32nd Anniversary Save the Bay Swim
It's been a wild year so far but one thing I know, swimming has been a life saver. When all the doors and gates started closing with the pandemic, the ocean remained open and I continued to swim for the calm and balance it provided me. In March, as I had every month throughout the winter, I met with Liz Minife and Kelly Kittel and swam into Purgatory Chasm. Things felt normal.
We have performed this ritual for at least the last 6 years. At least once a month throughout the winter, we don our wetsuits, rash guards, hoods, gloves, booties and fins and enter the water (usually with a scream). “We call it ‘open face’ swimming or ‘sea otter’ swimming because we swim on our backs with our hands cupped on our bellies…. To some people, even the idea of getting in the water during the frigid winter months is enough to turn them into ice. On the contrary, we love these swims for the sheer craziness of it as well as the camaraderie…It’s incredibly peaceful to be in the water in the winter, completely at one with nature except for the copious amounts of neoprene covering our bodies. Over time, we’ve learned how incredibly healthy cold-water swimming is so that adds fuel to our obsession—we even go several times per month if possible…I’ve been swimming Narragansett Bay for 32 years and it only gets better. I love the goal of swimming 2 miles and I love that I do this while supporting a cause very dear to me. I’ll do anything to support healthy waters—even swim in the winter. I hope you'll join me in supporting Save The Bay this year like you have so many years in the past.
My commitment to preserving the waters I swim in throughout the year has only grown over the years that I've lived in RI. This year marks my 32nd consecutive Save the Bay swim. Please join me in celebrating this and Save The Bay's success in keeping Narragansett Bay clean, healthy and beautiful.
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