New Bedford Harbor
New Bedford Harbor is a harbor located in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States. The sixth-largest city in Massachusetts, New Bedford is nicknamed "The Whaling City" because during the 19th century, the city was one of the most important whaling ports in the world, along with Nantucket, Massachusetts and New London, Connecticut. The city, along with Fall River and Taunton, make up the three largest cities in the South Coast region of Massachusetts.
Buzzards Bay Swim
New Bedford Harbor is site of the Buzzards Bay Swim, an annual 1.2-mile open water swim held in June. The start is at the beach next to The Edge Seafood & Lounge at 1480 E Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford; the finish is at DCR’s Fort Phoenix State Beach, Green Street, Fairhaven.
Located 50 miles south of Boston, the Buzzards Bay Swim features a one-of-a-kind scenic point-to-point course across outer New Bedford Harbor. Assisted by the U.S. Coast Guard and a local safety patrol, swimmers navigate 1.2 miles through the harbor and channel, passing by the iconic Butler Flats Lighthouse and the New Bedford Hurricane Barrier, one of the largest stone structures on the East Coast. At the finish, swimmers are welcomed with a beach party featuring a live steel drum band, pancakes cooked to order, gourmet coffee, free massages, and local beer.
The Buzzards Bay Swim is a fundraiser for the Buzzards Bay Coalition, a nonprofit that works to protect clean water in its region. The cost is US$25 registration fee + a US$150 (pay or raise) fundraising minimum. The registration and fundraising fee covers parking, free shuttle to the start line, bag check, chip timing, snacks, breakfast, beverages, event t-shirt, water bottle, swag bag, live music, free massage, awards, prizes, and a hefty bronze finisher's medal custom made by local artisans. Special rates available for youth teams.