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Fun Season of GBM Open Water Swimming in 2015

2015 was another fun filled summer of open water swim training in the ocean at Jenness and Wallis Sands, and fresh water at Kingston Pond. The outdoor open water swim training season got off to a bit of a late start following an exceptionally cold winter. First outdoor swims were in Kingston Pond in late May, followed by ocean swims a few weeks later. And how better to reap the benefits of all that training than with a bunch of open water swim races?

LAND SHARK, MAY 30
The first open water race of the year was the 'Land Shark' (changed from the 'Lost Sailor' last year), at Lake Gardner, Amesbury Mass May 30, 2015. It was a hot, sunny Saturday afternoon with three events offered: 1/2 mile, 1 mile and an aquathon (Swim Mile, Run 3.1 Miles). Many people wore wetsuits, but they were for speed only given the air and water temperatures. Great turn-out from GBM, lot of fun and a good way to start off the summer season. Results here. Next year's event has already been posted (June 4, 2016), and it looks like they're adding a 2-mile event: info here.

MASHPEE SUPER SWIM, JUNE 20
Next up, perenial favorite - the Mashpee Super Swim, June 20. Start from the Seacoast before 6 a.m. and be down the Cape in plenty of time for this fantastic swim in a clean, clear-water pond. Razor sharp event management, beautiful day. Air / water temperatures comfortable for a no-wetsuit swim. Results here. And, next year's info is already posted! The 28th annual will be held JUNE 18, 2016.

MANHATTAN ISLAND SWIM: JUNE 24
Bob Fernald continued his marathon swimming accomplishments with the 28.5 mile swim around Manhattan Island. Results here. Last year Bob swam the English Channel, so he has swum two of the three Triple Crown events. Those of us who do open water training at Jenness beach marvel at Bob's endurance, stroke technique, and ability to swim sans-wetsuit while the rest of us have teeth chattering while wearing wetsuits!

PEAKS TO PORTLAND: JULY 18
We have a few hardy GBM's swim Peaks to Portland every year. You take a ferry out to Peak's Island and swim back to the mainland. Understanding the currents can help you swim the fastest line for this race. Results here.

MISERY ISLAND SWIM: AUGUST 1
A number of GBM's swam the inaugural 3 mile Misery Island Swim at starting at Tuck's Point Park, Manchester by-the-Sea (MA), with a course out to Misery Island, turn around and return. The event also features kayak, SUP and rowing races. This event was a lot of fun, a good adventurous swim. Water was warm enough to swim without a wetsuit, but most of us chose to suit-up for this one. Smooth calm water for an ocean swim. Definitely on the calendar for next year. See the event Facebook page here. Very cool aerial video here. Race results here. Tentative date for next year is Saturday, July 23rd, 2016. (NOTE: we only have a pre-race meeting photo for the slideshow on this one - this is what happens when Jana isn't there!)

CELEBRATE THE CLEAN HARBOR: AUGUST 15
For the last few years we've had a consistent group of GBM's swimming the 1.2 mile Clean Harbor swim at Niles Beach in Gloucester. The harbor is protected from the open ocean so it is calm and easy to swim. Water temperatures comfortable for either wetsuit or non-wetsuit. This is event has a sort of laid-back feel to it, and they've been coming up with some clever, enjoyable awards. Results here.

SWIM & FIN RACE
The 10th annual Swim & Fin Race for Salem Sound was held 8/29. The event offers 500 meter, 1 mile, and 5 kilometer distances. This is another moderate temperature, calm water event. Results here.

MIGHTY MERRIMACK SWIM
The Mighty Merrimack Swim was held September 6, with one and two mile distances. All four GBM's swam the two mile. Water temperature was about 71F, and it was a beautiful day. Swim up river hugging the shoreline, turn around at the large orange buoy near the bridge and head back. The current is barely noticeable while swimming, but the up-river leg takes a bit longer. Water was clean and pleasant. An enjoyable, well-run event. Event information: here.

PROVINCETOWN SWIM FOR LIFE
The Provincetown Harbor Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla was held Saturday, September 12. Five GBM's swam the event. No wetsuits required, warm water. Well run, enjoyable event. Next year's swim set for September 10, 2016. Read more about the event here.

BERMUDA ROUND THE SOUND
The 26th annual Bermuda Round the Sound Swims were held October 11. This event offers something for everyone with 10K, 7.25k, 4K, 2K, 0.8K swims and also 7.25k & 2K FIN Divisions. Event information here. Five GBM's made the trip, and had lots of fun. The date for next year is set for October 9, 2016.

Looking forward to 2016 the USMS Open Water National Championship (10 miles) will be held in Newport VT, June 30. (Approx. 3 hour drive from the Seacoast).

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