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Marlin posted 04-08-2014 09:56 PM ET (US)   Profile for Marlin   Send Email to Marlin  
Each year, a group of 40-50 somewhat insane swimmers cross the 7.5-mile wide mouth of the Potomac River from Hull Neck, Virginia to Point Lookout, Maryland in an event to raise money for a variety of Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay organizations. And each year, a group of Boston Whalers (and honorary Boston Whalers) provides safety escort duty.

The swim is an all-day event on Saturday, and includes a spaghetti dinner on Friday night and a beach barbecue Saturday afternoon. I have a limited number of motel (okay, "rustic fish camp") rooms available for boaters. There is also camping space available at Point Lookout State Park.

The official website for the event is

Weather in this part of the Chesapeake Bay can be challenging; over the past 8 years or so we've had everything from hot, sunny flat calm to 4-footers. If the weather is particularly bad, we'll hold the swim inshore rather than out in the river, but we do try our best to give the swimmers the chance to get out in open water. We've had boats as small as a 13 Sport help out, though I wouldn't really recommend anything smaller than a 15-footer.

If you'd like to participate, please email me (see the address in my profile).


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