Bermuda Round The Sound, A Fall Classic

Bermuda Round The Sound, A Fall Classic

In the throes of winter when lakes are either frozen over or the temperature of chilled drinks, some open water swimmers are pleasantly pre-occupied with extreme cold water swimming, challenging themselves in water colder than 15°C, 10°C and even 5°C.

But there are many others who yearn for freshness of spring and the warmth of summer. Amid snow shoveling and harsh winter winds, they dream of strolling down the beach and jumping in water that does not generate ice cream headaches and is comfortable for the get-go.

For those, swimming in the tropics is high on their wish list. For a lucky few, the Bermuda Round the Sound swim is an annual mark on their swimming calendar.

2008 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Randy Nutt has been an integral part of this tropical extravaganza for decades. He and his fellow organizers and volunteers have much to be proud of. “Since the swim began, over US$350,000 has been donated to local Bermuda charities and youth programs. We also provide transportation to several group swims at nice beaches; these are great opportunities to meet fellow swimmers from around the world. Prior to the race, there are complimentary sunrise stretching and yoga sessions on the beach at the headquarters hotel.”

And swimmers come from all over the world: “We usually have representation from over 25 different U.S. states, several countries on different continents. Swimmers do not need to worry about escorts because we have the course monitored over all of the distances, from an 800-meter option to the 2K, 4K, 7.25K and 10K distances.”

Mark your calendars. The 22nd Annual Bermuda Round the Sound Swims will take place on October 14th in 2012.

Besides the swims, Randy also recommends that visitors to Bermuda check out horseback riding on the beaches, diving the shipwrecks, snorkeling over beautiful reefs, golf overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, world-class shopping and restaurants, crossing the world’s smallest drawbridge, enjoying the post-race karaoke and social, and swimming inside a cave and grotto at The Grotto Bay Beach Resort.

A Bermuda Round the Sound Swims FAQ:
1. Do I need a support boat?
Randy: No. safety craft are monitoring the course.

2. Are there water stops along the swim course?
Randy: Yes, there are several water stops along the course.

3. How will I navigate during the swim?
Randy: The course will be marked. In addition, you will receive information on the course during the pre-race meeting. Weather permitting we will offer the swimmers a boat tour of the race course at this meeting.

4. Are wetsuits allowed?
Randy: No. The water temperature has averaged 78°F (26°C) the past several years in Bermuda in October.

5. Do I need to rent a car while in Bermuda?
Randy: Cars are not available to rent in Bermuda. The two best options for travel while on island are by bus or taxi. The bus system is wonderful, clean, and on time. You can purchase transportation passes for the days in your stay directly from your hotel. Another option is moped/scooter rental. Transportation is provided the participants from the Grotto Bay Beach Resort to the group swims Friday and Saturday morning, the pre-race meeting, and to the event on Sunday.

6. Are there socials planned?
Randy: This is an Aqua Moon Adventures event which means while on island it is one big social. Sunday evening after the event we will socialize at the Swizzle Inn which is next door to the headquarters hotel: The Grotto Bay Beach Resort.

7. Where is Bermuda?
Randy: An overseas territory of the UK Bermuda boasts 75 miles of dramatic coastline. Rich in history, it lies in an astoundingly beautiful stretch of the Atlantic a mere 650 miles east of North Carolina. Flights from New York and other eastern American cities reach Bermuda’s shores in less than two hours. The open water swimming events take place in beautiful Harrington Sound.

Photo shows Amy Gothorpe, Karen Mackin, Lisa Fallon Helmer, Kim Donovan, Kendra McDowell, Kirsten Thompson, and Susie Glines at the Round the Sound Swim.

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Steven Munatones