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Escape from Lewes Open Water Swim Classic Cancelled; Coastal Storm Expected to Create Hazardous Swimming Conditions
By JSalmon on 09/25/2015:  

Escape from Lewes Open Water Swim Classic Cancelled
Coastal Storm Expected to Create Hazardous Swimming Conditions

(Lewes, DE) Due to potentially hazardous swimming and small safety craft conditions caused from an off-shore low pressure system, the Inaugural Escape from Lewes Open Water Classic has been cancelled. The event was scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 27 inside the Delaware Breakwater Harbor at the Lewes Ferry Terminal. Participants were to begin the 5k and 1 mile challenging swim races by jumping off a ferry vessel into the harbor waters.

“We regret that the Inaugural Escape from Lewes Open Water Classic has been cancelled,” said Steve Del Monte, Founder of DelMoSports. “An off-shore low pressure system is expected to create rough Delaware Bay conditions. Ultimately, it is simply too dangerous and we will not compromise the safety of our participants nor the safety of our support services.” Del Monte added that the decision was made in conjunction with numerous water safety authorities involved in the event.

“We’re disappointed that the race won’t proceed this year, but we understand that safety takes precedence,” said Heath Gehrke, Director of Ferry Operations. “Steve Del Monte and his staff at DelMoSports do an outstanding job coordinating these one-of-a-kind competitive sporting events and we look forward to next year’s race.” Gehrke noted that the ferry is expected to run its regular schedule throughout the weekend.

All registrants have been notified that the race has been cancelled. Del Monte added that each participant who registered for this event may expect a DelMoSports care package with their long-sleeved Escape From Lewes tech tee, finisher medal, swim cap, and FINIS swim cords. In addition, those who registered for this year’s Escape from Lewes Open Water Swim Classic will automatically receive a comp entry to the 2016 Escape from Lewes Open Water Swim Classic.

DelMoSports, LLC is a boutique race company founded in 2004. They specialize in elite destination events along the southern New Jersey shore and Delaware. They organize unique and award-wining events, including Challenge Atlantic City Triathlon, Atlantic City Triathlon, Tri the Wildwoods Triathlon, Escape From Lewes Open Water Classic and Escape the Cape Triathlon, which was voted the Best Triathlon in the Mid-Atlantic and North East Region. DelMoSports is known for high quality, athlete centered productions with an emphasis on community involvement while staying true to the sport of triathlon. All of their events provide a challenging course, spectacular scenery and amazing vacation opportunities for athletes and their families.

The Cape May – Lewes Ferry is owned and operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962. The Ferry is open year-round and has carried more than 43 million passengers since its inception on July 1, 1964. In 2014, the ferry service, which connects Victorian Cape May, New Jersey, and historic Lewes, Delaware, transported approximately 275,000 vehicles and nearly 1 million passengers. For schedule, rates and other program information, please visit the ferry’s website at, or call toll free, 800-643-3779. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @CMLFerry.

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