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List of Winners;  GCBS Difficulty Rankings; Basic GCBS Statistics

Brian J. Earley started what what has become the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim (GCBS) on June 13, 1982, with a solo swim across the Bay in memory of his father, Joseph Earley, who died of diabetes complications in 1981.  Brian used the swim to raise donations for the American Diabetes Association, which continued through the 1991 event.  Brian's initial swims (1982-1985) were from Kent Island to Sandy Point State Park.

Race organizer Fletcher Hanks began a separate Bay Swim event in 1984, entitled the "Chesapeake Bay Bridges Swim Race," which attracted 2 swimmers the first year and 67 (48 finishers) in 1985.  On June 15, 1986, the Hanks and Earley events merged when 211 swimmers successfully swam from Westinghouse (south of the bridges on the western shore) to Hemingway's Restaurant.  The following year, the event started at Sandy Point State Park, which established its present course.  The June 14, 1992, event scheduled by Fletcher Hanks was canceled.

The 1992 event was rescheduled for June 28th as a charity event, entitled the "Great Chesapeake Bay Swim," for the March of Dimes.  Since 1992, Director Chuck Nabit has orchestrated an impressive set of volunteers and sponsors to provide a safe and popular sporting event for the benefit of the March of Dimes.

Event #

YEAR

Sunday,
June
Start
Time
# of
Waves
Course* Approx. $
to Charity

36th

pdf2017

11

8:30 a

2

A

$500,000

35th

pdf2016

12

12:15 p

2

A

$500,000

34th

pdf2015

14

12:15 p

2

A

$500,000

33rd

pdf2014

8

10:30 a

2

A

$500,000

32nd

pdf2013

9

8:25 a

2

A

$500,000

31st

pdf2012

10

11:00 a

2

A

$500,000

30th

2011

12

11:30 a

2

A

$500,000

29th

2010

13

8:00 a

2

A

$500,000

28th

2009

14

10:20 a

2

A

$500,000

27th

2008

8

10:00 a

2

A

$500,000

26th

2007

10

9:30 a

2

A

$500,000

25th

2006

11

10:00 a

2

A

$500,000

24th

2005

12

10:30 a

2

A

$300,000

23rd

2004

13

9:30 a

2

A

$250,000

22nd

2003

8

12:30 p

2

A

$150,000

21st

pdf2002

16

11:00 a

2

A

$150,000

20th

pdf2001

10

10:30 a

2

A

$100,000

19th

pdf2000

11

9:45 a

2

A

$50,000

18th

pdf1999

13

7:19 a

2

A

$50,000

17th

pdf1998

14

10:50 a

2

A

$39,500

16th

pdf1997

8

10:00 a

2

A

$20,000

15th

pdf1996

9

8:30 a

2

A

$20,000

14th

pdf1995

11

1:00 p

2

A

$20,000

13th

pdf1994

12

10:00 a

2

A

$20,000

12th

pdf1993

13

9:15 a

2

A

$12,000

11th

pdf1992

28

8:30 a

2

A

$2,500

10th

pdf1991

9

8:05 a

9

A

$30,000

9th

pdf1990

10

8:00 a

1

A

$30,000

8th

pdf1989

11

8:00 a

1

A

$30,000

7th

pdf1988

12

8:00 a

1

A

$25,000

6th

pdf1987

14

8:00 a

1

A

$20,000

5th

pdf1986

15

10:00 a

1

B

$5,000

4th

1985

9

12:00 p

1

C

$3,000

 

Hanks Event

16

10:40 a

1

A*

0

3rd

1984

10

n/a

1

C

$2,000

 

Hanks Event

17

9:30a

1

C

0

2nd

1983

12

12:15 p

1

C

$2,000

1st

1982

13

n/a

1

C

$800

Total dollars to charities (1982-2017):

$7,331,800

*  Course:
          A - Sandy Point State Park to Hemingways
          A* - start straight from shore (did not curve under bridges; about 4.1 miles)

          B - Westinghouse to Hemingways
          C - Kent Island to Sandy Point State Park
n/a - Information Not Available (bayswim@writeme.com if you have information)

1992-2017

Race Organizer:  Charles J. Nabit (also w/Lyn Brooks; Robert D. Vigorito)  -  Charity: March of Dimes

1984-1991

Race Organizer:  Fletcher Hanks  -  Charity: American Diabetes Association (1986 - 1991)
    -  In 1986, the Earley event and the Hanks event, which were conducted separately in 1984 and 1985, merged.

1982-1985

Founder:  Brian Joseph Earley  -   Charity: American Diabetes Association

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