NEKOWSA – Swimming the Kingdom
NEKOWSA – 2019 Swims
A full year of swimming in the legendary lakes of the
Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the Eastern Townships of Quebec
Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association and Kingdom Games.
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 great 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. 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 2019 and we don’t wait until the ice melts to get our season underway.
February 22, 23, 24, 2019 – Fourth Annual Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival – 25, 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. Fee: $175 to $275 depending on the number of events. Capped at 100.
NO LANES – NO LINES – NO LIMITS
The following is a list of our summer swims. We also are willing to support individual solo swims throughout the summer on any lake. Talk to us.
June 29, 2019: Son of a Swim – We kick off the summer season with 2, 4, 6 and 10 mile swims from The Clubhous in Derby Bay on Lake Memphremagog. We use our favorite islands as our buoys $100 Registration Fee for the 2 and 4 mile courses; $175 for the 6 and 10 mile distances.
Individual international swims are offered during July and August.
July 16, 17, or 18, 2019 – Year Three of July’s In Search of Memphre – Swim the 25 mile length of the lake between Newport, VT and Magog, QC. Fee $1,950 (Cap of 4)
July 27 (or 28), 2019 – Eleventh Annual Kingdom Swim – 25 km, Border Buster, 10 mile, 10 km, 5 km, 1 mile swims for adults and youth, plus ¼ mile and 100 yard swims for youth. World 10 Mile Open Water Championship sanctioned by the World Open Water Swimming Association. Join us Friday evening before the swim for our Swimmers and Yackers pasta dinner under the tents at The EastSide Restaurant. Prices vary depending on the distance. Cap of 150 covering all distances.
9 Days –8 Lakes – 46 Miles – 4 Marathons
NEK SWIM WEEK
No Lanes – No Lines – No Bouys
August 10 through 18, 2019
Swim one day or up to all nine
with the option of shorter swims on each day
For detailed information on each swim CLICK HERE
August 10, 2019 – 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. Fee: $125.
August 11, 2019 – 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 +/- Fee: $75
August 12, 2019– Lac Massawippi – Ayers Cliff, QC – Swim the length of the lake between Ayer’s Cliff and North Hatley (9 miles +/-) Or swim to Blueberry Point and return. Marathon Swim #1. Bring your passport Fee: $175
August 13, 2019 – Lake Seymour – Enter at the state beach on Route 111, swim to Wolf Point, then on to the wall across the lake, back to the beach. 6.2 miles +/- Marathon Swim #2 Fee: $150
August 14, 2019 – 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 #3 Fee: $150
August 15, 2019– Lake Memphremagog – From The Clubhous around Bell and Black Islands, across the border into Canada, around Province Island, back to the US, past Eagle Point, past Cove Island on your way back to The Clubhous (6.5 miles) Marathon Swim #4. Fee: $150.
August 16, 2019 – 2019 USMS Sprint Distance Open Water National Championship at Lake Willoughby. Fee: 75
August 17 2019 – 2019 USMS Long Distance Open Water National Championship at Willoughby Swim – A no-nonsense, 5 mile race on one of the most majestic and pristine, glacially carved lakes in the Americas. Fee: $200.
August 18, 2019 – Caspian Swim – 3 Mile and 1.5 Mile Swims. Just a great way to end a great week of open water swimming. $100
Wanna double cross Willoughby or Massawippi? Add $150 for Willoughby, $250 for Massawippi
Total cost of the entire week of 8 lakes: $875 + double fees
THE MONSTER SWIM
September 9, 10, or 11, 2019 – In Search of Memphre IX – 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. Fee: $1,950 if you bring your 2 person crew. $2,650 if we supply your crew. Capped at 4 swimmers.
October 26, 2019 – Vampire Swim Derby – a 25 to 100 meter swim in Lake Memphremagog as part of an international blood drive by cold water swimmers.
All fees paid are non-refundable. We do allow participants to transfer their fees to another event in the same year or to apply 50% to an event in the following year, providing that the election is made more than 30 days prior to the event.
Become a friend of NEKOWSA and support our efforts to continue to bring open water swimming to the lakes of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.
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NEKOWSA is a division of Kingdom Games, Inc. which hosts a series of over 25 days of running, biking, swimming, kayaking, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org