The 20 Bridges SwimI have more information about the swim. The event organizers sent out a flurry of email updates and I will dutifully relay them to you readers here.
First, I will be one of the 9 swimmers participating in the event this year. The other swimmers hail from as far away as New Zealand - via the Netherlands - and a few are as local as I am. The list of swimmers, crew, boat assignments, and observers can be seen on the NYOW website.
Second, the schedule for Monday, August 15th is now set. Here is the schedule as of today (August 13th):
Meet at La Marina Restaurant/DockAddress: 348 Dyckman St. Manhattan, NY 10034 (on the Hudson)
Mandatory pre-swim briefing (all must attend)
* Crew on Midnight Sun load Amphibian
* Crew on Thirsty Whaler load Grey RHIB
Depart La Marina for East 96 Street, East River
Meet at East 96 Street, East River
* Transfer crews to boats (Midnight Sun, Thirsty Whaler) coming from Staten Island
Start Tracy Clark, Marty Munson, Martin Filipowski, Kristy McIntyre
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Start Colum Lavelle
Start Shane Moraghan, Serbo Simeoni
Swimmers enter Hudson at Spuyten Duyvil
Swimmers enter East River
Swimmers Finish at East 96 Street, East River
Exit at La Marina Dock
Group dinner at La Marina Restaurant (pay as you go)
You'll notice that we leave the boat landing at 7am but don't start the swim for another hour or two. The start is staggered based upon the expected pace. I put down an average 1:40 pace per 100m - my forever pace. I can't swim a ton faster but I can keep that pace for probably 24 hours. So, based upon that pace, I get to start at 9am (see above).
The left most figure above should be the conditions I see at the start.
Henry Hudson Bridge @ 11:02am (2.5 hours after high tide) Roughly 2 hours later, I round the northernmost tip of Manhattan with a 1.2-1.7 knot current pushing me around but then get hit with a slight current against me for a little bit.
George Washington Bridge @ 11:43am (3 hours after high tide) I should get a slight current against me for this bit between the bridges. At most, the current will be at about .3 knots - not terrible but still against me.
The Battery @ 2:15pm (low tide starts at 2:24pm) The figures below show the currents for low tide. At low tide (the leftmost figure), I see a 2.6 knot current in my favor. The trouble starts when I round the Battery and start heading up the East River.