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March 30th 2014
The swim distance is 2.5miles (4km)
Oualie Beach on Nevis to Cockleshell Bay on St Kitts
The 2014 swim will be the 12th annual Bente Weber memorial swim which offers the opportunity to both speedsters and adventurers to take on the best open ocean swimmers in the region and the world.
In 2013 there were a record number of finishers (127) and in 2011 a new event record was set by Olivier Marceau in a time of 58:09.
One of the attractions of this event is that it is not only a race but also a challenge, so for those not so fast or competent swimmers please feel free to use fins or a snorkel mask to get you across the beautiful 'Narrows'.
This year the event has partnered with the St Kitts Turtle Monitoring Group to raise awareness and funds for this important conservation project, http://www.stkittsturtles.org/
Yes, you can!
RACING - Competition class: only regulation swimwear and goggles allowed, prize category.
ASSISTED - Challenge category: for those persons wishing to use fins, snorkels, masks, wetsuits, and/or flippers, non prize category.
(before January 31st) US$65.00
(before February 28th) US$70.00
(after March 1st) US$75.00
(*Race Day*) US$85.00
THE ENTRY FEE INCLUDES:
Under 19, 20 - 39, 40 - 49, Over 50
Awards for 1st, 2nd & 3rd male and female in all categories.
* SPecial event prize of EC$500 cash to anyone who breaks the current course record *
ADDITIONAL RACE INFORMATION:
Boat travel from St Kitts, boats will leave Reggae Beach bar dock from 06.30.
Swimmers must bring proof of registration to secure free boat passage.
Swimmers must attend the pre race safety briefing.
Swimmers must wear the official race caps issued at the start.
Participants. swimmer athletes, supporters and spectators purchase a souvenir / memento of the event while also participating in local Nevis / St Kitts
Turtle Conservation efforts. Proceeds will be donated to Conservation Efforts....Great Opportunity to help our endangered tropical wildlife! Limited supplies!
Available at pre race functions and on Race Event Day. Don't forget to bring a little extra cash - these make for great gifts too!
Water Bottle US$10.00
Swim Diary or Event Training Manual / Daytimer US$10.00
TRAINING SWIMS - Pre Race
There will be two pre race warm up 'Beach to Beach' swims which will include a swim guide and kayak escort, followed by lunch.
SWIM 1) 27th March, 11.00 am from Oualie Beach to Gateways Restaurant - Cost US$45.00 (W/O lunch US$30.00)
SWIM 2) 28th March 11.00 am from Oualie Beach to Yachtsman Grill - Cost US$55.00 (W/O lunch US$35.00)
To sign up for either swim please contact event organizer by email:-
or phone (869) 664 2843
CHANNEL SWIM TIPS
Tip No.1) By Christina Wensman, overall event winner of 2013.
Tip No. 2) By Tim Nokes - 2 time swimmer " I always take my line of sight from Oualie Beach by lining up with the highest peak above Cockleshell Beach on St Kitts, i call it 'Nokes Knoll'
FEATURED ATHLETES 2014 -
CHRISTINA WENSMAN - 1st Place Overall 2013 - (1:05:44)
I started swimming when I was about 3 and have been swimming ever since. I swam and played water polo all the way through high school and went on to play Division I Water Polo for 4 years while I got my undergraduate degree. Once I finished playing competitively I continued to train and swim with master’s teams and playing regional tournaments.
VALERIE GREGOIRE - 3rd place Overall 2013 - (1:09:46)
I started swimming when I was about 3 and have been swimming ever since. I swam and played water polo all the way through high school and went on to play Division I Water Polo for 4 years while I got my undergraduate degree. Once I finished playing competitively I continued to train and swim with master’s teams and playing regional tournaments. I did just 3 “open water races”: 2 in a Lake in Canada and the channel swim in St. Kitts & Nevis.
JANE HANSOM -
At school and university Jane competed in swimming events at a national level, but only recently regained this interest in the sport. She now swims for the Camden and Swiss Cottage Masters team in London; usually only swimming 1500m for Olympic distance triathlons, so the Nevis-St Kitts swim is a step up.
Had a great year in 2013 winning gold in the European Triathlon Championships in Turkey, Bronze in the World Aquathlon Champs and 4th in the World Triathlon Champs in Hyde Park, London.
TOP TEN FEMALE/MALE SWIMMERS 2013
2) Annette Holmgren -1:08;19 2) Al Gruber - 1:13:35
3) Valerie Gregoire - 1:09:46 3) Wyatt Redondo - 1:15:00
4) Natahsha Ruschenski - 1:11:28 4) Kai Jordon - 1:19:30
5) Gabrielle Asay - 1:12:35 5) Jack Iliff - 1:23:38
6) Amanda Blom - 1:13:25 6) Daniel Fischman - 1:23:48
7) Katherine Cochrane - 1:14:03 7) Andrew Grannell - 1:29:35
8) Denise Priddy - 1:19:15 8) Kevin Tessereen - 1:31:17
9) Madison Griffiths - 1:19:43 9) Alexander Prell - 1:36:30
10) Jennifer Tesseneer - 1:22:12 10) Joseph DeMattia - 1:40:36
CANCELLATION POLICY NEVIS~ST KITTS CHANNEL SWIM
With the registration to the Nevis to St Kitts Cross Channel Swim, the following conditions are valid automatically and without any exceptions.
Until 28 February 2014