Be a part of the many hands that will support LifeFlight of Maine by completing one of the longest open water swims in New England. Swim the 3-mile stretch of Penobscot Bay from Lincolnville to Islesboro to demonstrate the many hands of support it takes to bring emergency medical services to Maine islands.
This swim is a fundraiser for LifeFlight of Maine
LifeFlight of Maine is a non-profit charity organization that provides critical care transport throughout Maine. We rely on private donations from individuals, corporations and foundations to purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment and emergency medical aircraft. By participating in the swim you are helping us fulfill our promise to be there for all Maine people who need critical care transport in a life-threatening situation.
The open water swim is limited to 30 people. Wind and waves are generally calmest in the morning, and we have timed the swim so currents will be minimized. The water temperature in August averages around 64 degrees at the shore and 55 degrees in deeper water. The swim begins on the beach at Ducktrap Bay in Lincolnville, Maine. Swimmers follow a straight path, following the course marker boats stationed every half mile. The swim finishes at the shore just north of the ferry dock landing on Islesboro. The actual finish line will be clearly marked on the beach. The total distance is 3.1 miles.
Parking for the event is at a public lot right on Route 1 in Lincolnville Beach, ME. There will be a shuttle to take swimmers from the public lot to the start, and the return ferry docks right at the public lot. From Portland, it is easiest to take I-295 up to Brunswick to pick up Route 1 north. From there, it's just over 60 miles up to Lincolnville Beach.