Diving back into water fun

Hope tradition: Hobbs Pond Swim back with 'informal' flair

Event, which nearly died last year, returned for 28th consecutive year
By Staff | Aug 12, 2019
Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17.

Hope — The Hobbs Pond Swim has been a Hope community tradition — a summer staple, if you will — for decades and in 2018 it came close to ending. However, the informal, friendly and sometimes competitive swim has new life and splashed in on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Sixteen swimmers, six boates and a dozen spectators gathered at 9:30 a.m. at the Hope Town Beach on Pond Road off Barnestown Road, and set off at 10 a.m.

This year’s 28th consecutive event (although it had been swum off-and-on since the mid-1970s) was more informal, said Bill and Judith Jones, among two of the many Hope residents who have been integral in the on-going success of the event.

There was no timing, no orange marker-buoys, just spotting boats, swim caps and sign-in required for safety, the Joneses said.

"As usual, there will be no advanced registration, no entry fee, no t-shirts and no prizes. Just show up to swim, spot or watch," Judith said.

Mara Crans finished first overall, while Dan Dalrymple won the Hans Wendel Breaststroke Challenge.

The after-swim social gathering was held at the Hope General Store at Hope Corner. New store owners Damon McClure and Simi Delevett were delighted to help encourage the continuation of this local event, Judith said.

Last year, the swim nearly ceased to continue. No one wanted to take it over, Judith said. At the last minute, Jennifer Goodman, one of the event's original founders in 1976, got something informal going.

"The new owners of Hope General Store, whom everyone like, remember a similar, very informal swim in a pond in Hannover, N.H. when they lived there and are keen to help keep it going," Judith said.

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Hobbs Pond Swim
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Video by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the 28th Hobbs Pond swim in Hope on Aug. 17. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
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