Rhode Island, USA along with his swimming partner Elaine Howley.
charity swim for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the duo had the best
intentions, but Mother Nature decided to crash the celebration of endurance
excellence early in the attempt.
Smooth conditions turned to rough, day
turned into night, comfortable turned to cold.
Typical for marathon
swimmers who expect the unexpected. With an aim of 50 miles, Ray made it
to the 45.5-mile mark before his crew pulled him due to safety
considerations. So close to his goal 28 hours after he started, Ray
accepted the situation disappointed but undaunted. With the goal to raise
money for others, his effort was a success. For his unselfish efforts,
his understanding of the need to put safety first, and his continued positive
approach in the unprecedented 45.5-mile challenge, Ray Gandy’s Two Days in the Bay is
a worthy nominee for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the
WOWSA aims to promote open water swimming as a global sport for those of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. It hosts the World Open Water Swimming Awards to recognize the open water swimming’s heroes and heroines.
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