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2017 GBM Open Water Swimming

Open water 2017 is here! A cold month of May meant a slow start to ocean open water training, but a few hardy swimmers took the plunge in early June. GBM has a large group who train and compete in open water. If you would like to train open water with us, take a look on the GBM Facebook page and the Seacoast Early AM Open Water Swim FB page for more information.

Nubble Light Challenge Swim (8/12)
The Nubble Light Challenge returned this year after a three year hiatus, thanks in large part to the efforts of GBM's Jennifer Zorn and Bob Fernald. The event is a 2.4 mile point to point race, starting at Long Sands Beach - passing throught the 'gut' between the mainland and the Nubble Lighthouse island - and finishing at Short Sands Beach (York ME). The race was a great success with 88 entrants and 71 finishers. Guy Davis placed second overall. GBM was well represented at the event: Steve Miller (10th overall / first in age group), Lucy White (1st in AG), Julia Malloy (3rd AG), Betsy Sandberg (6th AG), Devan Meserve (4th AG), Dan Coons (3rd AG), Sarah Downey (7th AG), Sean Donohue (8th AG) and Robyn Shiely (1st AG). Results here. Nubble Facebook page with many more photos here.

Isles of Shoals (8/5)
On August 5 three swimmers completed the journey from the Isles of Shoals to Rye Harbor - with support boat escort. This is ~7 miles of open water ocean swimming through some wide open water. Conditions were not that great, with fog and a fairly strong east wind (at least the wind was pushing them in the right direction!). Congratulations to Terry, Lucy and John for completing the swim in roughly four hours. Rob Tourville accomplished the same swim the following day. Its a relatively short list of people who've ever accomplished this swim.

Peaks to Portland (7/22)
The 36th annual Peaks to Portland race was held on July 22. Story here. Kirsten Read was the second woman overall. Emma Rotner, who did her age group swimming in the Seacoast area, won the woman's race. Other GBM's swimming were Bob Mair (1st in age group), DJ Jenson, Barry Fussell, Julia Malloy (3rd AG) and Paul Griffin. Results here.

Misery Challenge (7/15)
Guy represented GBM at the Misery Challenge finishing second overall. Excerpt from the NELMSC write-up: 'Misery Challenge is a 3-mile out-and-back swim between the Manchester Yacht Club and Misery Island. The sky was overcast and the water was cooler than in previous years, but the sea conditions were very calm, making for fast swimming. As with last year's race, swimmers had to navigate low tide conditions, completing the course with a 200-yard beach run.' Swim Results here. Sean Donohue finished ninth in the four mile single kayak, Results here.

Swim With a Mission (7/14)
The inaugural Swim With a Mission race at Newfound Lake, NH was held on July 14 - offering an individual 5K and 10K, and a 10 mile relay. The event is held to raise money for the Navy SEAL Museum, Veterans Count and the Bridge House Homeless Shelter & Veterans Advocacy. You are requested to raise money to participate. This was quite an event featuring: a live band; food (including pizza, hamburgers from the grill, and freshly squeezed lemonade); Navy Seals with their war dogs. I heard that 1200 non-swimmers attended the event - there certainly were a lot of cars and people there. Newfound Lake is crystal clear, a great venue for open water swimming. The races were not heavily participated in this year with 28 in the 5K, 19 in the 10K, and 15 relays. Jana placed second overall in the women's 10K. Ed was first in the 5K and former GBM Bruce Mohl was second. Coach Crystie was at the event as a volunteer. Results here. Definitely an exciting event, great venue. Jana and Ed are planning on it for next year, the only difficulty is that the race is held on a Friday.

Eton Swim (6/24) and Great London Swim (7/1)
Guy Davis swam two 10K races in England - the Eton Swim (Dorney Lake, Berkshire; June 24) and the Suunto Great London Swim (Newham, London), July 1. Eton was a rectangular course on a rowing lake which made navigation easy, Results here. Great London Swim event page here. Guy represented GBM very impressively, finishing second place overall in both races.

MASHPEE SUPER SWIM, June 17
The Mashpee Super Swim has been an annual pilgrimage of sorts for GBM's over the years. Its a bit of a drive - with no traffic the morning of the event its 2.25 hours or so from the Seacoast. The race is held at John's Pond - which is one of the nicest fresh water venues around: crystal clear water, no vegetation to swim through, a sandy beach - and on the Cape as well. This year only Guy and Ed represented GBM, at least in part due to the overcast conditions and cool temperature for this time of year. Both Guy and Ed competed in the wetsuit division of the 3 mile race, with Guy finishing first (3rd overall) and Ed second (eighth overall). Results here.

LAND SHARK, June 10
First race of the year: 1/2 mile, 1 mile and 2 mile swims at Lake Gardner in Amesbury MA. GBM had a great showing with Guy Davis winning the 2 mile, and Kirsten Read the first overall woman (and second person overall). Well run race, an easy drive for most of us. GBM was also well represented in the Age Group placings - see full Results here. And a nice write-up on the NELMSC web page here.

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