Kingdom Swim 2013
Important Information as of 6-18-13
Start Times and Waves
We have compressed all 10 milers into one wave starting at 8:00 am from the line in the sand at Prouty Beach. 10 mile Yackers will deploy at 7:45. That moves the 6 mile start to 8:30 am and the 3 mile start to 9:00 am with their yackers deploying 25 minutes prior to the start of their particular wave.
The afternoon swims, 1 mile, 1/4 mile, and 100 yard will be starting right around 2:00 pm.
Award Ceremony is at 3:30 pm
We will have three divisions in each course. Skins, wet suit, and assisted. Skins must follow traditional channel crossing rules. Wet suits are any suit or wet suit that does not comport with those rules. Assisted includes equipment used to assist the swimmer such as a snorkel or flippers. This third division is all new. It arose out of the needs of a dedicated swimmer who injured his neck and needs to use a snorkel to breath. We have decided to allow flippers in this division as well, in recognition of my own sordid past. We will watch how this works to make sure that this new division does not interfere with the successful functioning of the other two divisions. Our goal, to hold a world class, world championship employing time honored rules of dress, at the same time encouraging swimmers young and old to take to the water and swim any way that works for them.
Boat Cruises – Northern Star, the new boat in town, has agreed to offer up two cruises of the 10 mile course on Friday afternoon. The first leaves at noon, the second at 3:00 pm. Each cruise lasts about an hour and a half. Cost is $15 per person. It’s a great way to see the lake, see the course, and enjoy yourselves with fellow swimmers and yackers and family members. Capacity is 49 per cruise. Please make your reservations directly with Cap’n Chris Johansen by e-mailing Vermontlakecruises@gmail.com or calling (802)-487-0234 The Northern Star leaves and returns from the Newport City Docks close by The Gateway Center in down town Newport. It’s where we have early registration and sign in on Friday starting at noon and where we have our Swimmers and Yackers pasta dinner at 7:00 pm
Pasta Dinner - speaking of dinner. Please make your reservations now for dinner to assure your place at the table at a wonderful meal and a great evening immediately following our internationally acclaimed Pet, Swimmers, and Yackers parade. Please make your reservations on-line at http://www.kingdomswim.org/pasta-dinner.php (don’t worry about the dates, the menu is the same, the price is the same, the date is July 5th, 2013. It’s still under the tents, on the shores of Mighty Memphremagog. All to the sounds of swimmer/triathlete Neni Chacin, and her latin/jazz trio Vida Vibrante. For a few pics of last year’s dinner, click here. The dinner is open to swimmers, yackers, friends, and family. But you need to make a reservation on line. If you don’t want to use paypal, you can make your reservation, exit when you get to paypal and then send us a check to IROC, PO Box 558, Derby, VT 05829.
Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society’s Pets, Swimmers, & Yackers Parade down Main Street is nothing but a hoot. Animals, pets, swimmers, floats, bands, fire trucks join in our parade emceed by Mick Conley of Conley Country. Cash Prizes for the best floats. Cash prizes for the best dressed Vikings. We are gathering our cacaphoneous Swmmers and Yackers Kazoo and Penny Whistle Marching Band as we speak. Bring your state flags, your club banners, and your Viking attire (or not) but bring yourself and let’s celebrate the heart of the summer in the heart of the Kingdom. We gather at the Gateway at 6, move up to the municipal parking lot at 6:15 to join the parade at 6:30. Rumor has it that Memphre may be joining us along with Milkshake. For pics of last year’s Johnny Depp Pirate Parade, click here.