Swimmers, boarders hit open water Saturday morning in Manchester

With a full field of 200 swimmers/boarders signed on, the inaugural Misery Challenge is scheduled for a 7:45 a.m. start Saturday morning at Tuck’s Point in Manchester-by-the-Sea.

The three-mile harbor to open water swim is the creation of Josh Crosby, a Manchester resident.

“In my 20s, I really enjoyed long ocean swims at Singing Beach and had the idea that one day would swim to Misery Island and back,” said Crosby on the event’s website.

“I finally did it about 10 years ago with my father by my side. A vision fulfilled and a dream come true.”

He has since competed in Ironman competitions, adventure racing, and rowing.


“I want to bring the energy, the spirit, the camaraderie of racing to the waters surrounding Manchester by-the-Sea,” said Crosby, who is a coach for his own company, Josh Crosby Fitness.

“This event will give Manchester folks and those in the North Shore area an exciting event for which to train and encourage use of and appreciation for our waters.”

A standup paddleboard/kayak/row from Tuck’s Point and around Big Misery Island, roughly four miles and featuring more surf, will start at 9:45.

One of the SUP paddle race participants is Patagonia Surf Ambassador Jeff Denholm. The Maine native lost his right arm after slipping into a drive shaft on an Alaskan fishing trawler and is now considered to be one of the pioneers in SUP. In 2011, he finished 67th in the Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race, completing the 32-mile competition in less than seven hours.

The challenge will include 95 swimmers go against the current and 105 boarders taking on the waves. Paddlers have a two-hour window to reach the finish line to be considered a finisher.

Change is Simple , a Beverly-based environmental non-profit, will be on hand to ‘green’ the event in order to reduce waste. Five percent of the proceeds will be given to Humans for Oceans , a social benefits company based in Essex. A post-race party will feature local breweries.


Visit, www.miserychallenge.com , for more information.

Alexandra Malloy can be reached at alexandra.malloy@globe.com.