NEKOWSA – Swimming the Kingdom

NEKOWSA – 2016 Swims

A full summer of swimming in the legendary lakes of the

Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the Eastern Townships of Quebec

hosted by

Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association and Kingdom Games.





2015 NEKOWSA Swimmer of the Year – Bill Shipp

Good Shit Swims – A list of other sister swims that will knock your socks off.

Our NEKOWSA swims are challenging to the best and accessible to all. They are held in some of the best fresh water venues in the Americas.  They are well supported and safety conscious swims for all abilities, young and old alike.  Our swimmers have ranged in age from 4 years old to 78 year’s old.  Except for the two Monster Swims, we offer four divisions, Skins, Wet Suits, Adaptive and Canine.  We welcome swimmers with challenges who need (or simply like) to use flippers or other adaptive devices such as snorkels.

The Daily News of Open Water Swimming has selected Lake Memphremagog and Lake Willoughby as two of the 50 great open water swimming venues in all of the Americas.  In doing so it noted, “[T]he clarity and tranquility of the lakes [of the Northeast Kingdom] rival any in North America…. [They are] geological aquatic marvels.”  Kingdom Swim has been selected as one of the top 100 swims in the world.  Willoughby Swim and In Search of Memphre have made the list of the top 100 swims in the USA.

Enough already, here’s what we got in 2016.


June 18 and July 2nd, 2016:  Son of a Swim –  2, 4,and 6 mile swims in Lake Memphremagog.  (Can be used as a qualifier for Kingdom Swim)(Cap of 10 on each swim)

July 18, 2016 – Georgeville or Bust – A 15 mile, international swim between Newport, Vermont and Georgeville, Quebec (Cap at 5)

July 30, 2016 – Eighth Annual Kingdom Swim – 25 km, Border Buster, 10 mile, 6.2 mile, 3.1 mile, 1 mile swims for adults and youth, plus ¼ mile and 100 yard swims for youth.  On Lake Memphremagog, Kingdom Swim 2016 will be the venue of the USMS National 10 Mile Championships as well asthe World 10 Mile Open Water Championship sanctioned by the World Open Water Swimming Association.  Join us Friday evening before the swim for our Pirate Proemenade and a great pasta dinner under the tents.  No Lanes-No Lines-No Limits!

August 6, 2016 – Sixth Annual Seymour Swim –  3.5 mile and 1.75 mile swimming only option but also part of Kingdom Triathlon. We figured, while we had the buoys up we might as well invite swimmers to join us in one of the most pristine lakes in The Americas.

9 Days –8 Lakes – 45 Miles – 4 Marathons
No Lanes – No Lines – No Bouys
August 13 through 21, 2016

Swim one day or up to all eight

with the option of shorter swims on each day

and, new this year, the option of doubling up on any day OR ALL 8!

Memphre Lexie

August 13, 2016 – Crystal Swim – Swim to the cliffs, hang a right, swim to Moose Rock, cross the lake to the railroad tracks, head north back to Crystal State Beach. 5 miles +/- in a spring-fed marvel.

August 14, 2016 – Island Pond Swim – From the Public Dock, swim around the island, across the lake and back.  Last year we saw a pair of bald eagles fishing. 4 miles +/-

August 15, 2016 – Echo Lake Swim – Swim the perimeter once for 6 K or twice for 12 K.  Echo Lake is the most pristine lake of the week, although Crystal, Caspian, Seymour, and Willoughby are right in the mix and Memphremagog, Island Pond, and Massawippi are not far behind. Marathon Swim #1

August 16, 2016 – Lake Seymour – Enter at the state beach on Route 111, swim to Wolf’s Point, then on to the dam across the lake, back to Dave Anderson’s Boat House by One Mile Road  and back to the beach. 6.2 miles +/- Marathon Swim #2

August 17, 2016– Lake Massawippi – Ayers Cliff, QC –  Meet the Mayor and swim the length of the lake between Ayer’s Cliff and North Hatley (9 miles +/-) Or swim to Blueberry Point and return. Marathon Swim #3. Bring your passport

August 18 2016– Lake Memphremagog – From The Clubhous around Bell and Black Islands, to The Slash (the border) at Province Island, east for a mile right along the international border to Eagle Point, past Cove Island on your way back to The Clubhous (6.2 miles) Marathon Swim #4.

August 20, 2016 – Seventh Annual Willoughby Swim – A no-nonsense, 5 mile swim on one of the most majestic and pristine, glacially carved lakes in the Americas.

August 21, 2016 – Caspian Swim – 3 miles to Bathtub Rock and back or 1.5 miles to The Rock, Caspian is a hidden jewel.  Just a great way to end a great week of open water swimming.

A Short YouTube on the Week


September 10, 2016 – In Search of Memphre VI – An epic 25 mile, “expeditionary” swim the length of Lake Memphremagog between Newport, VT and Magog, QC.  To search for our legendary and swimmer friendly lake creature – To promote a more open border with our Canadian friends and family members.   No Lanes – No Lines – No Borders.

October 30, 2016 – Vampire Swim – Newport — Warm Blood – Cold Water – Swim the Chillies.  A 25 to 100 meter cold water swim as part of an international blood drive by open water swimmers.  Grab the day.  Do some good.  Have some fun.  Ve Vant Your Blood!


March 4th & 5th, 2017 – Third Annual Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival25, 50, 100, and 200 meter swims in a two lane 25 meter pool, cut in the ice out by The EastSide Restaurant, in Newport, Vermont.



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NEKOWSA is a division of Kingdom Games, Inc. which hosts a series of over 40 days of running, biking, swimming, triathlon, kayaking, pond hockey, speed skating and Nordic skating events.

Phil White, Director, Kingdom Games, Inc., 649 Sunset Acres, PO Box 310 Newport, VT 05855.   Tel: 802-249-9100; or


3 comments on NEKOWSA – Swimming the Kingdom

  1. Hey Phil after swimming SCAR maybe I can make it 15 miles for border buster–any room left? Sue

    1. Congrats on your swimming at SCAR. I’ll put you on the waiting list at Border Buster. We have room for one at the 15-mile Georgeville or Bust on Monday, July 18th.

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