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Boat captains can enjoy a day on the Sound, while also supporting a worthwhile cause – helping people with cancer. St. Vincent’s 30th Annual SWIM Across the Sound Marathon will take place this year on Saturday, August 05, 2017 beginning at Port Jefferson, New York and ending at Captain’s Cove, Bridgeport.
The annual fundraiser involves more than 250 swimmers making the 26 kilometer (15.5 mile) trek from West Beach in Port Jefferson, Long Island to Captain’s Cove in Bridgeport, CT for pledges. The swimmers raised over $320,000 in 2016 for the SWIM Across the Sound. The SWIM provides 44 prevention's for cancer screening, education and support programs right here in our community as well as providing financial assistance to cancer patients and their families in need.
Approximately 100 boats – all manned by volunteers – will take part in the SWIM Marathon. Most of them will serve as escort boats, the rest as guide, medic, media and special committee boats. Escort boats will be paired with a team, two-person relay or a solo swimmer and will be responsible for their safety as well as the safety of the crew on board. Guide boats will maintain the perimeter of the SWIM course and act as a protective shield around the swimmers. It takes great boating skill to allow one swimmer to jump into the water and/or pick up another climbing back on board. Individual swimmers on relay teams tend to do 20 to 30 minute runs, while solo swimmers will be in the water for the entire distance.
While it’s the fearless swimmers who spend months fundraising and training for this event, the success of the SWIM Marathon also depends upon the generosity of our local boat captains to escort the swimmers and ensure their safety. Power and sail boats 22 feet and up in length are needed as escorts for solo swimmers, two-person relays and team relays, guides & safety backup and to carry personnel and paramedics. Boats 18’ and up can serve as guides and safety back-up.
All registered boat captains are required to attend a dinner meeting the Tuesday before SWIM Day.
Slips will be available at Danfords Marina in Port Jefferson, New York beginning at Noon on Friday, August 04, 2017 - BASED ON AVAILABILITY. Slips will also be available at Captain's Cove on Saturday, August 05, 2017, if you wish to spend the night.