SwimMAC Masters Tackle the Difficult Chesapeake Bay Swim
June 12 was the 20th Annual Chesapeake Bay Swim. This is a 4.4 mile swim between the bridges in the bay. Swimmers swim from Sandy Point State Park to Hemingway's Marina. SwimMAC was represented by Bill Davis, Maureen Holden, Tom Turpin, Ben Holland, Connie Roberts, Joe Matysek and Morgan Yaguda. To enter this event you have to have completed an open water event recently or completed a 3 mile pool swim in under 2 hours and 15 minutes. Then you must commit to training because this event can be extremely difficult depending on race day conditions.
|The water was 78 degrees with some cool spots and hot spots. The race director explained the way the currents worked during the race and he mentioned a flat tide in the middle. The swimmers found all this to be contrary and in fact initial words to me from Bill Davis were: "I thought I wasn't going to make it." In the middle of the swim swimmers found themselves swimming diagonal just to go straight! A chop also developed making this swim extremely difficult.|