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!
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Rain Date: October 1, 2017
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.
Running continuously at 15-20 minute intervals.
for ATHLETES, SPECTATORS and VOLUNTEERS (2.4 miles from the Venue)
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.
Wetsuit swimmers: Category 1
Non Wetsuit swimmers: Category 2
Wetsuit swimmers: Category 1
Non Wetsuit swimmers: Category 2
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
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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2017 Athlete Guide will be available closer to race day, once all dates/times are finalized.PDF Download
Some of the more commonly asked event specific and general policy questions:
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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.
Yes, of course. We will have a designated area on-site near the finish. We will also have staff members guarding your belongings.
Yes, you must present your photo ID and a valid USMS Annual Membership Card upon check -in.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, check the SCHEDULE on this page for that information.
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.
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.
We will start loading the boat promptly at 10:45am. Please check the SCHEDULE on this event page for the latest updates.
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.
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.
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 an open body of water, it is imperative you are prepared for all water conditions.
No, you must pick up your OWN packet and have photo identification.
Host motel for the Escape to Lewes Open Water Swim. Just 2 blocks from downtown Lewes, and 3 blocks from Lewes Beach, our central location is ideal for walking and exploring the first town in the first state. Please note: We have an elevator, but we are not handicap accessible. We are non-smoking, and do not allow pets.
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.
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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.