occur to anyone God forbid.

Whether you choose to run 5K or 10, your run will be well timed with the help of our many volunteers who so generously offered to help us.
The first three females & the first three males in both the 5K & 10 who complete the run in the least amount of time will each receive a prize as well as a winner certificate.

All other participants will receive Finisher Certificates.

Register now & lets all enjoy running together under the moonlit sky on Friday the 14th of October!

Can’t wait to see you all 🙂

5th Moonlight Run- Wadi Degla Protectorate


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5th Moonlight Run

It will be the same Moonlight run but with some adjustments & improvements & additions.

Details:

  1. In order to keep track of participants & to know the exact number for prior ticket purchasing & other logistics, online registration will be required this time- so please register here on this site
  2. There will be a 60 LE fee for registration in order to keep the crowd selective as well as for other services that we will offer this time around. This registration fee will include:
    1. A moonlight Run T. shirt
    2. Number Bib
    3. Headlight
    4. Water
    5. Glow Sticks
    6. Wadi Degla Entrance Ticket
    7. Winner Prizes
  3. Whether you choose to run 5K or 10, your run will be timed this time around & the first three who completer the run in the least amount of time will each receive a prize.

Come on Register now

Can’t wait to see you all 🙂

Marsa Matrouh Open Water Swimming Adventure Trip


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                                                                                  Trip Program:

Thursday. October 6:

6:00 am      Group Meeting (meeting place to be determined)

6:30 am       Departure from Cairo

10:30 am     Approx. arrival to Marsa Matrouh- Hotel check in, Rest time

12:30- 3:30    Lunch

Free day to explore Marsa Matrouh on your own: Spend the rest on the day at the hotel beach, or go

sight seeing & light shopping if desired

8:00 am       Dinnertime

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Friday, October 7- Relay Race Day

7:00  Breakfast at hotel

8:00   Meeting in Lobby & heading to Marsa  (Dock)

8:30  Yacht Departure to Fayrouz Beach

Briefing & Route explanation

Handing out race numbers, number sticks & color coded swim caps, etc…

9:00   Relay Swim will start from fayrouz Bay where the big group will break up into teams & each team will be given their Felluca & the relay swim will start

1:30    Sea Food Lunch to be served on the Yacht

4:30    Visit to Obayed Beach

Award Giving Ceremony on the beach

6:30    Head back to Marsa (Dock)

7:30    Dinner

Free Time

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Saturday October 8

7:00    Breakfast at hotel

8:00    Head to Ageeba Beach

Spend a relaxing few hours on this beautiful beach

1:30     Lunch

3:00     Hotel check-out & Departure back to Cairo

7:00      Arrival to Cairo

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Accommodation Prices:

For both Swimmers & Non Swimmers:

You will notice below that there are two price options. Those two price options below are based on two hotel choices for you choose from depending on your budget as follows:

  1. Option 1: Cost 675 EGP for two nights –  Accommodation will be on a bed & breakfast basis in a 3 star hotel called Negresco Hotel. It is one of the best 3 star hotels in Marsa Matrouh. It is a very clean, with newly furnished modern rooms located right on the Corniche (been to it & loved it).
  2. Option 2: Cost 975 EGP for two nights –  Accommodation will be on a bed & breakfast basis in a 5 star hotel called Belle Veu Hotel (a Beu Site sister hotel but newer , fancier & more modern)- Just simply the best in Marsa Matrouh overlooking the best beaches in town.

Both hotels are simply great so choose the appropriate option for you when booking your place.

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Cost of The Relay Race: (for swimmers) 350 LE each – This includes the race, the felluca which will accompany each team, a sea food lunch, snacks & fruits, water & beverages (hot & cold) on the yacht

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Cost of Yacht Day use (for non-swimmers)  400 LE : This includes a full day on the yacht cruising the beaches of Marsa Matrouh, a sea food lunch, snacks & fruits, water & beverages (hot & cold) on the yacht

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Transportation to Marsa Matrouh: A Deluxe air conditioned, comfortable bus can be arranged for depending on the number of people who need it – The cost will be approx. 350 per person two ways

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Details 

The Swimming Race: Individual or Relay Teams

The entire swimming course will be 8KM long.

You may do all the 8K on your own- (please indicate that on the registration form) or you may choose to do it in a relay team of 5 swimmers each completing as many kilometers or as little as you decide amongst yourselves (it will be your choice so long as you as a team complete the 8KM)- 4 main swimmers & one spare

Each team of 5 will be assigned a felluca throughout the race for the resting swimmers.

There will be 3 other fellucas accompanying the individual swimmers.

We will take the yacht from the marsa & go to Fayrooz Bay where each team will be assigned a felluca & we will all start the race all together.

All you need to do is decide who your team of 5 swimmers will be & decide who will start first & who will end the race &  how many kilos will each one swim.

Everyone will start the race at the same time, & when each team arrives to the final destination they will be given a stick with their swimming completion time.

The team who arrives first to the final destination is the winner & gets first place, the second to arrive will get second place etc..

May the best team win–:)  but at the end of the day we will all be winners for completing such a long swim.

There will be awards for the first three winning teams, as well as finisher certificates for all swimmers.

The yacht can accommodate up to 40 persons – so we will have 7 teams of 5 swimmers & 5 individual swimmers

Each swimmer is allowed to bring only one 1 non swimmer adult guest

Kids 7 years old or less can accompany their parents on the yacht for free (1 child max)

Kids 8 years or older, will have to pay full for the yacht day use & lunch as they will eat & occupy a spot on the yacht which otherwise could be given to a participating adult.

Thanks for participating in this unique swimming adventure trip

Looking forward to swimming with you.

Ain Sukhna Open Water Yacht Swimming Adventure


 

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Better boat, better swim route. We return to Ain Sukhna — the site of our first Yacht Swimming Adventure in March — and head out on the Manchester yacht from Marina Wadi El Dom into the translucent, turquoise water of the Red Sea.

The yacht will launch from Marina Wadi El Dome at 8 a.m. sharp so make sure to be there at least 15 minutes early. It is recommended that you leave Cairo no later than 6 a.m.

We will motor out to clear blue waters and start from the deck of the yacht your 1K, 2K, 3K or 5K distance according to your level. We’ll set anchor for a lunch of fish, roasted potatoes, brown rice, a variety of salads, tahini and fruit.

Besides your swimsuits, wet-suits, goggles and caps, bring towels and slippers and don’t forget your sunscreen. The water temperature is expected to be a warmer 20-21 degrees during this time in April as opposed to the 18 degrees it was in March.

Directions & Meeting point: Head to Ain Sukhna Road from Cairo, drive for about 30 km until you reach the Cairo-Sukhna gates, then drive for about 100 km until the Sukhna gates, and then Porto Sukhna. You will see Marina Wadi El Dom across the street.

The list of names of the participant swimmers will be left at the main entrance. We will send scanned copies of your IDs beforehand, so we are guaranteed to leave on time. Your entry to the Marina is included in the registration fee so you won’t need to pay  anything at the door. If you have car, you’ll pay the attendant only 20LE to park.

Safety: Your safety is of the utmost importance to us, so rest assured that a boat with a Life Guard will be escorting swimmers along the way. An emergency first aid kit will also be available, too.

Registration:  Online registration must be completed by April 30. Registration alone does not guarantee your place; payment has to be made prior to the event in order to hold your booking.

Cost of Trip: Per person 350 LE includes a fresh fish,  and a variety of salads lunch.
For inquiriescall 01009608012 anytime from 10:20 am- 5:00 pm daily or email  mastersofthesea.egypt@gmail.com.

Your “Masters of the Sea” team can’t wait to serve you share this wonderful day with you.