Gentle Swimmers,

The NYOW team wishes you a year of health, happiness, and the patience to accept that we are not back to “normal” times.

In 2020, NYOW demonstrated its commitment to the open water community with strict adherence to the health and safety restrictions imposed by government mandates due to COVID-19. Between July and October 2020:

-16 swimmers completed 20 Bridges

-3 swimmers completed 40 Bridges

-3 swimmers completed one Stage of 8 Bridges

-2 swimmers completed the Ederle-Burke swim

As things stand now in January 2021, the pandemic situation is exponentially worse than when we made the decision to cancel the 2020 season. However, with two vaccines approved for distribution in the US and likely more on the way, there appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel.

So, where to from here?

Unlike the tides, we are currently unable to accurately forecast travel and gathering protocols for the 2021 season. We will move cautiously forward with what we can, knowing it will likely change. 

2021 NYOW Events Draft Proposal

  • All NYOW mass start events are canceled including 2 Bridges, 8 Bridges, and Spuyten Duyvil 10K.
  • Solo/Quiet 20 Bridges, 40 Bridges, 8 Bridges, and Ederle-Burke swims with up to four swimmers per date are tentatively scheduled between late June and early October.

2021 Schedule and Applications

Based on the tidal currents, on-water support availability, and social distancing policies, we have set aside approximately 70 solo swim slots for the New York open water 2021 season (dates are listed below). Considering border closures and other restrictions at this time, we realize it’s not possible for many of you to commit to these dates so far in advance.

If you choose to sign-up for one of our events at this time, we request that you do so only if you are certain you can safely travel to New York for your selected swim window. If you are uncertain of your availability, you can still fill out a registration form to express your interest in any of our events, so we can contact you later in the year regarding availability. We anticipate that we will have some availability throughout the season if you wish to wait until you are certain you can travel to New York to swim.

Once your entry is accepted you will be assigned a date for your swim. This will include a rain date on a consecutive day, in case of poor weather on your assigned date. You will be required to be available to swim on either date. At the time of acceptance to any of our swims events, a $300 non-refundable deposit is required.

Timeline

January 6, 2021: Applications for 20 Bridges, 40 Bridges, and 8 Bridges solo marathon events open. 

January 31, 2021: First round of dates for 20 Bridges, 40 Bridges, and 8 Bridges solo marathon events are assigned.

March 1, 2021: Full entry fees due. 

*The planning process imposes considerable expense to NYOW. Therefore, we are unable to issue refunds of a $300 deposit due to cancellation for any reason.

2021 Fees

20 Bridges: $3300 per solo; $2200 for 25 years-old and under; $2000 per tandem

40 Bridges: $5500 per solo; $4000 for 25 years-old and under; $3000 per tandem

8 Bridges: $1700 per solo and $2000 for tandem Stages 1-6; $2700 per solo and $1700 for tandem Stage 7. Prices could be lower depending on how many swimmers are interested in this swim and can share the costs of safety boats. Tidal currents for Stages 1-4 are sluggish this year.

Ederle-Burke: $3000; $1700 per tandem. Prices could be lower depending on how many swimmers are interested in this swim and can share the costs of safety boats. 

Entry fees include a designated support boat, kayak/kayaker, observer, and GPS tracking. Only one crew person per swimmer (including tandems) is allowed.

Withdrawal Policy:

* Withdrawal before April 1: swimmer gets a full refund minus a $300 processing fee.

* Withdrawal after April 1: swimmer will be refunded entire fee minus a deposit of $750. * Withdrawal 14 days prior to event day: No refunds

2021 Swim Dates

We currently have about 70 swim slots available on the following dates

8 Bridges: June 16-23, 2021

20 Bridges: 

  1. June 24-27
  2. July 24-28
  3. August 7-11
  4. August 22-26
  5. September 6-10
  6. October 7-11 (Please note that water temperatures will be in low 60’s Fahrenheit)

40 Bridges: 

  1. July 16
  2. August 13
  3. August 25
  4. September 11

Ederle-Burke: By request

Link to Registration Form

You can register for 8 Bridges, 20 Bridges, 40 Bridges, and Ederle-Burke at the following link:

We thank you all for your continued support and enthusiasm for our great sport and appreciate your patience. 

We can’t wait to see you in the water!

The NYOW Team