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Nantucket to Martha’s Vineyard Open Water Swim

August 26, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

The cross of the Vineyard Sound is expected to start at 8:00am on August 26 and landing is expected to be at 6:00pm at the Edgartown Light and the Harbor View Hotel.  There is a landing Party Reception and Press Conference scheduled to begin at 5:00pm just prior to landing at the Harbor View Hotel, one of the event sponsors. The Landing Party Reception and Press Conference is open to the public. Tickets to the party are free and may be found here. 

The Nantucket to Martha’s Vineyard swim is 18 miles, with some challenges that are specific to that route.  Sharks and jellyfish top the list and navigating through tides, currents and shoals will keep the crew on alert the whole expected time of 10 hours.

“I am proud to be the first to attempt crossing the Nantucket Sound to land at the Edgartown Light. Marathon swimming is a team sport, and we’ve traveled the world doing what we do best – swimming in the name of finding a cure to ALS.”

In addition to the English Channel, McConnell has swum the the Ka’iwi Channel, the Catalina Channel, around the Island of Manhattan, and the length of Tampa Bay.  His marathon swims raise funds for ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, through the foundation A Long Swim, an IRS-recognized 501(c)3.  To date, A Long Swim has raised more than $500,000 for collaborative ALS research at Northwestern University, and ALS patients throughout the world have benefitted from their findings.  In part because of A Long Swim’s efforts, the world-class research team at Northwestern is on the brink of important discoveries with announcements coming this summer.

Doug McConnell is available for speaking engagements leading up to and following the swim and may be contacted here.  Information is also available on the A Long Swim website. A Long Swim and their Facebook page will have announcements leading up to the swim.

Sponsorships are also available and corporations and foundations will join The Harbor View Hotel, The Martha’s Vineyard Gazette, Medtronic, Vineyard Vines, Phillips Men’s Wear, Truly Scrumptious Catering, and Vissant Capital.  Tax deductible donations may be made on the A Long Swim website. 


August 26, 2019
8:00 am - 6:00 pm


A Long Swim


Nantucket to Martha’s Vineyard