Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Boat / Observer Assistance Required for NYCSwim "Manhattan Island Marathon Swim" this Saturday June 8th, 2013

Boat / Observer Assistance Required for NYCSwim "Manhattan Island Marathon Swim" this Saturday June 8th, 2013:

As you may have read in last week's Blog Swim Smooth's Head Coach Paul Newsome and six more of the Perth Swim Smooth Squad will attempt to swim the 46km (28.5 miles) circumference of Manhattan Island this Saturday as part of NYCSwim's annual Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS for short). The teams are all arriving in New York as we speak and readying themselves for this monumental event which starts at 7.40am (EDT) on Saturday and will take ~8 to 9.5 hours to complete, being assisted in part by various favourable currents and tides.

NYCSwim have unfortunately had a number of support boats and observers regrettably pull out of the event at the 11th hour and are eagerly seeking assistance from anyone in the NYC area this weekend who could assist in the following areas:

  • they require 5-10 motorised support boats (and driver!) in the 19-40ft length range equipped with VHF radios and a swim ladder. Unfortunately due to Hurricane Sandy last fall many boats were damaged internally and these issues have only been discovered as their owners are readying the vessels for the event this weekend. All drivers will be compensated for fuel expenses during the event.
  • they require 10-15 observers to hop aboard one of the motorised support boats that will allow the racers (42 solo swimmers) to safely navigate the Manhattan waterways. Whilst this will be a long day on the boat and an early start (registrations from 4.45am) it will be a fantastic way to see the Big Apple and help support a world class event!

If anyone can help out in any way or refer this email on to someone you might know who could, please do contact NYCSwim directly at asap - your help will be gratefully received.

Further information and two very important recorded webinars (both ~60 minutes in length) can be accessed via NYCSwim's Schedule page at - check them out if you can - it's going to be a wonderful event to be part of!



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