Alaska Team ADA

Pennock Island Challenge

Rules & Regs



  1. The event is open to swimmers 18 years old and older and must be a registered Masters Swimmer or foreign equivalent. The age of the swimmer will be determined by the age of the swimmer on the race date. The race will be conducted using the USMS rules and regulations.
  2. Official Relay Team will consist of 2 or 4 individuals, or a swimmer may enter as an individual
  3. As per rule 303.6.3 of the United States masters open water rules and regulations swimmers will be allowed to use wet suits. Individual swimmers wearing wetsuits do not have to complete the 1-hour cold-water swim. Relays will be placed in the wetsuit division if one or more persons in the relay are wearing a wetsuit. There will be separate awards for swimmers and relays using wetsuits as follows: Fastest man/women, fastest Male relay, fastest female relay and fastest mixed relay.
  4. Individual swimmers (Maximum of 22 individual swimmers) must meet qualification times in 2011 and/or 2012. To assure completion of the event, please submit your 2000m/2200yd time for review, (40 minutes or under for a 2K) this speed will get you through the course in ideal conditions. All individual competitors not wearing a wetsuit must submit witnessed proof of a continuous one (1) hour swim in water at or below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Participation in the 2011 Pennock Challenge will qualify a swimmer. 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. Award categories will be 1-3 for female/male swimmer over 40 and under 40. Swimmers that finish the race will be awarded a finishers metal. Award will be given for fastest male and fastest female overall. Award for fastest male/female in the wetsuit category.
  5. Relay swimmers will have to meet the 2 k-swim times of 40 minutes or under, but will not have to complete a cold-water swim. The number of relays allowed entry will be 10. TEAM DIVISIONS: Teams can be entered as either all Male, all Female, or mixed. Mixed teams will be made up of any combination of men and women. Each relay swimmer will be given an award for participating. Award for Fastest Female/male/mixed relay will be given. The fastest wetsuit relay will receive an award.
  6. Escort kayaker is required for solo swimmers and relays, to enhance safety and navigation. Swimmers must swim on either the left or the right side of the kayak. USMS Rule 303.2.4 will apply NO DRAFTING WILL BE ALLOWED. Drafting is defined as “the carrying of a swimmer by the wake of the escort boat, or another swimmer.” If any team engages in drafting, and a complaint by another team is lodged and upheld, the drafting team will be disqualified.
  7. 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 Revised 2/25/2013 enters the water before the proper time, the team will be disqualified
  8. The starting sequence of swimmers for relays must be maintained throughout the race. If a swimmer cannot take his or her turn for any reason, an alternate cannot replace him or her. The boat may maintain its present position but cannot motor forward until the next swimmer enters the water at the appropriate time. If a team has to pull a swimmer for any reason, they may choose to motor sideways to get away from that area, but they may not motor forward.
  9. Boat captains are to position their boats at least 25 feet apart for an imaginary channel to allow swimmers to swim without obstruction. Boats are to maintain a straight line course and avoid moving toward swimmers unless there is an emergency. Further instructions to boats will be made at the captains meeting Saturday August 3 2013. Please be on the lookout for other swimmers in the water; SAFETY IS OUR FIRST PRIORITY.
  10. To start the race, an official starter, will fire a starting gun, so all swimmers will have a fair and equal start. Any swimmer or group of swimmers who start before this signal will be automatically disqualified. The official starter is solely vested with the authority to start the race. The race may be started in waves at the discretion of the race organizers to enhance safety
  11. Individual swimmers and the first swimmer for each relay will check in at the Thomas Basin ramp to be motored to the starting point. Escort kayakers can launch from any float and meet them out at the start
  12. The race will start from the South Pennock marker #2, no earlier than 10:00 am and no later than 10:45 am.
  13. Each swimmer will be given a cap they must wear during the race. The cap will be a very bright color and will aid in maintaining visual sight of the swimmer
  14. The individual entry fee is $150.00. Each relay team must pay an entry fee of $130.00/relay member. The individual and relay entry fee includes 2 tickets for the banquet, official Pennock Island challenge t-shirts, awards, and caps.
  15. In addition, each individual swimmer will receive one extra banquet ticket and t-shirt for their kayaker. Each relay will receive banquet tickets, t-shirts one each for skipper and kayaker.
  16. Entries after June 1 2013 will pay a late entry fee of 200.00/individual or relay member. Late entry is open from June 1 until June 20 2013.
  17. The remaining monetary amount raised from this race will go to benefit the American Diabetes Association and its related causes. Attached are sponsorship forms for individuals to provide the entry fee through donations and solicitations. The entry fee is the minimum amount needed to participate in the Challenge, and all further donations and fundraising will be accepted and encouraged. Please use the attached forms to help in this cause.
  18. Each relay team shall have an appointed captain who is responsible for knowing all the rules and serves as a point of contact for the rest of the relay.
  19. Due to the nature, expense and complexity of traveling to Ketchikan for this event there will be no refunds. The race will take place even if we have to modify the course.
  20. Extra banquet tickets or t-shirts can be purchased at the same time you register for the event. Banquet tickets can be purchased for 20.00 and t-shirts can be purchased for 15.00/t-shirt. Additional Banquet tickets can be purchased later by contacting the race director.

CAPTAINS’ MEETING: There will be a MANDATORY organizational meeting at the Landing Hotel, at 5:30 P.M, Saturday August 3. SOLO SWIMMERS, TEAM CAPTAINS OR OTHER REPRESENTATIVES FROM EACH TEAM ARE REQUIRED TO BE AT THIS MEETING 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 and kayaker.

BANQUET: The banquet on Sunday August 4 2013 following the race will be held at the Sunny Point, Best western the landing beginning at 6:30 PM. The main course of the banquet will be locally caught salmon. A cash bar will be available serving beer and wine.

Non-team members and guests, who wish to attend the banquet, please include an additional $20.00 per person. Make the check payable to American Diabetes Association memo ‘PENNOCK ISLAND CHALLENGE BANQUET’ the same can be done for t-shirts, just add t-shirt to memo, and mail to William Schulz 5940 three C lane Ketchikan AK 99901.

ACCOMMODATIONS: A special rate is available for Pennock challenge swimmers at the Best Western Landing; please contact the reservations office directly for further information and bookings, 907-225-5166 Lodging is also available at the New York Hotel, Gilmore, Cape Fox, Super Eight and numerous B&Bs around Ketchikan.

ESCORT BOATS/KAYAKS: For out of town swimmers we strongly recommend bringing an experienced kayaker with you and renting a kayak. We can assist out of town relays with an escort boat, it may be free of charge or you may have to pay a fee. We strongly suggest that you contact us prior to registration for information on boats and availability. Local swimmers and relays should rely on their own connections in town to find an escort kayaker and boat. We will have available a very limited number of volunteer kayakers and escort skippers that will be given out on a first come first served basis. If you absolutely need us to provide escort then email us and check on availability.