Swimming Son Of A Swim, Lost in the Islands of Derby Bay

Courtesy of Phil White, Lake Memphremagog.

On June 29th, the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association and the Kingdom Games kicked off the summer season in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

14 swimmers, ages 12 to 64, competed in 2-, 4-, 6.5- and 10-mile races on Lake Memphremagog from The Clubhous in Derby out to and around Bell Island, Province Island, Black Island and Cove Island in Vermont.  Winds were light, water temperature about 70°F (21°C).

Race visionary Phil White said, “52-year-old Charlotte Brynn, 40-year-old Natalie Lang, 40-year-old Justine Brousseau, 12-year-old Margaret Rivard, 15-year-old Vera Rivard, and 26-year-old Nikko Price competed in the 10-mile race.  

Son of a Swim was started in 2009 to help new swimmers qualify for Kingdom Swim. But, over the years, the swim has grown and moved from Prouty Beach in Newport to The Clubhous in Derby. The swim now incorporates the islands of Derby Bay as its ‘turnaround buoys’ and offers the beauty and magic of this area of Lake Memphremagog.

This year, we changed the name of the swim to Lost in the Islands of Derby Bay, because there’s no place and no way we’d rather be on a summer’s day in the Kingdom.”

The Kingdom Games and the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association next host In Search of Memphre in July and Kingdom Swim on July 27th, the NEK Swim Week from August 10th to 18th, and additional 25-mile solo and group swims In Search of Memphre.

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