Race Rules and Course Talk



  • Spectators are not allowed on the boats to Buck Island. Please discourage your friends and family from going out on their own motor boats to observe the race. The fumes bother the swimmers and there is a concern for safety with so many swimmers in the water. These boats may also confuse swimmers as to which boats to follow. The best place to observe the race is at the finish line.
  • Do no put sunscreen on your arm until you have been body marked.
  • If you are using a floatation device or swim aid you will not receive a time or placement.
  • Water will be available from all the boats along the race course, not from the kayaks. There will be a boat every mile, so plan your liquids accordingly. This is a warm weather swim, so hydrate. Please pass the water bottles back to the boat crew.
  • There are kayaks for safety in the water. If you are having trouble, stop and wave your swim cap and one will approach you. If you elect to not finish the race, you must advise Suzanne at the finish line as soon as possible that you have withdrawn.
  • If you are pulled from the race you will need to stay on board the boat until the race is over, as the boats are not allowed to leave the race course until the last swimmers have finished. Once you get on shore, you must immediately report to Suzanne, located at the finish line on the Mermaid Beach.
  • Swimmers are not allowed to touch the volunteer boats or kayaks. This will result in a disqualification.
  • Swim caps must be worn during the race.
  • Do not return to the water after crossing the finish line.
  • You may not change your race distance on race day. Your declared distance at race check in is the only distance you may compete in.
  • You must healthy man use your ChampionChip timing chip. You will receive it at Check in and MUST bring it to the race. It needs to be turned in at the finish line immediately after finishing your course.
  • Failure to return it will result in a $50 fine.
  • Race results will be posted at the beach. It is your responsibility to check the results for accuracy.

Time Limits

Five Mile: First Turn: 1.5 hours, 3 hours and 40 minutes limit to complete the course

Two Mile: must have rounded the farthest east turn buoy: 45 minutes, 1.5 hours to complete the course

One Mile: One hour to complete the race

Safety Protocol

Kayakers are on the course as first responders in case a swimmer has an emergency in the water. Kayakers are not there to lead you along the racecourse, however they will instruct you when you have deviated from the course and must change your direction in order to avoid reef areas. You must obey their instructions.

Should you need assistance while in the water please take the following steps: 

. Stop and wave your swim cap.
. A kayaker will approach you and give you a Personal Flotation Device (PFD).  You MUST put this on.
. Do not attempt to grab the kayak or the kayaker as this will risk swamping the boat.
. If you are pulled from the race you will need to stay on board the boat until the race is over as they are not allowed to leave the course until the last swimmer has finished.  Once on shore, you must report to Suzanne at the finish line on the Mermaid Beach at The Buccaneer.
. Should you hear air horns being blown this is a signal that there is lighting and you should move to the closest boat or land.