Water, skies clear for Peaks to Portland swim

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Swimmers and kayakers line up to board the ferry to Peaks Island on Saturday, July 28, for the annual Peaks to Portland Swim to Benefit Children. The annual event drew 389 participants and was expected to raise about $180,000 for the YMCA of Southern Maine. (Dudley Warner / For The Forecaster)

Spectators gather on East End Beach in Portland Saturday for the arrival of swimmers from Peaks Island. Although a wastewater spill July 26 and fog on Saturday morning threatened to cancel or delay the event, and kept attendance down, 389 swimmers participated in the 2.4-mile race. (Dudley Warner / For The Forecaster)

John Stevens of Portland finishes first overall in the 2018 Peaks to Portland swim July 28, with a time of 44:13.4. It was his sixth victory, going back to the 1990s. (Dudley Warner / For The Forecaster)

Cheryl Daly of South Portland is the first woman to finish this year’s Peaks to Portland swim, in a time of 49:04.9. (Dudley Warner / For The Forecaster)

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