Thank you to everyone who helped make our 21st year a great success! This year the sun was shining and the new course made for a fun point to point swim. To top it off, together we raised over $1 million!
The Long Island Sound Swim is one of the oldest and continues to be one of the largest in all of the SAA events. In the last 20 years we have raised in excess of $11 million thanks to all of you.Whether you were a returning SAA swimmer or were new to the family, we thank you for helping us "Make Waves to Fight Cancer."
The Long Island Sound Swim started in Larchmont, New York in 1992 at the Larchmont Yacht Club with a 4-mile swim. It was, and still is, dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Kathy Webers, who along with family and friends courageously battled cancer for over a year. Our first year we had 35 swimmers and raised $15,000 - In 2011 we had over 600 swimmers and raised over $1,200,000. Due to our faithful swimmers, dedicated volunteers, and generous donors, Long Island Sound has become one of the most distinguished open water swims in the country. Please join us this year!
The Long Island Sound Swim has been raising money for cancer research, prevention and treatment since 1992. It has hundreds of swimmers who have become something of a giant family, a gorgeous venue, the best brunch in SAA history and a great awards ceremony.
Over the last 19 years, the Long Island Sound swim has evolved to include all types of swimmers from Master Swimmers, Olympians, recreational swimmers, competitive Swim Club swimmers, children of all ages. Our youngest pool swimmer was 4 years old. Our oldest pool swimmer was 75.
A Sound swimmer may elect to swim 2k, 5K or 10K distances. Click on "Swimmer Requirements" for fundraising minimums, age requirements, etc.
NEW for 2013: Please bring personal belongings in a clear, zip-type bag at check-in. We will NOT be accepting backpacks!
Teams are friends and family that participate in a swim(s) together as a group, often times, in honor or in memory of an individual. Teams must have at least 5 swimmers. A team of 5 - 10 swimmers, must raise at least $5,000 - each additional member must raise $500. A swimmer may be part of a team, no matter in which venue they elect to swim
Please register to be a land volunteer, boater or kayaker, by going to register as an individual on the home tab of this page.
must be 18 years or older, have previously completed a LIS 4 mile swim, and have LIS committee approval.
Fundraising Minimum – $5,000.00
14-16 years old – must have LIS committee approval.
12 - under 14 years old – All parents and legal guardians of swimmers under 14 to 12 years old, agree to swim along side of her/him for the duration of the swim or if the parent or guardian is not participating in the event, he/she agrees to have another qualified adult, whom they shall specify on swim day, swim along side his/her child for the duration of the swim.
Fundraising Minimum – $500.00
2K Swimmers – Children under 12 years old
All parents/legal guardians of swimmers under 12 years old, agree to swim along side of her/him for the duration of the swim or if the parent or guardian is not participating in the event, he/she agrees to have another qualified adult, whom they shall specify on swim day, swim along side his/her child for the duration of the swim.
Fundraising Minimum – $500.00
Swimmers and Land Volunteers will check in at LYC Registration point and sign SAA Waiver forms before proceeding to their assigned positions. Swimmers will also be given numbers that will be printed on their arms. Please bring all personal belongings in a clear, zip-type bag at check-in. We will NOT be accepting backpacks! Boaters and Kayakers will check in at LYC Main Dock and sign SAA Waiver forms before being given their assignments. (NOTE: In the case of Boaters and Kayakers many of the SAA Waiver forms will be signed and turned in at meetings held prior to the actual event day. This allows for less confusion.) Every Boater and Kayaker is also handed a set of instructions (Safety/Course Assignment) they are to follow for the day. All kayakers will be issued “noodles” that can be strapped to their bow deck for use as a life preserver/float aid for swimmers in distress.
All swimmers shall stay in the swim lane as directed by the Swim Director and assisted by the Kayakers. The swim lane will be marked by large buoys and kayakers on one side and anchored boats and kayakers on the other side. Other than the swimmers, only Kayakers, Personal Water Craft and the Swim Director’s boat are permitted inside the swim area. NO OTHER POWER BOATS ARE PERMITTED!
The 10K swimmers will leave the beach in Morgan Park, Glen Cove and swim a course of approximately 295 degrees true to buoy 2 near the LSC where they will make a slight right turn to the LSC.
The first ‘Wave’ of swimmers to leave from the work dock will be the 5K swimmers. The 5K swimmers, about 100, would walk from the initial assembly area on the front lawn at LYC to the Junior Sailing House to drop off their belongings and then proceed down to the work dock. All swimmers will be held up at the top of the ramp leading down to the dock. Only one heat or group of 20 – 25 will be allowed down to the dock at a time for safety reasons. At the appointed time, heats or groups of 20 – 25 would jump into the water at 2-3 minute intervals and begin to swim out through the currently defined channel, which would be further marked with inflated marks and stationary kayaks.
The 5K participants would swim directly out beyond the breakwater to an anchored boat and turning mark about 1 mile from the starting point. They would turn right and head towards a second anchored boat and turning buoy about one mile down the course. This location is also the location the 10K swimmers are heading for. At this turn, swimmers will make a hard right turn and swim the last mile to the Larchmont Shore Club.
The 2K swimmers, about 500, would start approximately 30 minutes after the last heat of 5K swimmers have entered the water. Similarly, the 2 K swimmers will be sent over in ‘Waves’ of approximately 100 at a time by Team. They will proceed in the same manner as the 5K in heats or groups of 20 – 25. All swimmers will be held up at the top of the ramp leading down to the dock. Only one group of 20 – 25 will be allowed down to the dock at a time for safety reasons. At the appointed time, heats or groups of 20 – 25 would jump into the water at 2-3 minute intervals and begin to swim out through the currently defined channel, which would be further marked with inflated marks and stationary kayaks. The difference here is the route. There will be a large turning buoy at the end of the mooring field at which the 2K swimmer will turn right. They will then proceed to swim past Umbrella Point, Horseshoe Harbor, and Manor Beach, and proceed to LSC. Swimmers will be directed around the moored floats. The finish line at LSC will be marked by a large bright balloon flying directly above the finish line.
We estimate that closing of the LYC harbor will last 2 hours 30 minutes. That is the approximate time it will take every swimmer to be beyond Umbrella Point.
In the event a swimmer encounters difficulty, the swimmer is instructed to remove his/her bright swim cap and wave it in the air to attract the attention of a nearby kayaker. The nearest kayaker will proceed to the swimmer to assist and determine the severity of the swimmers problem. The kayaker will communicate the problem to the Swim Director who will dispatch a Personal Water Craft (PWC) to assist if necessary. Should the swimmer have to be removed from the water by a PWC, the PWC will deliver the swimmer to one of the Harbor Patrol or Safety boats for transportation to the shore and then the PWC will return to its original assignment. Any swimmer who is lagging significantly behind may be picked up at the direction of the Swim Director and be “advanced” closer to the other swimmers and then allowed back in the water if he/she is comfortable with continuing the swim. Should the swimmer be too tired to continue the swim he/she will be transported to shore on an available support boat. All support boats are equipped with blankets and water to comfort the swimmer.
The finish line at LSC will be manned by “Runners” who will meet each swimmer with a dry towel and water and then conduct them to the check-out tables. At the check-out tables every swimmer will be logged out according to the number they were assigned at registration. Any swimmers who were transported to shore because of problems they encountered or any swimmer that was picked up by a support boat and did not return to the swim will be reported to the Beach Manager by his/her number via Marine VHF radio so that the swimmer can be accounted for.
A car will be at the Larchmont Train Station to provide transportation to LYC for a swimmer who is arriving by train. Buses will be available at both clubs to provide transportation between the clubs and the train station.
Parking is limited at the Larchmont Clubs. It is recommended that all non-swimmers planning on attending the Larchmont Clubs park at the Larchmont Train Station - NYC South bound Side - Buses will be provided for free transportation to the Larchmont Clubs and back. Larchmont Yacht is located at 1 Woodbine Ave, Larchmont, NY. Larchmont Shore Club is located at 1 Oak Bluff Ave, Larchmont NY
Swimmer safety is most important for all of our swimming open water events. A Swim Director is responsible for coordinating all activities within an event, and works closely with both Police and Coast Guard representatives to ensure swimmer safety. In addition to Swim, Harbor Patrol Police, Coast Guard boats, Sea Tow and some zodiacs, kayaks ensure swimmer safety at all times. EMT personnel are aboard several boats. All boats are able to communicate via both hand held and ship to shore radios. Specific procedures to be followed will be discussed at the swimmer meeting the day of the swim. These procedures are designed to protect swimmers from injury and will be enforced by the Swim Director.