Celebrate the return of summer by swimming for clean water at the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s 26th annual Buzzards Bay Swim on Sat., 6/22. Swimmers ages 11 and up can register at www.savebuzzardsbay.org/swim. Swimmers start at East Rodney French Blvd. in New Bedford and finish at Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven. First group jumps into the water at 7:15 a.m.
Finish line celebration, 7:30–11 a.m. Awards ceremony at 9:30. At the finish line, there will be a pancake breakfast, live music, free massages for swimmers and kayakers, kids’ activities, and Coalition merchandise for sale. Swimmers and kayakers eat free. We suggest a donation of $5 for guests, spectators, and volunteers.
Don’t miss this chance to swim point-to-point across a closed shipping channel with 300 other swimmers! Assisted by the U.S. Coast Guard and a local safety patrol, swimmers navigate 1.2 miles through the harbor and channel, passing by the iconic Butler Flats Lighthouse and the New Bedford Hurricane Barrier, one of the largest stone structures on the East Coast. At the thrilling finish, swimmers are welcomed with a beach party
The Buzzards Bay Swim is sponsored by Amica Insurance, Anderson Insulation, BayCoast Bank, BETA Group, Blue Harvest Fisheries, Bristol County Savings Bank, Buzzards Bay Brewing, Fiber Optic Center, South Coast Almanac and YMCA Southcoast, and the Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Event Series, presented nationally by Toyota.
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