Saturday, June 27, 2009

Saturday at Hammonasset State Park

A good day at the beach, start with fog, ending with beautiful, sparkling sunshine.

Hammonasset State Park is wonderful place to train. We start at the furthest eastern beach, at Meig's Point, and swim along shore 2 miles west to the far fishing jetty and then swim back to our starting point.

Depending on the tides, the 1st leg can be fast, 44 minutes, but usually has promised a slow 2nd leg. A usual loop lasts just under 2 hours.
It was very good to see old swimming friends (Jim Bayles, Liz Fry, Ray Gandy) and meet new ones (John, from Long Island, Elaine Kornbau Howley from Massachusetts). Ray and Elaine and heading over to Dover for their 1st attempts at the English Channel. I wish them well and will help with any advise they like to hear.

I had a family get together later in the day, so I decided to do only one loop, but to do a big loop, by doubly back a few times to swim with some of the swimmers coming up from behind.

...I'm putting my order in for this kind of day in England....please.

Dream, Prepare, Succeed.

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2015 ... Swimming for Homes for the Brave

After spending the past 20 years paddling from Dover to France, it is time to venture into new waters, while helping some special people.
Soon, I will be traveling with my A-team to Scotland to swim the length of the famous Loch Ness.
As always, I try to help a Foundation raise funds and awareness and I thank you for interest and support.
I am deeply troubled with the thought of homeless individuals, especially in our US Veteran population.

That is why I am teaming up with our Connecticut-based “Homes for the Brave”. Can you imagine not having a place to call home?

Here is more information about Homes for the Brave! -Facebook pages –

- Annual Appeal with more information about our financials and programs-

-Check donations can be mailed to the following address:
Homes for the Brave
655 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604

- Donations can be made online as well:

Please write “Loch Ness Swim/Marcy” to track your donation.

I will always be dedicating my swimming to all those battling cancer and in the memory of 4 special people in my life. Cancer first hit my family when I was young. My grand-aunt Eleanor Kersavage, passed away with uterine cancer and my Auntie Bea Halchak battled with brain cancer.

On January 1, 2002, our LEHY family lost Nikki Giampolo to bone cancer, just turning 16 years old. Her spirit still lives on in our East Hartford swim team.

In July of 2009, my brother-in-law, Gregory Allen Urban, who passed away, after a valient battle with lung cancer. I can see him now, talking about cars and projects around the house, music and his family.

I know Aunties, Eleanor and Bea, Nikki, Greg and all the angels will help me CUT through all this water this summer.

The St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation, based in Bridgeport, CT provides financial support for the needs that Health insurance companies don't cover, in addition to providing affordable cancer screening, wigs, medication and other things to make life easier for those suffering with cancer and their families.

Please make a donation, and thank you.

Online donations can be made at:

or you can send a check through the post to:

Swim Across the Sound
St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation
2800 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06606

Thank you so very much, peace and good health to all.