The Story Behind the Swim
The Great Chesapeake Bay Swim is one of the world’s greatest open waterswims and an institution on the Eastern Seaboard. The Great ChesapeakeBay Swim is a 4.4 mile swim across Maryland's Chesapeake Bay. The racewas started because one single young man – Brian Earley has a desire anddream to honor his late father.21-year old Brian Earley was the first to swim from Kent Island to SandyPoint State Park on June 13, 1982, in memory of his father Joseph Earley,who died of diabetes complications in 1981. Two years later, raceorganizer Fletcher Hanks began a separate bay swim event whichattracted 2 swimmers the first year and about 60 the second year. In1986, Fletcher and Brian merged their separate events when 211swimmers successfully swam across the Bay.Brian continues to be involved along with thousands of others of staff andvolunteers who make this swim happen year-in and year-out. The swim isnot only a lifetime experience for thousands of swimmers, but is also ahighly successful charity fundraiser for the Maryland Chapter of the Marchof Dimes in its Campaign for healthier Babies.Since 1993, the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim is limited to the first 600entrants in order to maintain its high standards of safety. Brian explainsthe history, the challenge and the future of this open water institution.