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Nantucket Island Open Water Swim

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Registration is closed. In person registrations will be accepted the morning of the swim. Please bring a check for $200 payable to Swim Across America. 

Welcome to the Swim Across America - Nantucket Island Open Water Swim.  Swimmers of all ages are invited to take part in our annual event at beautiful Jetties Beach. Whether you are a veteran swimmer or you're looking to do your first open water swim, we welcome you to help us support cancer treatment and patient care at Nantucket Cottage Hospital and Palliative and Supportive Care of Nantucket (PASCON).

All swimmers raise money to support the cause, and those who feel particularly motivated to raise even more, can register as WaveMaker Swimmers. We welcome you to help us "Make Waves to Fight Cancer!"

Click here to watch the video from our swim last year to see WHY you should swim with us on Nantucket this summer!

Progress

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Goal:
$300,000.00
Achieved:
$315,301.29
Top Fundraisers

WaveMaker Swimmer

  1. "Halo" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Andrew Kotchen - $22,475.00
  2. "Trophy" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter James Meehan - $15,050.00
  3. "Medal" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Steven Roethke - $9,375.00
  4. "Medal" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Jennifer Shalley - $7,900.00
  5. "Full Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Jenny Paradis - $6,100.00
  6. "Full Heart" Badge Tara O'Connor-Roche - $6,095.00
  7. "Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Emily Dussault - $4,200.00
  8. "Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Timothy Farley - $4,124.00
  9. "Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Heidi Kronenberg - $3,510.00
  10. "Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Thomas Olcott - $3,300.00

Swimmer

  1. Fundraiser Kickstarter Kathleen Minihan - $795.00
  2. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Tucker McGrath - $732.00
  3. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Dakota Dragon - $715.00
  4. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Kimberlee Patten - $700.00
  5. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Alison Goulder - $700.00
  6. "Thumbs Up" Badge Neil Marttila - $700.00
  7. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Katherine Pittman - $675.00
  8. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Andrea Coffin - $670.00
  9. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Frances Steadman - $670.00
  10. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Janet Colby - $670.00

Kids Splash Swimmer

  1. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Davis Kahn - $1,225.00
  2. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Sara Dussault - $1,050.00
  3. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Ava Waig - $1,011.25
  4. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Emery Anne Bouchard - $1,000.00
  5. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Daniel Bouchard - $1,000.00
  6. Fundraiser Kickstarter Grace Kotchen - $995.00
  7. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Sophia Slosek - $685.00
  8. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Liam Culligan - $565.00
  9. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Sutton LeBrecht - $540.00
  10. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Sophia Beni - $536.00

Offsite Swimmer

  1. "Heart" Badge Rick Beaudette - $3,005.00
  2. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Carley Ray - $1,000.00
  3. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Sherry Loucks - $330.00
  4. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Jennifer Psaradelis - $325.00
  5. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Don Haut - $275.00
  6. "Thumbs Up" Badge Emma Davis - $250.00
  7. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Tim Psaradelis - $225.00
  8. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Reagan Slosek Cassano - $200.00
  9. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Patrick Topham - $200.00
  10. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Graeme Keen - $200.00

Land Volunteer

  1. "Heart" Badge Jill Roethke - $2,525.00
  2. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Clark Whitcomb - $2,125.00
  3. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Carrie Riden - $1,950.00
  4. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Peggy Tramposch - $1,875.00
  5. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter charlene thurston - $1,675.00
  6. "SAA Superstar"  Badge James Pignato - $1,400.00
  7. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Joseph Grause - $1,200.00
  8. Fundraiser Kickstarter Kate Bartleman - $850.00
  9. christina crane - $785.00
  10. Gussie Beaugrand - $750.00

Kayaker

  1. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Brad Nolen - $500.00
  2. "Thumbs Up" Badge Kristen Chenard - $205.00
  3. Fundraiser Kickstarter Carol Muehling - $100.00
  4. Fundraiser Kickstarter Anne Shure - $10.00
Team Honor Roll
  1. Nantucket Dolphins - $28,763.00
  2. Nantucket Triathlon Club - $28,317.71
  3. Team Kotchen - $23,470.00
  4. PASCON - $20,559.00
  5. Team Roethke - $19,435.00
  6. Windwalker Wave Warriors - $17,575.00
  7. Nantucket Cottage Hospital - $13,385.00
  8. Nantucket Swimming - $11,222.00
  9. Claudia's Circle - $9,858.00
  10. NES paddlers - $9,020.00
  11. Swimming for Sara - $8,331.00
  12. The Land Sharks - $8,140.00
  13. NHS Swim & Dive - $6,730.00
  14. Team Tasha - $5,030.00
  15. Cape Cod Five - $4,450.00
  16. Motto - $3,600.00
  17. Nantucket Bank - $3,550.00
  18. Just Keep Swimming - $1,900.00
  19. Marylyn ("Mimi") Burns - $1,380.00
  20. Team PAANI - $1,050.00
  21. The Westmoor Club - $850.00
  22. Team Psaradelis/Topham - $575.00
  23. 'Sconset Swimmers - $200.00

General Information

Be a WaveMaker Swimmer:

Wavemakers are elite SAA fundraisers. All swimmers raise at least $200, but WaveMakers (WM) go above and beyond the call of duty by pledging to raise at least $1000. You can sign up to be a WaveMaker when you register but, even if you don't, you will automatically become one when you hit the $1000 mark. WMs get an exclusive WM dry fit shirt, worn by all SAA WaveMakers across the country. They also get access to the WM village on event day where they will have access to other perks and swag. Click here to learn more. 

Swim as an Individual, or on a Team

A person may elect to swim alone, or be part of a team. Many colleagues and college alumni will form teams, or teams may be formed in honor or memory of a loved one. All teams are inspirational and rewarding for all of us involved with Swim Across America. Teams must have a minimum of 3 swimmers and each swimmer is still required to meet the individual fundraising minimum of $200. Each team has a fundraising minimum of $1,000.

Distance Options:

  • 1/2 Mile
  • 1 Mile

Registration Fees:

There is a registration fee that will be credited towards each swimmer's fundraising minimum after registering. 

Register before May 16th with the registration of $25
Register between May 16th and July 14th with a registration fee of $50
Register on or after July 15th with a registration fee of $75 

Kids' Splash

Swimmers ages 7-11 (exceptions made by the race director) are invited to join us for a Kids' Splash before the 1 milers start their swim! Kid swimmers will swim a short swim (about 50 yards) in the water to take part in the event. Kids must be able to swim 50 yards to enter the swim. 

There is a $25 registration fee to take part in the Kids' Splash and we ask that you do try to sign up ahead of time. We also encourage kids taking part in the splash to raise $50 total ($25 fee included). To register, click on the register on the home tab. Then you'll be able to select the Kids' Splash option.

Giving:

All donations are tax-deductible. Your fundraising efforts from the swim will support Nantucket Cottage Hospital and Palliative and Supportive Care of Nantucket. Fore more information click here.

You may support the swimmer of your choice by making an online donation. Or you may send a check, payable to Swim Across America, to the address below.  

Swim Across America
c/o Jill Roethke

14 Bluebird Lane
Nantucket, MA 02554

Make sure to include a note with the name of the swimmer you are donating to.

Venue:

The swim will be held at Jetties Beach. The start to the swim will be from the beach and swimmers will swim parallel to the shore. 

2015 Nantucket Course Map

Wetsuits:

Wetsuits are optional for the event but highly encouraged. The water temperature is expected to be in the low 70s. 

Questions?

Learn more about the Nantucket community here or visit our Contact Us page.

Event Day Timeline:

 

EVENT DAY TIMELINE

6:45 – 7:30 am: Registration/Check in
7:40 am: Swimmer Safety Talk, Why I Swim
8:00 am: Opening Ceremony/National Anthem
8:05 am: Kids Splash
8:15 am: 1 Mile Swim Start
8:17 am: 1/2 Mile Swim Start
8:50 am: Breakfast
9:20 am: Awards Ceremony
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Swimmer Requirements

Be a WaveMaker Swimmer:

Wavemakers are elite SAA fundraisers. All swimmers raise at least $200, but WaveMakers (WM) go above and beyond the call of duty by pledging to raise at least $1000. You can sign up to be a WaveMaker when you register but, even if you don't, you will automatically become one when you hit the $1000 mark. WMs get an exclusive WM dry fit shirt, worn by all SAA WaveMakers across the country. They also get access to the WM village on event day where they will have access to other perks and swag. Click here to learn more. 

Swim as an Individual, or on a Team

A person may elect to swim alone, or be part of a team. Many colleagues and college alumni will form teams, or teams may be formed in honor or memory of a loved one. All teams are inspirational and rewarding for all of us involved with Swim Across America. Teams must have a minimum of 3 swimmers and each swimmer is still required to meet the individual fundraising minimum of $200. All teams must raise a minimum of $1,000. 

Fundraising Requirements for Everyone

All swimmers are required to raise at least $200 by event day. 

Age Requirements:

All swimmers must be a minimum age of 11. Swimmers aged 9 or 10 must be reviewed by the race director prior to the event date.

Registration Fees:

There is a registration fee that will be credited towards each swimmer's fundraising minimum after registering. 

Register before May 16th with a registration fee of $25
Register between May 16th and July 14th with a registration fee of $50
Register on or after July 15th with a registration fee of $75 

Transportation/Lodging

Nantucket is easily reachable year round by ferry boat or plane service. During the busy summer season, the town encourages visitors to limit bringing their cars over by providing a seasonal shuttle system giving the community an essential transportation option around the island. There are miles of town maintained by bike paths, town owned beaches & beautiful harbors for moorings all enhancing the experience on the island. From the beautiful sunsets o Madaket to the charming small village of Siasconset, the public can view the beautiful landscapes, historic homes or wide spread beaches until reaching their special and personal Nantucket destination.

For more information on Nantucket, the best place to go is the Nantucket Visitor's Services by clicking here. For options for places to stay, please click here.

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