ANNUAL ROUND-THE-ISLAND RELAY SWIM

Saturday August 10, 2019

GET REGISTRATION FORM FOR SWIMMERS, KAYAKERS, ROWERS AND BOATERS

Note: Download the PDF at the link above, fill in the info on your computer, digitally sign it and save it as "[Your last name] Registration 2019". You can then email the saved file to armsaroundbainbridge@gmail.com. If you have any problems with saving the form, please contact Ken Goodman at kengoodman@knightroad.com. If you prefer to send a hard copy, print the form and mail it to us at the address to the right.

Submit payment via check to our address in the right-hand column of this page, or via the PayPal "Donate" button also in the right-hand column of this page.

What it is

It's a relay swim all the way around Bainbridge Island! This massive undertaking is a community-wide effort and we always welcome folks from out of town to our day of cold-water swimming. Swimmers can sign up to swim any distance they know they can comfortably complete, and we can usually work around preferred schedules to get swimmers in the water at the time of day they desire. There are four legs which provide several entry/exit points for swimmers: Blakely Harbor to Point White / Point White to Dock Street / Dock Street to Fay Bainbridge / Fay Bainbridge to Blakely Harbor. Our crew of skiff and dinghy captains ferry swimmers to and from these points.

Every swimmer is accompanied by a kayaker throughout their swim. We're always looking for more kayakers to help!

We generally start just before sunrise in Blakely Harbor and swim with the current and tides. We end in Blakely Harbor around 7pm with a celebration pot-luck dinner. 

What makes it a fundraiser

We've taken an approach to fundraising similar to the Team In Training strategy to support leukemia and lymphoma research: Each participant is encouraged to raise funds for AAB. We set you up with your own fundraising page so friends, family and neighbors can contribute directly to AAB in your name. Follow this link, and click "Create a fundraiser" in the right-side rail of the page. It's simple, but if you have trouble email Jackie for help.

We also secure sponsorships for each leg of the swim from individuals and businesses in our community. 

Where to sign up to swim, kayak, row or boat

Get registration form HERE. 

Note: Download the PDF at the link above, fill in the info on your computer, digitally sign it and save it as "[Your last name] Registration 2019". You can then email the saved file to armsaroundbainbridge@gmail.com. If you have any problems with saving the form, please contact Ken Goodman at kengoodman@knightroad.com. If you prefer to send a hard copy, print the form and mail it to us at the address to the right

If you are a minor, or have a minor who is planning to swim in this event, please download this form and submit along with the registration form.

Submit payment via check to our address in the right-hand column of this page, or via the PayPal "Donate" button also in the right-hand column of this page.

Some important details about the swim

Open water swimming in the Puget Sound has many inherent risks including, but not limited to hypothermia; cramps; heart attack; getting hit by a boat, water skier or a bunch of daft teenagers on tubes; drowning; injuries from wildlife such as jellyfish, seals, orcas and otters; swallowing disgusting water; e coli, leaking septic systems, and toxic spills; running into a buoy, log or dead object; nuclear submarines; and everything and anything else that can happen in a wilderness environment. Some situations cannot be planned for and you should be aware that this is not a gentle environment for either swimmers or kayakers.

Only you can decide if this event is appropriate for you considering the inherent risks as well as your own health, swimming skills and open water swim experience. If you elect to swim, you should have had experience with Sound swimming before participating in this event, in order to acclimate to the water temperature, the salt water, the feel of the current and the presence of jellyfish. Swimmers are not required to swim fast or for any longer than you choose, but you should only swim a distance you know you can comfortably complete in the cold, Puget Sound water. At a minimum, swimmers should have enough conditioning and endurance to swim steadily in the Sound for at least 30 minutes (more, of course, for longer swims!), and should be able to average a pace of at least 40 minutes per mile. Wetsuits are required (unless you can say you've swam the English Channel - or some similar feat - without one!).

 

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Prefer to mail your donation?

Arms Around Bainbridge

PO Box 4538

Rolling Bay, WA 98061-0538