Westerly resident achieves purpose of swimming from Block Island to mainland

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WESTERLY — Growing up on the town, Logan Hellwig usually seemed out at Block Island throughout his many hours on the seaside and questioned if it will be attainable to swim from there to the mainland.

Now, he is aware of.

Hellwig, 25, accomplished the feat in 4 hours, 9 minutes, stepping onto the seaside at Charlestown Breachway Wednesday afternoon. He swam a distance of 9.72 miles, leaving from Block Island’s North Lighthouse simply after 8 a.m. and arriving in Charlestown simply after midday.

“I feel great. I feel super accomplished and I will never look at the ferry ride the same way again. And now I don’t have to wonder,” Hellwig stated. “I felt pretty good, but the last mile and half was a struggle.”

Hellwig was accompanied by two boats and a Jet Ski. Family members have been on one of many boats and an EMT was on the Jet Ski. A firefighter, Carl Critz, additionally accompanied the group. He went to Block Island by boat on Wednesday morning.

Hellwig additionally had another companions.

“We ran into some turtles, seals and dolphins,” Hellwig stated. “I knew that was definitely a possibility, but the dolphins were within 5 to 10 feet of me.”

Hellwig took brief breaks about each 35 minutes or so for a snack or a Gatorade. Before the swim, he was involved in regards to the chilly water, however stated it wasn’t an element Wednesday.

“It was a little cold, but not bad. I’ve been told by a couple people that I might be a little crazy,” Hellwig stated. “But I wanted to set a goal and accomplish it.”

Hellwig ready for the swim in Quonochontaug Pond. He had put in a 9.1-mile swim within the pond throughout his coaching earlier than Wednesday.

But identical to a distance runner or a swimmer, his exercises modified because the lengthy swim approached.

“I increased in yardage and distance the first couple of months, but have slowed down recently,” Hellwig stated.

Hellwig grew up on the town and first began swimming when he was 11 with the Ocean Community YMCA Dolphins staff.

Hellwig was an completed swimmer at Westerly High. He earned All-State honors a number of occasions earlier than graduating in 2014 and established a number of college information alongside the best way.

Hellwig was on the Division I St. Bonaventure swim staff for 4 years earlier than graduating in 2018. He works for his father’s landscaping and residential service firm. Hellwig can also be a lifeguard on the Westerly Town Beach in the summertime and has received the competitors on the lifeguard video games a number of occasions.

Hellwig can also be a coach with the Connecticut Aquatics Club in Groton.

Now that he has made the lengthy journey does Hellwig have some other long-distance swimming objectives on his horizon?

“Definitely not,” he stated.


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