Great Salt Pond Swim – 6 A Block Island tradition

Thu, 08/12/2021 - 9:15pm

To the Editor:
On Saturday, July 31, our sixth annual pond swim took place at Andy’s Way, The Great Salt Pond Swim – 6. Ninety-eight swimmers took part in the event, ranging in age from 12 to 78. It was a beautiful, sunny day this year with a breeze blowing in from the west, creating a challenge for the swimmers.

The safety of our swimmers is our primary concern. Without the Block Island Club, Henry duPont, Bob Greenlee, and Sven Risom in their boats keeping an eye on the swimmers, this event would not be possible. In addition to our waterfront patrols, this event would not even exist without the incredible generosity of our sponsors, swimmers, and volunteers. Their support makes it possible to protect the Great Salt Pond, by keeping it clean, healthy, and protecting the sea life in the pond.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors: Valenti Motors; The Block Island Sports Shop (who supplied our great swim caps); Aldo’s Italian Restaurant; The Neptune House; and The Block Island Club. A very special thanks goes out to our major sponsor for this event, Sullivan Sotheby’s International
Realty, a company that makes this event a reality! Our volunteers: The Block Island Club, Henry duPont, Erica Felins, Bob Greenlee, Ed Hayde, Tyler Hayde, Bruce Johnson, Erin Mistele, Webb Moore, Cindy Pappas, Betsy Pyne, Sven Risom, Priscilla and David Shepherd, Mike Tripp, Nick Tsilibes, and Jan Wruck. A simple thank you is not enough!
A special thanks to Kate McConville, the Harbors Department, the Highway Department, the New Shoreham Police Department, the Block Island Rescue Squad, Mike Shea, and Rob Brown for helping us out with this event.
The Great Salt Pond Swim – 7 will take place at Andy’s Way on Saturday, July 30, 2022. You can sign up for the swim at - click 2022
Swim, click Register. The swim will also be listed on The registration fee is $60.00 and on-line registration will open October 1, 2021.
And of course, a huge thank you to our swimmers, all 98 of you, and we hope to see all of you again with some of your friends and relatives next year, on July 30, 2022 for the Great Salt Pond Swim – 7. What better way to experience the Pond, than to swim in it!

For the Committee for
the Great Salt Pond
Cheryl Moore

P.S. We inadvertently misspelled swimmer Briggs Whiteford’s name in a photo in last week’s paper. We regret the error.