Swim The Loop - Motts Channel (1.3 Miles) 2018

Event #5 of the Carolina Swim Series

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7:00 AM


Sunday, September 23, 2018


Wrightsville Beach, NC


Event Completed


1.3 Miles


Friday, September 21, 2018  7:00 AM


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Swim The Loop - Motts Channel (1.3 Miles)




NOTE: Due to the impact from Hurricane Florence this event has been cancelled for 2018.
All registered participants were contacted via email.


T-Shirt deadline - Thursday, Aug. 23rd (11:59PM) 

Please be aware that the deadline for registering and guaranteeing yourself a race shirt is Thursday (8/23).
Anyone registering after 8/23 may receive a race shirt depending on quantities.


Swim the Loop - Motts Channel is now part of the Carolina Swim Series

The Carolina Swim Series consists of five open water swims in the greater Wilmington area.
There are two swims in the spring, one in the middle of summer, and then two more in the fall.

1) Stoked to Go Out - Saturday, May 19th @ Wrightsville Beach
2) Swim CB - Sunday, June 24th @ Carolina Beach
3) Racin' the Basin - Saturday, July 28th @ Ft. Fisher
4) Pier-to-Pier - Saturday, September 15th @ Wrightsville Beach
5) Swim the Loop - Sunday, September 23rd @ Wrightsville Beach

The Carolina Swim Series will culminate with a year-end awards party on a yet to be named date.


Visit the OFFICIAL event web site here.



Swim starts at the Blockade Runner and finishes at the Dockside which is located on Airlie Road.


Mott’s Channel Sprint starts at the Blockade Runner Resort, located on Wrightsville Beach, and finishes across the intracoastal at the Dockside Restaurant on Airlie Road.  The course is approximately 1.3 miles long and is a point to point swim.  The race will start at a high tide (based off of the Masonboro  Inlet tide chart) to try and ensure a slight incoming to slack tide throughout the 1.3 mile swim.  At the start swimmers will cross Banks Channel and enter Mott’s Channel (that stretch is about .25 mile) where they will swim past/around South Harbor Island, past Seapath Towers (about .55 mile), past Atlantic Marine, past Marine Max, cross over the ICW, and finally finishing at the Dockside Restaurant (about  .55 miles).   This is a great swim that starts with a straight path across Bank’s Channel into Mott’s Channel where you’ll want to stay about 15-20ft off the docks and pilings; take a slight right along South Harbor Island; cut across the channel to the marsh where again you’ll want to stay about 10-15ft off the docks and pilings; follow the marsh through the channel until you see Dockside in your view and then cut straight to the finish.

The race course is a point-to-point 1.3 mile swim.  The start will be at the Blockade Runner Resort on the intracoastal beach side.  The finish will be on the docks at the Dockside Restaurant.  The swim course will be clearly marked with buoys, kayakers, stand up paddle boarders, USCG, and personal boats.  Waves or mass start will be determined closer to race date and will be based on the number of race entrants and weather conditions.  Expected water temperature is between 68-75°F, with possible chop due to wind and there is always the presence of marine life.


Event Site Rules

Carolina Swim Series – Wetsuit Rules

For all Carolina Swim Series races, the following wetsuit guidelines will be followed:

1) If the water temperature is 67.9 degrees or lower – wetsuits will be required.

2) If the water temperature is between 68 degrees and 78 degrees – wetsuits will be optional (see below for details).

3) If the water temperature is 78.1 degrees or higher – wetsuits are prohibited.

Optional wetsuit usage: Participants opting to wear a wetsuit when the water temperature is between 68 degrees and 78 degrees, will be assessed a 3-minute penalty for the five shorter races and a 6-minute penalty for the two longer races.

Packet Pickup

Packet Pick-Up:  TBD

Affiliated Charities

This event benefits North Carolina Coastal Federation.

Your involvement helps to keep our coastal waters clean and natural. Individual memberships, donations and a portion of the race proceeds all support the work of the North Carolina Coastal Federation, a leader in coastal preservation, education and advocacy.  With partners like Without Limits and you, the federation works to keep our swimming waters clean through local and regional projects to keep pollution from entering our waters, and restoring our natural habitats like our native oyster reefs and marshes.  These local projects are possible only with the help of people who care about our coast.  We invite you to support the North Carolina Coastal Federation with the same enthusiasm with which you will swim the loop.  To continue the federation's work and keep your swimming water clean, join the federation or donate today.  Become a Partner and Protect Our Swimming Water.


This event accepts refunds of 50% of the paid event price up to 26 days prior to the event date or until the event has filled.

The refund cutoff date was Tuesday, August 28, 2018 and has passed. No further refunds requests will be accepted for this event.


Transfers are allowed.  See race web site for more details.


This event does not allow deferrals.


This event has a cut off date for receiving a T-Shirt. The cutoff is 30 day(s) before the event. That time has passed.

For complete information on refunds, withdrawals, transfers, and deferrals please visit the official web page.


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Award Categories

Top 3 Overall Males

Top 3 Overall Females

Top 3 Masters Males (40 & above)

Top 3 Masters Females (40 & above)

Refund Policy

Please see the official webpage for details.

Race Results

For past results, please see the official webpage.