Use this link to sign up for the 2018 BLS lottery.

We will be using a lottery system for 2018.  This year you will have 14 days to enter the lottery.  Sign up for the lottery will open at 1:00pm EST on March 1, 2018 and will close at 1:00pm EST on March 14, 2018.  Solo swimmers and relay teams will then be randomly selected from the lottery pool until all spots are filled.  Lottery “winners” will automatically be registered and charged the registration fee.  If there are still spots open at this time we will have a second round of random selections.

The event will be capped at 25 solo swimmers and 6 relays (4 swimmers maximum/relay) and these slots are expected to fill quickly.

All fees are non-refundable. Due the the nature and complexity of this event, there will be no refunds, even for event cancellation.

Registration fee:

$300/solo swimmer, $600/relay

Eligibility & Qualifications:

Each swimmer must be 18 years old or older on the day of the swim.

Swimmers will be required to have swum the BLS in the past 2 years OR show proof of a long distance, open-water swim of at least 2.4 miles within one year of the event. Each swimmer should be able to maintain a mile pace of 37 minutes or faster.

In addition to the eligibility requirements, each swimmer is also responsible for supplying his or her own support person and motorized escort boat with a marine radio (no rowboats, canoes, or kayaks allowed unless used as secondary support).

Each solo swimmer must have 1-2 support crew and they will be required to attend the pre-race meeting on Friday (someone on the escort boat to help you prepare for the swim, watch out for your safety and help you with your feeding schedule; not the boat pilot).

No wet suits will be allowed for inclusion in official results.

We will be enforcing cutoff times along the course as part of our safety procedures.

Swimmers must be at:

  1. Rainsford Island (42.314433, -70.952067; +42° 18′ 51.96″, -70° 57′ 7.44″) within 2 hours of starting the swim
  2. Long Island (42.309623, -70.974574; +42° 18′ 34.64″, -70° 58′ 28.47″) within 3 hours
  3. Thompsen Island (42.322267, -70.998743; +42° 19′ 20.16″, -70° 59′ 55.47″) within 4 hours
  4. At the finish (42.32862, -71.033295; +42° 19′ 43.03″, -71° 1′ 59.86″) within 5 hours.

(GPS coordinates are in both decimal and degrees/minutes/seconds)

We reserve the right to pull you from the race at these pre-designated points if you are not swimming quickly enough to meet these cutoff times, but will review each situation on a case-by-case basis. The aim is not to penalize slower swimmers, but rather to ensure everyone’s safety.

There will be a five hour time limit on the course (the event will conclude at 12:30 am).

The 5 hour time limit will be strictly enforced.  If a swimmer remains in the water after 12:30 am (no matter how close they may be to the finish) they will be disqualified and banned from future swims!

Sign up for the lottery on-line at the MOWSA web site (sign up opens at 1:00pm on March 1st)

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