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Nantucket Island Open Water Swim

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

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:
$13,400.00
Top Fundraisers

WaveMaker Swimmer

  1. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Frisk Driscoll - $225.00
  2. Fundraiser Kickstarter Jenny Paradis - $125.00
  3. Fundraiser Kickstarter Emily Dussault - $50.00
  4. Fundraiser Kickstarter Steven Roethke - $25.00
  5. Fundraiser Kickstarter Justin Roethke - $25.00
  6. Fundraiser Kickstarter Tyler Roethke - $25.00
  7. Fundraiser Kickstarter Charles Clunie - $25.00
  8. Fundraiser Kickstarter Jennifer Shalley - $25.00

Swimmer

  1. Fundraiser Kickstarter Kate Bartleman - $25.00
  2. Fundraiser Kickstarter Alison Goulder - $25.00
  3. Fundraiser Kickstarter Kelly Maybach-Bratz - $25.00

Kids Splash Swimmer

  1. Fundraiser Kickstarter Maddie Bartleman - $50.00

Land Volunteer

  1. James Pignato - $100.00
Team Honor Roll
  1. Windwalker Wave Warriors - $150.00
  2. Nantucket Swimming - $100.00
  3. Team Roethke - $75.00
  4. Nantucket Cottage Hospital - $25.00
  5. NES paddlers - $25.00

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 15th with the registration of $25
Register between May 15th and July 1st with a registration fee of $50
Register on or after July 1st 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. Information about expected tides will be available closer to the swim. 

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 15th with a registration fee of $25
Register between May 15th and July 1st with a registration fee of $50
Register on or after July 1st 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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