New in 2013: Ocean Swimmer of the Year Award

This year’s festival will for the first time recognize an outstanding male and female ocean swimming athlete with the Semana Nautica Ocean Swimmer of the Year Award.

To qualify for this distinguished award, the recipient will have the lowest point score for finishing in each of the following ocean swim races:

1) Semana Nautica 1-mile ocean swim
2) one of the two Reef & Run 1-mile ocean swims (July 5, 2013 and July 11, 2013)
3) one of the two Wednesday Night Moves 1k ocean swims (July 3, 2013 and July 10, 2013)
4) either the 3-mile ocean swim or the 6-mile ocean swim.

For each of these swims, points will be allocated equal to the participant’s overall finishing place in his/her gender. Swimmers who are unable to compete in the 3 mile or the 6 mile ocean swims will be considered for the award but will be handicapped by an additional 40 points added to their total. If a participant swims in more than one of the weekly Night Moves or Reef & Run qualifying events, the best finish will be used for consideration.

The recipient of this award will receive a free entry for the final Reef & Run boat to beach swim on August 29, 2013 and will be recognized at the conclusion of that swim race. The male and female recipients of this annual award will also be memorialized with his and her names on a plaque at the East Beach Bath House