Islesboro Crossing for LifeFlight

Date: 08/23/2014

Many hands save lives
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 3.1-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. Register today!
 
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.
 
Event Information
Date Saturday, August 23, 2014
Weather Date Sunday, August 24, 2014
Start Time 7:00am 
Mandatory Swimmer/Escort Meeting Friday, August 22, 2014, 7pm
Distance 3.1 miles (5k) in West Penobscot Bay, point to point from Lincolnville to Islesboro. Wetsuits are encouraged.
Parking  Point Lookout with shuttle service to the start. 
Return to Mainland Lincolnville ferry is available to return swimmers and spectators to Lincolnville Beach parking lot. Shuttle service available from ferry to Point Lookout.
Registration Fee  $125 minimum—raise it or pay it, your choice. We will provide you with sponsorship sheets and fundraising information if you would like to solicit sponsors.

Register today!
 
What will the LifeFlight Islesboro Crossing Swim be like?
The open water swim will be a challenging journey. You will be swimming alongside other athletes with a shared mission. 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.

What about safety?
You should arrange for your own personal support person with a kayak or stand up paddleboard. An escort is required for everyone. Many swimmers find it extremely helpful to have an escort who can provide opportunities to rest and re-fuel with energy snacks and hydration, as well as encouragement. There will be safety rescue boats on the course, with medical supplies and emergency medical crew on board. The course will be well marked with buoys, and spotter boats will also be located throughout the course for added safety.
 
Where does the course go?
The swim begins at a private beach owned by Point Lookout in Lincolnville, Maine.  Swimmers follow a straight path, following the course markers stationed about every half kilometer.  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 and there is no rush to finish fast. This is not a race, unless you want it to be.
 
How can I help support LifeFlight's mission?
As a swimmer in the Islesboro Crossing, you are required to raise or pay a minimum of $125 to participate. Multiple swimmers from the same immediate family may combine their fundraising efforts with a minimum goal of $300. But why stop there? For this fundraising event, we encourage every swimmer to go above and beyond the $125 minimum and we've even offered a few incentives:
$125—receive a warm winter hat featuring the LifeFlight helicopter logo
$300—receive a LifeFlight travel coffee mug and a pound of our signature "Lift Off!" coffee blend by Seacoast Coffee
$500—receive a LifeFlight bag
 
Why participate in the open water swim?
By swimming with a team of other hardy athletes, you draw attention to the ruggedness of the ocean elements and the vulnerability of island life.  By swimming with a fleet of people you become part of a shared mission–supporting LifeFlight and caring for all Maine people.  By diving into Maine’s ocean you represent, to so many others, your love for the natural beauty of the state while simultaneously bringing attention to the complexities of the access to emergency care in our beautiful state.  You will feel strong, empowered and fiercely connected to LifeFlight.

Event location: - Point Lookout Beach and Grindle Point, Lincolnville and Islesboro, ME