4 Mile Overview
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Hague Beach to Rogers Rock Campground (point-to-point)
7:00 a.m. – Check-in begins at Hague Beach
7:40 a.m. – Pre-race meeting
8:00 a.m. – Start
Swimmers must have a personal kayak escort. If you cannot or prefer not to provide your own, we have partnered with Dragons Alive to arrange for experienced paddlers to be available for hire. Julie Elson is the point of contact and can be reached with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. To reserve an escort, send a check in the amount of $75 to:
PO Box 8485
Albany, NY 12208
Reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis. We encourage you to get in touch with your paddler ahead of the event to discuss your game plan. Please note that donations are non-refundable.
Kayak Support Rules
A safety kayaker shall escort each swimmer.
All kayakers must wear a USCG approved personal flotation device at all times when on the water. The kayaker must also wear the provided bib to indicate which swimmer he/she is escorting.
If the kayak or kayaker becomes disabled or cannot continue to accompany the swimmer, the swimmer may:
- stay in the water near the disabled escort craft until a replacement arrives;
- join another escort craft that is accompanying only one other swimmer until another escort craft arrives; or
- exit the water.
If a swimmer’s escort becomes disabled an escort for another swimmer may assume responsibility for the swimmer with the disabled escort, subject to the following conditions:
- Any one paddler or craft may escort no more than two swimmers.
- The two swimmers must stay within 3 meters of each other. Failure to stay within 3 meters shall result in immediate disqualification of the second swimmer assigned to the escort and the immediate removal of that person from the water.
Swimmers may receive the following assistance from the escort:
- The escort may assist the swimmer with navigation, including verbal and written communication.
- Food or drink may be passed from escort to swimmer as long as deliberate contact is not made between the two.
Swimmers shall not be assisted by escort craft as follows:
- Swimmers shall not receive flotation or propulsion from any escort craft nor make intentional contact with any craft.
- Drafting (swimmer swimming directly behind the escort) shall not be permitted when other open water is readily available.
Escort boats shall not obstruct other swimmers in the race.