An East Boston resident showed his swimming prowess by completing and winning a recent Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Swim and Paddle Board competition.
On Saturday August 3rd, at the BCYF Curley Community Center in South Boston, 50 swimmers and 35 paddlers took part in Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Swim and Paddle Board for Boston Harbor, a one-mile, chip-timed, professionally staffed, competitive swim followed by the Boston Harbors first chip-timed Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) competition.
Eastie resident, Adam Homaki, was the male winner of the swim for competitors without wet suits race and took home a round trip ticket from JetBlue Airways.
Homaki and the other competitors raised more than $5,000 to benefit Save the Harbor / Save the Bay and the Massachusetts Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. Following the races, participants celebrated on the beach with refreshing beer and burgers, courtesy of event sponsors Harpoon Brewery and Tasty Burger.
“Just a few years ago even a small summer rain would have forced us to cancel this event due to pollution from storm water,” said Save the Harbor spokesman Bruce Berman. “Today we are proud to celebrate the fact that the South Boston beaches are now safe for swimming virtually every day, no matter what the weather.”
These free Better Beaches programs are made possible with Leadership Grants from Harpoon Brewery, JetBlue Airways, P&G Gillette, and the Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust. Save the Harbor also appreciates funding support from National Grid, Comcast Massachusetts, and Russo Marine.
“We also want to thank our program partners at BCYF Curley Community Center, the Department of Conservation & Recreation, the Massachusetts Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, YMCA of Greater Boston, Tasty Burger, and Mix 104.1 FM,” said Berman. “A special thanks goes out to the 500 splashers and supporters of this year’s Cupid Splash and the 70 swimmers and paddlers who participated in the Swim & Paddle for Boston Harbor. Together, they raised $38,000 to fund free event sand programs on our public beaches this season.”
If you want to learn a little more about water quality on the Boston Harbor Region’s public beaches, you can download a copy of Save the Harbor’s 2013 Beaches Report Card at http://www.savetheharbor.org/beachesreportcard/2013reportcard.pdf
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is a non-profit, public interest, environmental advocacy organization, whose mission is to restore and protect Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay, and the marine environment and share them with the public for everyone to enjoy.
The Massachusetts Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation was founded in 1996. They are an all-volunteer chapter composed of local New England surfer/environmentalists dedicated to the preservation of the New England coastal environmental, elimination of pollution, and open access to our beaches.