Great Salt Pond Swim – 7, a Block Island tradition

It was very early Saturday morning, actually 7 a.m., when volunteers came into the swim area, each performing specific tasks to prepare for the swim. A series of buoys are set out to a half-mile mark and swimmers go along the buoy line to the last mark, turn around and head back to shore. This year a nautical mile was marked, which is a bit longer than a normal mile, at approximately 1.38 miles. Tables were set up, tents raised, registration areas organized, heavy bottles of water lugged down to the beach, setting up the swim course. What an amazing group of volunteers, arriving as the sun was rising in the sky.On Saturday, July 30th, the seventh annual Great Salt Pond swim took place at Andy’s Way, and was a great success! In addition to creating awareness of this great resource, this is a fundraiser to supplement the water testing program in the recreational swim area. 110 swimmers took part in the event, ranging in age from 13 to 71, with some of the swimmers completing the virtual version of the swim! The first person out of the water was Greg Sargent, who was swimming with three of

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