Saturday Clubhous Swim Series To Continue In 2022

Saturday Clubhous Swim Series To Continue In 2022

Phil White of the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association (NEKOWSA) in Vermont announced the ongoing Saturday Clubhous Swim Series in Lake Memphremagog, Vermont in 2022.

White explains, “Born out of our response to Covid-19 during the summer of 2020, The Saturday Clubhous Swim Series and its low key, small group structure proved itself popular among swimmers. Bell IslandCove IslandBlack Island, and Province Island provide the ‘bouys’ for a variety of distances ranging from 2 miles to 10 miles.

This area of Lake Memphremagog is one of the most quietly beautiful stretches of water in Vermont. Prices are moderated and affordable for most: US$50 for two miles, US$75 for 3.3 miles, US$100 for 4 miles, US$125 for 6.5 miles, US$150 for 10 miles, and US$250 for a season pass.

We’ve been swimming from The Clubhous once or twice a summer for years. When we were forced to cancel Kingdom Swim in 2020, we came up with this weekly Saturday morning swim and ran it as a socially distanced, small group swim limited to no more than 10 swimmers and 10 kayakers. These are not races. We swim just for the fun of it.

We liked it so much in 2020 [that] we held it in 2021 as well, keeping each Saturday limited to a small group of no more than 10 swimmers.”

White will host this Series again in 2022 on June 18th, June 25, July 2nd, July 9th, July 16th, July 30th, August 20th, August 27th, September 3rd and September 10th. The swims start at 9 am with a light lunch at The Clubhous held following the swim.

The series is hosted by Kingdom Games and the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association at The Clubhous, on the eastern shore of Lake Memphremagog.

White recalled, “Last year we especially enjoyed hosting groups of friends who picked a Saturday to join us. One Saturday, a group of winter swimmers from Ohio, the Buckeye Bluetits, travelled to Vermont and joined us. On other Saturdays, we have hosted groups from Lake Champlain in New York, L Street Bathhouse in Boston, and Brighton Beach in New York. Mixed into all of this is a growing group of local swimmers with season passes, like Jen OlsenCharlotte BrynnLyn GoldsmithVera Rivard, and Margaret Rivard.

The Series is great for training and stretching. In 2020, at least 20 swimmers swam the longest distances of their lives as they decided to go long in the open water. For more information or to register for a Clubhous Swim or any of NEKOWSA’S other swims in 2022, visit here.

Each Saturday is limited to 10 swimmers and 10 kayakers. ALL swimmers, kayakers, and other volunteers arerequired to be fully vaccinated and boosted.

For more information or to register for a Clubhous Swim or any of NEKOWSA’S other swims in 2022, visit here.

Photo above shows Louise Twining-Ward at Black Island. Photographed by her yacker Kathleene Callicott

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