On Sunday, May 27th, 2018 Friends of Virgin Islands National Park will host the 15th Annual Power Swim, Hurricane Version on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. As a result of the hurricanes of September 2107, Virgin Islands National Park is still in a state of recovery and there will be less volunteers and boats available to assist with this event. The Power Swim will therefore be conducted in an abbreviated format with just two courses, both of which will start and finish at Trunk Bay. We fully expect to return to the traditional format in 2019. Interested in volunteering? Please contact Karen Jarvis at kjarvis@friendsvinp.org

This year's race consists of two (roughly) circular courses. The Short Course will be about 1 mile within Trunk Bay, and the Long Course will be about 2 miles going out and around Johnson’s Reef and then back to the starting point. Please see the course description and maps for more information.The race this year will be for solo swimmers only – there will not be any relay teams. Swimmers may compete assisted by snorkel and/or fins in an "assisted swimmer" category. Click here to view the course map.

 

REGISTRATION FEES:

Youth (17 and under) 
Advance=$30(March 12- May 4) 
General=$30(May 5-25)
Late=$50 (pre-Race Event May 26, if still available)

Adult (18 and over)
Advance=$50 (March 12- May 4)
General=$65 (May 5-25)
Late=$85(At Pre-Race Event on May 26, if still available)

 

HOW TO REGISTER: (Registration Opens March 12th)

  1. Online @friendsvinp.org (closes May 25th, 6pm)
  2. Over the phone at 340.779.4940
  3. In person at the Friends of the Park Store, Mongoose Junction, Cruz Bay
  4. In person at Connections, Cruz Bay and Coral Bay, St. John
  5. In person at Caribbean Surf Co. - Havensight and Red Hook, St. Thomas
  6. In person at SCUBA – Christiansted, St. Croix

This non-refundable fee is a donation to Friends of Virgin Islands National Park, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and may be tax deductible. 


RACE DAY TRANSPORTATION:

Event shuttles will provide FREE transportation for race participants and spectators from Cruz Bay (including meeting the 6:30 am ferry from Red Hook) starting at 6:15 am and along the north shore to Trunk Bay and back to Cruz Bay.


PRE-RACE MEETING:

Trunk Bay Pavilion, Saturday, May 26th.

All swimmers are strongly urged to attend this full briefing – especially as this is a new course.

3:00 pm: Registration and pre-check in (complete paperwork and distribution of event t-shirts and goodie bags)

3:30 pm: Detailed briefing on the course and the event. This lasts about 45 minutes


PRACTICE SWIMS:

April 29th and May 13th starting at 8:30am


ACCOMODATIONS FOR PARTICIPANTS:

Accommodation on St. John is severely limited since the storms.  The largest hotels, Caneel Bay Resort and the Westin Resort and Villas, as well as the Cinnamon Bay Campground and Resort are closed.  Race participants coming from beyond St. John or St. Thomas are strongly advised to secure accommodation before registering for the event and booking air travel.

The following St. John hotels and villa rental companies are open and are offering discounts (between 10% to 25%) to race participants and their companions:

Gallows Point Resort (340-776-6434) www.gallowspointresort.com
St John Inn (340-693-8688) www.stjohninn.com
Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel (340-642-1702) www.cruzbayhotel.com
Windspree Vacation Homes (888-742-0357) www.windspree.com
Caribbean Villas (800-338-0987) www.caribbeanvilla.com
Garden by the Sea (340-779-4731) www.gardenbythesea.com
Coconut Coast Villas (1-800-858-7989) www.coconutcoast.com 

Please ask for Friends of Park Power Swim rates.

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