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Swim4Purpose | Doug’s 2018 Chesapeake Bay Swim Report
  • Doug’s 2018 Chesapeake Bay Swim Report

    Doug’s 2018 Chesapeake Bay Swim Report

    As always, the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim is a well-organized, safety 1st endurance event with more volunteers than swimmers! Many thanks to Linda of Lin-mark sports and Chuck Nabit race director for another outstanding year.
    To quote Forrest Gump “the Chesapeake Bay is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get” in the form of wave, chop, current or temperature(or combinations). 2018 was the year of the Great Current. With the threat of thunderstorms looming ….the race had been moved up by half an hour. Many folks were wondering why we shouldn’t go even earlier to avoid the lightening…..well…we found out! After turning the 1st corner of the bridge at the 1 mile point, I positioned myself for a middle channel swim to gauge the current….only to be hit by a strong southerly current that was threatening to push me out of the channel and out of the race. What amazed me, was how fast it took me there. In order to make any forward progress I had to swim in a Northeast direction (diagonal). This current lasted until just past the 3 mile mark where we would encounter the paint barge which was jutting out from the north span that we were warned to avoid. In my opinion this was not even an obstacle anymore since the current was still moving us south. Fortunately for all of us the current went pretty slack at this point (at least for me) and was able to sight dead east and finish the race. Never has that finish line looked so good. With #26 in the bag…..looking forward to #27.
    Congrats to my fellow training partners & friends…. Megan Mackay & Pam Williams. Also to Angie Marella (10 year) Kevin Sayers (24 years) and Paul Allen.

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