In Search of Memphre
July 16, 17 or 18, 2019
September 9, 10 or 11, 2019
Lake Memphremagog between Newport, VT and Magog, QC
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 two four-swimmer “expeditions,” one in July and one in September. We also offer four three-day windows in July and August for solo, individually escorted swims.
All swimmers must have significant open water swimming experience and be deemed qualified by our vetting committee. At a minimum, sometime prior to The Search, they should have completed a 15 to 20 mile swim and at least three hours of night swimming.
Swimmers will also be reviewed for good spirit and commitment to their community. They should be committed not only to completion of this swim, but also to the support of their fellow swimmers, to the search for our elusive and beloved lake creature Memphre, to serve as ambassadors of peace in the promotion of a more open border, and to the support of charitable work.
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.
Cost of the Swim is $1,950 if you provide a two person crew and $2,650 if we supply your crew. A deposit of $500 is required within one week of acceptance into the swim. The remaining amount due is required on or before March 1, 2019 for the July Expedition and March 31, 2019 for the September Expedition. All payments are non refundable. Checks should be made out to Kingdom Games, Inc. (In Search of Memphre) and sent to Kingdom Games, PO Box 310, Newport, VT 05855. Swimmers can also use the following PAYPAL link.
We provide each swimmer a motorized 16.5 ft aluminum escort boat with a 4 to 9.9 hp engine and a caged prop. Each swimmer is required to arrange for two crew members (who are 18 years of age or older). If a swimmer needs assistance, for an additional fee, we may be able to find some additional support.) It is recommended (but not required) that they also include a kayaker as part of their escort crew. Two person kayak support is possible with switchoff occurring at Georgeville.
Swimmers and crew are expected to be in Newport by noon two days before the swim to test and train themselves on the escort boats. We have a safety meeting and dinner at 6:00 pm on Sunday (July) or Saturday (September) evening. We call the direction of the swim on the day we pick up the escort boats. We will leave (from Newport or Magog) at 12:01 am on Tuesday (July) of Monday (September) morning. We reserve two alternate days and pick the best likely day for the swim. We strongly urge participants not to plan a departure from Newport until the day after the last alternative day so that we can pick the very best day out of the three, to make the crossing.
Completion times for amateurs have ranged from approximately 11 hrs 30 mins to 19 hrs and 55 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 in 2014 were 70 F. In 2015 they were 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 Omnibus Registration form and exit at the paypal button. We will review your application and get back to you.