Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge to Sandy Hook (BK2SH)

In by Jacqueline Broner

  • Sun June 16
    June 16, 2019
    9:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Sat Sept 14
    September 14, 2019
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun Sept 29
    September 29, 2019
    9:30 am - 3:30 pm

16 Miles

For the more experienced open water swimmer – we have a NEW offering in 2019!

So you’ve put in your hours, days, weeks, months, and years of training and now you want to have an experience that will both challenge you and remain as a cherished memory for the rest of your life. This is an Epic Swim. One that will make you feel connected to all the ancient mariners that navigated the waters of NYC even before it was NYC.

You splash in at the Brooklyn Bridge (photo op #1), hey this is spectacular! You start your swim down past lower Manhattan taking in the sights,  what’s that? You notice that the tide is now starting to assist you a bit (oh darn, just as I was starting to enjoy the views a bit much, maybe that’s a good thing). Now the tides start to quicken even more as you pass through the Buttermilk Channel and skirt the once industrial coast of Brooklyn heading toward the Verrazzano-Narrows bridge. This is an almost forgotten part of the NYC harbor – both urban and a bit wild – a precursor to the open water of the New York Bight that you will eventually enter. The tidal waves become larger and the currents push you along at an even greater rate. Soon the tidal swells make you feel like you’re body surfing at points (yippee!), yet you may also gulp a few too many mouthfuls of unexpected brine – hold fast. Then, there she is: the Verrazzano-Narrows bridge, which has been teasing you for so long. Now she is larger than ever and is spanning a reach that you can no longer see in that “take a snap shot” open water sighting drill you trained so hard for. Luckily you will have time to take in the span of the VZB’s glory as you get your feeds. If you’re lucky, or if you insist, you can feed or take a rest right under this wonder of the world. Now it’s time to push out into the open ocean of the New York Bight; or at least this is what it will feel like. Sighting of land becomes scarce and the appearance of a red or green buoy reminds you that you are not truly alone. As you swim you pass a glorious old lighthouse (West Bank), some shallows – was that a dolphin? And then, in the distance, a pristine sandy beach. It’s right there! I’ll be there in a few minutes! Well, not quite; there are the currents to deal with. So you push on harder and for longer than you think and just when you think you can’t go on any longer there’s sand under your feet and you can stand… do I walk to shore or swim? Oh, walking feels unnatural; so you swim, even doggy paddle, until it’s so shallow that you have to stand and then you emerge from the glorious Atlantic onto this strangely pristine beach in NJ feeling equally part of all of NYC’s proud maritime tradition.

Now a brief moment to rejoice. Do you weep with joy or scream with triumph? You can do both. Quickly now, your crew is waiting –  swim back out onto your support boat and eat something yummy. You’ll probably get a great sunset view on the return trip home.

STAGING: Meet at Grimaldo’s Chair and swim out to the boats at Brighton Beach.

DURATION: 6hrs – bring feed/hydration for 7hrs.

ADDITONAL INFO: Recommended pool pace 1:30/100 yds – additionally, swim pace option to consider for slower swimmers – if we are not at VZ one hour before peak ebb, we will pick you up and reposition you so that you have a better chance to finish at SH at SLACK.

This swim is members only! You must be logged in to register.

All participants need to be approved by swim director! Your swim history will be reviewed for this swim.

The cost for this swim is as follows, divided up depending on number of swimmers:

$2,000 ($1000 per RHIB) + $50 per person admin fee.

For this swim each swimmer pays a non-refundable admin fee ($50) upon registration. One TEAM CAPTAIN must pay the full boat fee deposit – then bring CASH to pay the boat captain. The boat deposit will then be refunded to your credit card. Each RHIB will have 1 or 2 swimmers. Whether there is one swimmer or up to 4 – cost is $2000 for both boats, as we need 2 boats for safety.
If there are more than 4 swimmers that want to do the swim together – we will need an additional boat for $1000.

For safety, we reserve the right to cancel due to adverse weather or other unforeseen conditions. We will notify you by 10pm the night before your swim if adverse weather like 25mph winds, hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc. make it unsafe to do the swim.

BB2SH Course Map

  •  Jaimie Monahan

  •  Victoria Dziubina
  •  Jasmine Johnson
  •  Brad McVetta

  •  Gabrielle Czernik
  •  Leslie Hamilton
  •  Nicole Ogrosso

Please volunteer for this event! We need beach crew and boat crew. You can sign up here.

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Brighton Beach at Brighton 4th St., Brooklyn, New York, 11235