Gandy became the first and only Rhode Islander to successfully swim the English Channel (21 miles) in 2009.
In 2010, he was recognized by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame for his world record-setting single & double circumnavigation of Conanicut Island (Jamestown), Rhode Islanda by swimming 41.2 miles in 20 hours and 17 minutes.
As a two-time member of the 24-hour club, has also swum across Tampa Bay, Florida; Lake George, New York; Lake Memphremagog, Canada; Long Island Sound, New York and various other events and distances.
World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nomination
"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."
They expect to swim 25–30 hours in the unprecedented 50-mile swim.
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."
Live Online Broadcasting
Live online event tracking will be available throughout the swim - fans can access live and recorded video streams from the event here. Crew on Ray's boat will broadcast live on the top of each hour for 10 minutes and Elaine's crew to broadcast at the bottom of each hour for 10 minutes.