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Welcome Open Water Swimmers…. Please when in town join Lucky in his daily open water swims.
When: Monday-Friday at 6:30 am and Sat. 7:45am …no early or late start times.
Where: 6645 Lake Cane Drive click here for directions and Map 
Distance: One Kilometer round trip over and back.

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Chocolate covered almond day at Lucky’s Lake swim

Water temp is 72 degrees that is spring temperature, so join us for Lucky’s Lake Swim Chocolate covered almond day tomorrow – Saturday January 18th.  One chocolate covered almond for every crossing until we run out!

The On Course Technology company had given a pair of On Course goggles for folks to try out. They have to be calibrated (which Lucky thought was some kind of hot iron branding done in California, so he won’t be doing it) so Estevan has volunteered to do the calibration and then the goggles are ready for everyone to try out.

Click Here to Sign up for the Golden Mile!  May 23rd

Registration for The Golden Mile 2020 in now open!

Open registration began today, and we are already over 10% filled even as I post this blog, so register now!

Here are the reasons you should not wait to register:
1. The race closed out last year with a cap of 300 it will cap out again this year, and we expect much sooner. Don’t be shut out.
2. It helps Lucky and all the volunteers if we get registrations in early. They can focus on sponsors and putting together great SWAG for the event, and we all know it’s all about the SWAG!
3. If something comes up on Saturday that you can’t make the swim, you can still do the virtual swim Friday evening and get the SWAG.
4. You are helping the Lake Cane Restoration Society keep the lake clean.  All proceeds go to the 501c3 charitable organization (Not to Lucky’s Cayman Island getaway fund as some have suggested)
5. We are releasing three times as many alligators at the start of the race as we did last year, more for your money.

DON’T FREAK OUT when you go to the registration form, and it asks whether you a USMS Swimmer or a USA swimmer  you don’t have to be either you can still register.  USMS and USA registered swimmers get a discount because of insurance.

For more race details go to

This year we will have medals for all swimmers that survive the swim as well as age group 1-3 medals and, of course, Gold Silver and Bronze for the overall and “swimmer of the ages” division.


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The event is also the Global Swim Series American Championship Race!


Swim into the new year at Lucky’s Lake Swim

I hope everyone has a happy and safe new year’s eve.  We are swimming new year’s day at 7:45AM. Hope to see everyone bright and early at the lake, but if not we understand. The current water temp is 68.7, so nobody really needs a wetsuit. Unless you are a wimp. Lucky will be wearing a wetsuit.

New Year’s day last year. Was it worth it? We’ll see tomorrow morning if any come back!


Help Lucky catch a mail Thief!

So this Christmas the Grinch is going around local neighborhoods stealing presents and Christmas cards from mailboxes.  We caught the Grinch on video here at Lucky’s Lake Swim so please help me identify this Grinch!!  This happened early Saturday morning around 4:30 AM.  Several homes along lake Cane drive were hit. Everyone have a Merry Grinchless Christmas.  Check out our previous blog for the Christmas Lucky’s Lake Swim schedule.


Christmas swim Holiday hours and more. . .

Yes, we are still swimming. Last Saturday, we had over 50 swimmers, not too shabby considering the rest of the country was frozen over. The lake temperature has been hanging out in the high to mid-60s, which is black sausage suit weather for most of us, except for the real men and women, and, of course, a few crazies are thrown in the mix. We are still working out some of the bugs on our temperature live gauge, which can be viewed on our website by clicking on the link near the top of the page. At the time of this post, it was not working, but it is going in and out, so you might get lucky if you check. Ultimately we will have a live feed to the web page. We have to solve the problem of Russian hackers, and we are good to go.

Holiday Calendar
Normal swim times Dec 12-22
Dec 23  Monday 7:45AM
Dec 24  
Christmas Eve 7:45AM
Dec 25 Christmas Day  _ No swimLucky is too busy counting up all the coals and switches Santa brought him.
Dec 26 Boxer Day 7:45AM
Dec 27 7:45 AM
Dec 28 (Saturday) 7:45 AM
Dec 29 Sunday No Swim
Dec 30 (National Bacon Day) 7:45 AM
Dec 31 New Year’s Eve 7:45 AM
Jan 1st New Year’s Day 7:45 AM
Jan 2nd and beyond back to normal swim schedule.

Shawn Berg was signing Wall of fame age 14, summer 2015. Some of you may be aware of one of our Lake Swimmer’s past life challenges, and others may not be aware, but Shawn Berg, who is a lake swimmer and a member of the YMCA’s underwater hockey team has overcome some serious obstacles in his young life. Unbeknownst to the swimming and underwater hockey community, Shawn was homeless for the last eight years. His family lived in hotel rooms if they had the money, and if not, he slept on the street. His parent’s only source of income was begging on the I-drive area, which Shawn was required to do as well. Most of the money obtained went to drugs and cigarettes for the parents, and if any was left, hotel room and food for Shawn and his younger siblings. Shawn was forced by a lack of money on several occasions to eat out of dumpsters along I-drive, and he has not attended school since the 4th grade. Amazingly this was going on while Shawn was playing underwater hockey, doing Lucky’s Lake Swims, and volunteering for many of the Lucky’s Lake Swim events. The good news is that Shawn has removed himself from the toxic environment he was in, and now works, has an apartment, and is studying for his GED. His goal is to go to the fireman school at Valencia. The Lake Cane Restoration Society is helping Shawn with some of the expenses associated with getting his GED. (he has already completed two of the four testing requirements and based on practice exams is right on track for passing the last two shortly) LCRS has also contracted with Shawn to do the setup for our events. The Rosen YMCA and the Lake Swim has had a significant impact on Shawn’s life. The YMCA has recently done a short video on how the Y served as an exit ramp from a road of destitution. Please watch the video below.


Got fluids? Yup, we do now. No more borrowing reclaimed water jugs from the sanitation department for our events. If you miss the flavor of the previous reclaimed water jugs, you can go out to the road and drink straight from the vineland sprinkler system.  The rest of use will be partaking our liquid nourishments from these super cool water jugs.

Some of the folks at the final table at the Lake Cane Restoration Society 1st annual poker tournament. The tournament was a grand success with everyone having fun and planning on returning for the next one.  Over $600 was raised after expenses. Sky (The Ringer) won the 1st prize of $300 Maximus Meisenheimer took second $200 (he was charged with hiding cards in his hair, but three people went into his scalp to investigate, and none of them returned.  (We have already sold the film rights to this story).  Lucky squeezed in third for a prize of $100 and was heard saying he was going to the Doll House. Shortly thereafter, Lucky suffered a small concussion from a flying object, and a broken lamp was found at the scene. Lucky, then indisposed, changed his travel plans, and Jacquie reportedly donated his winnings back to the Lake Cane Restoration Society. 

Luis waited to collect all of his swag at once 100K club, 200K club. He’s so fast he swam by his milestones and didn’t even realize it.

New Lake Swim Record!!! Texas Hold’em & More…

We have been having major problems with the blog posts.  We have not been able to send out for a couple of months and the last one nobody could open.  Hope everything is now fixed.  We got some email lists merged and there may be a few of you that did not subscribe to the blog and if this is the case my apologies, just click the unsubscribe and you should be fine.  Thanks, Lucky

Everyone used to say nobody will be able to break Lucky’s lake swim record set by True Sweetser four years ago with a time of 11:35.5. Well, they were wrong.  The record was broken yesterday by a lot. 11:17.0 is the new standard. And, who was the inhuman machine that could possibly beat True, well, it was True Sweetser. True broke his ow n record, and if he would have swam straight he was on pace to break the 11 minute barrier.  True had to swim four crossings to warm up before attempting the record. His fourth swim was 12 minutes flat and True said “now I’m ready to swim fast” only in True’s world a 12 minute crossing is not swimming fast.

Hold’ em or fold’em for Lake Cane Restoration Society’s 1st Annual Texas Hold’em Tournament. Not familiar with the terms “Hold’em or fold’em”?? Not to worry! We will have expert professional dealers at your service to teach you how to play, how to use the lingo, and sound and play like a pro!

As a reminder, BIG PRIZES will be awarded to our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of $300, $200, and $100. (If you’d like to donate something for a prize, reply to this email.) Food, beverages, wine, and beer included in registration for all! $40 registration donation per adult, $20 registration donation for students 18+, and $10 donation for extra chips during the tournament. Doors open at 6:15 pm this coming Friday at Lucky’s Lake House.


New Record for Lucky’s Lake Swim. 11:17 by True Sweeter on his 5th crossing. That’s the key to setting a record don’t start trying until your fifth crossing.

Not too late to join Lucky in Texas Hold’em tonight. Great Old Maid’s hand Lucky, but that won’t work tonight. Lucky sucks at cards and will be learning how to play tonight as well. We have beginner tables to learn. A few seats are still left. Sign up at

Congrats to Rod Crowley. Got his first three milestones all on the same day. He was too tired after his first two milestones to be able to walk up to the wall of fame. He wore a wet suit today so with the aid he had enough energy.

Laura Hermann (From Ohio) got her 25 cap today. Key words are “from Ohio”. We know folks that live across the road that have  swam for 5 years and still haven’t gotten their 25 cap. Strong work Laura





Thanksgiving swim, Texas Hold’em and more

Thanksgiving day swim is on for 7:45am some are still swimming without wetsuits but the majority are wearing them now.  True Sweetser will be joining us in the morning.  He holds the Lucky’s Lake Swim Record of 11:35.5 and he also is the Golden Mile Gold Medalist and record holder.  True will be attempting to break his own record (Lucky swam faster than 11:35 last week, but then he had to swim back).

Black Friday and Saturday will both also be 7:45 swims.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Texas hold’em tournament on Black Friday for the Lake Cane Restoration Society. Lucky and Jacquie will be hosting the event at their home.  It will be a fun night and you don’t have to know how to play as we will have beginner tables that open a 6:30pm. All the aces that Lucky had hidden around the house have been identified and disposed of. First prize is $300, Second $200 and Third $100. Find out more details and sign up at We have a 50 seat limit so sign up ASAP! Over twenty seats are already taken. Sign up now you will probably win.

How can you justify three helpings of dessert without other family members giving you the stink eye. Why, swimming Lucky’s Lake Swim. Not only do you get to punch your man card, but you get to be first in line and get seconds as many times as you want. It’s the law.

The question is often asked around these parts who could possibly beat True Sweetser’s record. The answer is simple, True Sweetser. He will be swimming tomorrow and I promise you it will be an epic swim.

Recap of the 2019 Golden Mile below if you have not seen it.

Reporter on Saturday, Texas Hold’em, Golden Mile and more…

Lots going on at Lucky’s Lake Swim. The blog has been down for the last several weeks due to hosting errors, but now appears fixed. If you see this post on facebook, but normally, you would get this in an email re-signup for the email posts.

This Saturday, November 23rd, we will have a reporter and photographer from the villages doing a story on the lake swim. The water is like spring temperature, so swimmable without a wet suit, but if you are a wimp, you can come as a member of the esteemed Lucky’s Lake Swim black stuffed sausage group. The important thing is that you attend Saturday and represent (even if you wear a sausage suit). Remember is this is your chance at fame and fortune, but more likely cold toes and wrinkled fingers.

Black Friday Evening
Texas Hold’em Charity Tournament 1st Annual for the Lake Cane Restoration Society at Lucky and Jacquie’s big house. Fifty player limit.

” Doors open 6:15 pm Beginners tables open at 6:45 pm tournament starts at 7:30 pm tournament over at 10:30 pm

Just when you thought all the charity events were over this year, one more rears it’s angry head. Even if you have never played Texas Holdem, watched it on TV, or seen the movie Rounders, that’s okay because we will have beginners tables for the first 45 minutes. Professional dealers will teach you how to play, and when the tournament starts, you will be playing like a pro. You will learn the basic lingo of the game, and they will share Lucky’s tells with you (his most common tell is him saying shit, shit, shit, and pounding the table with his head when he gets dealt a bad hand. A few seconds later, he will have forgotten (likely due to pounding his head on the table) and will try to bluff).

The is a great parent-college child who returned home for the holiday outing. $40 donation for registration adult, $20 donation for registration Student 18+ 

There will be opportunities to donate for more chips if you run out during the tournament. There will be food and drinks at the event.

First prize $300

Second place $200

Third place $100

More prizes may be added (If you would like to donate something for a prize, please contact Jay or Lucky)

Sign up quickly at (we already have ten signed up even before this is posted and we have a 50 seat limit which we will fill)


Lucky is ready for the Black Friday evening charity Texas Holdem tournament for the Lake Cane Restoration Society. Fifty seats available and ten have already been reserved. Sign up now it will be a good time. And no Lucky will not be allowed to play any hands with a 7 in them. Even if you don’t know how to play Dealers will teach you and Lucky sucks at poker so you will at least beat him. Great prizes and lots of fun. Sign up Here  

We just received notification that we have an officially registered the trademark Golden Mile ® for a recap of the Golden Mile® watch the video below

A short video of our local Special Olympics team and open water swimming.

Stephanie DeCarli gets her 200K club shirt. She got a choice of a large or a large or a large. It looks like she picked out a large.

Bryan Ott scores his 100 K club cap even though he developed a palsy in his right hand. Or is that some kind of gang sign?

Doc Lucky Meisenheimer

Doc Lucky Meisenheimer

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