Change Your Latitude is a combined 10k/6k/3k/1k open water swim located in beautiful Sitka, Alaska. The race is organized by Baranof Barracuda Swim Club.
Solo or relay 10k (6.2 miles) and 6.6K (4.1 miles) and 3.3k (2 miles) open water swims in Sitka Sound, with a water temperature range in the mid 50’s. The swim will start at the US Coast Guard Gazebo on Japonski Island The course will then take the swimmers north out of Sitka Channel, across Whiting Harbor with a turn buoy to bring swimmers back around Battery Island and to the turn buoy/finish in front of the Gazebo. The 10k (open to 18 years and older) will loop the course 3 times, the 6k completing 2 “laps” and 3k completes with one turn of the course (both open to 16 years and older). The 1k distance (open to all ages) will start and finish at the US Coast Guard Gazebo after swimming along the main course and returning via a designated turn around buoy.
The event is open to Adults and USA Swimming age group registered swimmers (8 and older). Swimmers may enter as Male and Female Solo Swimmers or as relays may enter in 2 or 4 person in the following catagories Male/Female/Mixed. A total of 50 10k/6k and 3k solo swimmers will be allowed and a total of 10 relays will be allowed to enter. Wetsuits are recommended* and swimmers must submit witnessed proof of a continuous one (1) hour swim in water at or below 60 degrees Fahrenheit OR have a 2000m/2200y swim time of less than 40 mins. A letter by the individual’s swim coach or open water training coordinator attesting to the competitor’s ability to complete a swim in these conditions will be accepted. *The race staff may make exceptions to allow some swimmers to compete without wetsuits. Exceptions will be granted only to individuals who have proven experience (satisfactory to the race staff) with swimming in cold water races (below 60 degrees) without a wetsuit. Wetsuit waiver requests must be submitted to the Race Director at least (14) fourteen days prior to the event.
An Escort kayaker is required for solo 10k/6k and 3k swimmers and relays, to enhance safety and navigation. For Swimmers who do not have an escort kayaker with them one will be assigned on a first registered first available basis. We will do our best to make kayaks available, either through rental or on loan from event sponsors.
Swimmers must swim on either the left or the right side of the kayak. NO KAYAK DRAFTING WILL BE ALLOWED. Drafting is defined as “the carrying of a swimmer by the wake of the escort boat, kayak, or other non swimming member registered in the event” If any team engages in drafting, and a complaint by another team is lodged and upheld, the drafting team will be disqualified.
In the relay swims, each swimmer’s first leg is 30 minutes. Succeeding legs are 15 minutes per person. The duration of the final leg can be adjusted at the discretion of the team captain, if more than 15 minutes long. If a person cannot finish his or her leg, the boat is allowed to keep its motor on only to keep present position for the duration of that swimmer’s portion. If the next swimmer enters the water before the proper time, the team will be disqualified.
A banquet and pre-race meeting will take place Saturday August 2 2014.
The pre-race meeting is MANDITORY for SOLO SWIMMERS, RELAY TEAM CAPTAINS OR OTHER REPRESENTATIVES FROM EACH TEAM AND THE SKIPPERS OF EACH ESCORT CRAFT. The purpose of the meeting is to review the race course, last minute changes, and instructions for the start of the race, pick-up and sale of individual t-shirts, caps, banquet tickets, meet your skipper.
Entry fee for Solo swimmers – $100
Relay- $60/relay member
Entries are due by July 28, midnight.