Thomas Vilhauer brought us information on the 33rd annual Trans Tahoe Relay that took place between the states of California and Nevada this weekend:
"Great conditions. A few hundred relay teams and 15 soloists. Scattered clouds, flat still air in the early morning and a bit of a breeze later on."
"The swim accepted any FINA-legal suit, though a few speedsuits were present at the beach start. Heard the first finishers only had five people swimming. Water temps reported as high as 67˚F (19.4˚C) at the Nevada-side start, but lots of fluctuation across the lake."
"It was a typically chaotic start with pilot boats trying to find their lead-off swimmers [see photo above from the Trans Tahoe Relay website]. Later in the race, the Coast Guard/police boats ticketed a couple of non-participant speedboats that sliced through the field with undue speed."
We agree - the history, the camaraderie, the competitiveness and the uniqueness of this 6-person relay at 6,200-feet (1,890 meters) altitude makes it one of the world's best open water swims.