The 2021 Buzzards Bay Coalition Swim will take place on Saturday, June 26th! This year's event will take Covid-19 safety precautions into consideration, adapting the event in a variety of ways to ensure that we can run the swim safely for all our participants, volunteers and staff.
The most significant change: we plan to limit the event to 50 swimmers. This will enable us to adhere to social distancing guidelines, which we anticipate will be necessary. Registration will be open by invitation to individuals who have participated in at least three Buzzards Bay Swims and to those who have shown exceptional dedication to fundraising in support of protecting and restoring the Bay.
Throughout its history, the Buzzards Bay Swim has served as a celebration of the Bay, bringing hundreds of people together to revel in our shared passions for open-water swimming and for clean water. This event also has been an important source of financial support for the Coalition’s work on behalf of the Bay. The cancellation of last year’s swim was not just disappointing for all of us who love and look forward to that day each year, it significantly impacted the funds available to promote clean water.
Limiting the field of swimmers improves the likelihood that the event can take place. However, it will also greatly reduce event fundraising essential to support the Coalition’s work. For this reason, we will ask all swimmers to commit to a $1,000 fundraising minimum for this year. We know that some of our most dedicated participants regularly exceed this target and we also know that it’s a goal that we can help anyone reach. While this change will certainly not make up for the smaller event, it will provide critical support for our work to protect and preserve the Bay.
We are looking forward to getting the Buzzards Bay Swim back into New Bedford Harbor this year, albeit with a smaller field, and we continue to look forward to the day when we are once again able to hold events that bring our entire community together.