James J. Doty is a local open-water swimming legend; there isn’t a body of water in New England that Jim has not swum. Jim was responsible for forming the non-profit organization, New England Marathon Swimming Association (NEMSA), dedicated to promoting swimming and a clean environment in New England waters. Jim re-started the Boston Light Swim back in the mid-1970s after a long hiatus. The BLS is the oldest open-water swim race in America.
An informal 1-mile swim in memory of James Doty. Wetsuits are allowed.
L Street Bath house (Curley Community Center) K Street entrance.
Saturday, June 25, 2016. Gather at 1:00 PM on the K St. beach. Start at 2:00 PM. All participants should be out of the water by 3:00 PM.
Register online at MOWSA (link to be added soon)
$10 fee with online registration or $20 on the day of the swim.
Jim never liked collecting fees for the swims he ran (usually $0.50 or $1.00) and in that spirit, we are hosting the swim with a minimal registration fee.
However, in lieu of a larger registration fee, we are requesting that swimmers make a donation to the James Doty Memorial Fund
The swim will go from the K St. beach, west along the shore toward Carson beach for 1/2 mile, around a marker and back to the start. You will follow the beach and be no more than 20-30 feet from shore at all times. The tide will be high and slack at 1:00 PM. Participants will have to go out around the wooden beach walls where it may be too deep to stand.
The swim will be in close to shore. This is a “swim at your own risk” event. If a participant is cold or tired they can walk out. There will be spotters on the beach to help and a kayaker in the water to keep the participants from swimming too far from shore.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Greg O’Connor at email@example.com