Start with dinner high on a bluff at Point Lookout Resort overlooking beautiful Penobscot Bay and mingle with a group of swimmers and volunteers from Maine and beyond who will be making the journey across the channel to support the statewide critical care air transport service, LifeFlight of Maine.

Greet the bright, clear morning at the ocean's edge with the pink sunrise still lingering behind picturesque Islesboro. Finish the journey with a tour of the helicopter, meet the flight crew and say hello to the community of Islesboro. Finally, end the morning with a relaxing cruise back across the bay, basking in a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction for a job well done that will last long after Maine’s fleeting summer.

That's not just a swim and it's not your typical fundraiser. It's a memorable day on the coast, taking advantage of some of Maine's finest qualities.

The 2nd annual Islesboro Crossing for LifeFlight open water swim fundraising event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23, at 7 a.m. Swimmers will start at Point Lookout Resort’s beach in Lincolnville and finish just north of the Grindle Point Lighthouse on Islesboro. This year’s event is sponsored by Point Lookout/Athenahealth, Speedo, Camden National Bank, Maine Magazine, Eaton Peabody, Jo Ellen Designs and Schooner Bay Taxi, with in-kind support from All Aboard Trolley and Quicksilver.

“Camden National is proud to support LifeFlight of Maine in the 2nd annual Islesboro Crossing and in its ongoing efforts to provide a critical lifeline for Maine’s rural and island communities,” said Greg Dufour, president and chief executive officer, Camden National Bank, in a news release. “The work that LifeFlight is doing far exceeds this singular event; its people and its transport service help save lives. As sponsors of last year’s inaugural event, we are excited to see how the event is growing and look forward to joining the community and swimmers from across the country next weekend.”

Every year, LifeFlight helps more and more critically ill and injured residents and visitors to Maine regardless of their ability to pay. Last year, the annual number topped 1,600, with a total of more than 17,000 since operations began in 1998. The nonprofit, statewide emergency medical helicopter service is a lifeline for Maine’s remote and rural communities, but it relies on private donations from individuals, businesses and foundations to stay in the air.

Last year, the first ever Islesboro Crossing event attracted 40 swimmers who together raised more than $25,000 for LifeFlight. This year, nearly 70 swimmers so far have committed to making the journey across the channel and with more than a week still to go, they have raised more than $47,000, all of which goes to ensure everyone in Maine has access to the critical care they need, when they need it. This year’s event will also include an athlete dinner on Friday evening at Point Lookout Resort, and a community gathering to welcome swimmers on Islesboro from approximately 8 to 11 a.m. If available, a LifeFlight helicopter may also make an appearance on Islesboro.

Experienced swimmers, along with volunteers and sponsors, who would like to take part in the 2014 edition of the Islesboro Crossing can register online at The deadline to sign up is Friday, Aug. 15 and the entrance fee per swimmer is $125 (participants can raise it or pay it themselves). Additional fundraising incentives are also being offered, including LifeFlight swag and Speedo merchandise. For further details on the swim, visit or contact the LifeFlight Foundation at 230-7092.