The 33rd annual Peaks to Portland swim was held today under sunny skies with air temperature in the 70's and water temperature of 58 degrees. A strong incoming tide brought colder currents not anticipated by many swimmers. Most of the 363 swimmers wore wetsuits and only a handful of swimmers followed the old tradition to swim without a wetsuit. Nine brave swimmers were pulled from the chilly waters of Casco Bay. I applaud all swimmers for their participation in this wonderful event promoted by the YMCA as a fundraiser for their swim programs. Again, the Y promoted a safe open water swim as clearly shown by the many volunteers monitoring the swim and attending to the needs of swimmers with hypothermia.
The winner of the Men's Non-Wetsuit Division was Simon Wignal of Falmouth, Maine with a time of 0:46:48.4 and the winner of the Women's Non-Wetsuit Division was Julie Dansereau of Windham, Maine with a time of 0:49:28.8. I applaud their speed, endurance, and desire to follow the tradition of non-wetsuits.
The winner of the Men's Wetsuit Division Scott Yeoman of Bethlehem,Pa and the winner of the Women's Wetsuit Division was Cheryl Daly of Maine.
Congratulation to all swimmers....it was an incredible event. Many thanks to the Y and all volunteers for their dedication in promoting the Peaks to Portland.