In Search of Memphre 2024: Caroline Block Swims the 25-Mile Length of Lake Memphremagog

In Search of Memphre 2024: Caroline Block Swims the 25-Mile Length of Lake Memphremagog

Courtesy of Phil White of Kingdom Games

“In Search of Memphre is a 25-mile international swim on Lake Memphremagog between Newport, Vermont and Magog, Quebec. The swim started in 2011 on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. It was to promote a more open border with Canadian friends and to search for the elusive, swimmer-friendly, lake creature, Memphre.”

In Search of Memphre 2024

Official Record of Caroline Block’s Swim the 25-Mile Length of Lake Memphremagog
Swimmer: Caroline Block, F, 40, Alexandria, VA
Start from Newport, VT at the Newport City Dock: 12:03 am on Monday, June 17, 2024
Finish at Magog, QC, at Parc de la Baie-de-Magog: 5:26 pm on Monday, June 17, 2024
Elapsed time: 17 hrs and 23 min.
Water Temp: 65 to 67 F
Air Temp: 54 to 75 F
Wind: Generally 3 MPH to 12 MPH from the SSE
Cloudy but no rain.
Escort Pilots: Phil White, Gary Coburn, Robert Roberge
Crew and Support: Janine Serell and Shelly Roberge
Second Support Boat: Vera Rivard, Margaret Rivard, Cynthia Needham, Benjamin
Bryant, Kathleene Marcil.

Caroline swam steady throughout the swim. Her stroke speed was a generally around 46 strokes
per minute throughout. Her speed was about 1.5 mph throughout with a little bump when the tail
wind picked up. The swimming community sent Caroline messages throughout the swim, which
were conveyed to Caroline by White Board.

Caroline’s swim was conducted in full compliance with traditional channel crossing rules as
published by Marathon Swimmers Federation and has been ratified by the Northeast Kingdom
Open Water Swimming Association on Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Caroline’s swim was the earliest crossing the length of Lake Memphremagog in history.

During Caroline’s swim she was fed the following: infinit mix – chocolate and grape; hot chocolate;
flat coke; root beer; blue Gatorade – with calories; maple syrup; maple brown sugar oatmeal; gold
fish; Oreos; cheese; crackers; pretzels; peanuts. The solids came out in force during the last third
of the swim.

The tail wind picked up between Ile Ronde and Lord’s Island, as if Memphre was giving Caroline
a gentle push.

The swim completed the training for a growing group of Memphre Escort Boat Pilots: Gary
Coburn, Robert Roberge, Benjamin Bryant, Kathleene Marcil, and Cynthia Needham. Vera
Rivard and Margaret Rivard joined the ranks last year. Rob Andersen has served as a Memphre
Escort Boat Pilot for many years. 14 more Memphre Swims are scheduled this summer. The
expanded corps of Memphre Boat Pilots is made possible by a VOREC grant obtained by
Newport City Downtown Development Corporation.

This year marks a return to the use of the Newport City Dock and Boat Ramp for the start of the
swim. This was made possible with the support and approval of Mayor Linda Joy Sullivan, City
Manager, Jonathan DeLaBruere, Mike Brown, Director of Newport City Parks and Recreation,
and the Newport City Council. Spot Tracker services were provided by NEKOWSA in
collaboration with Evan Morrison.

Caroline Block is an accomplished open water swimmer. Among her many swims, she has
crossed the English Channel, swum around Manhattan Island, crossed the Santa Barbara Channel
three times and the North Channel four times. In 2022 she was inducted into the International
Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
as an Honor Swimmer. She now has her sights on the Triple
Crown of Lake Monster Swims, including Loch Ness and Lake Tahoe in addition to Lake
Memphremagog.

On Tuesday morning we signed one of Caroline’s nameplates and tacked the other to the wall of
The Clubhous Garage. Later that afternoon, Caroline recorded her swim on the ceiling above the
bar at Jasper’s Tavern.

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