Kingdom Swim 2019

NEKOWSA

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

Saturday, July 27, 2019 

(with Sunday, July 29th as a bad weather alternative)

Registration Closes for All but the 1 Mile Swim on July 1st, 2019 at noon

A celebration of open water swimming

Lake Memphremagog

Prouty Beach, Newport, VT

Underwritten by  our friends at RDI Corporation

Winning Smart for four decades

REGISTER ON-LINE HERE

VOLUNTEER AS YACKER, BOAT PILOT, CREW OR BEACH BUM

JOIN THE
ONE MILE TEAM CHALLENGE

FEES AND CAPS FOR ALL DISTANCES

Prior to January 1, 2019

25 km Border Buster – $425 – Cap of 30 Swimmers
10 Mile – $175 – Cap of 30 Swimmers
6.2 Mile – $150 – Cap of 30 Swimmers
3.1 Mile – $125 – Cap of 30 Swimmers
1 Mile – $50 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

After January 1 and Prior to April 1, 2019

25 km Border Buster – $475 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

10 Mile – $185 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

6.2 Mile – $160 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

3.1 Mile – $130 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

1 Mile – $60 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

After April 1 but Prior to June 1, 2019

25 km Border Buster – $495 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

10 Mile – $195 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

6.2 Mile – $170 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

3.1 Mile – $145 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

1 Mile – $70 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

After June 1 to July 1, 2019 at noon

25 km Border Buster – $515 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

10 Mile – $225 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

6.2 Mile – $195 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

3.1 Mile – $160 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

1 Mile – $80 – Cap of 30 Swimmers

After June 1 to July 15, 2019 at noon

1 Mile – $95 – 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:  $350 for Border Busters, $200 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, 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.

Safety Meeting for all  swimmers and kayakers doing the 3, 6, 10, and 25 km swims is on Friday evening at 5:30 pm.  MANDATORY meeting on the beach at 7:30 am for all 3, 6, and 10 mile swimmers

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 2019 during our NEK Swim Week.  However, they 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, 2019 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 ($20) at The EastSide

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, July 26th

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

Friday, July 27th

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

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 28th

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

4:30 pm – Awards Ceremony at Prouty Beach

Sunday, July 29th

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.

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