Jamie Patrick’s Double Crossing Of Lake Tahoe
August 13th & 14th 2010
As we approach my upcoming swim across Lake Tahoe –twice, I would first like to thank all those who have supported me through this journey, and to those who will attend this historic event….THANK YOU! It means so much to me that all of you will be there to get me through this.
About the Swim
To date there have been approximately 20 people who accomplished a single crossing, and no one who has crossed the lake twice. If I swim in a straight line, the total distance will be slightly less than 44 miles. The expected water temperature will be 60 degrees. I do plan to wear a wetsuit as I am worried about the nighttime swimming. The mountain air temperature drops into the low 40’s at night, and I do not want to be forced to stop swimming due to my body temperature dropping too low. My current plan is to begin the swim at the beach on the grounds of the Hyatt Incline Hotel. The start time will be 4:30pm on Friday August 13th. I will be swimming into a headwind at the beginning. As the evening progresses, I hope to have flat water to swim through the night. I will have a support crew of 8 with me at all times. We will have a 24 foot pontoon boat as our chase/support boat. In addition, I will have a kayak next to me at all times as well (for safety and for navigation). We will light the kayak with glow sticks and I will use this for guidance. The chase boat will prepare my nutrition and assist in any way possible. My crew is well versed in assisting me as they have been there for me for some of my other ultra events. They know the difference between suffering and complaining. We will have a strobe light mounted to the top of the chase boat so that if we have a clear night you will be able to see our progress. To date, my longest swim is 17.68 miles. This double crossing will be over two times that length. Once past 17 miles I will be in uncharted waters. I am a bit scared, but most of all extremely excited. Going beyond, and experiencing new things in life is what it is all about. I am a changed person preparing for this event, and I will be a different person once I finish.
I am hoping to land on the South shore around 4am. I will spend less than 1 minute on the beach and begin my journey back. This is where the fun begins. Having been in the water for almost 12 hours, mentally I will need to push the pain out and focus on one thing….getting to the other side. As the day progresses and the afternoon winds begin to pick up, this will be the toughest part of the swim.
If all goes as planned, I should arrive back at the Hyatt Incline Beach around 5pm on Saturday – 24 hours later. Once accomplished, this will be one of the longest swims in the world in 2010, and one of the longest non current aided swims in history.
Please do not expect Michael Phelps out there, as pacing myself and being smart about the journey is what will ultimately make this a success. I have visualized seeing the sand appear from the depths of Lake Tahoe as I near the beach 24 hours later. I can tell you that it feels incredible. To actually experience it will be truly amazing. Thank you for sharing in this journey with me - knowing you are there for me means the world.
We will be doing live Facebook, text, and blog updates (http://jamiep.yardbarker.com . We will need everyone’s cell phone numbers. Please provide via email.
August 13th, 2010
4PM – Arrive at The Hyatt Incline Hotel
4:30PM - Swim Start If you would like to be a part of the swim start, you can meet on the beach at the Hyatt Incline one half hour before the start. We will start promptly. In addition, if you would like to kayak the first few miles, please send me an email so that we can have the kayak there for you. Please indicate a single or double.
6PM – Cocktails at Jake’s on the Lake
7PM – Dinner at Jake’s If you would like to have dinner at Jake’s, they will be setting up special tables for those attending the event. Reservations are required – Please send me an email with the number in your party. As the sun goes down, you will be able to see the support boat, as we will have a strobe light attached to the boat. You can follow my progress with a cocktail in hand.
August 14th, 2010
11AM Jake’s will be having a BBQ on the lawn. We will have free boat rides to view the swim as well as live updates on the boat. Please be there at 11AM. Free T-shirts for the first 150. Please be there at 11am sharp
3PM – 7PM Swim Finish – Hyatt Incline. You will be given updates as to the estimated finish time. Please leave Jake’s at least 50 minutes before indicated finish time to be safe.
Post Swim – Party at Jake’s
Here are some hotel recommendations if you need a place to stay. We do not have any special deals at this point, but rates are generally pretty good.
Tahoe City Inn
Pepper Tree Inn
America’s Best Value Inn
If you have any questions please contact me via email or phone.
Please send me an email with the following
- Number of people who would like to attend the dinner Friday night at Jake’s.
- If you would like to kayak at the start of the swim, please indicate number of kayaks and if you would like a single or double.
- Your cell phone number to receive text updates.
See you in Tahoe. Love to all.