Wind (NW): 6kph
In 1989, six intrepid swimmers decided to swim from Keewatin Beach to Coney Beach. This was a simpler time. There was certainly no training and the participants wore baggy shorts and certainly no swimming goggles. The early route crossed the float plane runway, and two channels so in 1990 when the swimmers re-convened with a few foolish friends, they did so at the Yacht Club for a swim around Kalamalka, Gourley and the Yacht Club Island. Hence the name: three island swim.
The swim course has remained the same since that second swim. At 3 km, the event is a true test of the more confident individual at your camp. For those who enjoy the social aspects of this event, there is the relay category where three swimmers each complete one leg of the 3 km course. All participants are required to have a spotter (strongly preferred in a non-motorized boat) to watch over their health and welfare. It is essential that all spotters carry a certified life vest. We were strongly chastised by the OPP in 2015, so this will be strictly enforced. On wavy days, when it’s one breath of air and one breath of water, it is nice to have a trusty spotter ever-present to guide the way and be available for quick rescue.
The course is always finished by a resounding sound of the Yacht Club bell and swimmers are met with well earned snacks of fresh fruit, muffins and cookies.
In 2016, the news will be the addition of the RLWYC Minnow Barge. The RLWYC barge will accompany younger swimmers (no age restriction) so that they can safely participate. We hope that younger members will start to join in on the fun of the 3-island swim and will eventually graduate to either relay teams or to compete in the full swim. The Minnow Barge will have lifeguards, spare spotters and lots of blankets to keep kids warm!
The course record is held by Stuart Starkey at 33:15 and Stuart has won the event 6 times – every time he has entered. For those who swim, or watch the Olympics, this is a remarkable time. Nobody else has been in the 30’s. Other notables are Larry Kyle – a 6 time winner and Robert Bulman – a 4 time winner.
On the women’s side, Catherine Konantz has entered the event 17 times, not including her participation as a 1989 founding swimmer. During seven of these years, she has posted the fastest women’s time. Carolyn Hutchins has won the event four times including a string of 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Notable in 2015 was Don Konantz – the 3 Island Swim organizer. He managed a best time of 49.02 – his best result ever after an astonishing 20 years. This was a 21-minute improvement over the previous year and a WOW for Stand Up to Cancer.
Awards are given for the top three male and female swimmers as well as Best Rookie, Most Improved and the coveted Participation Award fo r spirit and event contribution.
The 2015 Top 5 Results are as follows:
|Zoe Welbe, Megan James, Sam Theissen||48:18|
|Katie Ludlow, Sarah Klassen, MacKenzie Rogers||51:17|
|Brad Kyle, Shannon Edgell, Phil Edgell||54:40|