EAST HAMPTON PRESS
August 23, 2017 Page A 16
Conditions Lead To Fast Finishes In Eighth Annual Red Devil Swim
“Aidan Forst, left, won the half-mile and Ethan McCormac won the quarter-mile races at the Red Devil Open Water Swim on Saturday at Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett. The PEACE beach towel blankets were donated to EHVOR by Natural Life.” Photo by Helene Forst.
Article by Drew Budd
“A heavy west to east sweep along the south shore of the East End, coupled with a decent breeze, helped swimmers finish the eighth annual Red Devil Swim in Amagansett quickly on Saturday.
Since the open water swim is a fundraiser for East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue, specific times aren’t that big of a deal, but EHVOR chief T.J. Calabrese said that with the first race beginning around 5:15 p.m., the final competitor of all three races was in by no later than 6 p.m. Usually the three races on the day are set apart by 20 minutes, but because they were getting done so fast, there was a 15-minute break between the first and second race and a 10-minute break between the second and third.
“The first person out of the water of the mile race was in under 20 minutes. That’s unbelievable,” Calabrese said.
Amagansett’s own Tom McGlade won the first race, which was the mile, while Aidan Forst won the half mile race and Ethan McCormac won the quarter mile race. There were 70 swimmers total; 22 in both the mile and half mile, 26 in the quarter. All races began at Indian Wells Beach and wrapped up at Atlantic Avenue Beach.
Calabrese said that even though the races were done quickly there were some challenging conditions with some rough surf and crowded beaches. With EHVOR running the show there were plenty of lifeguards on hand assisting with the race. There were guards on jet skis setting up the buoys along the beach, guards on paddleboards and a number of guards in the water along with the swimmers for assistance.”
On Thursday, July 20th, 2017, the annual East Hampton Main Beach Lifeguard Tournament will take place starting at 4 pm.
On Saturday, October 15th, 2017, Surfers Healing, an organization that travels around the United States offering children with special needs, specifically those with autism, the opportunity to experience the wonders and magic of surfing in the ocean, will visit our East End at Ditch Plains in Montauk.
Members of East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue will be in force to volunteer their time for this amazing event. From 8 am to 2:30 pm, they will assist the children onto surfboards or transport them by jet ski out to some of the most talented surfers waiting to take them for the ride of their life.
Surfers Healing is making a difference in the lives of families and kids living with autism and other special needs.
Thinking in ones is where an effective change takes place.
One day at the beach, making a difference, one ride at a time!
On Saturday, July 22nd, there will be an open water swim at Ditch Plains Beach. This event offers a rare opportunity to swim in an ocean open-water race on the beautiful East End of Long Island. There will be three distance categories to ensure that swimmers of all ages and abilities can participate. The race is organized by members from East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad. All proceeds benefit the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation.
1/2 mile – $25 (in advance) $40 (day of)
1 mile – $40 (in advance) $55 (day of)
5K – $55 (in advance) $70 (day of)
The top fundraiser will win an Xterra wetsuit!!!!
Start time – 7 am
Register in advance at: www.active.com Keyword Montauk Playhouse
EHVOR is comprised of volunteer Suffolk County Certified Ocean Lifeguards who respond to 911 dispatched emergencies year-round in East Hampton
Fighting Chance hosted a swim fundraiser on Saturday, July 8th, at Havens Beach in Sag Harbor. The start time was 7 am. Swimmers of all ages were welcome to swim either a half-mile, full-mile, or two-mile course set up by members from East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue. The entry fee was $75 per person and $50 for children under the age of 12. All proceeds will benefit local East End cancer patients and their families.