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Sep 4, 2018 6:26 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Swimmers Come Out To Support EHVOR In Ninth Annual Red Devil Swim

Nearly 100 people competed in the Red Devil Swim on Sunday afternoon. KYRIL BROMLEY
Sep 4, 2018 9:21 AM

Nearly 100 swimmers came out to support East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue at the ninth annual Red Devil Swim on Sunday evening.

EHVOR chief T.J. Calabrese said that weather conditions were perfect and swim conditions were near perfect for the event where all of the proceeds benefit the EHVOR. Due to an east-to-west sweep, the event—which offers a mile, half-mile and quarter-mile swim—began about a mile east of Atlantic Avenue Beach.

Due to the non-competitive nature of the swim, which is named after the red swimsuits lifeguards wear, there were no winners declared and times were not recorded. Calabrese did say that from the time the first swimmer entered the water to the time the last swimmer came out of the water was about 46 minutes. There were 15 EHVOR members on hand assisting with the swims, Calabrese noted.

A 200-yard family fun swim was added this year and took place at the end, after all of the other swims were completed. It gave the adults who competed in the longer swims a chance to get out with their children, some as young as six or seven years old, Calabrese said.

“We have a lot of adults who do the mile and half-mile swims who have to leave their kids on the beach, so we added that 200-yard swim—which is 100 yards out and 100 yards back—so a lot of parents swam with their kids who got involved in what was most likely their first ever open water swim.

“There were a lot of people on the beach. It was a very exciting and a nice end to the day,” Calabrese added.

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