AngelSwim 2014 - July 26 - August 2
Since 2003, Fred Brooke has swum 6 hours a day for 6 to 8 days in a row, in order to raise awareness and money for children Life threatening illness. "I found that I had a gift for swimming long distances. I wanted to help", said Brooke. AngelSwim 2014 will be the completion of Fred Brooke's solo swim up the 850 mile coast of New England.
There are 42 hours, 7 days, and 58 miles left.
The waters between Schoodic Point and Campobello Island average at 51 degrees in August and the tidal changes run 20 feet creating swift currents up to 8 knots.
Fred Brooke said, "Unlike the kids with cancer and other illnesses, my undertaking was my choice and I could stop at any time. During the solitary hours in the water each year, I began to grasp their uncertainty and suffering."
AngelSwim 2014 Perils:
- Dense Fog Conditions
- Water Temp: 51
- Tides: 19 feet
- Currents: 8 knots
- Whirlpools: "Old Sow varies in size but has been measured at more than 250 feet in diameter, about the length of a soccer field. While the turbulent water can be dangerous to small-craft mariners — some of whom have barely escaped a 12-foot drop into the Sow's gaping maw" http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/old-sow.html
Camp Bello Island:
"Tethered to Lubec by the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Bridge, Campobello Island is accessible from its motherland only by seasonal ferry. Tide and weather govern life on Campobello, which lies in Passamaquoddy Bay at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy, home to some of the world's biggest tides. At high tide whales can by spotted from shore."
"Extreme Hazard. Beach exposed only at low tide. Incoming tide rises 5 feet per hour and may leave you stranded for eight hours. Wading or swimming are extremely dangerous due to swift currents and cold water. Proceed at your own risk."
Read more: http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/travel/2013/06/21/campobello-island-exploring-slice-canada-where-fdr-summered/LBWJleo1EZKBdxvC8T4oJN/story.html
In 2002, the original AngelSwim began as a way to support a local girl, Angel Uihlein and her family during her treatment for ALL, leukemia when Fred swam across Long Island Sound from Orient Point, LI to Fenwick, CT.
Now, in it's 13th year, AngelSwim has provided financial assistance to families from Connecticut to Maine.
Having reached Schoodic Point, this year, Fred hopes to complete the last 58 miles to Campobello Island crossing the Canadian border.
A child's illness affects the whole family. You can be part of the AngelSwim ""Support Team". Please help us make a difference in these special children's lives by donating now. Thank you.