Swimmer to cross frigid Rockland Harbor this weekend

Posted Dec. 07, 2011, at 4:46 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 07, 2011, at 5:34 p.m.

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ROCKLAND, Maine — A Kittery man plans to swim about 3 miles in Rockland Harbor on Saturday to raise money for lighthouse preservation.

So far cold-water swimmer Gary Sredzienski has raised $5,000 of the $15,000 goal.

“We’ve got a ways to go,” said Bob Trapani, director of the American Lighthouse Foundation, based in Rockland. His prediction is that “a bulk of the donations will come in after the swim.”

Sredzienski will swim in 39-degree water from Owls Head Lighthouse to Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse and then to Middle Pier in Rockland Harbor.

He will begin at Owls Head beach at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. After the send-off, people will assemble in the Rockland Yacht Club to watch live video of Sredzienski swimming and wait for his arrival on shore. The American Lighthouse Foundation is working to make the video feed of the swim available on its website.

A post-swim celebration is planned for 6 p.m. that night at Owls Head Community Center, where Sredzienski is expected to play his accordion. Tickets for the after party are $5.

For information visit lighthousefoundation.org.