The Buzzards Bay Coalition will hold the 27th Buzzards Bay Swim on Saturday, June 27, in New Bedford and Fairhaven. Registration is open at savebuzzardsbay.org/swim with 40 percent off sign-ups through Friday, January 31.
The Buzzards Bay Swim welcomes swimmers of all abilities and fitness levels ages 11 and up. Four hundred or more swimmers will complete a scenic 1.2-mile point-to-point open water course from New Bedford’s South End, past the iconic Butler Flats Lighthouse and New Bedford Hurricane Barrier with a crowd of hundreds watching and cheering.
At the finish line at Fort Phoenix State Reservation in Fairhaven, swimmers and their guests are welcomed with a beach party featuring a live steel drum band, pancakes cooked to order, gourmet coffee, free massages, local craft beer and awards and prizes. First-time and beginner swimmers can swim with a personal kayak or paddleboard escort for added support.
The $15 early-bird registration for the Buzzards Bay Swim is available through Friday, January 31. Swimmers commit to raising a minimum of $150 each, although most find they can raise much more. Last year, 347 swimmers raised $187,000 for clean water in Buzzards Bay, including first-time swimmer Xan Williams, a member of top fundraising team SPLASH, from Rochester, which raised $6,350 in 2019.
“The swim is a great opportunity to push yourself and see what you can accomplish, and even better to do so for a worthy cause,” Williams said. Funds raised support the Coalition’s ongoing work to prevent pollution and protect water quality in the community.