Results (7/16) - The goal was to raise $5000 for IROC and the total is now over $6000! Another goal was to swim at least 30 hours and the swim time was 31 hours and 5 minutes! A final goal was to swim 50 miles and be the first person to swim a two-way crossing of Lake Memphremagog. That did not occur due to an extreme localized weather system consisting of near gale winds, driving rain, hail, thunder and lightning close to the finish. With the end in sight, Ray exited the water after swimming 46 miles! The time and distance swum were personal bests for Ray and the swim was recognized as the longest swim in Lake Memphremagog.
"It was the right decision and I have no regrets" said Ray afterward. "There's a new day tomorrow and plenty of challenges to rise to". Ray visited IROC the day before the swim and witnessed local children in swim relay races. Phil White, the volunteer executive director spoke of the importance of the facility to the local community.
"Special thanks to my crew - Lou, Lou, Russ, Al, Phil and Christian, and to all the locals who provided assistance and support. Thanks also to all the mile donors, it was a pleasure to think of each of you during the swim and to those you honored with your donation. I am looking forward to next year's challenge already!"
Announcement (5/6) - Ray's swim this year is the 2012 IROC Challenge. The goal is to swim a two-way crossing of Lake Memphremagog of at least 50 miles in 30 hours and to raise over $5000 for the Indoor Recreation Orleans County (IROC) Community Center. Please read all about it(HERE)and consider sponsoring a mile(HERE).
Historical Perspective - There are currently 86 recorded swims through history without the use of aids (wetsuits, fins, etc.), in various bodies of water (oceans, bays, lakes, rivers) that have lasted over 24 hours. Ray's swim in 2011 that lasted 27 hours and 42 minutes is the 57th longest swim in history. If Ray achieves his goal of a 30 hour swim this year, it will be the 18th longest LAKE swim in history and move him up the prestigious ladder of all-time great endurance swimmers.
Scroll below the picture to read more about Ray and his past accomplishments and motivations.
Hi, I'm Ray Gandy and I am an open water marathon swimmer. Last summer, July 2011, I swam for 27 hours and 42 minutes covering 45.6 miles in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. It was the longest and furthest I have ever swum. More importantly, this one event raised over $11,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. As a result of this swim, I was recognized by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame with a World Record, and nominated for the World Open Water Swim Association's (WOWSA) Performance of the Year. You can see my nomination and video HERE.
In 2010, I swam around the island of Conanicut, RI twice covering 41.2 miles in 20 hours and 17 minutes. As a result of that swim, the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame recognized me with 2 World Records - the first person to swim around Conanicut Island and the first person to circumnavigate the island twice in one swim!
In 2009, I successfully crossed the English Channel in 13 hours and 34 minutes and became the first and only Rhode Islander to do so. Prior to the channel, I have swum in various lakes, bays and rivers. Click on My Open Water Swims to learn more.
Why do I do this?
I have been a competitive swimmer most of my life. Swimming brings great pleasure to me and open water swimming has opened new doors of self awareness and extreme challenge. I continue to challenge myself and look for ways to pioneer new adventures in the open water. You would think that by swimming the English Channel that would be the ultimate. It was an unbelievable experience but I found that it opened new doors that needed to be passed through. In addition I have found that my experiences and adventures have motivated and inspired others along the way. I also have been fortunate (with the help of many others) to have raised over $22,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of RI through my swims. Challenging myself and helping others is a great combination to a fulfilling life!
How can you help?
Support my swims by sponsoring a mile in memory, or recognition of those whom you would like to honor.
Thanks to all who visit this website.
You can contact me at Ray@rayswims.com