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Robinson takes out Webby by a fraction...

za, 15/04/2017 - 13:25

After all of the rain, we were hoping for a clear day on Saturday for the King of the Bays, to round off the season - and wow did the weatherman over deliver! The beautiful sunny day (with just a little bit of chop out there to keep the ocean swimmers happy!) made for a perfect finale with 1400 swimmers taking part in the four distances across the day.

The fastest swimmers across the line in the 2.8km distance were NZ Open Water Champion, Matthew Scott (35:16mins) and 2016 Rio Olympian, Emma Robinson (35:58mins). 

Charlotte Webby’s second place in the event secured her the Overall Series female title, retaining her title from last year. While Matthew Scott’s fourth win of the summer confirmed him our Overall Series male winner.

Check out the event results, non-wetsuit results and photos from our final event of the season. 

Read more about New Zealand swimming @ New Zealand Ocean Swim Series

local swim(s)Australia & Oceania

National swimmer to compete in World Cup

za, 15/04/2017 - 13:11

National swimmer Anna Gurbanova will compete in the World Championship to be held in Budapest, Hungary.

"I am happy to compete under the Azerbaijani flag ", she said while talking to Trend Life.

The 17th FINA World Championships will be held in Budapest and Balatonfüred from July 14 to July 30. World championships for six disciplines will be held in the middle of the high season.

read the article and see the picture @ AzerNews


Qatar Open Water Swimming Championship to kick off on 28th of April

za, 15/04/2017 - 04:03

Doha: The annual Qatar Open Water Swimming Championship will kick off in Al Dhakira Corniche on the 28th of April.

Race is open for all, both individuals teams male and female.

Read the article @  ThePeninsulaQatar

National ChampionshipAsia

Sign up for the COEGA Mina Mile Open and make a splash!

za, 15/04/2017 - 04:00

The COEGA Sunwear/GO Sport Mina Mile Open Water Swim Series makes its final splash of the season next week and you can still join with registration still open.

On Saturday, April 15, hundreds will flock to Barasti Beach at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort in Dubai as they take to waters across different distances.

Read the article and see the picturtes @ Sport360

local swim(s)Asia

New Cancer Research swimming challenge revealed for Welwyn Garden City

za, 15/04/2017 - 03:49

Cancer Research UK has just announced a brand new obstacle swimming challenge on the open waters of Stanborough Park, in Welwyn Garden City.

Obstacle Swim will see hundreds of participants powering their way through adrenaline packed obstacles across either a 500m or 1km open water swimming course.

The event, which takes place on May 21, is designed for everyone from novice open water swimmers to swimming enthusiasts looking for a different kind of challenge.

Read the article @ WelwynTimes

local swim(s)Great Britain /UK

Fernald to discuss open water endurance swimming

za, 15/04/2017 - 03:27

PORTSMOUTH — Blue Ocean Society will host a presentation from open water endurance swimmer Bob Fernald of North Hampton on Thursday, April 6.

Fernald completed his three-year journey to achieve the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming in 2016, crossing the English Channel, a circumnavigational swim around Manhattan Island and crossing the Catalina Channel. He will share his love of open water swimming, discuss his local swims, impacts he sees on the ocean and how he gives back to the local community. In addition to a “clean the ocean” swim planned for Blue Ocean Society, he has helped raise thousands of dollars for Seacoast swim facilities.

Read the article @ PortsmouthOnLine

local swim(s)Americas

Swimming duo conquer ‘ice mile’ – a feat rarer than summiting Everest

za, 15/04/2017 - 03:23

A pair of Suffolk swimmers have joined an exclusive group of little more than 200 people worldwide to have completed the ultimate cold water swimming challenge – the Ice Mile.

Read the article and see the pictures @ IpswichStar

ice and winter swimmingGreat Britain /UK

'I don't want to die in pyjamas, I want to die in my togs' - Elderly Irish sea swimmers star in inspiring video

zo, 09/04/2017 - 02:33

Three elderly Irish people have opened up about why they love swimming in treacherous waters in an inspiring video.

In the video 'The Invincibles', produced by Dulux Ireland, the Cork swimmers explain the rush they get when they step foot in the open water, even though people may question its safety.

"I enjoy being perceived as an eccentric. [The water is] like a friend who can turn on you for no apparent reason," says Tom McCarthy (63) from Carrigaline.

"Your whole body is tingling, like the blood is rushing through your body like champagne. It's effervescent.

"I don't want to die in my pyjamas. I don't want to die in my boots. I want to die in my togs."

Myrtleville Swimmers Tom Bermingham said it's the biggest adrenaline rush he gets. 

read the article and see the video and pictures @ The Independent

MastersIreland (+ N-I )

Why Swimming Is So Good For You

zo, 09/04/2017 - 02:05

Every type of exercise has its selling points. But swimming is unlike any other aerobic workout in a few important ways.First, the fact that you’re submerged in water means your bones and muscles are somewhat unshackled from the constraints of gravity, says Hirofumi Tanaka, a professor of kinesiology and director of the Cardiovascular Aging Research Lab at the University of Texas.

Read the article by Markham Heid @ Time

training & coachingWorld

Greg Whyte’s Tips For Staying Fit At 50

vr, 24/03/2017 - 15:51

A century ago you’d be forgiven for thinking you could probably skimp on the exercise once you hit 50. In fact life expectancy for English men didn't squeak above 50 until 1910. Nowadays, however, people live to 80 with NHS-crippling regularity, so it’s a good idea to stay active and healthy when you reach your half-century.

One man who is certainly not slowing down at 50 is Greg Whyte, the former Olympic pentathlete and all-round physical activity expert. In fact, Whyte has stepped it up a notch with his 50at50 challenge, a series of 50 iconic swimming events he’s taking on throughout his 50th year.

Read the article with tips and video @ Coach

training & coachingGreat Britain /UK

Gerald Kirkham competes in 60th Port Pirie Open Water Swim

vr, 24/03/2017 - 15:43

PORT Augusta swimming legend Gerald Kirkham has proven age is just a number, competing in his 60th Port Pirie Open Water Swim on Sunday March 19.

Kirkham, who turns 85 in June, is the first swimmer to achieve this milestone, competing in his first swim in 1949.

He is closing in on the same milestone in the Port Augusta and Whyalla Open Water Swims, participating in 58 and 59 events in the respective cities.

Kirkham has previously won the two-kilometre Port Pirie race on two occasions, as well as a first-place finish in Whyalla, second in the Henley to Grange swim and third in the now-defunct five-kilometre Delfin Island race.

Read the complete article and see the picture @ The Transcontinental

swimmers portraitsAustralia & Oceania

Alejandra Broglia unió las dos grandes islas de Malvinas

vr, 24/03/2017 - 01:16

La nadadora argentina de aguas frías Alejandra Broglia unió a nado las islas Jersey Point, en la Gran Malvina, y Fanning Head, en la isla Soledad.

Read more ans dee pictures about a daring swim between the two mail islands of the Falkland Islands @ minutouno

ice and winter swimmingAmericasAntartica

Veteran swimmer takes home the title

vr, 24/03/2017 - 01:11

A record 820 participants took the plunge at the penultimate round of the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series up in the Bay of Islands last Saturday.

1986 and 1990 Commonwealth Games NZ representative and Surf Life Saving Champion, Brent Foster (49yrs) out-swam the young guns to take out the male title, with a time of 41:04 minutes and Stefannie Gillespie was the first female home with a time of 44:04.

Read the article @ NewZealandOceanSwims

local swim(s)Australia & Oceania

‘Pinoy Aquaman’ completes 25th open-water swim

vr, 24/03/2017 - 00:46

Ingemar Macarine, nicknamed “Pinoy Aquaman”, added another feather to his cap after he conquered a 13-kilometer open-water swim today in Limasawa Island, Southern Leyte.

Read more:

Channel swimsolo swimAsia

Red Bull Neptune Steps - more than 300 brave competitors take part in 'world's toughest open-water adventure race'

vr, 24/03/2017 - 00:43

In a stacked field, which included Olympic triathlete Gordon Benson and World Universities Champion Grant Sheldon, Mark Deans from Glasgow used his experience to win the title for the third year in a row.

read more and see the picture @ GlasgowLive

local swim(s)Great Britain /UK

Macarine eyes new open water swim

vr, 24/03/2017 - 00:41

AFTER failing to cross Gingoog Bay which connects Camiguin Island and Misamis Oriental last January, Pinoy Aquaman Ingemar Macarine is now setting his sights on crossing Triana Port in Limasawa Island to Padre Burgos Port in mainland Southern Leyte today.

Macarine, a lawyer and an environmentalist, aims to cross the 13k distance as one of the highlights of the 496th anniversary of Limasawa Island’s historic First Mass by the Spanish missionaries.

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Channel swimAsia

SSA to hold open water race on March 25 as qualifier for KL SEA Games

za, 18/03/2017 - 19:37

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) will hold the Liberty Insurance open water South-east Asian qualifiers on March 25 in the hopes of sending athletes to the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

Read the article and see the pictures @ StraitsTimes

local swim(s)Asia

Africa’s toughest Indian Ocean Swim is wide open

za, 18/03/2017 - 19:32

WITH just under a week until the Eastern Cape’s richest open water swim takes place, it is clear that it is going to be a wide open race for line honours in the two different categories.

With an overall prize pool of R39 000 and the winners in both the swimsuit and wetsuit categories taking home a whopping R4 500 each, swimmers from around the country are being attracted to Nelson Mandela Bay on Human Rights Day (Tuesday, March 21) to compete in Africa’s toughest Indian Ocean Swim.

Read the complete article by Micheal Zoetmulder and view the picture @ news24

local swim(s)Afrika

A St Patrick’s Day marathon with teeth

za, 18/03/2017 - 19:29

A Kerry man will swap St Patrick’s Day pints for shark-infested waters when he attempts to become the first Irish person to complete a marathon swim off the west coast of Florida.

Read the complete article and see the picture @ The Times

Maraton swimIreland (+ N-I )

Jordanhill brothers set to compete in ultimate endurance event

za, 18/03/2017 - 19:26

There's sibling rivalry, then there's racing against your older brother in one of the world's toughest endurance sports events.

The Red Bull Neptune Steps hits Glasgow on Saturday and Mark Deans from Jordanhill has taken gold the past two years.

read the complete article and see the picture @ GlasgowLive

local swim(s)Great Britain /UK