Five-Mile Swim Race


Race Course: The race begins on world-famous Buck Island, which boasts a spectacular beach and living coral reef designated as an underwater park by the National Park Service, continues across  the channel and then along St. Croix’s shoreline of colorful reefs and sandy bottom. The Swim concludes at the Mermaid beach of The Buccaneer, where a palm lined finish line and steel pan band greet swimmers. To see swim times from previous races, click on Race Results. To learn more about the course, see Rules and Course Talk 

Water: Temperature is expected to be between 78 and 81 degrees F. Wetsuits are not allowed. Bring lots of sunscreen!

Award Categories: Overall Top 3, Top 3 women & men by age break down: 18 and under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 plus, Overall top fin swimmer

Race Map:


Entry Information:  Approximately 200 entries will be accepted. Those entries arriving after the limit is reached or after the event is closed on November 5, 2016 will not be accepted. This event is a fundraiser for St. Croix's environmental programs. Entry fee is $130 which includes: swim cap, T-shirt, award lunch, entry into race, pre race cocktail party, taxi to marina, and boat ride to Buck island.

Register early for additional savings.


Click here for 2016-5-mile Course Information sheet< (swimmers will receive an updated course information sheet a few weeks before the race)
Questions on the race course can be sent to: or call 253-241-4827.

Age Requirements: The minimum age to participate in the five mile swim is 13 years old.
Race start time: 6 AM taxis leave The Buccaneer for Green Cay Marina, race marking at 6:15 and the race starts on Buck Island promptly at 7:30 AM.

Maximum Time allotment: swimmers must reach the first turn buoy by 1.5 hours and be finished in 3 hours and 40 minutes; Anyone not meeting these times may be pulled from the race per the safety director.

For additional questions about the Five mile swim, please contact

Please Read All Of The Following Information Carefully Before You Enter:

It is your responsibility to check in at The Buccaneer upon arrival in St. Croix for any last minute changes. It is also mandatory that you attend all of the event meetings. Times and event schedules are subject to change, please review weekend schedule on this website.

Questions? Answers to most questions can be found here on the website, or send an email

To join the mailing list: We use a managed e-mail list and you must add yourself if you wish to be included on these mailings. If your email changes, you will have to re-enter your new email address. Updates and event info, if any, will be sent to those on the list. To join this e-mail list simply send an email to We will not sell your email or use it for any other purpose.

It is a good idea to confirm with your airline about their requirements for travel (passport, identification, documents, baggage limits etc.) well in advance of your trip and as we get closer to the event confirm all flight schedules.

We recommend a racecourse tour and/or a snorkeling trip to Buck Island prior to the event. Contact the Concierge at the Bucanneer to reserve a spot; space is limited.

Confirmation of entry will be sent by email. Due to the nature and complexity of this event there will be no refunds for any reason including event cancellation.