The CELEBRATE THE CLEAN HARBOR OPEN WATER SWIMMING FESTIVAL will be held August 11 and 12, 2018. This year, in celebration of 40 years of aqua activism for Goucester Harbor water quality, we are expanding to a two day open water event sponsored by New England Open Water Swimming Association (NEOWSA), formerly New England Marathon swimming Association (NEMSA).
Starting off the festival will be the Clean Harbor Kids Swim on Saturday, a 500 meter swim along the shore of Niles Beach for 8-12 year olds. Held since 2015, this is a wonderful way to introduce kids to the sport of Open Water Swimming.
Also on Saturday will be the 40th Annual 1.2 Mile Celebrate the Clean Harbor Swim
For 2018, we are adding a second day to the event, creating the festival. We will be holding the 10 mile Clean Harbor Relay event on Sunday, August 12th. This event will be held on a 1.0 mile course, very similar to Saturday's event. We suggest teams of 5, and swimming through the rotation two times.. Your team may have more or less than 5 swimmers. We believe the more the merrier. There will be a 6.5 hour limit. This will be a fun atmosphere, so bring a beach chair/blanket, snacks, some sunscreen and shade, and have a great time hanging out on the beach between your swims with your closest swimming friends.
Scroll down to view your registration options. You can register for one event, or a combination and save. Early bird discounts apply.
A Team Captain must register and pay for the team, and then others can register and join their team.
The mission of Maritime Gloucester is to inspire students and visitors to value marine science, maritime heritage and environmental stewardship through hands-on education and experiences.
The Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association is a non-profit organization promoting the New England fishing industry, helping to preserve the Atlantic Ocean as a food supply for the world, and assisting active and retired fishermen and their families to live better lives.
We have reason to celebrate this incredible resource that is Gloucester Harbor, and we owe it all to four Cape Ann residents who, in 1979, swam across Gloucester Harbor in protest of its polluted status. This evolved into an annual Audubon Society-sponsored event to help raise funds for cleaning the harbor, hence the name "Swim for a Clean Harbor." When, in 1993, the harbor was deemed clean by the Audubon Society, the efforts of these pioneering swim-eco-activists became a cause for celebration and "Celebrate the Clean Harbor Swim" was born.
Don't miss this year's event. We have reason to celebrate and what better way than to Jump in. Get Wet.
Register by Friday at noon (7/27/18) to be guaranteed a t-shirt .
Online registration closes at noon on Thursday 8/9/2018.
Looking for something to do between swims on Saturday and Sunday? Swimmers can get $5 off the pre-purchase ticket price of $30 for the Gloucester Blues Festival to be held Saturday at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. Indicate if you wish to attend when you register, and a discounted ticket will be held for you at Will Call. These wil be available to those who register before noon on Wed, August 8th. Click here for Blues Festival information
Registration will be available the day of the event as long as there are spots still open. See below for the event schedule.
A Ten mile relay on a 1.0 mile course ( the length may fluctuate slightly with the tide). there is a 6.5 hour limit. The suggested number of relay team members is 5, but this will be reviewed by the race and safety committee on a team by team basis. Select this option if your team captain has created and paid for your team.
FreeFeb 21 - Aug 11
- August 11 8:00 AM EDT - Lifeguard/kayaker meeting
- August 11 8:45 AM EDT - Pre-race Safety meeting
- August 11 8:45 AM EDT - Clean Kids Swim Staging
- August 11 9:00 AM EDT - Clean Kids Swim Start
- August 11 9:30 AM EDT - Clean Harbor Swim Start
- August 12 7:00 AM EDT - 10 Mile Clean Harbor Relay Safety meeting
- August 12 7:30 AM EDT - 10 Mile Clean Harbor Relay Start