New York Bay (solo) swims

New York Bay is a tidal estuary connecting the Harlem River/East River confluence at lower Manhattan to the Atlantic Ocean. It is the location of some of the earliest long-distance open water swimming activity in the world, with Capt. Matthew Webb completing a swim from Sandy Hook to Manhattan Beach in 1879, and a 28 km professional race held between Sandy Hook and the Battery in 1914.

This page includes independently organized solo swims in New York Bay, as well as solo and record attempts organized by NYC Swim as part of its annual Ederle Swim, and by New York Open Water as part of the Ederle-Burke Swim.

Route Swims First Fastest
Sandy Hook to Battery 5 Bernice Zittenfeld - 1928 Reade Otto-Moudry - 04:38:38 (2012)
Battery to Sandy Hook 10 Alfred Brown - 1913 Lance Ogren - 04:01:07 (2011)
Battery - Sandy Hook - Battery 1 Elizabeth Fry - 2011 Elizabeth Fry - 11:05:07 (2011)
Battery - Sandy Hook - Keansburg 1 George Kauffman - 1978 George Kauffman - 12:08:00 (1978)
Battery to Coney Island 1 Alfred Brown - 1914 Alfred Brown - 04:23:30 (1914)
Sandy Hook to Manhattan Beach 2 Matthew Webb - 1879 Alan Morrison - 06:33:33 (2013)

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New York Bay (solo) route

Sandy Hook to Manhattan Beach

12 km (7.5 miles)

Date Name Gender Age Nation Time
1879 Aug 13 Matthew Webb M 08:32:00
2013 Sep 29 Alan Morrison M 51-52 06:33:33

Battery to Sandy Hook

28.1 km (17.5 miles)

Date Name Gender Age Nation Time
1913 Aug 28 Alfred Brown M 13:38:00
1913 Sep 14 Samuel Richards M 08:12:00
1914 Sep 20 Nell Kenney F 27 09:35:00
1925 Jun 15 Gertrude Ederle F 19 07:11:00
1926 Jul NA Charlotte Schoemmell F 05:57:00
1928 Aug 29 Leah Riley F 15 07:30:00
2006 Jul 21 Tammy Van Wisse F 37 05:06:48
2011 Jun 14 Elizabeth Fry F 52 04:59:02
2011 Sep 1 Lance Ogren M 40 04:01:07
2016 Aug 28 Laura Picardo F 27 05:48:48

Battery to Coney Island

16 km (9.9 miles)

Date Name Gender Age Nation Time
1914 Jul 26 Alfred Brown M 04:23:30

Sandy Hook to Battery

28.1 km (17.5 miles)

Date Name Gender Age Nation Time
1928 Aug 16 Bernice Zittenfeld F 14 07:41:00
1928 Aug 16 Phyllis Zittenfeld F 14 07:41:00
2000 Sep 20 James Bayles M 48 09:07:19
2011 Jun 14 Elizabeth Fry F 52 06:06:05
2012 Jul 3 Reade Otto-Moudry M 17 04:38:38

Battery - Sandy Hook - Keansburg

35 km (21.7 miles)

Date Name Gender Age Nation Time
1978 Jul 24 George Kauffman M 44 12:08:00

Battery - Sandy Hook - Battery

56.2 km (34.9 miles)

Date Name Gender Age Nation Time
2011 Jun 14 Elizabeth Fry F 52 11:05:07

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