The clinics will be held in combination with the annual Nevis to St. Kitts Cross Channel Swim Race on March 26th.
Race director Winston Crooke describes, “You can choose your category – competitive or recreational. The course is 2.5 miles (4.1 km) from Nevis Island to St. Kitts Island. The water temperatures average 80°F (27°C) and the average depth all the way across is 30-40 feet (roughly 9-12 meters). You can usually see the bottom all the way across.
There’s a Celebratory Breakfast and Award Ceremony. Prizes are awarded in various categories with a special cash prize of US$1,000 awarded to a person who sets a course record time. The current event record was set by Olivier Marceau in a time of 58 minutes 9 seconds in 2011.
My driving force is to help competitive swimmers perform better and stay great at their game…and to help recreational swimmers enjoy the swim, assisted or not.”
Pipes will provide guidance on a number of open water swimming aspects including drafting. “Drafting is the secret weapon of open water swimmers. However, there are rules of etiquette that must be followed. Do not touch the toes of the person you are drafting is one.
Practice drafting in the pool by doing paceline swims. The goal is to get comfortable drafting others and to learn not to touch toes. It’s also a lot of fun. I advise the following:
*Gather at least three people in a lane, preferably of similar speed
*Determine the distance (500 on up)
*Decide on how long the lead person will sprint (25 or 50)
*The lead person takes off with everyone following at 1-2 second interval
*After the sprint, the lead person pulls over, rests and allows the second person to take the lead and the paceline to pass
*The leader joins the end of the paceline and drafts until it is time to sprint again
*Score points: every time you touch someone’s toes, you get a point. Person with the fewest points wins.”
Video above shows 2015 overall winner Valerie Gregoire who won in 1 hour 3 minutes.
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