The Maggie Fischer Memorial Great South Bay Cross Bay Swim went down yesterday, July 24th, with 95 swimmers and 95 kayakers taking to the water. It is a 5.3 mile swim from the Fire Island lighthouse to Gilbeak Park in Bay Shore — a great event put on by an amazing family.
For me, this was my first attempt at the swim and the nerves were there, but
I had done too much trash talking not to finish. The 15 mph NW wind didn’t make the swim any easier, and it also put a healthy chop to the water in the middle of the bay.
I finished in 3 hours 15 minutes, and the best part was my 57-year-old father (my kayaker) finished too. Over all it was a beautiful day to be out on the water out on Long Island.
If you think yourself a waterman, you should swim the bay.