The event starts at the Battery, near Gangway One. Swimmers enter the water from their escort boats after loading at North Cove, then navigate over to and down Buttermilk Channel, between Governors Island and Brooklyn.
The swimmers should swim south/southwest into the Upper Bay past Red Hook, Brooklyn; Gowanus Bay; Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to the Verrazano Bridge/the Narrows.
Swimmers will continue swimming mid-Bay past Coney Island and then towards, across and finally parallel with Ambrose Channel. It is important that swimmers follow the directions of the boat captains to maintain their course.
Finally, the swimmers will work towards Sandy Hook, crossing both the Swash and Sandy Hook Channels until they reach the beaches of Sandy Hook, New Jersey.
Once the swimmers reach land, they will be required to swim back to their escort boat for the return trip back to Manhattan.