Yacker

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A channel swimmer escorted by yackers, a pace swimmer, and John Pittman and support crew aboard the Outrider in the Catalina Channel
noun - Yacker is American-English slang for kayaker, a traditional support person in a kayak paddling alongside an open water swimmer giving reassurances, providing navigational IQ tips, and carrying hydration. Yackers are celebrated and honored during Be Kind To Your Yacker Week, first promoted by the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association.

Origin

Yacker was popularized by Phil White of the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association circa 2010.

Synonym

Kayaker, escort

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