Provincetown Harbor Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla set for September 10, 2005

Celebrating its 18th year, the Provincetown Harbor Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla promises to offer up a colorful pageant of yellow neon-capped swimmers, kayakers, safety boats and a dog named Spot. Joining the September 10, 1.4 mile open water swim this year will be Spot and his teammate Gary Reinhardt, poised to be the first canine/human team to cross the finish line at the Boatslip Resort beach. The expected enthusiastic crowd of cheerleaders and onlookers is in for a surprise.

Also expected at the September 10th event is the girls swim team from Wellesley High School, LANES Swim Team from Boston, Oaks Square YMCA swimmers from Brighton, Patrick Finn's lifeguard contingent from Wellfleet and other Cape towns, and three swimmers who will join the Circle of Honor: Susan Aranoff of Middletown, Connecticut, Bonnie Bishop of Nahant, Massachusetts and Jin Farley of Provincetown. The Circle of Honor presents a handcrafted medallion by Kaolin Davis to swimmers or kayakers who have participated in ten swims or raised $10,000.

Top fundraisers last year were the father/daughter team of Shawn and Nicole McNulty of Provincetown, Kathryn Rafter and Francey Beal of Provincetown and Dallas, Texas, Paul Mast of Waldwick, New Jersey, Raymond Johnson of Truro, and perennial top fundraiser Daryel Duhaime of Wakefield, MA. Donna Flax was selected for the David Asher Volunteer Award. Circle of Honor inductees included the McNultys, Eileen Martinez of Belchertown, MA and Peter Shearer of New York City. Those who raise $150 in pledges receive a t-shirt ─ this year created by Sally Brophy ─ a white line block print design.

Running concurrently with the Swim for Life for the first time this year is the Provincetown Schooner Regatta, September 9-11. For information: www.provincetownschoonerrace.com.

With clear sunny skies and a stiff easterly breeze, 317 swimmers swam from Long Point Light to the Boatslip Resort last year and raised $148,000 from pledges, t-shirts, business sponsors and donations. Assisting in the safety of the swimmers again this year will be the Provincetown Rescue Squad, the Provincetown Harbormaster, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Cape Cod National Seashore, the lifeguard team and the Swim for Life medical team, and dozens of kayakers and motor boats.

This year's event begins with the traditional Friday night Celebration of Life Concert at the Meeting House produced by John Thomas in association with the Swim. The Pool Splash will run concurrently with the harbor swim on Saturday at the Surfside Hotel and Suites for those who choose to swim in a pool or are "harborly-challenged." Barbara Punis, Tanya Leighton, Tawanda and others are expected to participate. The Mermaid Brunch will follow the Swim on the Boatslip deck with music by The Bart Weisman Jazz Group with Carol Wyeth. Prizes and awards will be given to top fundraisers.

The second annual Provincetown Harbor Lights, created by Ewa Nogiec, planned for dusk at MacMillan Wharf, will conclude the weekend.

Beneficiaries of the Swim for Life include Helping Our Women, the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Outer Cape Health Services, Cape and Islands Gay Straight Youth Alliance and the Provincetown AIDS HIV History Project. Sponsors to date include the Provincetown Banner, Mike's Movies/Boston, Paul Mitchell, the Boatslip Resort, Far Land Provisions, Provincetown Visitor Services Board and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The Swim for Life is produced by the Provincetown Community Compact, Inc. Registration on September 10 for kayakers and safety boaters begins at 8:30 am at the Boatslip Resort beach, 161 Commercial Street, with swimmer registration on the deck at 9:30 am. Swimmers will be transported to Long Point for the 11:00 am start. The public is invited to greet the swimmers beginning at 11:30 am and stay for the Mermaid Brunch. For pledge forms and volunteer, Pool Splash, or Provincetown Harbor Lights information, or to make a contribution, contact: [email protected], 508 487-1930, www.swim4life.org, or write, Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla, P.O. Box 819, Provincetown, MA 02657.

 

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