Cook Strait Swim, New Zealand

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Peaks to Portland Swim 2010

On Saturday, July 24, the 29th annual Peaks to Portland swim was held. Nearly 200 swimmers participated in this scenic 2.4 ocean mile swim across Casco Bay. The conditions were perfect for this annual fundraiser for the YMCA. Water temperature was a balmy 68 degrees....only 10 swimmers did not wear wetsuits. The YMCA did an incredible job in organizing this swim. This year was the first year for timing chips and it went very well. They gave awards to the wetsuit and non-wetsuit division for fastest man/woman's time. Also, awards were given for age groups. It was great to see so many swimmers, families, and friends having such a fun time at this event. The YMCA received over $15,000 in donations.... I would like to thank those who donated to such a worthy cause. I would like to extend my invitation to the international swim community to come to Maine and try our "Peaks to Portland Swim". It's usually held at the end of July. Registration opens in February 2011. You could plan a fantastic vacation around this swim. Portland has many fine hotels on the waterfront... numerous restaurants, and many activities within walking distance. You can contact me for further information at patgallant.charette@gmail.com Or contact the Cumberland County YMCA for information on next years' swim. Thank you and I hope to see you at next years' Peaks to Portland Swim.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Strait of Gibraltar video-- start of swim

video
Perfect conditions in the Strait of Gibraltar :-)