Events Ederle Swim

Ederle Swim

This is a low-key event, harkening back to the earlier days of open-water swimming, but there's nothing low-key about the challenges of following Gertrude Ederle's 17.5-Mile swim course from Battery Park to Sandy Hook, NJ. Recent swimmers have had to contend with severe chop, fog, and unseasonably warm temperatures as they made the crossing through New York Harbor, yet with today's knowledge of the tides, most participants cover the course faster Ederle's record, which lasted from 1925 until 2006. With especially fast tides in 2009, the record may drop again.

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Date:10/26/2008 (Sunday) 
Distance:17.5 M 
Check In:
7:15 AM at North Cove, Battery Park City  
10:10 AM North Cove, Battery Park City 
Directions to Start: courtesy of
  NYC Swim
Sandy Hook, New Jersey 
Time Limit:8 hours 
Field Size:10 swimmers (0 Currently Enrolled - Enrollment Closed) 
Fees:Swimmer Application Fee
$450 as of Jan 23
$525 as of Feb 1
$600 as of Mar 1
Entries Open on Jan. 23, 2008 (1:00 PM)
and close (unless full prior) on June 1, 2008 at 8:30 AM.

Please Note: In addition to the swimmer application fee, each participant must provide his or her boat captain with a service fee of $650 cash and must separately source, secure, and directly remunerate a paddler/kayaker.

Due to the dramatic increase in fuel prices for boaters since enrollment first opened in January, there will also be a $165 fuel surcharge collected from each participant and shared with all vessels (swimmer and course) used to support the event. 
Awards:Certificates will be presented at a ceremony following the completion of the event. 
Age Requirement:19 years and over (younger swimmers may be accepted based on swimming experience). 
Experience Requirement:All applicants must complete and submit proof of a 3-hours or longer Qualifying Swim by August 1, 2008 in order to be eligible to participate.
Qualifying Swim includes:
  • 2006, 2007 or 2008 solo or 2-person relay finishers of the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim
  • 2006, 2007 or 2008 finishers of the English Channel solo swim
  • 2006, 2007 or 2008 finishers of the Catalina Channel solo swim
  • 2007 finishers of the Ederle Swim
  • Open-water swim that is that is 3 hours or longer in water that is 62°F, (16.7°C) or colder, completed between October 1, 2007 and July 31, 2008, without a wetsuit.

  • If you have not completed a Qualifying Swim before your application is submitted, your application may be approved subject to the satisfactory completion of the Qualifying Swim, provided you submit proof of a Qualifying Swim before August 1, 2008.

    NYC Swim will rescind the acceptance of any applicant who fails to submit proof of completion of their qualifying swim(s) by August 1, 2008. NYC Swim will not consider any incomplete applications for swimmers that do not include payment in full of the entry fee. Applicants who have their acceptances rescinded will receive a refund of all fees they have paid, excluding a $75 processing fee.
    For more informations on the experience requirements for the Ederle Swim, go to the Qualifying Swim section under the Other tab. 
    Predicted Water Conditions:Seasonal Temperature 60/65F (15/18C). There can be a substantial amount of chop in the water from wind, tide action, and boat traffic. The waterways are salt water and there is shipping traffic. There may be random jetsam and flotsam in the waterways. 
    Previous Year's Water Temp:67.28 °F (19.6 °C) on 10/26/2007
    58.82 °F (14.9 °C) on 10/26/2006
    59.00 °F (15.0 °C) on 10/26/2005
    Not Available on 10/26/2004
    Not Available on 10/26/2003 

    2012 EDERLE SWIM



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