Below is an arbitrary list of events of potential interest to SwimRI and other members of the Masters Swimming community in Southern New England. It is not intended to be all-inclusive. For broader listings, see the New England Local Masters Swimming Committee Calendar, the USMS Calendar of Events, and the U.S. Open Water Swimming Connections Calendar.
Denotes that an event is (or was in the previous year) sanctioned or recognized by U.S. Masters Swimming. To verify the sanction status, see the current event registration information or contact the event organizer.
Thursday-Sunday, May 10-13:
13th Annual Narrow River Turnaround Swim, URI Campanella Rowing Center, North Kingstown, RI. One mile open-water race and fundraiser for the Narrow River Preservation Association. After the event grab breakfast with other swimmers and/or check out the Newport Flower Show.
30th Annual Mashpee SuperSwim, Johns Pond, Mashpee, MA. Half-mile, 1-mile and 3-mile events. Ideal place to swim with clear, clean, warm water. Post-race lunch on the beach.
Saturday, June 30:
25th Annual Buzzards Bay Swim, New Bedford to Fairhaven, NA. 1.2 mile open water race and fundraiser for the Buzzards Bay Coalition.
Saturday, July 7:
7th Annual Fire Island Ocean Swims & 2018 USMS 5K National Championship, Antlantique Beach, Fire Island Pines, NY. Events include 400-meter (ages 10 and under), 1-mile (ages 11+), 5K (USMS National Championship sanctioned) and 10K ocean swim races.
Saturday-Sunday, July 7-8:
2018 Bay State Games - Masters Swimming, Blodgett Pool, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Annual long-course meters meet. recognized
Sunday, July 8:
1st Annual Clean Ocean Access Swim to Skim (formerly the Newport Sharkfest Swim), Newport, RI. Join former World Champion & Olympic Medalist Elizabeth Beisel to support this worthy cause. Two distances to choose from: 0.9 mile or 1.5 mile open-water swim through Newport Harbor from Perrotti Park to King Park.
Friday, July 13:
Swim Across America Boston Harbor Open Water Swim, Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA. Annual 22-mile relay-style open water swim and fundraiser to collectively "Make Waves to Fight Cancer."
Saturday, July 14:
8th Annual Waterman Eco-Challenge, Narragansett Town Beach, RI. One-mile swim and three-mile paddle board races with awards, sponsor tents and environmental awareness displays.
Swim With A Mission, Newfound Lake, Grafton County, NH. 1K, 5K and 10K individual swims, 10K team relay swim (3-5 people). Enjoy a day of competition, live military demonstrations, music and more. Last year’s event had over 2,000 attendees and raised over $370,000 to support Veterans.
Sunday, July 15:
Jenny Thompson LCM Masters Meet (registration link pending), Jenny Thompson long-course meters pool, Dover, NH. Hosted by Great Bay Masters Swim Club. sanctioned
Saturday, July 21:
4th Annual Misery Challenge, Manchester-By-The-Sea, MA. A 3-mile open-water swim from scenic Tuck's Point to Misery Island and back. There are also 4-mile rowing, kayak and SUP races around the island. Festivities include music, micro-brews, food, kids games and awards/prizes.
Fat Clam Sprint Triathlon, YMCA Camp Westwood, Coventry, RI.
Thursday-Sunday, July 26-29:
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams, Newport, RI. Landmark music festival includes performances on four stages, plus food and craft vendors and beer and wine gardens.
Saturday July 28:
10th Annual Kingdom Swim, Lake Mephremagog, Prouty Beach, Newport, VT. 25 km border buster, 10 mile, 6.2 mile (10 km), 3.1 mile (5 km) and 1 mile races in this fresh-water lake. 150-swimmer cap covering all distances. sanctioned
Peaks to Portland Swim to Benefit Kids, Casco Bay, Portland, ME. A 2.4-mile open water swim across Casco Bay from Peaks Island to Portland’s East End Beach. This event dates back to before World War II.
Wild Fish Open Water Swim Festival, Collins Cove Beach, Salem, MA. Half-mile, 1 and 2 mile races.
Saturday-Saturday, July 28- August 5:
2018 UANA Pan Am Masters Championships, YMCA Aquatic Center, Orlando, FL. Pool events 7/28-8/4, open water events 8/5. (In order to support the 2018 UANA Pan American Masters Championship, USMS is not holding Summer LCM Nationals in 2018.) sanctioned
Saturday, August 4:
42nd Annual Save The Bay – Narrangansett Bay Swim, from Newport Navy Base, Newport, to Potter Cove, Jamestown, RI. A 1.7 nautical mile (~2 statute mile) open water swim across the channel along the span of the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge. Save The Bay’s largest annual fundraiser to help protect and restore the Narragansett Bay region. Join former World Champion, Olympic Medalist & Save The Bay Ambassador Elizabeth Beisel on SwimRI’s 2018 Save The Bay team and support this worthy cause.
Plan ahead and attend the Newport Jazz Festival.
Sunday, August 5:
7th Annual Sebago Challenge Open Water Swim, Saint Joseph's College, Standish, ME. 1.2K, 2.5K, 5K & 10K race distances. sanctioned
Saturday August 11 - Sunday August 12:
Celebrate the Clean Harbor Open Water Swimming Festival, Niles Beach, Gloucester, MA. Saturday: 500-meter Clean Harbor Kids Swim, and Gloucester Harbor 1.2 Mile Swim. Sunday: 10-mile Clean Harbor Relay.
Saturday August 11 - Sunday August 19:
Northeast Kingdom Swim Week, Newport, VT. Nine days of swimming (46 total miles) in eight legendary lakes in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Hosted by the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association and Kingdom Games.
Saturday, August 11:
Boston Light Swim, South Boston, MA. The oldest open water marathon swim in the U.S. -- an 8-mile swim starting from Boston Lighthouse on Brewster Island and finishing at the historic L Street Bathhouse in South Boston. Individual and relay entries are selected via lottery. 2018 entries are closed. 2019 lottery entries will open on or about March 1, 2019.
Sunday, August 12:
Inaugural Glen Lake Swim: The Search for Glennie, Gofftown, NH. Professionally timed one-mile fresh water swim and fundraiser held by the Manchester Marathon Association in association with the Goffstown Recreation Department and Granite YMCA to support local outdoor recreational activities and promote aquatic safety. sanctioned
Casco Bay Islands SwimRun, Portland, ME. Two-person team event. Choose either the long or "short" course. Long Course: 4.25 miles open water swimming + 20.25 miles overland running across 11 islands. Short Course: 2.5 miles swimming + 11.75 miles overland running across 6 islands.
Saturday, August 18:
MBCC Against The Tide Events - Brewster, DCR's Nickersen State Park, Brewster, MA. Family friendly event. Participate in up to 3 of the following: 0.5 standup paddle board, 1-mile competitive swim, 5K run, 10K run, aquathon (1-mile swim + 5K or 10K run), 1-mile recreational swim, 2-mile recreational kayak, 3-mile fitness walk. Proceeds benefit the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition.
Sunday, September 2:
Rhode Warrior Triathlon Festival, Westerly, RI. Sprint, Olympic, Aquabike & Half Iron Triathlons, individual and relay entries.
Saturday, August 25:
Nubble Light Challenge, York, ME. A popular, rocking and rolling 2.4 mile open water swim race from Long Sands Beach to Short Sands Beach, going through "the gut" between the Nubble Light House and the mainland. Unpredictable surf conditions, and the ocean temperatures can be in the low to mid 60s even in August.
Swim Across America Nantucket Island Open Water Swim, Jetties Beach, Nantucket, MA. Annual 22-mile relay-style open water swim and fundraiser to collectively "Make Waves to Fight Cancer." Proceeds from this swim will support cancer treatment and patient care at Nantucket Cottage Hospital and Palliative and Supportive Care of Nantucket.
Saturday, September 8:
Swim Across America Rhode Island Open Water Swim, Roger Wheeler Beach, Narragansett, RI. One-mile and half-mile fundraising open water swims to support cancer research and clinical trials. Proceeds from the swim will support gynecological and breast cancer research at Women and Infants Hospital Rhode Island. The 2017 event included music, food, Olympians, clinical investigators, cancer survivors and more than 600 swimmers! Join SwimRI's SAA-RI fundraising team to support a worthwhile cause and enjoy a morning of swimming and socializing on the beach. Traditionally some SwimRI members continue the fun at George's of Galillee.
25th Annual Provincetown Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla, Provincetown, MA.
Sunday, September 9:
FirmMan Open Water Swim and Half, Sprint & Aquabike Triathlons, Narragansett Beach, Narragansett, RI. The half triathlon 1.2-mile swim course is also a standalone open water swim race. Individual entries and sprint/half triathlon relay entries.
TriNewport Sprint, Olympic and Aquabike Triathlons, 2nd Beach, Newport, RI. Individual entries and sprint/half triathlon relay entries.
Boston Sharkfest Swim, Boston, MA. 1500-meter open water race from East Pier in East Boston to Fan Pier in South Boston.
Saturday, September 15:
IGNITE SwimRun Rhode Island, Fred Benson Town Beach (Block Island), New Shoreham, RI. A multi-stage competition in which two-person teams run and swim through a cross-country race course involving many transitions. Long Course: 5 miles open water swimming + 12 miles overland running. Short Course: 2 miles swimming + 9 miles overland running.
Sunday, October 7:
28th Annual Bermuda Round the Sound Swim, Harrington Sound, Bermuda. Three days of non-competitive group swims and other recreational/social activities leading up to Sunday's 10K, 4k, 2K & 0.8K races.
Saturday, October 13:
11th Annual October Swim Fest Masters Mini Meet, Holmes Sports Center Pool, Simmons College, Boston, MA. sanctioned
Annual Membership Meeting, USMS New England Local Masters Swimming Committee, Simmons College, Boston MA. After the October Swim Fest mini meet the NELMSC will provide a free hot lunch for those attending the annual meeting. All current USMS members registered in the NELMSC are free to attend and vote on LMSC business.
October (date TBD):
HAWKtoberfest Alumni & Masters Mini Meet, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI. SwimRI and other participants lunch at Aidan's Pub. recognized
Wednesday-Sunday, November 7-11:
Barbados Open Water Festival, Carlisle Bay, Bridgetown, Barbados. Three days of practice swim + two days of races: 1.5K, 3.3K, 5K & 10K.
Saturday, November 17 (tentative):
7th Annual SwimRI "Stuffies v Steamers" Intra-Squad Dual Meet, Providence College Taylor Natatorium, Providence, RI. Informal, high-school-style dual meet where each swimmer races in 1-2 individual events and 1-2 relays. Team lineups and meet sheets are determined by the captains -- Doug Sayles for Stuffies and Trent Theroux for Steamers. Post-meet dinner/party at Ladder 133 Sports Bar & Grill. The losing team buys the first round.
Friday-Sunday, December 7-9 (tentative):
New England LMSC Short Course Meters Championship, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA. Hosted by Worcester Area Masters. sanctioned