Sharkfest came to Mystic, Connecticut on Saturday July 9, 2016 for its second annual race. Ominous weather forced a shortening of the route, turning the 1500 event into a 1000 meter swim. The event was held at Mystic Seaport. Swimmers entered time trial style every five seconds, and swam out passed the historic Charles Morgan whaling ship upriver, before turning around and heading back to the designated finish dock. 145 swimmers participated.
CONN swimmer Galen Rinaldi was the overall winner with a time of 10:44.
Harry Hunsberger was the topmale finisher at 11:23.
Overall winner Galen Rinaldi (Superwoman) with Gaile Greenwood.
Sharkfest will be holding two more events in New England this year.
“Sharks in Boston Harbor? Bostonians call them “Shaaahks”! Imagine swimming across Boston Harbor from Piers Park Sailing Center in east Boston to the swim finish at the John Joseph Moakley US Federal Courthouse at Fan Pier in South Boston. You can do this! We are thrilled to bring our popular open water swim series to Boston. The 1500 meter competitive swim will have downtown Boston for a backdrop as athletes navigate across the channel to a thrilling finish. The Coast Guard will stop all boat traffic in and out of the channel during this event. Water taxis will transport swimmers from the finish line to the start of the swim. The event is limited to 800 participants – so don’t wait too long to register! This will be the talk of the New England swim circuit.”
“The Newport Sharkfest Swim will take place along the historic waterfront of Newport. The swim will start at the harbormaster’s dock in Perrotti Park in front of the Newport Marriott Hotel. It will be an in-water start in waves of 75 to proceed past the docks on your left side and anchored sailboats on the right side of the swimming channel. The 1500 meter swim will be a straight shot down the harbor to finish on the beach at King Park in the shadow of the statue of Rochambeau. The 1.5 mile swim will be the same course but just before the 1500 finish, the 1.5 mile course will turn left to add a rectangular course to bring them back to the finish. The event is limited to 400 participants, so don’t wait to register!”
CONN Swimmer Paul Epstein with two English Channel Swimmers, Doug Comstock and Marty McMahon.
Swimmers above include Madeline Bey, Rick Spear, John Delgado, Nicole Guglielmo, Christine Matarese, Paul Epstein, Ann Faust Jim Grimaldi, Cheryl Edison, and Caitlin McLaughlin.