Escape to Lewes Open Water Classic

Lewes, Delaware

September 30, 2017

Escape to Lewes Open Water Classic

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Escape to Lewes Open Water Classic

WOWSA’s 3-Mile World Championship Event

Lewes, Delaware

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1,000 Swimmers, 1 Boat, 1 Goal…To Finish!!!

The Most Exciting Open Water Swimming Race on the East Coast

2017’s 3-Mile Race is designated as WOWSA’s 3-Mile World Championship Event

Welcome to the Escape to Lewes Open Water Swim Classic. The Delaware Breakwater in the National Harbor of Refuge serves as the backdrop for this amazing open water swimming event in Lewes, DE. Swimmers of all ability levels will be able to test their skills in a one of a kind event! All you have to do is jump 12 feet off of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry!

The Top 7 Reasons You Should Take the Plunge:

  1. Amazing Location
  2. Unique Event
  3. FLAT Open Water Swim
  4. Wetsuit and Non-Westsuit Categories
  5. 3 mile swim and 1 mile swims to test all ability levels
  6. Big Fat Finisher Medals
  7. FREE event photos

Rain Date: October 1, 2017

A Weekend Of Events

Breakwater Harbor, located next to Cape Henlopen State Park is the IDEAL setting for a world class open water swim geared for juniors, elites, masters, and triathletes. The images below are just a hint of the pristine natural beauty of Lewes, Delaware.

3 Mile Swim

September 30, 2017
Saturday
11:15 am
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3 Mile Swim: $104, Price Increase on 04/01/17 to $109

1 Mile Swim

September 30, 2017
Saturday
11:45 am
REGISTER

1 Mile Swim: $84, Price Increase on 04/01/17 to $89

Event Schedule

*SCHEDULE OF EVENTS IS TENTATIVE & SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Please continue to check back regularly for updates.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

8:00 am
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Trolley Service Begins to the Ferry Terminal

Running continuously at 15-20 minute intervals.

Cape Henlopen High School
8:30 am
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Parking Opens

for ATHLETES, SPECTATORS and VOLUNTEERS (2.4 miles from the Venue)

Cape Henlopen High School
9:00 am
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10:30 am
Athlete Check-in & Same Day Registration

Note: You MUST present your Photo ID and valid USMS Annual Membership card upon check-in.

If you need a copy of your USMS membership card, CLICK HERE

Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal Boardwalk
10:30 am
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Pre-race briefing
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal Boardwalk
10:45 am
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Athletes begin boarding the vessel
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal Boardwalk
10:55 am
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National Anthem
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal Boardwalk
10:55 am
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Ferry departs dock
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal Boardwalk
11:15 am
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3 Mile SWIM START

Wetsuit swimmers: Category 1
Non Wetsuit swimmers: Category 2

On The Boat
11:45 am
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1 Mile SWIM START

Wetsuit swimmers: Category 1
Non Wetsuit swimmers: Category 2

On The Boat
12:30 pm
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3:00 pm
Athlete Food & After Party
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal
1:15 pm
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Awards Ceremony
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal
1 & 3 Mile Swim

1 & 3 Mile Swim

WOWSA’s 3-Mile World Championship Event
1 & 3 Mile Swim

The Delaware Breakwater will serve as a guide for swimmers as they navigate their way around towards the East End Light House and finally back to the Ferry Terminal.

The East End Lighthouse was built to replace the Cape Henlopen Beacon and was completed on October 2, 1885. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places

*The Race Director reserves the right to alter the course at any time for any reason.

Race Results

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Friends & Family

Lewes, DE is situated right where the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean meet at Cape Henlopen. It’s home to historic districts, museums, lighthouses, state parks and beautiful beaches. Lewes is a perfect destination for those traveling with family.

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Everything you need to know about race day in one simple format. Print and take with you.

2017 Athlete Guide will be available closer to race day, once all dates/times are finalized.

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FAQ

Some of the more commonly asked event specific and general policy questions:
Simply click on the question or + button to expand to view the answer.

Do you HAVE to jump off the boat?

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NO. If you are not ‘feeling it’ that day, you DO NOT HAVE TO JUMP. We are happy to take you back to the dock but you will not be able to swim and will have to DNF.

Where can I park for the event?

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There is NO parking on the Ferry grounds for this specific event. We have hired a Shuttle Bus company to take you to the Ferry before your race and back to your car after you race. This rule applies to Friends & Family (Spectators) as well.

Parking: Cape Henlopen High School, 1250 Kings Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958 (about 2.4 miles away)

** Please make a plan and be prepared.

What time does the boat load?

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We will start loading the boat promptly at 10:45am.  Please check the SCHEDULE on this event page for the latest updates.

Are there cut off times for this race?

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Yes, we will be a 2.5 hour cut off time for the 3 Mile Swim and a 1 hour cut off time for the 1 Mile Swim.

Is the race USMS and or WOWSA sanctioned?

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Yes.  We are proud to have dual sanction and athletes must race according to USMS & WOWSA rules. We will also remind you of these rules in the athlete guide.

Where and when is packet pick-up?

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Packet pick up is Saturday, September 30th from 9am-10:30am at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, Cape Henlopen, DE. Please check the SCHEDULE for the latest updates.

Will someone jump on top of me?

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No! Although you will be jumping in with 5-10 people at a time, there is no danger of someone else jumping on you. We will wait for you to hit the water, collect yourself, and start swimmer before sending more swimmers into the water.

Do I need to show photo ID at registration?

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Yes, you must present your photo ID and a valid USMS Annual Membership Card upon check -in.  

What if the event is cancelled due to weather?

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DelMoSports reserves the right to cancel the Events for any reason. Additionally, in the instance that the Events have commenced, DelMoSports may cancel the remainder of such Events if, in the opinion of any employee or agent of the Company, there is sufficient reason to believe that the Participant may be in danger of injury or loss.  This paragraph includes, but is not limited to, any act of God or unforeseeable event, such as natural disasters, riots, acts of governing authorities, or otherwise.

Is there a discounted “foot passenger” rate for this event traveling to and from Cape May?

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Yes, check the SCHEDULE on this page for that information.

Will there be a place to put my gear?

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Yes, of course. We will have a designated area on-site near the finish. We will also have staff members guarding your belongings.

What will the water temperature be like and will the race be wetsuit legal?

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The Delaware Bay in late September is usually around the low 70’s. Yes, we are proud to have wetsuit and non-wetsuit categories. Please, we recommend you swimming in what you train in, do not change anything the day of the race.

Where is the best place for my family to watch the race?

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There are no bad places to watch!  The Ferry terminal is where all the action happens!  This will give spectators the most opportunities to see their athlete race.

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What will the water conditions be like and will the race be wetsuit legal?

Wetsuits may be worn if the water temperature is less than 84 degrees however, if the water is between 78-84 degrees all participants wearing wetsuits will not be eligible for awards. Please be aware you are swimming in the ocean, it is imperative you are prepared for all water conditions.

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Can I pick up a packet for another athlete?

No, you must pick up your OWN packet and have photo identification.

Travel / Lodging / Hotels

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Deferral Policy

DelMoSports, LLC does not allow for any deferrals. However, you may request a refund provided you have purchased Registration Protector. Additionally, you may also request a transfer to another DelMoSports event in the same calendar year, provided you meet the Transfer Policy terms below.

Transfer Policy

Event To Event

  1. There is a $30 transfer fee to transfer from one event to another event.
  2. The event transferred into must be in the same calendar year as the original event year. This does not include IRONMAN 70.3 Atlantic City.
  3. If an athlete is transferring from a higher priced race to a lower priced race, the athlete will not be refunded the difference. 
  4. If an athlete is transferring from a lower priced race to a higher priced race, the athlete will be required to pay the difference in addition to the transfer fee.
  5. Entry into sold out events is not available.
  6. Athletes must transfer out of a race no later than 45 days prior to the race date.
  7. Athletes may transfer into eligible races until 45 days prior to the race date.
  8. If a one-day USAT license was purchased along with the original race entry, it cannot be transferred to the new race and will need to be repurchased by the athlete.
  9. Races to be transferred into must have been opened to the general public for at least ten days.
  10. An athlete may only request (1) transfer per event per calendar year.
  11. If an athlete chooses to transfer, they forfeit their eligibility for the full refund plan. Even if they purchased the Registration Protector for that particular event within the registration.

Within the Same Event

  1. Transfers are permitted from one distance to another within the same event provided General Registration is still open.
  2. There is no fee to transfer from one distance to another within the same event. This includes Individual to Relay and vice versa.
  3. If an athlete is transferring from a higher priced distance to a lower priced distance, the athlete will not be refunded the difference.
  4. If an athlete is transferring from a lower priced distance to a higher priced distance, the athlete will be required to pay the difference.
  5. Once a transfer or refund has been redeemed, the option to switch is no longer available.
  6. If an athlete chooses to transfer, they forfeit their eligibility for the full refund plan.

To request a transfer, email info@delmosports.com

Refund Policy

DelMoSports, LLC offers Registration Protector through ACTIVE. In the event that you register for a DelMoSports event and cannot participate, there are no refunds UNLESS you have purchased Registration Protector AND are in compliance with the terms and conditions. Additionally, refer to item 9 of the DelMoSports, LLC Waiver: I acknowledge and agree that Event Producer, in its sole discretion, may delay, modify, or cancel the Event for any reason, including if it believes the conditions on the race day are unsafe. In the event the Event is delayed, modified, or cancelled, including but not limited to acts of God or the elements (including without limitation, wind, rough water, rain, hail, hurricane, tornado, earthquake), acts of terrorism, fire, threatened or actual strike, labor difficulty, work stoppage, insurrection, war, public disaster, flood, unavoidable casualty, race course conditions, or any other cause beyond the control of Event Producer, there shall be no refund of entry fee or any other costs incurred in connection with the Event.