Florida Swimming Open Water Championship Info

 Here is psych sheet and meet details for the Florida Swimming Open Water Championship:

Psych Sheet

IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ
 
Coaches,
 
Please forward this to your open water families.
 
MANDATORY INFORMATIONAL MEETING – SATURDAY, APRIL 10:  Southwest Recreation Complex (13122 Vonn Road, Largo, FL 33774)
 
The informational meeting along with check-in is MANDATORY for all swimmers and coaches.  We will be handing out the tattoos that will need to be applied prior to arriving at the race Sunday morning, as well as going over some important information regarding the event. There will be a course map on hand and we will be discussing parking and crowd control. Event t-shirts will be available at check-in as well as Sunday morning at the beach. We ended up with good numbers for this event and if you want a t-shirt I recommend getting it at the check-in meeting Saturday night.
 
ANY RACE PACKETS (TATTOOS) NOT PICKED UP BY ATHLETE, COACH OR TEAM REPRESENTATIVE ON SATURDAY WILL RESULT IN THE ATHLETE BEING SCRATCHED AND THE ATHLETE WILL NOT SWIM ON SUNDAY.  NO EXCEPTIONS. 
 
TATTOOS MUST BE APPLIED PRIOR TO ARRIVAL ON SUNDAY – NO APPLICATION CAN BE DONE ON SITE.
 
Due to larger number of entrants, we are going to do the meetings as follows:
6:00 PM - 13 and older girls
6:30 PM - 13 and older boys
7:00 PM - 11-12 girls and boys
7:30 PM - 10 and under girls and boys
Parking at the Rec center will be in the grass by the side gate and the lot in front of the Rec center. Enter the pool area through the side gate and you will need to wear masks while on deck. The meeting for each group will be held in the bleachers at the diving end of the pool. The meeting for each group will start promptly at the time designated.
 
RACE DAY:
Parking on the event day will be at the Pay-to-Park parking lot between Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill and Palm Pavilion. We are providing transportation to the Carlouel Yacht Club via the jolly trolley. There will be three trolleys running approximately every 8-10 minutes. The ride to the yacht club is about 7 minutes. We are going to ask that parents drop off all 13-14 year olds athletes in the circle at the yacht club and then drive back to the Palm Pavilion to park. THERE WILL BE NO BEACH PARKING AT CARLOUEL.  Coaches, officials and volunteers will be able to park at the Yacht Club. Coaches and officials will need to show credentials and volunteers will be on a list. All others must park at the Palm Pavilion.
 
RACE DAY START TIMES:
8:00 am - BOYS 5K   (7:40 AM MEET BRIEFING)
8:50 AM - GIRLS 5K   (8:30 AM MEET BRIEFING)
10:30 AM - 11-12 2.5K   (10:10 AM MEET BRIEFING)
11:15 am - 10&UNDER 800M    (10:55 MEET BRIEFING) 
 
  • Teams may sit in the open area within Carlouel Yacht club by the pool. The pool will be used for warm up for the event as the course will not be available prior to the race. Any swimmers wishing to get in a beach practice prior to the event may swim Saturday at any of the public beaches in the area.
 
  • The grass staging area outside of the gates to the beach will be where you can find your race day check in and chip pick up, t-shirt sales, changing tents and the announcer for the day.
 
  • Restrooms will be available in the Yacht Club - masks are mandatory while using the restrooms.
 
  • There will be concessions offering bagels, beverages, snacks in the circle outside the entrance to the yacht club.
 
  • Swimmers and spectators will not be let onto the beach until the previous event is complete and athletes and spectators have left the beach. The swimmers and spectators for the 13 and older event will not be let on the beach until lifeguards are in place.
 
As we are still dealing with Covid restrictions, we ask that you work with us in social distancing, wearing masks while in indoor areas in the Yacht club and by only being on beach during your appropriate race.
 
We look forward to hosting this event and are very appreciative of our sponsors in the City of Clearwater and the Florida Wildlife Corridor.
 
Cashel Mack
 

Cyclones Open Water Practice on Wednesday, April 7th  at 4:30 - 6 PM. We will meet at the Mary Street Ramp in Crescent Beach. Air temp will be above 80 degrees however water temp is currently 65 degrees. Wet suits are optional for practice but not allowed at OW Championship. Water temp will be about 10 degrees warmer in Clearwater than Crescent Beach.


There has been some concern about the Piney Point reservoir leak.  It appears the situation has improved according to the news reports and doesn't affect the Clearwater area.  Here is the EPA dashboard if you would like review the impacted area compared to the Clearwater area.

The Department of Environmental Protection has launched an interactive water quality dashboard showing water sampling locations and results. They say sampling results so far meet all water quality standards.  

LINK: See the dashboard

 
If you have any questions, please contact your swimmer's coach or myself.
 
Wende Larrimore
Cyclones Membership