8 Bridges Hudson River Swim - 2017

david_barradavid_barra NYCharter Member
edited June 2019 in Event Announcements

General registration opened up on December 1.
We are meeting to review applications tomorrow. It looks pretty full up except for Stage 5.
Stand by for the roster.

...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.



  • david_barradavid_barra NYCharter Member

    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

  • KNicholasKNicholas ArizonaCharter Member

    All the best to the swimmers at 8 Bridges 2017 who get in the water 1 week from today. An awesome challenge and experience in a unique environment. Shout out to David Barra who inspires the craziness associated with stage swims and the wacky world of swimmers it attracts. May the swims be long and the beers be cold.

  • david_barradavid_barra NYCharter Member

    Thanks @KNicholas
    Doing anything next week?

    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

  • KNicholasKNicholas ArizonaCharter Member

    When you live in the Borderlands -- crime doesn't sleep. And that's the business I'm in -- crime. You have a great group coming out as I identified only a couple of wingnuts in your lineup. I need to get out there in 2018 - I need to make it happen. All the best.

  • evmoevmo SydneyAdmin
    edited June 2017

    8 Bridges will be live-tracked on track.rs/8Bridges. Stage 1 begins tomorrow at 8:20am Eastern, with 19 solo swimmers.

  • SpacemanspiffSpacemanspiff Dallas, TexasSenior Member

    Why are half of the dots still clustered about the starting line an hour after the start?

    "Lights go out and I can't be saved
    Tides that I tried to swim against
    Have brought be down upon my knees
    Oh I beg, I beg and plead..."

  • evmoevmo SydneyAdmin

    Spacemanspiff said:
    Why are half of the dots still clustered about the starting line an hour after the start?

    This is the first time NYOW has used their new fleet of SPOT trackers, and some of them needed to be restarted. I think they're all working now.

    In general, keep in mind the dots represent electronic devices with non-zero failure rates. When a dot doesn't seem to be moving, the most likely interpretation is the device has stopped transmitting.

  • evmoevmo SydneyAdmin
    edited June 2017

    Stage 1 Results

    Rip Van Winkle to the Kingston Rhinecliff Bridges
    18.3 mi.

    1. 5:18:19 Stephen Rouch
    2. 5:19:53 Virgilio Graco Morlan
    3. 5:26:49 Flavio Toi
    4. 5:27:43 Abigail Fairman
    5. 5:28:49 Marta Izo
    6. 5:38:18 Edward Riley
    7. 5:49:44 Katrin Walter
    8. 5:53:29 Jamie Tout
    9. 5:53:49 Spencer Schneider
    10. 6:00:41 Steve Gruenwald
    11. 6:02:00 Harry Finger
    12. 6:06:41 Judy Caves
    13. 7:25:24 Susan Kirk
    14. 8:40:30 Mary Stabinsky
    15. 8:51:30 Janine Serell

    DNF 7:35:30 Eric Schall
    DNF 4:08:30 Kim Hedges

    Stage 2 Lineup


  • malinakamalinaka Seattle, WACharter Member

    Two very stubborn swimmers dragged the curve way to the right this year after fighting the current for a few hours. Nice work!


    I don't wear a wetsuit; it gives the ocean a sporting chance.

  • j9swimj9swim CharlestonSenior Member

    Its more fun to be an outlier!!! And for a bonus, I got to establish a new record:)
    Swim Long and Happy!

  • Amazing, gutsy swimming, @j9swim!!

  • evmoevmo SydneyAdmin
    edited June 2017

    Stage 2 Results

    place stage time total time name hometown
    1 5:47:46 11:06:05 Stephen Rouch Indianapolis, IN
    2 6:21:31 11:41:24 Virgilio Graco Morlan Mexico
    3 6:24:52 11:52:35 Abigail Fairman New York, NY
    4 6:27:49 John Hughes NY
    5 6:30:04 11:58:53 Marta Izo São Paulo, Brazil
    6 Wetsuit Michele Walters Washington, DC
    7 6:49:35 12:07:54 Flavio Toi Campinas, Brazil
    8 7:21:52 Devon Clifford Mamaroneck, NY
    9 7:34:18 13:24:02 Edward Riley New York, NY
    10 7:42:33 13:36:02 Jamie Tout Austin, TX
    11 8:12:31 14:14:31 Harry Finger Ilhabela, Brasil
    12 8:13:37 14:14:18 Steve Gruenwald Faribault, MN

    6:55:46 DNF Elena Pavlova Brooklyn NY
    6:48:46 DNF Mina Elnaccash Somerville, MA
    4:25:46 DNF Erica Flickinger Phoenixville, PA
    3:31:46 DNF Mo Siegel Piermont NY
    3:15:46 DNF Leonard Jansen Elizabethtown, PA
    1:40:46 DNF Katrin Walter Buttikon, Switzerland

    Stage 3 Lineup


  • malinakamalinaka Seattle, WACharter Member

    With a historic success rate of 50/50, this year's Stage 2 beat the odds with 65% completion.



    I don't wear a wetsuit; it gives the ocean a sporting chance.

  • evmoevmo SydneyAdmin
    edited June 2017

    Stage 3 Results

    place name stage total
    1 Stephen Rouch 3:51:48 14:57:53
    2 Diego Lopez 3:52:56
    3 Mark Spratt 4:07:23
    4 Flavio Toi 4:13:34 16:21:28
    5 Graco Morlan 4:13:56 15:55:20
    6 Edward Riley 4:14:21 17:38:23
    7 Anael Astic 4:16:17
    8 Abigail Fairman 4:19:59 16:12:34
    9 Marta Izo 4:19:59 16:18:52
    10 Jamie Tout 4:22:50 17:58:52
    11 Katrin Walter 4:23:40
    12 Spencer Schneider 4:24:00
    13 Erica Flickinger 4:24:25
    14 Dana Page 4:32:23
    15 Harry Finger 4:44:20 18:58:51
    16 Steve Gruenwald 4:49:51 19:04:09
    17 Paula Yankauskas 5:04:54

    Stage 4 Lineup


  • david_barradavid_barra NYCharter Member

    I've really enjoyed using this tracker app.
    It's extremely useful to locate swimmers and direct when I am miles away and out of visual contact.
    If there were a way to overlay the tracker info over my navionics charts........ I wouldn't have to switch back between screens.


    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

  • evmoevmo SydneyAdmin
    edited June 2017

    Stage 4 Results

    place name time
    1 Stephen Rouch 4:51:09
    2 Joshua Gordon 5:00:34
    3 Ed Stoner 5:07:42
    4 Flavio Toi 5:11:39
    5 Virgilio Graco Morlan 5:12:55
    6 Marta Izo 5:13:25
    7 Mark Spratt 5:17:02
    8 Abigail Fairman 5:36:29
    9 Katrin Walter 5:43:14
    10 Jamie Tout 5:51:23
    11 Edward Riley 6:09:25
    12 Steve Gruenwald 6:57:46
    13 Harry Finger 7:07:37
    DNF Paula Yankauskas
    DNF Mo Siegel
    DNF Ingrid Bon
    DNF John Hughes
    DNF Kimberly Plewa

    Stage 5 Lineup

    Tuesday 6/20 (after rest day)


  • malinakamalinaka Seattle, WACharter Member
    edited June 2017

    Stage 3 was a tad faster than average. The 100% success rate for this stage with 73 swims to date.

    Stage 4 was slightly slower this year, with Harry and Steve setting the two slowest times for the stage, but they won an asterisk-free day. This this the most-swum stage (75), and this is the first year without 100% completion.


    I don't wear a wetsuit; it gives the ocean a sporting chance.

  • malinakamalinaka Seattle, WACharter Member

    Last year, 2 of 15 got past the Beast. This year, 13 of 15. Including all seven 7-stage swimmers. If one ever needs to feel invincible, a dot on this graph as stage 5 of 7 is a good way do it.



    I don't wear a wetsuit; it gives the ocean a sporting chance.

  • malinakamalinaka Seattle, WACharter Member

    Stage 6 with another perfect score, 21/21. 80% of successful swims took place in the last three years - this event feels much older than it is sometimes.



    I don't wear a wetsuit; it gives the ocean a sporting chance.

  • evmoevmo SydneyAdmin

    While I follow the blips down the river, I've been enjoying the community-written 8 Bridges blog, wonderful as always:


  • malinakamalinaka Seattle, WACharter Member

    Last two. 9 swimmers completed an un-asterisked 8 Bridges, bringing the total to 15 in the events history. I'm no longer the only male.




    I don't wear a wetsuit; it gives the ocean a sporting chance.

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