Thank you to everyone who helped make this year, 2013, a record breaking year for Swim Across America - Boston! Despite some rocky weather, we had 2 great days and together raised over $375,000!
The Boston Harbor Swim is a 22-mile relay around beautiful Boston
Harbor Islands. On event day, swimmers and volunteers meet at sunrise at
Rowes Wharf outside the Boston Harbor Hotel. They throw down a few
cups of coffee and load onto two boats aptly named 'Mon Amour,' and
'Secret Love.' After spending the day swimming and hanging out with
friends on board, all swimmers jump off the boats and swim to shore to
find cheering family and friends. The Boston event is smaller than most
with a max of 75 swimmers so make sure to sign up early!
Boston swimmers are committed, passionate, and they raise some serious dough.
The event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Perini
Quality of Life Clinic at the Dana-Farber Hospital and Mass General Hospital for Children.
Boston Harbor Islands Swim is a 22-mile relay style open water swim
that starts and finishes at Rowes Wharf in downtown Boston. Each
participant will swim in a 15 minute session (heat) approximately 4 - 6
times throughout the day. Swimmers will be assigned to a heat with
swimmers of similar ability.
Register before June 1st with a registration fee of $50
Register on or after June 1st with a registration fee of $100
Minimum Fundraising Requirement: Each swimmer must raise at least $1500.
All swimmers will be assigned to a transport boat for the day.
Breakfast, lunch, beverages and snacks will be provided throughout the
Swim begins at @7:00 AM from Rowes Wharf and travels out to the Boston Lighthouse and returns back to Rowes Wharf.
Approximate duration: 8 hours. Each heat contains 8 - 10 swimmers. Swimmers serving as alternates will be available throughout the day for substitutions. Heats
have been arranged according to swimmer’s 500 yard /1 mile freestyle
times. It is important for each swimmer to know his /her assigned heat
number. The heat order may change throughout the swim to handle the
varying conditions. For instance, the conditions or time constraints may
require the substitution of a stronger heat.
Heats run consecutively. Heats are approximately 15 minutes in length.
START: Olympian swimmers [5-8] begin from dock at Rowes Wharf
Navigation boat “Abigail” in position 50 yards off the dock.
Boat stands off ahead of “Abigail” until the swimmers pass, and then
fall into formation behind navigation boat and along side the swimmers
to position themselves for the first transition.
All heats, except for the first heat of the day, will begin from the boat
swimmers are to follow the navigation boat (bright orange buoy off the
back). The navigation boat is setting the course and will alter speeds
for each heat. If any distance develops between the swimmers and the
navigation boat, chase boats will be very close to monitor the swimmers.
the designated heat time, a “finish line” 2 Zodiac chase boats will
leave their safety net positions behind the swimmers and come along side
each boat for pick up and transport back to the swim team boat.
the sound of the air horn, swimmers will enter the water from the
alternating boat and swim towards the navigation boat as directed by the
Heats end and the new heat begin as the first
swimmers of the previous heat touch the “finish line” chase boat and the
After completing the heat, swimmers will board a chase boat and be returned to the team boat.
the recently finished swimmers return to the team boats, the new heat
of swimmers has entered the water for the next leg of the swim. Smooth
transitions of heats are vital for the success of the event and will
require all swimmers cooperation throughout the day. Please be prepared
when your heat is due to swim.