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Nantucket Island Open Water Swim

August 27th

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 (NCH) 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 see why you should swim with us this summer! 

Progress

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Goal:
$375,000.00
Achieved:
$129,091.00
Top Fundraisers

WaveMaker Swimmer

  1. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter W. Steven Roethke - $2,300.00
  2. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Emily Dussault - $1,945.00
  3. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter JT Levesque - $1,625.00
  4. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Emily Kitsock - $1,175.00
  5. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Amanda Jacobson - $1,050.00
  6. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Ginnie Faria - $1,038.00
  7. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Adriene Lombardi - $1,000.00
  8. Fundraiser Kickstarter Jamie Krill - $900.00
  9. Fundraiser Kickstarter John Krill - $850.00
  10. Fundraiser Kickstarter Louis Gennaro - $825.00

Swimmer

  1. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Joan Hochman - $615.00
  2. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Robert Axelrod - $550.00
  3. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Tyler Gibson - $325.00
  4. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Diana Owen - $300.00
  5. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Lauren Murray - $300.00
  6. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Jeffrey Owen - $300.00
  7. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Eliza Brown - $255.00
  8. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Lisa Wisentaner - $250.00
  9. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Keith Mitchell - $250.00
  10. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Taylor Mitchell - $250.00

4 Mile Swimmer

  1. Fundraiser Kickstarter James Meehan - $11,625.00
  2. Fundraiser Kickstarter Tyler Roethke - $3,605.00
  3. Fundraiser Kickstarter Jenny Paradis - $2,425.00
  4. Fundraiser Kickstarter Steven Roethke - $1,575.00
  5. Fundraiser Kickstarter Seth Hatch - $840.00
  6. Fundraiser Kickstarter Grant Wentworth - $550.00

Kids Splash Swimmer

  1. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Sara Dussault - $1,870.00
  2. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Claire Levesque - $1,625.00
  3. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Carley Ray - $1,425.00
  4. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Emery Anne Bouchard - $1,155.00
  5. Fundraiser Kickstarter Davis Kahn - $975.00
  6. Fundraiser Kickstarter Daniel Bouchard - $785.00
  7. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Gabby Nikolova - $550.00
  8. Fundraiser Kickstarter Madden Myers - $150.00
  9. Fundraiser Kickstarter Emmitt Penrose - $75.00
  10. Fundraiser Kickstarter Louisa Beni - $50.00

Offsite Swimmer

  1. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Gretchen Cooney - $200.00

Land Volunteer

  1. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Mark Burlingham - $2,000.00
  2. Fundraiser Kickstarter charlene thurston - $925.00
  3. "Thumbs Up" Badge Jill Roethke - $675.00
  4. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Joseph Grause - $350.00
  5. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Laura Fletcher - $200.00
  6. Fundraiser Kickstarter Kate Bartleman - $100.00
  7. Fundraiser Kickstarter James Pignato - $100.00
  8. Eleanor Roethke - $100.00
  9. Fundraiser Kickstarter Crystal Ray - $50.00
  10. Kathleen Tetreault - $50.00

Kayaker

  1. "Thumbs Up" Badge Julie Reinemo - $300.00
Team Honor Roll
  1. Nantucket Triathlon Club & Friends - $17,865.00
  2. Nantucket Dolphins - $13,085.00
  3. Team Roethke - $10,635.00
  4. Windwalker Wave Warriors - $5,450.00
  5. PASCON - $5,228.00
  6. Nantucket Bank - $2,555.00
  7. Cape Cod Five - $2,525.00
  8. The Seagrille Restaurant - $1,150.00
  9. Land Sharks - $1,075.00
  10. NHS Swim & Dive - $850.00
  11. NES Paddlers - $843.00
  12. Claudia's Circle - $825.00
  13. Nantucket Cottage Hospital - $525.00
  14. Nantucket Swimming - $500.00
  15. Nantucket Dermatology - $485.00
  16. Team Sue - $375.00
  17. Nantucket S.T.A.R. - $200.00
  18. Team Harrington - $175.00
  19. Swimming for Moms - $175.00
  20. Team Kotchen - $150.00
  21. Fisher RE Nantucket - $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 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
  • 4 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 15th with a registration fee of $50
Register on or after July 15th with a registration fee of $100

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.

Four Mile Swim

We will host an inaugural four mile swim along the North Shore of Nantucket. The swim will be limited to the first 12 registered four mile swimmers to raise $4,000. The swim will take place on Thursday, August 25, (with alternate weather dates of August 26 - August 28). Swimmers will need to be on island by Wednesday, August 24 to attend a pre-swim meeting. Each swimmer must provide his or her own kayaker and be able to complete the swim within three hours. Any swimmer in the water after three hours may be pulled from the course at the discretion of the SAA Safety Director and/or Co-Event directors. Swimmers will verify their one mile swim time and past open water experience with Co-Event directors prior to the swim (email jimp@swimacrossamerica.org). Four mile swimmers will be invited to participate in the one mile swim on Saturday and participate in all of the event day festivities. 

Giving:

All donations are tax-deductible. Your fundraising efforts from the swim will support Nantucket Cottage Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital Oncology Program. For more information click here.

To learn more about PASCON's cancer support services, please 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 - Nantucket
PO Box 3271
Nantucket, MA 02584

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, please visit the Travel tab 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 

Kids Splash - $50
1/2 Mile and 1 Mile Swims - $200
WaveMaker Swimmer - $1,000
4 Mile Swim - $4,000

Age Requirements:

All swimmers must be a minimum age of 11. We ask that all swimmers under the age of 11 swim with their own adult angel swimmer. If you cannot provide your own, we can match you up with one. 

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 15th with a registration fee of $50
Register on or after July 15th with a registration fee of $100

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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