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Ontario man becomes first Canadian to swim across Strait of Magellan

vr, 15/12/2017 - 15:37

The 47-year-old is just the 23rd person to complete the swim through the South American strait.

An Ontario software developer has become the first Canadian to successfully swim across the Strait of Magellan.

Madhu Nagaraja says he completed the swim across the treacherous open-water stretch on the tip of South America on Nov. 29.

The 47-year-old from Oakville, Ont., becomes the 23rd person to complete the 3.9-kilometre swim through the strait famed for its strong winds, high waves and frigid waters.

read the full article and see the picture @ The Star

andere teams/zwemmersMagellan Strait - Beagle ChannelIce Swimming (IISA)

Zes energie besparende tips voor zwemmers

do, 07/12/2017 - 22:46

Heb je het idee dat je nog te veel energie verloren laat gaan tijdens het zwemmen, waardoor je minder soepel en minder snel door het water gaat dan je wilt? Kijk dan of er tussen deze energiebesparingstips voor zwemmers nog bruikbare suggesties staan.

  1. Zwem borstcrawl in plaats van schoolslag.
    Borstcrawl is de snelste en efficiëntste slag van de vier zwemslagen. Het kost aanzienlijk minder energie om een bepaalde afstand af te leggen in borstcrawl dan in schoolslag. Tenminste, als je borstcrawltechniek goed is….

Lees de rest van de tips @ Zwemanalyse

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Swimming myself sane

do, 07/12/2017 - 22:23

I’d only met Alice a few minutes previously, when I had plopped into the lane beside her, preparing to start my swim. She was stretching out a shoulder niggle, her whole arm pressed flat against the cold tiles, her head flexing away. As I adjusted my goggles ready to start swimming, she turned and smiled and said hello. She seemed to know who I was. Had we met before perhaps, and I’d forgotten?

She asked “Are you the cold water swimming lady?” I looked at her quizzically. “The one who teaches people about cold water swimming?” I raised an eyebrow, a little baffled. “The one who takes people under her wing? From the lido?” I replied: “I think we all take other people under our wings, don’t we?”

Read the rest of this lovely article @

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Oceans 7 in one year - Teaser Trailer

do, 07/12/2017 - 22:11

Preview into Beth French attempt to swim Oceans Seven in a single year.

Oceans 7 Teaser Trailer from Oceans 7 on Vimeo.


andere teams/zwemmersOcean's 7

Zonder brilletje?

do, 07/12/2017 - 21:26

The Grimsby Telegraph published film footage of the 1951 Daily Mail race across the English Channel.

The race was won by Mareeh Hassan Hamad of Egypt in 12 hours 12 minutes over France's Roger Le Morvan who finished in 12 hours 13 minutes. Footage of the race shows some very different conditions of channel swimming in the 1950's compared to contemporary times across the Channel.

Read the complete article and watch the video's @ TDNoOWS

andere teams/zwemmersThe English Channel - Het Kanaalsolo

Neuroscientists have identified how exactly a deep breath changes your mind

do, 07/12/2017 - 21:19

Breathing is traditionally thought of as an automatic process driven by the brainstem—the part of the brain controlling such life-sustaining functions as heartbeat and sleeping patterns. But new and unique research, involving recordings made directly from within the brains of humans undergoing neurosurgery, shows that breathing can also change your brain.

Simply put, changes in breathing—for example, breathing at different paces or paying careful attention to the breaths—were shown to engage different parts of the brain.

Read the article @ Quartzy

CC: Breathing has impact on the ability to withstand cold and prepare for cold water.

Ice Swimming (IISA)

Unlucky or deluded? One man’s attempt to swim the Atlantic

do, 07/12/2017 - 21:15

One sunny morning last November, Ben Hooper, a 38-year-old former policeman, waded into the Atlantic Ocean from a beach in Dakar, Senegal, and plunged right in. In film of the moment, Hooper appears thick set, almost podgy. He’d spent the past year bulking up and now layers of fat concealed muscle beneath. He wore a sports watch, black goggles provided by a sponsor and a pair of tight blue shorts. The sun had risen early, and by 10.33am, when Hooper entered the water, the ocean temperature had reached 30C, a lukewarm bath. A group of reporters gawked from the shallows. Most of them squinted in the bright light.

Read the full report/article @ The Guardian

Ben HooperOcean crossing

Watch Brenda Fisher swim the English Channel in 1951

do, 07/12/2017 - 21:08

The Grimsby trawler's daughter not only swam the English Channel in 1951 but also smashed the time set a year earlier by another female swimmer

In August 1951, Brenda Fisher swam the English Channel - breaking the women's world record time for the tremendous endeavour.

The 23-year-old daughter of a Grimsby trawler skipper, completed the distance between France and England in a new record women's time of 12 hours 42 minutes; breaking the previous women's record of 13 hours 20 minutes, set by Florence Chadwick in 1950.

Read the article and view the video @ Grimsby Telegraph

andere teams/zwemmersThe English Channel - Het Kanaalsolo

What should you do if you spot or get stung by a Portuguese Man O' War?

do, 07/12/2017 - 21:01

Recent months have seen lots of Portuguese Man O' War washed up on beaches and spotted at locations across the Channel Islands.

The species look like jellyfish and are usually found in the warmer waters of the Atlantic, however it is believed that the influx in the area is down to strong winds and a change in temperatures.

read the article and see the picture @ ITV

backgrounds - achtergrondenJellyfish - Kwallen

Swimming’s Effect On the Brain

do, 07/12/2017 - 20:59

If there is one thing all swimmers (and ex-swimmers) can agree on it is the addictive nature of swimming. We all crave the smell of chlorine on our skin, the pain of a long, hard set and the adrenaline rush that comes from every race regardless of its result. The fact that so many find it so hard to hang up the goggles is proof enough of this addiction, however very few know why we feel this way. The answer is in science and hormones.

read the article @ SwimmingWorld

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ACNEG looking back on 2017

do, 07/12/2017 - 20:56

Now, we say goodbye to the 2017. A year which has certainly been very sad for the family, for the loss of the most important piece of the team, our president Rafael Gutiérrez Mesa, after a severe illness. If there is one thing that we are clear, it is that we are going to continue with its purpose, in the service of all swimmers who have a dream to cross the strait of Gibraltar. We will continue with the values that Rafael taught and broadcast for all these years, we will try to improve every year, so that wherever he is, he feels calm and proud of all the equipment and swimmers who form part of this partnership. This is what we want to highlight on this last day, our loyalty to everything we have learned. We'll always remember him, and I'm sure many of you, who met him, too. Always a teacher.

Read mre on Rafeal and ACNEG @ ACNEG FB



IJsselmeerschipper werkt website bij

do, 07/12/2017 - 19:58

De IJsselmeerschipper/loods die we ik met ChannelChallenge graag gebruik om teams te helpen over het IJsselmeer te komen heeft haar website bijgewerkt. Miloe Blankers heeft aan haar Buitegewoon Zeilen website ook Buitengewoon Zwemmen toegevoegd.

Zie de links hier:


Communication in The Channel

do, 16/11/2017 - 21:57

Communication is not about speaking what we think. Communication is about ensuring others hear what we mean.

This observation of human communications could not be more true between a support crew on an escort boat during the marathon or channel swim and the swimmer in the water.

read the article, see the quotes, see the pictures @ TDNoOWS

The English Channel - Het Kanaalbackgrounds - achtergronden

Who Will Ever Cross The Bering Strait Again?

do, 16/11/2017 - 21:49

In a Los Angeles Times article on August 9th 1987, Rich Roberts quoted Joseph Coplan after the Lynne Cox's unprecedented 2 hour 5 minute crossing of the Bering Strait from Little Diomede Island in the USA to Big Diomede Island in Russia [read here].

"Nobody else will ever do this [crossing]," said project director Coplan in 1987. "Not in a hundred years. She's the only one."

read the rest of this article and see the historical pictures @ TDNoOWS

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Immersed in the Wild

do, 16/11/2017 - 21:37
An 'open-water' swimmer finds a risky intimacy with nature.

Although I had been swimming on and off since moving from southwest Montana back to San Francisco in mid-January, my new season officially started on April 17th, the day I turned 60. It was a bright afternoon, the sun partially obscured by high thin clouds, gusts churning the surface of Aquatic Park, a manmade cove bounded by curved piers on the waterfront. That's where I swim, along with others whose notion of a swell time is plying chilly San Francisco Bay while wearing nothing but a cap and a Speedo. And chilly it was that day -- water about 55 degrees, or 30 degrees cooler than the average municipal pool. Whatever pleasures await the cold-water sea swimmer -- and they are incomparable, even, at times, transcendent -- reaching them entails a certain amount of discomfort.

read the article and see the picture @ High Country News

andere teams/zwemmersAlcatraztraining (pool & open water)

Heroes And Heroines In Cork Counting Channel Conquests

do, 16/11/2017 - 21:33

Courtesy of Philip Hodges, Cork Distance Week, Ireland.

"Philip Hodges published an incredible chart of the marathon swims accomplished over 100 days by the 2017 Cork Distance Week swimmers," reported founder and instigator Ned Denison.

One of the swimmers tells his own tale:, “I’d done my single warm water lake marathon, followed my dream, signed up for the English Channel in 2018, put in a hard winter of pool training and shivered through some spring cold water dips. The trip to Ireland was from home to a larger airport, then over the Atlantic to London then on the Cork. I arrived late the night before the start of the Cork Distance Week and met my roommates, one veteran from three previous years and two other newbies.

read the full article @ TDNoOWS

Ned DenisonThe English Channel - Het Kanaaltraining (pool & open water)

Cold Water Shock- making myself aware of the causes, symptoms and responses.

do, 16/11/2017 - 21:08

I've recently decided that I'd like to continue swimming in the open water into the winter (not continually like Forrest Gump, 'cause that would be just too exhausting!), but even before I've even put a toe in the cold water, a good friend, who is always one to put the fear of God into you if she thinks you are being an idiot/stupid/risking life and limb, has already had her two penneth. She appears to be well versed to the dangers of cold water. Impressed, I enquire as to how she had become such an expert in the field. She admitted that she's quoting the RNLI's advice about the dangers of cold water to me having recently been on an educational visit and, well, (her words) "some of it had sunk in. I knew I'd need it one day to lecture my idiot friend who has no sense whatsoever! Why would you want to do it?"

read the interesting personally written article @ Open Water Woman

andere teams/zwemmersIce Swimming (IISA)

'I prepared not to come back': the woman who finished the world's hardest swim

do, 16/11/2017 - 21:02

Kim Chambers started swimming after a life-changing accident. Just a few years later, she became the first woman to take on a notorious stretch of shark-inhabited waters.

Under a black sky in August 2015, Kim Chambers boarded a boat and headed out beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. She took a support team that included her mother, a film crew, and her swimming coach. Their destination was the Farallon Islands, a remote outcrop about 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco.

Once there, Chambers would attempt something no woman had ever done: an unbroken, solo swim from the islands back under the Golden Gate. With the area’s icy waters, strong winds, heavy swells and one of the largest concentrations of great white sharks, it’s been called the toughest swim in the world.

read the full article @ The Guardian

andere teams/zwemmersFarallon Islandssolo

Show some rotational control!

do, 16/11/2017 - 20:59

This is one thing I struggled with as a swimmer. I learned how to surf at the age of six. My first organized swimming experience didn’t come until closer to my high school years. I learned the pull with a board under my feet. As you can probably guess, I didn’t rotate very much. My rotation was so limited. 

On the flip side, some swimmers struggle with rotation that is too much and covers an unnecessary range of motion. There can also be a difference in rotation between the left and right sides of the body (Oh…. that’s why coach wants me to be able to do rotary breathing).

red the extensive article and view the demonstrational video's @ RitterSP

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A History of Marathon Swimming - boekrecentie

do, 16/11/2017 - 20:52

I just finished this monster of a book: A History of Marathon Swimming > 536 pages!
The best histories are written by those who lived it.

The original author Joe Grossman was a marathon swimmer, historian, crew, administrator, promoter and international leader who fought to organise circuits/events for professional swimmers. The book was not published before his death in 1974 and passed (like a cherished family heirloom) to another legend Dennis Matuch then to another legend/author Conrad Wennerberg. Dale Petranech – another of the top 10 historians in our sport “got it on the computer” (with help) and did extensive work on the text. Finally Steve Walker (noted channel swimmer and recent author of his own book) did the last edit and it the book is now available. Well done guys and THANKS!…/…/ref=sr_1_4…

I saw hundreds of names that I recognized from the past. The stories of the early swims will amaze. I made a note to submit a few more nominations to the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame of some forgotten stars. This is not a dry history – the authors and editors have some strong opinions and pulled no punches on some of the “fibbers”, old tricks of the sports and the bare knuckle commercial/politics of the paid marathon circuit.
Below is my list of the International Marathon Swimming
Hall of Fame Honorees mentioned and the first page. The blanks - well maybe you can help. I thought I saw them in there somewhere?

You can jump over to the website to get high level information (please note that there are some differences in spelling – the attachment spellings are used on the two websites). Then if you want a deeper dive go to:

IMSHoFbook review - boekrecentie