Samuel Richards, Jr. was an American open water swimmer.
Open Water Swimming Career
- he did not complete the 10-mile Boston Light Swim in 1907
- he won the 1911 Boston Light Swim in 6 hours 15 minutes
- he won 1912 Boston Light Swim in 5 hours 15 minutes as only 3 swimmers out of 42 entrants completed the race
- he represented the L Street Swimming Club in Boston, Massachusetts
- he was a registered athlete of the New England Branch Amateur Athletic Union.
- On 17 August 1913, he swam from the Charlestown Bridge to Boston Light and back, an estimated distance of 24 miles. This was the first time the feat had been accomplished. Richards was in the water for over 13 hours. Ten others attempted the swim to Boston Light Swim with only two making the distance. Richards was the only one to even try the return swim.
- Richard also attempted to complete a P2P Swim, a 20-mile crossing of Massachusetts Bay, known as the American Channel in 1915.
Richards was also the first man to swim the Boston Light Swim 14 times and held several records:
- one-way from Charlestown Bridge to Boston Light (10 miles) in 5 hours 15 minutes
- two-way from Charlestown Bridge and Boston Light (20 miles) in 13 hours 9 minutes
- from Charlestown Bridge to Graves Light (17 miles) in 5 hours 40 minutes
- from New York Battery to Sandy Hook (22 miles in 8 hours 11 hours
- Delaware River (40 miles) in 15 hours 14 minutes
- from Bass Point to Beachmont (3 miles) in 1 hour 36 minutes
- The Life And Times Of Samuel Richards, Jr.
- Boston Light Swim History
- If You Swim With Ease
- Boston Light Swim
- International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- New York Times Abstract of Sandy Hook Swim
- America's Channel Got Talent
- Plymouth to Provincetown (P2P) Swim Takes Off
- Massachusetts Open Water Swimming Association
- Marathon Swimming
- Open Water Swimming