NEKOWSA 2020 Swims
Registration is now well underway for a full schedule of open water swimming in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the Eastern Townships of Quebec in 2020. NEKOWSA 2020 They include a full range of swims from 1 to 5 miles, to 10 km, 10 miles, 25 km and 25 mile and even 50 mile distances.
Here are some highlights:
Son of a Swim on June 27th, 2020. A couple of years ago we moved the swim from Prouty Beach in Newport to The Clubhous and Derby Bay. We now swim out and around the islands. This is our "kick off" of the summer season. It's a totally laid back start. No buoys, no awards, just a swim, some patrol boats, and a BBQ, We like it that way.
Kingdom Swim, on July 25, 2020, is now in its twelfth year. This year we will be the venue of the 2020 USMS Ultra Marathon Distance (10 Mile) Open Water National Championship. We also offer the Border Buster, a 25 km swim into Canada and back, as well as shorter distances of 1 mile, 5 km, and 10 km.
NEK Swim Week, August 8 to 16, 2020. We swim 8 lakes over the course of 9 days, totaling 46 miles, with options to double cross Lac Massawippi (making it 18 miles) and Lake Willoughby (10 miles) bringing the total distance to 60 miles. Swim one or two lakes, or swim them all. Last year we were filled to overflowing, with 100 swimmers at Lake Willoughby and 40 or more swimmers at some lakes. It was a blast BUT ..... This year we are strictly limiting the number of swimmers at each lake to 30,
In Search of Memphre, July, August, and September. 2020. This is our iconic 25-mile, international swim between Newport, Vermont and Magog, Quebec. Last year we started organizing the swim slightly differently than we have in previous years. We now offer eight three day "windows." We pick the very best day of the three to swim. Each window can accommodate 1 to 3 swimmers. We provide the motor boat and the pilot. Swimmer provides a crew member (or we do for an extra fee. Last year, we had all 8 swimmers successfully complete the swim. This year we have 8 swimmers signed up, with room for a couple more, depending on the window. We are now accepting applications for 2021 as well, with two swimmers already grabbing a slot.
Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival, February 29 and March 1, 2020 is coming up in a couple of weeks. 90 swimmers are already registered. Registration closes on February 15th. We have room for just a few more.