8 Bridges Schedule

This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Stage 1. Rip Van Winkle Bridge – Kingston Rhinecliff Bridge
Distance: 18.3 miles | Record: W 4hr31m; M 4hr44m41s
Thursday June 15

Timeline
Prior to Stage 1 kayakers should make arrangements for their kayaks to get to Dock Street Station, Catskill Point. Kayaks can be dropped off on 6/14 after 10AM. Please contact event directors for more information.

5:45 AM Meet at Charles Rider Park
Park vehicles and load bus
Address: Charles Rider Park Rd, Kingston, NY 12401
[GPS coordinates @41.950532,-73.97063]

6:00 AM Bus departs for Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill Point.

6:45 AM  All participants meet at Dutchman’s Landing
Address: 1 Main St, Catskill, NY 12414
[GPS coordinates @42.2088922,-73.8579716]

6:50 AM Swimmers connect with their paddler and load gear/feeds into kayaks.

7:40 AM Swimmers load Launch 5/ Paddlers launch kayaks from Catskill Point.

7:50 AM Swimmers depart on Launch 5/ Paddlers depart from Catskill Point and head toward start.

8:15 AM Swim splash

2:24 PM Pull remaining swimmers when flood starts or when swimmers can no longer make headway 

3:00 PM RHIBS drop swimmers, kayakers & volunteers at Charles Rider Park to meet vehicles. Boats park at Hudson River Maritime Museum dock at Roundout Creek

Stage 2 Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge – Mid-Hudson Bridge
Distance: 19.8 miles | Record: W 5hr28m45s; M 5hr50m53s
Friday June 16

Timeline
Prior to Stage 2 kayakers should make arrangements for their boats to get to Charles Rider Park. Kayaks can be dropped off on 6/15 after 3 PM.

5:50 AM Meet in upper parking lot of Shadows Marina.
Address: 176 Rinaldi Blvd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
[GPS coordinates 41.6979742,-73.9399506]

 6:10 AM Bus departs for Charles Rider Park

 6:50 AM All meet at Charles Rider Park
Address: Charles Rider Park Rd, Kingston, NY 12401
[GPS coordinates @41.950532,-73.97063]

7:00 AM Swimmers connect with their paddler and hand off gear/feeds.

 7:30 AM Kayakers depart Charles Rider Park for Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge.

 7:45 AM Swimmers and Kayakers depart Charles Rider Park on RHIBs

 8:10 AM All meet at bridge.

 8:24 AM Swim splash (max flood prior to ebb is 1.11 knots).

 3:00 PM Pull remaining swimmers when flood starts or when swimmers can no longer make headway (max flood is 1.2 knots).

 4:00 PM All participants exit water at Shadows Marina.
Address: 176 Rinaldi Blvd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
[GPS coordinates 41.6979742,-73.9399506]

4:45 PM Pay-as-you-go, casual group dinner at Shadows Marina
Park boats and kayaks at Shadows Marina, Poughkeepsie 

Stage 3 Mid-Hudson – Beacon Newburgh
Distance: 13.2 miles | Record: W 3hr42m31s; M 3hr39m51s
Saturday June 17

Timeline
Prior to Stage 3 kayakers should make arrangements for their boats to get to Shadows Marina. Please contact event directors if you need more information.

6:45 AM All meet Near Beacon Ferry Terminal and load Shuttle Bus
55 Red Flynn Drive Beacon NY 12508.
[GPS coordinates: @41.5057654,-73.986488]
Park cars at Metro-North station on the east side of the train station (parking is free on weekends).

7:00 AM Shuttle Bus departs for Shadows Marina.
Address: 176 Rinaldi Blvd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
[GPS coordinates 41.6979742,-73.9399506]

7:35 AM Arrive at Shadows Marina. Swimmers connect with their paddler and hand off gear/feeds.

 8:20 AM Paddlers depart Shadows Marina for Mid-Hudson Bridge.

 8:30 AM Swimmers board Launch 5/ Kayakers enter water at public dock.

 8:40 AM Splash (max flood prior to ebb is 1.0 knots).

 2:48 PM Pull remaining swimmers when flood starts or when swimmers can no longer make headway (max flood is 1.24).

3:15 PM Swimmers exit at Beacon Ferry Terminal
Kayakers paddle to Beacon and leave boats at Beacon Sloop Club,
2 Red Flynn Drive Beacon NY 12508.
Boaters park at Beacon Ferry Terminal.

Important: Everyone must keep clear of Ferry at all times.

Stage 4. Beacon-Newburgh – Bear Mt. Bridge
Distance: 15.2 miles | Record: W 4hr10m46s; M 4hr12m26s
Sunday June 18

Timeline
Prior to Stage 4 kayakers should make arrangements for their boats to get to Beacon Ferry Terminal. Please contact event directors if you need more information.

7:45 AM All meet on northbound platform of Garrison Metro-North station.
Parking lot is on east side of tracks (free parking on weekends).
Address: 33 Lower Station Rd Garrison, NY 10524
[GPS coordinates: 41.380895,-73.9492486]

8:01 AM Take Metro North train from Garrison to Beacon (12 minutes).
[The following train is at 9:01 AM.
http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/planning/schedules/
You must be on the 8:01 train. NYOW will provide your ticket.
Note. If you are taking the train from the city go straight to Beacon.]

8:20 AM Meet at Beacon Ferry Terminal
Address: 55 Red Flynn Drive, Beacon NY.
[GPS coordinates: @41.5057654,-73.986488]

8:25 AM Swimmers connect with their paddler and load gear/feeds into kayaks.

9:00 AM Kayakers enter water from Beacon dock and depart for Newburgh Beacon Bridge.

 9:10 AM Swimmers load boats and depart.

 9:36 AM Swim splash (max flood prior to ebb is 0.8 knots).

 3:36 PM Pull remaining swimmers with flood or when swimmers can no longer make headway (flood is 0.87).

 4:00 PM Swimmer & volunteers with vehicles take RHIBs to Garrison Yacht Club.
Launch 5 returns to Shattemuc Yacht Club, Ossining.
Address: 1 Westerly Road, Ossining, NY 10562.
[GPS coordinates: 41.1604595,-73.8716784]

4:00 PM Kayakers drop off boats near Fort Montgomery and load shuttle bus
Address: Bear Mountain State Park, 690 US-9W, Fort Montgomery, NY 10922
[GPS coordinates: @41.3269614,-73.9891923]

4:20 PM Unload RHIBs at Garrison Ferry Dock near the train station.
Kayaker shuttle bus arrives at Garrison Metro-North station.

Stage 5. Bear Mt. – Tappan Zee Bridge
Distance: 19.8 miles; Record: W 6hr05m; M 7hr17m
Tuesday June 20

Timeline
3:35 AM NYC folks meet outside the subway station at St. Nicholas Ave and West 125th St Manhattan.
[GPS coordinates: 40.8107835,-73.9547816]

3:45 AM Depart on shuttle bus for Tarrytown Marina.

4:10 AM People staying in Tarrytown or parking cars at the swim exit point, meet at the parking lot southeast of Tarrytown Metro North Station on Depot Plaza Road.
Address: 4172 Greet Steet, Tarrytown, NY 10591
[GPS coordinates: @41.075671, -73.864686]

4:20 AM Shuttle bus departs Tarrytown Metro-North Station for Shattemuc Yacht Club, Ossining.Ossining.

4:40 AM Swimmers, kayakers and volunteers meet at Shattemuc Yacht Club, Ossining.
Address: 1 Westerly Road, Ossining, NY 10562
[GPS coordinates: 41.1604595,-73.871684]

DO NOT PARK AT SHATTEMUC YACHT CLUB. Park at Ossining Metro-North (paid Parking) lot south of the yacht club. It is preferable if you park at Tarrytown Metro-North Station.

4:45 AM Swimmers connect with their paddler and hand off gear/feeds.

4:55 AM Swimmers and volunteers board Launch 5.

5:00 AM Swimmers and volunteers depart for Bear Mt. Bridge.

5:00 AM Kayakers board shuttle bus and ride to boat launch at Fort Montgomery.

5:40 AM Kayakers arrive at at Fort Montgomery and load kayaks.
Address: Bear Mountain State Park, 690 US-9W, Fort Montgomery, NY 10922
[GPS coordinates: @41.3269614,-73.9891923]

6:00 AM Kayakers depart for Bear Mt. Bridge.

5:30 AM RHIBs and Jet skis depart Garrison for Bear Mt. Bridge.

6:00 AM Swimmers splash (max flood prior to ebb is 0.63 knots).

4:06 PM Pull remaining swimmers when swimmers can no longer make headway (max flood is 1.67 knots).

5:00 PM Kayakers paddle to Tarrytown Marina and exit water.
Swimmers and volunteers unload boats at Tarrytown Marina
Address: 236 West Main Street, Tarrytown, NY 10591
[GPS coordinates: 40.9447137,-74.036569]

Stage 6. Tappan Zee – George Washington Bridge
Distance: 15.7 miles | Record: W 3hr06m28s; M 3hr15m25s
Wednesday June 21

Timeline
Prior to Stage 6 kayakers should make arrangements for their boats to get to Tarrytown Marina. Please contact event directors if you need more information.

8:05 AM Swimmers, kayakers and volunteers with vehicles meet at La Marina, Manhattan for shuttle bus transport to Tarrytown Marina.
Address: 348 Dyckman Street Manhattan NY 10034. Park in garage on Dyckman Street
[GPS coordinates: 40.8690083,-73.934287]

8:20 AM Shuttle bus departs for Tarrytown Marina.

9:00 AM All meet at Tarrytown Marina.
Address: 236 West Main Street, Tarrytown, NY 10591
[GPS coordinates: 40.9447137,-74.036569]

9:00 AM Swimmers connect with their paddler and load gear/feeds into kayaks.

 10:00 AM Kayaks depart for south side of Tappan Zee Bridge.

10:15 AM Swimmers and volunteers load boats and depart for the north side of Tappan Zee Bridge.

10:24 AM Swim splash (max flood prior to ebb is 0.89 knots).

3:48 PM Pull remaining swimmers when flood starts or when swimmers can no longer make headway (max flood post ebb is 2.64 knots).

4:15 PM Kayakers paddle to La Marina Dock or Inwood Canoe Club and load boats on dock.
Swimmers and volunteers unload boats at La Marina dock.
Address: 348 Dyckman Street Manhattan NY 10034

5:00 PM Post Event “Burger Bar” Dinner at La Marina Restaurant. Complimentary for swimmers, kayaker, volunteers. Guests pay: $30. Please pay in advance via credit card at nyopenwater.org.

Stage 7. George Washington – Verrazano Bridge
Distance: 18.1 miles | Record: W 4hr21m31s; M 5hr03m38s
Thursday June 22

Timeline
6:35 AM Meet at La Marina Dock.
Address: 348 Dyckman Street Manhattan NY 10034
[GPS coordinates: 40.8690083,-73.934287]

6:45 AM Swimmers connect with their boater and paddler and load gear/feeds into kayaks.Swimmers and volunteers load assigned boats.

7:20 AM Boaters with swimmers, kayaks, kayakers and volunteers depart La Marina for western (NJ) side of GWB.

7:40 AM Swim splash (max flood prior to ebb is 1.8 knots).

3:12 PM Pull remaining swimmers when flood starts or when swimmers can no longer make headway (max flood post ebb is 2.44 knots).

3:30 PM Load swimmers, kayakers and kayaks onto assigned boats.

4:30 PM Boat unloading at La Marina or Pier 25.