Kingdom Swim 2020

NEKOWSA

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

Saturday, July 25, 2020 

(with Sunday, July 28th as a bad weather alternative)

Registration Closes for All but the 1 Mile Swim on July 1st, 2020 at noon

A celebration of open water swimming

Venue for the 2020 USMS Ultra Marathon Distance (10 Mile)

Open Water National Championship

Lake Memphremagog

Prouty Beach, Newport, VT

USMS Sanction for the 10 Mile Championship Pending

REGISTER FOR ALL BUT THE USMS OWNC ON-LINE HERE

REGISTRATION FOR THE 10 MILE USMS OWNC WILL BE OPENED AT A LATER DATE

VOLUNTEER AS A YACKER HERE

VOLUNTEER AS BOAT PILOT, CREW OR BEACH BUM

JOIN THE
ONE MILE TEAM CHALLENGE

FEES AND CAPS FOR ALL DISTANCES

Prior to January 1, 2020

25 km Border Buster – $450 – Cap of 30 Swimmers
10 Mile – $225 – Cap of 150 Swimmers
6.2 Mile – $175 – Cap of 30 Swimmers
3.1 Mile – $150 – Cap of 30 Swimmers
1 Mile – $75 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

After January 1 and Prior to April 1, 2020

25 km Border Buster – $500 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

10 Mile – $250 – Cap of 150 Swimmers

6.2 Mile – $225 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

3.1 Mile – $175 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

1 Mile – $85 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

After April 1 but Prior to June 1, 2020

25 km Border Buster – $550 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

10 Mile – $275 – Cap of 150 Swimmers

6.2 Mile – $250 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

3.1 Mile – $200 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

1 Mile – $100 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

After June 1 to July 1, 2020 at noon

25 km Border Buster – $575 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

10 Mile – $300 – Cap of 150 Swimmers

6.2 Mile – $275 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

3.1 Mile – $225 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

1 Mile – $125 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

After July 1 to July 15, 2020 at noon

1 Mile – $150 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

Fees for the 25 km, 10 Mile, 6 Mile and 3 Mile Swims Include 2 T Shirts (Swimmer and Yacker), Swim Cap,  Dinner for Two on Friday Evening and lunch for two during the swim and Beach Fees).  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.  Teams of 3 to 10 swimmers are especially welcome in the One Mile Team Challenge.  We take the fastest three times of each team and determine the winning team.  Bragging Rights Baby!!

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:  $375 for Border Busters, $250 for the 10 Milers, and $200 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, 2019.  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.  If you AND your kayaker can’t make the mandatory safety meeting on Friday evening.  DON’T REGISTER.  No excuses.  No exceptions.

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 2020 during our NEK Swim Week.  Or, we are willing to apply 50% of the fee to an event the following year.  However, swimmers must make that election at least four weeks prior to Kingdom Swim.  

Pull Times.  Assuming that we start on time, we will be clearing the lake at 4:00 pm for all 10 milers and 5 pm for all Border Busters  That is the time we lose our EMT’s on the beach, our police support, and our motor boat volunteers.  This translates to a 11.5 hour pull time for the Border Buster.  And we reserve the right to pull 10 mile swimmers after 7 hours, 6.2 mile swimmers after 5 hours, and 3.1 mile swimmers after 3 hours.

Registration closes for all but the 1 mile swim on July 1, 2020 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.

All swimmers in the USMS OWNCA must be USMS Members. 

SCHEDULE OF SWIMS

5:25 am – Border Buster Yackers deploy

5:30 am – Border Busters Start

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

4:00 pm Award Ceremony on the Beach

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, July 23rd

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

Friday, July 24th

noon – Sign in begins at The EastSide Restaurant, 47 Landing St. Newport, VT

noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm Boat Tours EastSide Docks  $10 donation to MWA

4 pm – Warm Up Welcome – Jaspers

5:30 pm Safety Meeting at the EastSide Restaurant

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

Saturday, July 25th

5:00 am to 5:30 pm – Kingdom Swim – Prouty Beach.

4:00 pm – Awards Ceremony at Prouty Beach

Sunday, July 26th

10:00 am – An unofficial, unsanctioned, 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.

OHER 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