Photograph on Jamestown before swim, l-r: Eric Broudy, John Forasté and Angela Lang (photo by Todd Lang, courtesy Eric).
Date: 31 June 2003.
Distance and route: 4 miles roundtrip (2 miles each way) across a section of Narragansett Bay from the northern tip of Jamestown (an island) to the southern tip of Prudence Island.
Time: 2 hours 5 minutes.
Swimmers: Angela Lang and John Forasté.
Kayaker: Eric Broudy.
I was looking for a wonderful open water experience and a new challenge and decided on this 4 mile route which would allow me to attempt my longest swim to date. Angela, a natural swimmer who was working out with us at Brown, was eager to accept this challenge as well. And Eric, who had kayaked with me around Barrington, agreed to accompany us.
We had a beautiful day and ideal conditions: calm air and smooth water. The water temperature was a bit chilly, but very comfortable with our new 2 millimeter thick wetsuits, which also provided a little buoyancy (nice) but some skin abrasions (not nice). We didn't push our pace. Swimming with a kayak made navigating a non-issue and allowed us to get into a very nice rhythm. It was a memorable adventure.
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