Where is the race course?
The race begins in Essex, NY and ends at the Charlotte Town Beach, Charlotte VT. The start is from pontoons in front of the restaurant "The Old Dock".
What time does the race start?
The race starts at 9:30 am. Most swimmers cover the distance in 2 to 3 hours. The cut off time is 1:00 pm. The awards ceremony is at 1:00 p.m.
Are wetsuits allowed?
They are allowed and recommended, the temperature of the water in Lake Champlain mid-August is around 70º
What About Transportation?
There is parking at the Old Dock. Or you can park at the ferry parking lot in Charlotte VT, and take the 8AM ferry. NB, the 9:00 a.m. ferry will arrive too late to be able to make it for the departure of the race
There will be a van available to bring people back to the Charlotte ferry (1 mile south of Charlotte beach) and some carpooling as well.
How are my personal belongings handled?
We ask you to bring a bag with your name on it for your change of clothes. The race personnel will take care of bringing your bag to Charlotte beach. There will be changing rooms and bathrooms available.
What happens before the race?
You will be given a number to write on your swim cap and shoulder. There will be a briefing with the race director at 9:00 am.
What is the swim course?
It is a straight line from Essex, NY to the Charlotte Beach, Charlotte, VT. A sailboat, with a pennant at high mast, will lead the swimmers and there will be several floating buoys along the course.
What safety measures are in place?
Swimmers will be accompanied by kayaks on each side, all along the route. It is mandatory that each participant to have either a personal swimming pull buoy for visibility, or a personal escort kayak. All the race kayaks will have food and water available for the swimmers. There will also be several motorboats with trained medical personnel on board, as well as rescue vessels and Coast Guard boats.
What are the race registration details?
All registration must be completed a week before the race (August 11th at midnight) Payments can be made by check or Paypal. Registration fee is $45 or $55 after July 22, 2018. There are no refunds.
What about bad weather?
If winds are stronger than 15 knots and/or waves are higher than 1 ½ feet, the race will be postponed to the following day, Sunday, August 19. In event of cancellation, there will be no refunds. The race participation is limited to 100 swimmers in 2018.
Is this race part of USMS?
The race is not part of the USMS schedule. It is organized locally by volunteers.