Sunday, September 18, 2016

Swim Called

Good morning everyone,
and I will say that loudly, It is a good morning to after the "swim" yesterday.

I will keep this relatively short,
we probably should not have even started the swim in the conditions.

Wind is NOT a swimmers friend, and yesterday Notus, the Greek god of the southern wind was particularly upset at the kayaks and boats🌬🌊

After 4 and 1/2 hours of consistent 2 to 3 foot head-on chop and going into complete darkness, I decided it was unsafe.

Oh, I forgot to mention our boat was taking on water, and eventually I was leading the group, including the boats (that's not the 'normal plan).

My sister Teresa jumped from our boat to the Lake Patrol (who actually told our boat was sinking) and instructed Deb/our boat to get to the nearest marina. Thank goodness for the Octoberfest to help settle their spirits. 

Teresa then jumped into the Swim Director boat, who now was supposed to lead me.

I actually had the easiest and safest position in the water, but then in complete darkness with only 2 lights on my head and with no one was really leading me, I called my swim after lightly being hit by the boat. Making my way up onto the Red pod/Swim Director boat: Bob decided it was unsafe for everyone and called the swim.

So, everyone is safe now, 

The mission will be accomplished at another date.

Dream, Prepare, Succeed (someday)

Thank you for your continued support, interest and friendship,

Marcy (Janet, Deb, Teresa, Leslie and Kassie)


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Lake George Tracking TODAY

Here we go,

Lake George MarathonSwim. 

Start Saturday: September 17, that's TODAY in the afternoon.

We will be swimming through the night, send light weather thoughts, everyone will be getting water (crew included), just do not want thunderstorms, but that is a low probability, fingers crossed for just light rain.

Okidoki,
here's the tracking information, and this should be fun,

Hopefully you will see on the screen all the swimmers, color coded by pod:
I am in the ORANGE pod, we should be starting at 3:30 pm.

SPOT Trackers.

Each team will be issued a GPS tracker. 
Each tracker has a unique URL (web address). 

This is supposed to my personal track if you just want see my track.

Tracking Software

This is really cool: hope this works

The LGM has contracted with the Marathon Swimming Federation's Evan Morrison to collect all the individual GPS tracks into one web page:

CLICK on   http://track.rs/lakegeorge.  

All 27 swimmers/teams will have a symbol on a map. 
Users can mouse over the symbols and a name of the swimmer or team will pop up. 
They will be color coded by pod, We are ORANGE with a different symbol for teams and solos.  
Bookmark this web address and share it with anyone. 
For your friends and family who may be meeting you at the finish, our finish tent will be outfitted with a TV that will be displaying the locations. We are excited, and hopeful, that this will work!

Conditions for Today, Sept. 17

Hey, at least there's no wind against the tide to deal with.

The water is cooling off, and with two cold nights coming up we are estimating a water temperature of about 70F by Saturday night. It was gorgeous, but dark out there this morning at 5 AM!

Winds are forecast to be 6-7 mph out of the south. This is not preferred for a north-south transit, but not enough for us to reverse the course. By Saturday night our beautiful full moon will be obscured by clouds. Temperatures at night will be a balmy 60F. Rain showers are likely during the night. Crew must bring rain gear, warm socks, and a change of clothes; between the breeze and the rain, it will feel cold.

Conditions are not predicted to change much all day Sunday--light southerly winds, a chance of showers, and temperatures above normal in the 70's. There is a "slight chance" of thunderstorms all day on Sunday. There is a higher chance of thunderstorms Sunday night when a cold front pushes out the warm weather. We are watching this but it currently looks like it will be well after our event.

That's it!  

Thank you for continued support and interest.

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 – https://www.facebook.com/pages/ABRIHomes-for-the-Brave/199613606735630?ref=hl

- Annual Appeal with more information about our financials and programs- http://www.homesforthebrave.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/HFTB-2014-Annual-Report-FINAL.pdf

-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: https://homesforthebrave.isecuresites.com/products/index.php?type=1110

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: http://give.stvincents.org

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
(203)576-5451

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