Kingdom Swim 2017

NEKOWSA

25 km Border Buster, 10 Mile, 6.2 Mile (10 km), 3.1 Mile (5 km), 1 Mile

Saturday, July 29, 2017

(with Sunday, July 30th as a bad weather alternative)

Wrap Up, Times, and Pics of Kingdom Swim 2016 here

A celebration of open water swimming

Lake Memphremagog

Prouty Beach, Newport, VT

CURRENT ROSTER as of 3/1/17

FEES AND CAPS

25 km Border Buster – $700 – Cap of 40 Swimmers

10 Mile – $150 – Cap of 50 Swimmers

6 Mile – $150 – Cap of 50 Swimmers

3 Mile – $125 – Cap of 50 Swimmers

1 Mile – $50 – Cap of 50 Swimmers

Fees for the 25 km, 10 Mile, 6 Mile and 3 Mile Swims Include 2 T Shirts (Swimmer and Yacker), Swim Cap,  Boat Tour for Two on Friday while space is available and Dinner for Two on Friday Evening and lunch for two during the swim).  1 milers receive a T Shirt, a Swim Cap and lunch on the beach.  They can purchase spots at Friday’s Pasta Dinner for $15.

WE ACCEPT CANADIAN DOLLARS AT PAR FOR ALL REGISTRATION FEES, YACKER FEES, AND RENTAL FEES.

SPECIAL GROUP RATES FOR THE 1 MILE AND 3.1 MILE SWIMS – 5 SWIMMERS FOR THE PRICE OF 4.

All swimmers except for the 1 milers are required to be accompanied by a kayaker.  We STRONGLY encourage swimmers to bring their own escort “yacker.”  We are willing to provide volunteer yackers for those in need, while available, for the following fee:  $250 for Border Busters, $175 for the 10 Milers, and $150 for the 3 and 6 milers.  This is done on a first come, first served basis.  If you need a kayaker, we encourage you to register early.

For those with their own kayaker but who need a kayak, we offer rental kayaks delivered to the beach on the morning of the swim with paddle, 2 pfds, and a whistle for $65.

All swimmers must be qualified.  They should have completed at least 2/3rds the distance for which they register on or before July  1, 2017.  Qualifying swims do not have to be formal events.  They can be informal, with a kayaker and a gps.  But they must be open water.

Mandatory Safety Meeting for all  swimmers and kayakers doing the 3, 6, 10, and 25 km swims is on Friday evening at 5:30 pm.

All fees are non-refundable.  However, we do allow registrants at Kingdom Swim who can’t make it for some reason to exchange their entry fee for another day of swimming in 2017 during our Swim the Kingdom Week.  However, they must make that election at least two weeks prior to Kingdom Swim.

Registration closes for all but the 1 mile swim on July 1, 2017 at noon.  Registration for the 1 mile swim closes on July 15th at noon.  Registration for a particular distance also closes whenever the cap for the particular course is reached.

SCHEDULE OF SWIMS

5:00 am – Mandatory Safety Meeting for Border Busters

5:30 am – Border Busters Start

7:30 am – Mandatory Safety Meeting for 3, 6, and 10 milers

7:45 am – 10 mile Yackers Take to the Water

8:00 am – 10 Mile Swimmers Start

8:15 am – 10 k Yackers Deploy

8:30 am – 10 k Swimmers Start

8:45 am – 5 k Yackers Deploy

9:00 am 5 k Swimmers Start

1:30 pm – Mandatory Safety Meeting for 1 Milers

1:55 pm – 100 Yard Youth Swim

2:00 pm – 1 Milers Start

2:05 pm – 1/4 Mile Youth Swim

6:00 pm Award Ceremony and Pig Roast ($15) at Prouty Beach

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, July 27th

8:00 am to noon – Ceremonial Laying of The Buoys.  Swimmers are welcome to help.

1:00 pm to 6:00 pm First Annual Brew Tour

7:00 pm – NEKOWSA Annual Pizza Cruise  on the Northern Star ($19)

Friday, July 28th

noon – Sign in begins at The Gateway Center, Fyfe Drive, Newport, VT

Noon, 2 pm and 4 pm   Boat Tours of the course on the Northern Star, cap of 49 passengers per tour.

1 pm  Kingdom Kayak Expedition and Fundraiser for MWA ($10)

5:30 pm – Mandatory Safety Meeting at the Gateway Center

6:30 pm – Swimmers and Yackers Pajama Party Promenade

7:00 pm – Swimmers and Yackers Pasta Dinner with Patti Casey

Saturday, July 29th

5:00 am to 4:30 pm – Kingdom Swim – Prouty Beach with Kingdom Dixie

6:00 pm – Awards Ceremony at Prouty Beach

6:30 pm – Pig Roast, Bon Fire, and Bands – Prouty Beach – ($15) Open to the Public with The Hitmen

Sunday, July 30th

10:00 am – An unofficial cool down swim at South Beach, Lake Willoughby

1:00 pm – Farewell lunch at Mike’s Tiki Bar, East Burke, VT, with 30 beer on tap and a burrito wagon.

SAFETY PLAN

First rule of safety is that ALL swimmers must be qualified for the distance they choose to swim.  Second rule of safety is that all swimmers in the longer courses must not only have an escort kayaker but they must remain within 15 feet of their kayak at all times (except at the start of the swim).  For more on our detailed safety plan, click here.

OFFICIAL WELCOME TO KINGDOM SWIM

OTHER INFORMATION

Charts of the Courses

About Memphre our swimmer-friendly lake creature

History and Mystery of Lake Memphremagog

Yackers Rule – A short guide to escort kayaking.

Training Tips by Ned, Leslie, and Fil