Thank you for signing up online for one or more races for our 13th Annual Open Water Swim Festival at the Quassapaug Sailing Center on Saturday August 31, 2019. We are very excited and working hard to prepare for Saturday’s races. I am pleased to report that the water temperature is currently 78 degrees and the weather forecast looks terrific for Saturday with sunny skies and light breezes. At this point, we have over 50 people signed up to compete in each of our 3 races. However, we still have room for additional swimmers in all 3 races and race day registration will be available for all 3 races. So please encourage your friends and family members to join us for what promises to be a great day of open water swimming.

On line registration is open until 9 p.m. on Friday night August 30, 2019 and race day registration is available all day on Saturday. We will be selling our collector’s edition 2018 OWS Festival shirts for $ 5.00 and this year we have both men’s and women’s specific shirts. In addition, spectators and family members can purchase a food wristband for only $5.00.

Parking for all swimmers will be in the large field at the top of the roadway that passes the entrance driveway to the Sailing Center. Changing rooms and bathrooms will be available to all swimmers both before and after the races and we will be serving breakfast after the 3 mile race and lunch after the 1.5 and 1/2 mile races.

Please feel free to bring a folding chair to place on the grass overlooking the lake and/or a tent. Thanks to our race sponsor TIMEX, we will be awarding Timex men’s and women’s watches to various swimmers after each race. In addition, we will be conducting a 50/50 raffle and in addition to the winner receiving 50% of all money generated by the raffle the winner will receive both a men’s and a women’s Timex watch. We are pleased to report that we have added both a 70 to 74 age category and a 75 and over race category for awards this year as well as a 10 and under age group. Please be advised that dogs are not allowed at the Sailing Center unless they are registered service dogs. We hope everyone gets a good night’s sleep on Friday night and we are looking forward to seeing all of you at the Sailing Center on Saturday!!

Race Schedule:

3 Mile Race Starts at 8:00 a.m. (Check-In 7:00 – 7:45 a.m.)

1 ½ Mile Race Starts at 11:00 a.m. (Check-In 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.)

½ Mile Race Starts at 1:00 p.m. (Check-In 12:00 – 12:45 p.m.)

TIMING CHIP INSTRUCTIONS: https://fasttracktiming.com/triathlon-and-duathlon-chip-instructions/

Sincerely,

Dave Heller

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