KENT ISLAND, Md. (WNEW) — Water conditions were near ideal for the more than 600 people who swam across the Chesapeake Bay for charity Sunday.

The 23rd Annual Great Chesapeake Bay Swim began at Sandy Point Park with the first wave taking off at 10:30 a.m. and the second wave following behind at 10:45 a.m.

The average time it takes a swimmer to finish the 4.4-mile course of the Chesapeake Bay Swim is about two hours and 25 minutes.

Andrew McKissick, of Ellicott City, was the first to finish the race and walk up onto a sandy beach near Hemingway’s Restaurant in Kent Island. It took him one hour and 29 minutes to finish the swim.

The Chesapeake Bay Swim is a charitable fundraiser for various organizations, including the Maryland Chapter of the March of Dimes.

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WNEW’s Steve Dorsey contributed to this report.


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