Malabar Magic

The Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim is held at Sydney’s sheltered Malabar Beach in February each year. Hosted by Rainbow Club and known as ‘the friendly ocean swim’ named after the great Olympian Murray Rose, the annual Malabar Magic is a featured event on the Ocean Swims calendar and Rainbow Club’s social calendar.

Around 1000 swimmers take part in either a 1km or 2.5km swim (or both). The swim is suitable for beginners, but swimmers must have adequately trained for this event. Swimmers may swim as an individual or form a team of four to compete in the team challenge.

The Malabar Magic Ocean Swim is inclusive of all ages and abilities, and swimmers with a disability are welcome to nominate and be eligible for the Swimmer with a Disability Award. Rainbow Club members are invited to train and swim as part of the Magic Rainbows team who receive VIP treatment on the day. Rainbow Club members have three options: swim in the main race with all other ocean swimmers; participate in a 250m Dash (for Rainbow Club Members who can swim 250 metres); or Splash at the edge of the beach and enjoy fun activities.

With activities, music, food, and a fun atmosphere, the Malabar Magic is a fantastic day out for the whole family. Swimmers are invited to fundraise and all funds raised by the Malabar Magic support Rainbow Club.

A special thank you to the volunteer organisers and coordinators who help make the Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim such a wonderful day out for Rainbow Club, all the ocean swimmers, event sponsors, and participants.

2021 Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim
Sunday 21 February 2021
Malabar Beach, Sydney

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Swim the Magic

Closer to the Malabar Magic event date, all swimmers register online via the Malabar Magic website. Each swimmer can raise funds for Rainbow Club as an individual or as part of a team.


Malabar Magic news

Malabar Magic Cancellation

Malabar Magic Cancellation

After 11 wonderful years of staging the Malabar Magic, Mother Nature intervened last weekend and forced us to cancel. Please consider making a donation equal to the entrance fee ($50) so that Rainbow Club can continue to share the joy of swimming by helping children with a disability learn to swim.

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What happens at the Malabar Magic:

Registration: All swimmers can register online prior to the event. Late registrations are available on the day from 7.00am. Entrants are issued with a race kit (swim caps, race numbers and timing chips) which must be worn during the swim. Entry fees apply.

Races: The 1km Swim (for ages 10 years or over) starts at 9.00am and the 2.5km Swim (for ages 12 years or over) starts at 10.00am. A 250m Dash is only available to Rainbow Club members.

The course: The Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim course offers a choice of a 1km swim or a 2.5km swim, or a combination entry in both swims. The start and finish is on Malabar Beach. Marker buoys are positioned to indicate the course for each swim.

For swimmers with a disability: Companion swimmers may be organised if need be, and a mat across the beach makes for easy direct access to the water. Beach wheelchairs may be arranged subject to availability.

Presentations of awards and prizes: Medals and prizes are given including the prestigious Rose Renford* trophy.

Magic Rainbows: Rainbow Club members who join the Magic Rainbows team receive a VIP package that includes free registration to the event, an exclusive ‘I swam the Malabar Magic’ rashie and a Marie Jackson participation medal. Other special VIP privileges may apply.

*The Rose Renford trophy is presented by the Malabar Magic committee for the fastest teams in the 1km and 2.5km race. It recognises the speed of Murray Rose (Australian Olympic Swimmer) and the endurance of Des Renford (English Channel swimmer).

Save the date

Malabar Magic 2020 has unfortunately been cancelled. We look forward to seeing you next year. Save the date of Sunday 21 February 2021 for the 2021 Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim. For more information or to register visit the Malabar Magic website.



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