In Search of Memphre

2020

Lake Memphremagog between Newport, VT and Magog, QC

Mists of Memphre

In Search of Memphre is a 25 mile international swim on Lake Memphremagog between Newport, Vermont and Magog, Quebec.  It is a substantial, freshwater ultra marathon swim.  This amateur swim was started in 2011 on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, in part to promote a more open border with our Canadian friends and to search for that elusive, swimmer friendly, lake creature, Memphre (c). 

It has expanded to include several three day windows throughout July, August and September

All swimmers must have swum at least 25 km in under 10 hours and 30 minutes, unless special arrangements are made for slow but strong swimmers.  They are also required to have at least three hours of night time, open water swimming experience.

We offer one of two pontoon boats with pilots or a 16 foot wooden dory with pilot for support.  Swimmer is responsible for providing a crew member.  We can find crew for an additional fee.

Base fee in 2020 will be $2,450 for boat and pilot with $500 deposit within 2 weeks of acceptance of your application. Remainder is due on March 1, 2020.  We can provide a crew member for an additional $500.

We establish three-day windows and pick the very best of the three.  We leave from The EastSide Restaurant anytime between 12:01 am and 5:30 am on one of the three days. Swimmers are REQUIRED to arrive in Newport by noon two days before the first day of the window, and not plan their return home until at least the day after the last day of the window.

1, 2 or 3 swimmers will be swimming during any one of the windows

The following windows are currently available in 2020.

July 6 – 8, 2020

          1. Martin McMahon

July 14-16, 2020
1. Margaret Rivard

July 28-30, 2020

          1. Genevieve Mackwood

August 3-5, 2020

August 26-28, 2020
1. Joan WeisbergBeyerlein and Elery McGowan (Relay)

Sept 1-3, 2020

          1. James Penrose

Sept 7-9, 2020

          1.  Elizabeth Almond 

We are proud of the Swimmer Scouts who have completed this swim.

Finishers and Times

Pantheon of All Knights Memphre

Video – The Search – 2011 – 2015

Uprichard 4

About Memphre

History and Mystery of Lake Memphremagog

The swim is hosted, organized, and supported by Kingdom Games, Inc. and the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association in collaboration with Barbara Malloy, of Newport, Vermont, Vermont’s 1st Lady Dracontologist.

Completion times for amateurs have ranged from approximately 11 hrs 30 mins to 24 hrs and 11 minutes.  Swimming as a professional, Shelley Taylor Smith set the women’s record in the 1990s with a time of 8 hours and 35 minutes.

Water temperatures generally range from 70 F to 74 F.  They have been in the high 60’s some years.  In 2017, after a week of cloudy and windy weather, the lake temperature dropped to 65 F and the air temp at night dropped to 40 F.  A week later after a string of sunny days, water temps had risen to 70+ F and night time temps were in the mid 50s and low 60s.

To apply, please use our NEKOWSA 2020 Registration form and exit at the paypal button.  We will review your application and get back to you.