Courtesy of Phil White, Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association, Vermont.

Paula Yankauskas, Deb Beier, canine support crew Picard are shown on Island Pond in Vermont in the inaugual training calendar produced by Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association for 2017.

April is Be Kind to Your Yacker Week, established by the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association which originally proclaimed the yacker celebration on March 31st 2010 with the following proclamation:

They guide us. They feed us. They hydrate us during endless hours of open water swimming. They comfort us and watch over us, at the ready at all times. They free us to explore the great waters of our planet and travel great distances. Without them we are nothing, damned to lap swimming without end. With them, we are liberated – freed to realize our true nature and return to our primordial state as the water creatures that we are and were meant to be.

Humble, they are. Dedicated to our support and committed to our passion, they serve – with loyalty and bravery. We can never appreciate them enough for what they do. And so, in honor and appreciation for their service to swimmers everywhere, we dedicate the week of Monday, April 12th through Sunday, April 18th, 2010 as Be Nice to Your Yacker Week.

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