NEKOWSA Swim the Kingdom Schedule for 2015

FilFil Member
edited August 27 in Event Announcements
We are very pleased to announce our schedule of swims in 2015 in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, the Eastern Townships of Quebec and Scotland!!! Registration will open on September 15th, 2014

We have moved Kingdom Swim back to where it started, the last weekend in July. And we are very excited to include Loch Ness in the list of legendary lakes on this schedule. The Swimmer Scouts' Search for a plesiosaur like lake creature expands, thanks to Sarah Thomas, Elaine Kornbau Howley and Craig Lenning.

SWIM THE KINGDOM

Son of a Swim, June 13 and 20, 2015 – 6, 4, and 2 mile courses

Kingdom Swim, July 25, 2015 – 15 Mile Border Buster, WOWSA 10 Mile World Open Water Championship, plus non championship 10, 6, 3, and 1 mile courses plus 1/4 mile and 100 yard courses just for kids.

Seymour Swim (in conjunction with Kingdom Triathlon) August 1, 2014 – 3.5 and 1.75 mile swims

8 Lake – 45 Mile – 4 Marathon – Swim the Kingdom Week (swim one or all eight)

Crystal Swim – August 8, 2015 – 5 miles
Island Pond Swim – August 9, 2015 – 4 miles
Echo Swim – August 10, 2015 – 12 K
Seymour Swim – August 11, 2015 – 10 K
Massawippi Swim – August 12, 2015 – 9 mile
Memphremagog Clubhous-Slash Swim – August 13, 2015 – 10 K
Willoughby Swim – August 15, 2014 – 5 mile
Caspian Swim – August 16, 2014 – 3 and 1.5 mile

Echo Lake Road Race & Swim, August 22-23, 2015 – 1 Mile and 3 Mile Swims

Loch Ness – August 22, 2015 – 23 cold water miles as part of the Triple Crown of Lake Monster Swims – Tahoe, Memphremagog, and Loch Ness

In Search of Memphre – September 5, 2015 – 25 mile international swim - To search for our legendary lake creature and to promote a more open border with our Canadian friends.

Georgeville or Bust – October 10, 2015 – 15 mile international swim – Water temperatures guaranteed to be below 60 degrees (another border buster).
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  • owsnadineowsnadine Member
    edited September 1
    HI Phil - has a requirement qualifying swim been determined for the Border Buster? Hoping to get it done this season, if the weather holds out...
  • FilFil Member
    edited September 11
    Yes, you should have at least a 10 mile open water swim under your belt by July 1, 2015.
  • SOOOOOO excited to come back for this!
  • Oooohhh. Loch Ness! :-)

    Have you been in touch with the BLDSA re ratification / observers for the Loch Ness swim?

    Also, while over visiting the UK have you thought about trying to find Bownessie (Nessie's younger cousin) in Windermere?
  • FilFil Member
    Zoe: We've arranged for the ships to escort us. That's about it, so far.

    I think this one swim will be a monster. So, I doubt that any of these three Swimmer Scouts will be looking for a second swim while they are in Scotland. But please tell me more about Windermere and Bownessie. - Fil
  • I swam loch ness back in the 90's and got loads of help from Willie at the Loch Ness hotel. Apparently anything happening on Loch Ness , advertising, TV research literally anything and he's your man. Adrian the scientist can tell you anything about the water you want to know and went out on the loch the day before my swim and told me which side to swim and which direction and was a mine of information he's also based at the Loch Ness hotel. Haven't got the tel number but you can get that online
  • Fil said:

    Zoe: We've arranged for the ships to escort us. That's about it, so far.

    I think this one swim will be a monster. So, I doubt that any of these three Swimmer Scouts will be looking for a second swim while they are in Scotland. But please tell me more about Windermere and Bownessie. - Fil

    Hi @Fil Sorry for lack of response, I've been busy swimming!

    You're right, Loch Ness will be a monster swim, but it would be amazing to do it.

    Re Windermere. It is England's longest lake at 10.5 miles and it is located in the gorgeous Lake District. Local Tip: Don't call it "Lake Windermere", as "mere" means a body of water. So it's Windermere, otherwise the locals get upset. It's a lovely swim, I've done a single and a double, and think I'll do it again next year.

    Bownessie is the local lake "monster" named after the town Bowness which is situated on Windermere. http://www.bownessiewindermere.co.uk/bownessie-and-friends.asp

    Fil
  • FilFil Member
    Thanks, DoverSoul and ZoeSadler. Your help is much appreciated.
  • Fil said:

    Zoe: We've arranged for the ships to escort us. That's about it, so far.

    I think this one swim will be a monster. So, I doubt that any of these three Swimmer Scouts will be looking for a second swim while they are in Scotland. But please tell me more about Windermere and Bownessie. - Fil

    @Fil I've been trying to talk the two Coloradan Loch Ness swimmers into doing this swim on there way to Scotland. Some chilly fresh water prep. thingvallasund.com/index.php/home

    FYI - Icelandair Flies out of both Denver and Boston, gives a free stopover in Reykjavik and then will take you the rest of the way into Glasgow, Scotland, just saying ;)
  • NiekNiek Member
    lakespray said:

    I've been trying to talk the two Coloradan Loch Ness swimmers into doing this swim on there way to Scotland. Some chilly fresh water prep. thingvallasund.com/index.php/home

    There are more possible swims in Iceland.
    http://sjosund.is look under Ýmis sund

    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!
  • FilFil Member
    Any lake monsters in Iceland? If so, let me know. Could be headed into The Lake Monsters Seven.
  • Phil, the Iceland Worm Monster.
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagarfljót_Worm
  • NiekNiek Member
    lakespray
    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!
  • If anyone has blog writeups of the 8-day Swim the Kingdom Week, or part of it, could you please post a link? I am thinking of trying a few days but would have to select from among the bounty.
    Or if not a blog writeup, are there some swims you might recommend over others?
    Thanks.
  • JanetJanet Member
    Hi VB! I did these swims and the short answer is, there are absolutely no bad choices among these lakes. That said, there are some differences among them. If you like the satisfaction of swimming point-to-point, from one end of the lake to another, then Island Pond will probably make you happy. It's a short 2 miles from end to end, with a pebbly beach to get out and celebrate on at the far end. Most of us did a there-and-back swim this year--swimming on the far side of the island in the middle of the pond on the way out made it a 4-mile-ish round trip, plus it meant we got to circumnavigate an island and do a 2-way crossing all in one go. Willoughby and Massawippi are also traverses, although there are shorter options for the latter. In Caspian we swam to a specific large rock and back.

    Other lakes feature more interesting or roundabout courses--sometimes it seemed like the swimming equivalent of a scavenger hunt (touch that rock on the far side, pose for a photo by that dock over yonder, then swim to the dam, etc), which brought its own fun. Crystal Lake (which is very pretty and has a nice beach to hang out on before and after) is in this category, as were Seymour and Memphremagog. At Echo Lake--an isolated spot that featured a short hike-in--we swam perimeter(s) of the lake, which gave a great view of the shoreline cabins and forest. (Maybe Phil will get permission for us to bounce on the water trampoline in the northeast corner of the lake next year? :)

    Most of the lakes were very clear, and you could see fish swimming in the shallows and sometimes further out. Willoughby and Crystal were especially nice in this regard, although I might have seen the most fish in Seymour near the dam. Echo had lots of loons, as well as some crawfish. The daily drives to the lakes, sometimes on dirt roads, were also a treat--Vermont in August is just plain gorgeous. I stayed on Lake Willoughby, and most of the 8 lakes were within an hour's drive.

    Lake Massawippi was special because it was in Canada, and going over there felt like a fun field trip. The mayor of the small town welcomed us and accompanied us in a boat, and we all went out to a nice pub afterwards. And for sheer beauty, Willoughby remains my favorite, with dramatic rock faces rising up from its depths.

    The swims early in the week were more intimate, and I looked forward to seeing many of the same swimmers, kayakers, and support crew day after day. For most of the first 5 days there were rarely other swimmers within sight while I was out on the lakes and I appreciated the solitude and the chance to meander along at my own pace and enjoy the sights. Memphre was a delight because there were a few more swimmers, and I found a swim buddy. Willoughby and Caspian were larger events, and had the competitive energy that those bring while still feeling very friendly and supportive of everyone.

    What I most appreciated about the week of swimming was how low-key and relaxed it all was, and how little there was for us swimmers to worry about. I spent a week just waking up, driving to the lake du jour, and getting to swim, with a kayaker and some good post-swim food and company provided. There was no pressure to swim the entire distance each day--Phil was very accommodating about having shorter distance options. And the kayakers he found were great, both at navigating and at being fun company out on the water.

    Hope this helps! It really is a wonderful event, and I know you'll love whatever combination of swims you choose!
    evmojroyerViveBeneJBirrrdj9swim
  • @Janet Thank you so much! I'll have to choose from among the bountiful offerings, and your description will help a lot. I remember Lake Willoughby as being spectacular, so that will be my focus. Will also look into lodging there.
    A few of us are seeing Lake Michigan swimming into November. It isn't so bad in the water (around 55 deg currently). What happens after that has to be managed. Smile.
    Marjorie
    Janet
  • j9swimj9swim new york Member
    @janet - i'm signed up for lake seymour for next year and am thinking about signing up for more and making a week of it. any recommendations on where to stay?
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