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Bellamy breaks record

do, 15/11/2018 - 19:06

Cameron Bellamy rewrote the history books this morning. He became the first person to swim around Barbados without stopping

Around 4 a.m., the South African completed the 96-kilometre swim after 41 hours in the water.

It was his second attempt at the event, all in an effort to raise funds for Variety − The Children's Charity and Brightwater Kids in Barbados.

Read the article @nationnews

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Swimming in winter is not for the faint-hearted—but don't let that put you off

di, 13/11/2018 - 23:15

At the close of the year, it is nice to look back on its greatest hits. This year I find it comes to me in waterborne flashes. Here’s one: a sweltering day in the sea-green swell off the Jurassic Coast. A natural arch of limestone looming overhead, a pebble floor falling vertiginously away below as I strike out from shore. Water clear as glass, as air: a sensation of taking flight. And another: shin-deep in a saline sea, somewhere in the Sonoran Desert. Skin tingling; sun sinking behind the mountains; a hazy, amethyst sky.

But swimming is by no means only a summer activity. To dry off at the season’s end is to miss so much that is magical. For my fairweather friends, I find it best to introduce the idea by degrees.

Read the article @prospectmagazine

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4 Reasons Why Open Water Requires The Strongest Mind

di, 13/11/2018 - 23:03

It comes with little debate among the swimming community that swimmers are among the toughest athletes across the board both physically and mentally. The countless hours, hundreds of thousands of yards, and early mornings put in – even just for a single season – render strength in every meaning of the word.

Yet, among this elite class of athletic grit lies the one group who take their mental and physical strength to the next level and whose emotional strength daunts most in the swimming world: those who take themselves early in the morning not to the pool but to their local lakes and rivers.

Read the article @swimmingworldmagazine

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PAT GALLANT-CHARETTE (USA) – Honored by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

ma, 12/11/2018 - 23:13

PAT GALLANT-CHARETTE (USA) – Honored by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF): Swimmer

Pat Gallant-Charette has defied age to assemble an incredible marathon career starting at age 58. 
Nine of her famous swims set the record for the oldest female swimmer: Catalina Channel, 60 years in 14+ hours in 2011; Tsugaru Channel, 61 years in 19+ hours in 2012; North Channel, 65 years in 14+ hours in 2016; in 2017 Molokai Channel, 66 years in 23+ hours, English Channel, 66 years in 17+ hours and Lake Ontario, 66 years in 24+ hours plus in 2018 Lake Tahoe, Loch Ness and Around Manhattan.
 

Read more on facebook @IMSHOF

Or visit www.IMSHOF.org 

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KIMBERLEY CHAMBERS (NZ)– Honored by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

ma, 12/11/2018 - 23:08

KIMBERLEY CHAMBERS (NZ)– Honored by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF): Swimmer

Kimberley Chambers conquered the Oceans Seven as follows: English Channel in 12 hours and 12 minutes, Catalina Channel in 11 hours and 26 minutes, Cook Strait in 8 hours and 26 minutes, Strait of Gibraltar in 4 hours and 39 minutes, Molokai Channel 45km in 19 hours and 27 minutes, Tsugaru Channel in 9 hours and 38 minutes and North Channel in 13 hours and 6 minutes. Her marathon career started as she came back from a horrific accident which almost cost her a leg.

Read more on facebook @IMSHOF

Or visit www.IMSHOF.org 

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Announcing the North Channel Swimming Association

ma, 12/11/2018 - 23:00

The tenth of November, 2018 sees the launch of the new North Channel Swimming Association, with a public announcement by Channel Swimmer  and inaugural Chairperson Antonio Argules in San Francisco.

Since before Tom Blower’s first successful North Channel solo in 1947, North Channel swim attempts have been all been governed by the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association (ILDSA).

The new NCSA announcement is made in conjunction with the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA), which has indicated it will recognise NCSA Channel Swims for the Ocean’s Seven.

Read the full article @loneswimmer

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Del Mar Swim Team Earns 5th World Record

ma, 12/11/2018 - 22:49

The swim team from Sea Change Preparatory in Del Mar is currently training to swim the English Channel in 2019

Working together to complete a 15-mile relay, student swimmers from a school in Del Mar earned their fifth world record in open-ocean swimming, and their second world record achieved this year.

The swim team at Sea Change Preparatory school – dubbed the “Zombie Patrol – completed a swim to the Santa Barbara oil rig in 14 hours. The students each swam in 30-minute intervals and were accompanied by school staff throughout the relay.

Read the article @nbcsandiego

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Ferry Weertman and Ana Marcel Cunha Win FINA Marathon World Series

za, 10/11/2018 - 10:49

Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA), among women, and Ferry Weertman (NED), in the men’s category, confirmed their overall win of the 2018 edition of the FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series, after the conclusion of the eighth and last leg of the circuit, on November 9 in Abu Dhabi (UAE). For the Brazilian star, this is her fourth win in the competition, after previous successes in 2010, 2012 and 2014. For the Dutch, 2016 Olympic champion in Rio, this is the first consecration in the competition.

Read the article @swimmingworldmagazine
 

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Confessions of a Virgin Splasher: my first summer of open water swimming

do, 08/11/2018 - 22:57

'Everyone’s got a plan until they get punched in the mouth’ – I found that out in Lough Key

It’s not often I like to quote Mike Tyson, but here’s an exception. Splashing about like a one-winged, disorientated duck in Lough Key last June, farcically attempting to swim 1,500 metres in the open water, despite not having actually trained once in the open water, his words came to mind: “Everyone’s got a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

Having scribed a fitness feature in this paper in June on how to get into open water swimming, I proceeded to then ignore so much of the excellent advice offered by experts in that feature. Smart, eh? Then, I turned up with a plan on the big day and, well, got punched in the mouth.

Read the article @irishtimes

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7 Reasons Why Swimming Is The Best Exercise If You Hate Exercise

do, 08/11/2018 - 22:53

Because chlorine should be everyone's perfume

While most of us love nothing more than taking a dip in the water on our annual beachy holidays (around the UK or somewhere more exotic and tropical), we don’t always think about keeping up our swimming regime in our daily lives. 

Thing is, we really should – swimming is one of the best forms of exercise, for body and mind. It can be done year-round, is accessible to everyone who has a council gym and typically costs under a fiver a session.

Read the full, good article @huffingtonpost

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Santa Clara Man’s Passion For Swimming Takes Him Into New Waters

do, 08/11/2018 - 22:50

In the early morning hours of Sept. 21, Santa Clara’s Ken Mignosa rose out of the waters near Oxnard in Ventura County. He hugged his wife Tiffany and then the two of them celebrated.

Mignosa had just completed a 41-mile marathon swim, lovingly dubbed “Ken’s Cruz” by his son. He swam for 29 hours and 22 minutes, starting from a beach in Oxnard, swimming around Anacapa Island to Santa Cruz Island and then making the long swim back to Oxnard.

It was a swim no one had ever accomplished before and it was the second longest solo marathon swim in California Channel Islands history.

Read the full article @svvoice

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New Race Alert! The Skaha Lake Ultra Swim

do, 08/11/2018 - 22:39

We are excited to announce that another fantastic Canadian race is joining the GSS family! 2019 will welcome the Skaha Lake Ultra Swim in Penticton, British Columbia.
On August 11, 2019 swimmers will participate in the incredible 11.8 km ultra swim.

This ultra swim is a point to point race in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. Starting in Penticton, swimmers head south on the eastern side of the lake. Around the 5 km mark swimmers pass Barbury Point and head towards Ponderosa Point at the 8 km mark where the lake narrows. After this, swimmers continue past the Skaha Estates and head towards the finish at Okanagan Falls.

Read the article @globalswimseries
 

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Brighton woman says swimming has helped her combat mental breakdown

do, 08/11/2018 - 22:36

SWIMMING in the cold sea off Brighton probably doesn’t appeal to many Australians, who are used to rather warmer water.

But for one, it has proved a real lifesaver.

Melodie Tyrer, who works in communications. says sea swimming helped her combat a mental breakdown.

The 34-year-old, who lives in Kemp Town, said: “I was working in London in a fast-paced, male-dominated job where the management team would think you didn’t know anything because you were young or a woman.

 

Read the full article and see the pictures @theargus

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'The water makes your problems seem smaller' - Sea swimming in the depths of winter when the water is biting cold

di, 06/11/2018 - 23:15

When the sun shines, there's nothing better than taking a dip in the ocean. But in the depths of winter when the water is biting cold, would you still fancy a swim? Kathy Donaghy on why she is an open water swimming enthusiast

The sand is cold underfoot. I look out to sea. It's flat and calm, but the chill in the air runs through my body. I know the water is going to be cold. I brace myself and wade in.

I breathe deeply. The water is biting cold. It feels like something sharp. I try to keep my breaths long - immersion in cold water makes the breath come short and fast. When I'm all in, the cold is all I can think about. It's consumed me whole. There's no room for any other thoughts.

Read the full article @independent

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Swimming World Presents “A Voice for the Sport: Open Water Explosion”

di, 06/11/2018 - 19:06

A Voice for the Sport: Open Water Explosion

Commentary by Steven Munatones, Founder of the World Open Water Swimming Association and the Daily News of Open Water Swimming. 

It is hard to imagine the current explosion of activity and events in the global open water swimming community being greater. More and more open water swims are being organized on every continent.

The dynamic growth ranges from short shoreline swims for children to a 120-mile, seven-day stage swim down the Hudson River in New York that attracts dozens of Masters swimmers from several countries. While the Olympic 10K Marathon race is the most globally viewed open water event, there are another estimated 25,000-30,000 annually organized open water events around the world.

Read the full article @swimmingworldmagazine

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Olympic Gold Medalist Learns to Love Open Water Swimming

di, 06/11/2018 - 19:03

After winning a gold medal in the pool in 1960, Carolyn Wood found that open water swimming can be enjoyable

As I walk to the dock where Portland’s “River Huggers,” the Willamette River swimmers, gather daily to swim across the river under the Hawthorne Bridge, second thoughts crowd against third and fourth. The chilly air on this early Wednesday morning in August brings back memories of early morning workouts at Jantzen Beach, the 55-yard Portland pool where I trained in 1959 and 1960 to prepare for outdoor nationals and Olympic Trials.

I’m meeting Judy Rees, a teammate from “way back when” who has agreed to join me for the half-mile swim. It’s our first time. At 6:30 a.m., she and I are the only swimmers on the dock. We watch the water, gray-green and murky, flow through the bridge pylons. Wind muffles a coxswain’s shouts from a crew upriver.

Read the full story @usms

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Ross Edgley sets record for round Great Britain swim

zo, 04/11/2018 - 18:13

An adventurer from Grantham has become the first person to swim 1,780-miles around Great Britain.

Ross Edgley, 33, was joined by 300 swimmers for the last mile before he arrived in Margate at about 09:00 GMT.

Edgley left the Kent town on 1 June, and has not set foot on land since, swimming for up to 12 hours a day and eating more than 500 bananas.

He has battled strong tides and currents in cold water, braved storms, jellyfish and swimming in late autumn.

The effort has taken its toll on his body, resulting in shoulder pain, wetsuit chafing and his tongue has partially disintegrated from salt water exposure.

Read the article @BBC

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Leah Chowdhry gets Woman of the Year honour at London Asian Business Awards for English Channel swim

za, 03/11/2018 - 23:03

Leah Chowdhry, one of the first young British Asian women to swim the English Channel, has been conferred the Woman of the Year award the London Asian Business Awards. She was honoured, along with other achievers from different fields, at the 2nd London Asian Business Awards ceremony held in the UK capital on October 29.

Indian-origin Leah Chowdhry completed the gruelling 30-mile English Channel swim in 13 degrees water in just under 15 hours on July 4th, 2018, becoming the one of the first, recorded, young British Asian women to achieve the feat. The 25-year-old’s aim was to raise funds for a project run by The British Asian Trust, and she managed to raise over £50,000 with help from family and friends.

Read the full story @thestatesman

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Adventurer set to finish round-Britain swim

za, 03/11/2018 - 22:58

Ross Edgley is poised to become the first swimmer to complete the 1,780-mile circumnavigation of the mainland.

Adventurer Ross Edgley is poised to become the first swimmer to complete a circumnavigation of Great Britain.

The 33-year-old, from Grantham, Lincolnshire, will be joined for the final mile of his 1,780-mile (2,864km), 155-day Great British Swim around the mainland by 300 swimmers in Margate on Sunday.

Edgley left the Kent town on June 1, swimming in a clockwise direction, and has not set foot on land since, swimming up to 12 hours a day, including through the night.

He has battled strong tides and currents in cold water, storms, jellyfish and swimming into winter.

 

Read the full article @shropshiresta

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SHOUT FROM THE STANDS: MY FIRST MARATHON SWIM

za, 03/11/2018 - 22:53

This “Shouts from the Stands” submission comes from Elizabeth Fehr, a member of the Narragansett Ocean Swimming Enthusiasts. 

I moved to Rhode Island three years ago, and up until that point I had never heard of open water swimming. I can still remember the warm August evening when my friend and I were walking down the beach, our eyes on the ocean. Then suddenly I saw something black out in the water—way out. Curious I stared harder, and pointed out the strange figures that were moving around buoys nearly halfway out to sea. “What is that?” I asked her. “Are they dolphins?”

My friend laughed and shook her head. She was familiar with the group that called themselves the Narragansett Ocean Swimming Enthusiasts (NOSE for short). “No. They’re swimmers.”

My interest was piqued immediately. “I want to do that,” I declared.

 

Read the full great article @swimswam

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