Elaine & Ray - Two Days In The Bay
From OpenwaterpediaRay Gandy and Elaine Howley's unprecedented 50-mile swim in Narragansett Bay on July 9-10, 2011. They expect to swim 25-30 hours in the water during this 50-mile charity swim.
"We have a goal of raising US$5000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. My wife Donna was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia in 1992. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society plays an active role in research, advocacy and information sharing regarding treatments and cures. I have personally chosen this organization to benefit from a portion of the proceeds from this swim that will start on July 9th."
Gandy completed an unprecedented swim around Conanicut Island in Rhode Island on July 2-3, 2010. He began his 41.2-mile swim at Potter's Cove and finished his circumnavigation around Conanicut Island 20 hours and 17 minutes later. The water temperature ranged from 63°F (17.2°C) to 69°F (21.1°C) as he not only became the first person to do one - and two - circumnavigations around Conanicut.
Ray described his swim, "The plan was to generally follow the tide down and up the sides of the island. There were times I swam with the tide and other times I did not. The first three hours we hit a very difficult 15-knot head wind with three-foot head seas between the Dumplings and Beavertail. Then, near the end, on Saturday morning, coming south after passing Conanicut Point, we had to buck a current of about half a knot and a head wind of nearly 10 knots. Having been in the water for over 18 hours, the last two hours were very tough swimming into the current and wind."
Ray was well-fed and hydrated as he quickly took various combinations of the following every 30 minutes: Hammer’s Perpetuem, Hammer Gel, bananas, Gatorade, coffee, doughnuts, hot chocolate, water, peaches and peanut M&Ms. "My feeds lasted generally 30 seconds and I used a mouthwash rinse after each feed to prevent any mouth or tongue issues along the way. I averaged around 400 to 500 calories per hour – adding up to around 10,000 calories consumed."
Elaine Howley has completed the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming by swimming around Manhattan Island in New York (28.5 miles); Catalina Island to the California mainland (21 miles) and the English Channel (21 miles).
She was also recognized by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as the co-world record-holder for the fastest Boston Light Double, a 16-mile out-and-back swim across the Boston Harbor (between L-Street and Little Brewster Island). She became the second female to ever complete the course. Completed on August 12, 2010 in 7:07:48, her swim broke the 41-year-old record by 2 hours, 23 minutes.
Elaine has also completed swims of varying distances and difficulties including a 41K in Lake George, New York; a 10-miler in Lake Memphremagog, Vermont; a 12.5-miler in Key West, Florida; and a 2.4-miler in 48 degree water in York, Maine.