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Swim Across the Sound

St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation, a charitable grass-roots organization, is hosting the 31st Annual SWIM Across the Sound Marathon on Saturday, August 4, 2018 and are in need of volunteers to help ensure swimmers have a safe trip from Port Jefferson, NY to Bridgeport, CT. This Marathon will raise about $400,000 which will provide cancer screening and preventive education not covered by insurance, and funds other specific needs which include the purchase of wigs, prostheses, medication assistance, free transportation to treatment and appointments, day-care scholarships, support groups and more.

The success of the SWIM Marathon depends on the generosity of local boat owners to escort swimmers as they cross the Sound. Power and sailboats, 22 feet and longer, are needed as escorts for solo, two-person and relay teams, as well as to serve as perimeter guide boats and safety backup. This year we need 120 boats for what is shaping up to be a record number of swimmers. Boat captains who are interested in volunteering can register here.

Registered Captains are welcome to a free slip beginning at 12 noon on Friday, August 3 in Port Jefferson, NY and are invited to attend a SWIM Foundation-Sponsored Party at the Marina that evening. On Saturday, August 4th at 7 am, boats will need to be in place at Danford's Marina for the kick-off of the SWIM Marathon where a continental breakfast will be served for volunteers. The 15.5 mile race begins in Port Jefferson and will end at Captain's Cove Seaport in Black Rock Harbor, Bridgeport, CT where there will be an award ceremony and banquet. Overnight slips will be available at Captain's Cove Seaport for Saturday night.
There will be a meeting for first-time Connecticut-based captains on July 24 at St. Vincent’s Hospital, a meeting on July 25 at Danford’s Hotel for Long-Island-based captains and a dinner meeting July 31 at Vazzy’s Four Seasons in Stratford, CT for ALL Captains and Their Crew. 

If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Jim Hanrahan by cell phone at 203-912-2434, or by email at jrhiii@optonline.net or Mike Herrington by phone at 203-255-0815 or email mhosu16@gmail.com. For general questions on the SWIM Marathon, email Ms. Patricia Fignar  pfignar@ascension.org or call (475) 210-7303.