Vidösternsimmet, The Longest Open Water Race in Sweden

IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND… before +21500m

The longest and toughest open water race in Sweden takes place in the fresh waters of the lake Vidöstern. Note: There is no guaranteed finish in this event! You have to struggle with the forces of nature, focus on every stroke and count the big yellow buoys as you navigate past them on your way to the finish line. The wind often blows with a strength of 4-7 m/s. Fog is quite common. Your participation is all at your own risk.

Your ability to be well prepared, persistent and to navigate on your own are up for test. Your ability to swim long distances on your own, to stand cramp, seasickness, cold, fatigue, pain,  handle lack of nourishment and liquid is a part of the race. The security is well dimensioned but on purpose leaves a part of the responsibility to you, as a swimmer. To be allowed to participate in the race you will have to sign a document, at the prerace, where you take on full responsibility.

Swimmers who manage this swim will for sure be ready for even bigger challenges like the Channel.

”PRERACE” MEETUP

Your presence is mandatory at the meeting Friday August 7, 2020 at 7 to 8 pm (Swedish), at Best Western Hotel Värnamo.

At 6.15 to 6.50 pm we quickly give the information in English. This time slot is only for English speaking participants. We go through the race (start, depots, weather forecast, water tempreature, etc.) and answer all your questions.

You will be offered coffee and something small to eat. For the participants who have ordered Pasta Dinner, it will be served at the hotel’s restaurant, after the prerace.

 

PRICE

Early Bird Price: 2150 SEK  (2019-08-26 — 2020-03-31)
Normal Price: 3000 SEK (2020-04-01 — 2020-08-04)

Last day for sign up August 4, 2020, 11.59 pm

 

SAFETY

Participation is entirely at your risk. To be allowed to start you will sign a document where you take on full responsibility after the Prerace meeting. A wetsuit is one of the safety measurements in this race. It is obligatory for safety reasons both for you and for the organizer. If you are an experienced Open Water Swimmer used to swim without a wetsuit, there is a category for that.

We follow the recommendations of the Swedish Swimming Federation regarding the use of a wetsuit and urges you to follow them too: “Below 16° C a wetsuit is obligatory, between 16° C and 18° C a wetsuit is recommended, between 18° C and 23° C a wetsuit is allowed. Above 23° C a wetsuit is not allowed for health reasons”.

In case the temperature would be above 23° C the race management highly recommends that you carry out the race without a wetsuit, but cannot oblige you to do so. Current temperatures will be given at the Prerace meeting. Throughout the entire race the responsibility for your health is yours.

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A trailing buoy/marker, “Safe-Swimmer”, is yet another of the safety measurements in this race and is obligatory. It has two functions:

→ to show where you are.

→ to help you float, if necessary

→ to let us identify you

It is attached to your waist and it floats about half a meter behind you.

All swimmers must use the swim cap handed out to you at the prerace meeting.

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PATROL BOATS

There will be boats all along the track, one per 1000 meters, going back and forth. It is your responsibility to notify a member of the race staff if you decide to discontinue the race.  A doctor and other medically trained person with knowledge of CPR will be present at the race.

  • Call on a boat by waving your hand.
  • Show that everything is okey with a thumb up

A doctor and other medically trained person with knowledge of CPR will be present at the race.

Along the entire race there will be about 20 big, yellow buoys to help you navigate. The distance between them will be approximately 1000 meters.  If you would diverge from the course, functionaries on boats will help you back on track.

The organizer has the right to:

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Postpone the start by 1-2 hours if there is fog, thunder, etc.

 

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Cancel the race in case of thunder.

 

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If foggy we use, if possible, “pace” kayaks. Like in the start of a trotting race…Please note that nobody swims past the “pace kayaks until the safety personnel allows you to.

 

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In bad weather conditions which endanger the safety of swimmers and crew, cancel the entire arrangement.

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Restrict the number of swimmers

LEGS

  1. Osudden-Funtabo 3700 m
  2. Funtabo-Tånnö  3900 m
  3. Tånnö-E4:ans Camping  5500 m
  4. E4:an Camping-Ekens Camping  3400 m
  5. Ekens Camping-Sundet 5000 m

TIME LIMIT

To be able to maintain a high safety we have set time limits at the depots. If you arrive after the string has been set up you will be taken out of the race and may NOT, under any circumstances continue the race.

Clarification: Even if you have your boat accompanying you, you may NOT continue. Even if you miss the time by only one minute, you may NOT continue. Even if you throw away your safe swimmer and swim cap and say that you don´t care about the competition, you only want to swim to the finish line; you may NOT continue.

The time limits (cut-off times) are the following:

  1. Funtabo  3700 m, Last time to pass 08.50 am
  2. Tånnö 7600 m, Last time to pass 11.00 am
  3. E4:ans 13100 m, Last time to pass 02.00 pm
  4. Ekens 16500 m, Last time to pass 03.15 pm

The maximum time to achieve an official position and a “Finisher T-shirt” is 10:30 hours.

All those who make it pass the stop at Ekens before 3.15 PM and completes the race, receives a medal, even if the total time exceeds the 10:30 hours.

FOOD – BEVERAGES

There will be five depots where you can get drinks, food and energy.

  • Funtabo after approx 3700 m (a raft in the water)
  • Tånnö after approx 7600 m
  • E4:ans after approx 13100 m
  • Ekens after approx 16500 m
  • Gyllene Rasten after approx 19000 m (a raft in the water)

In each patrol boat there will be Umara U-gel raspberry and water during the race.

Drinks:

Water, Sports drinks (Umara sport), Coca-Cola, (Kaffe)

Food /Energy:

U-bar – Energy bar (in the flavors: coconut, cranberries, apple/cinnamon and mint choclate)

U-gel – raspberry

bananas, cinnamon buns, snickers, candy

In each patrol boat there will be Umara U-gel raspberry and water during the swim.

If you want your own food, in addition to what we offer, we have a solution for that. All the special food is put in a box, marked “specialkost” marked with your number from the starting list. From that box you can fetch your food during the race at the food stops. 

When you reach the finish area you will be served food, coffee and waffles.

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TRANSPORTATION

We arrange for you to be picked up at 5.45 am on the day of race in central Värnamo. Be sure to put your name, phone number and where to be picked up, on the list presented at the prerace or notify the race management by email (info@vidosternsimmet.se)

You will arrive at the starting area at 6.15 am. 

You may bring your own car to the start, there is parking lots nearby (see map). We will arrange for you to get back to your car or central Värnamo after the race.

 

You notify the staff at the counter at the finishing area, . You may choose between the following departures from Sundet;

2:30 pm

3:15 pm

4:00 pm

4:45 pm

5:30 pm

6.15 pm

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CHANGE OF CLOTHES

Transportation of your change of clothes is taken care of. There are no changing rooms at the start, which means that you change your clothes outdoors. You put your belongings in a marked, black plastic bag, which we transport to the finishing area.

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FACILITIES

There are toilets at the start and at the depots at Tånnö, E4:ans Camping, Ekens Camping and at the finishing area.

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LODGING

There are several hotels and bed and breakfasts in Värnamo see www.visit-varnamo.com

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TIMING

You have a chip attached round your ankle and it will  automatically check you in and out at the different feeding stations.There will be volonteers that will help to make it run smoothly at all the stations. After the race the preliminary times are presented. The detailed lists of results will be on our webpage within 1 day. You will be able to see your specific time according to time spent on land and time in water.

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DICONTINUED RACE

If you decide to discontinue the race, immediately notify nearest member of the race staff, on land or in a boat. You will be picked up within 15-30 minutes and will be taken to the finish area where you will find your clothes, a hot tub, food and a possibility to shower. Then you can use the regular transportation from the finishing area back to the start or to central Värnamo.

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