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Monday, December 5, 2016

1,000 Head To Low Wood Bay For The Fifth Big Chill Swim



Windermere in winter with Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel & Marina venue in foreground.



Start of women's race in the Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel & Marina venue.



World champion Christof Wandratsch competing in the 1 km race in 2016.

Courtesy of Big Chill Swim, Windermere, England.

"It is not possible."

"No way."

"It is incredibly dangerous."

Those are the first impressions of people who first hear about ice swimming and winter swimming.

But the world's hardiest of aquatic athletes are proving that ice swimming is possible and with proper training, acclimatization and preparation, swimming in the middle of winter in near-freezing water can be not only enjoyable, but also highly competitive. These hardened swimmers are flocking to northern England in order to show off their talents and highly-developed levels of acclimatization in the winter waters of Windermere. Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel & Marina plays the host to this annual winter swimming gala.

"Now an official International Winter Swimming Association World Cup event, the fifth Big Chill Swim takes place on December 10th and 11th by the hotel’s waterfront," explains organiser Colin Hill. "No wetsuits are allowed.

Professional and amateur open water swimmers from Chile, USA, Russia, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Germany are jetting to the region to take part in one of the Lake District’s largest mass participation events."

Races on the first day include the 450m endurance event and a series of multi-stroke sprints at distances ranging from 30m to 120m, before a series of team relays commence in the afternoon. The new 30m Ice Fly is a competitive butterfly race.

Day 2’s racing starts with a 240m race held in age group divisions and culminates in the 1 km British Championships, a challenge for experienced cold water swimmers bracing themselves for the longest race on the IWSA World Cup circuit.

Ben Berry from English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues says, “The Big Chill Swim here at Low Wood Bay is always very well supported locally and we’re looking forward to another great day’s racing in a truly wonderful setting. The relays are especially fun to see as they are a great team challenge and popular with those wanting to raise funds. Outdoor open water swimming, unheard of as a mainstream sport a few years ago, is now hugely popular both here in the Lake District and around the world.”

Chillswim director Colin Hill adds, “The event is already fully subscribed and we have again reached the maximum entry number of 1,000 competitors registered to take part in a full range of relays, sprints and endurance races. As well as the professional races, there will be the usual fun and games for the more recreational swimmers to raise funds for charity with novelty races and fancy dress. Low Wood Bay has a long history of encouraging visitors to enjoy the waters of Windermere, and our winter open water swimming gala is a thrilling way to do it in participation with swimmers of all ages and backgrounds.”

Supported by Northern Pontoon, each Big Chill Swim race is timed with the fastest on the clock per age group category going forward to collect their prizes and medals at a special ceremony and Barn Dance at Low Wood Bay in the evening. The hotel was also the venue for this year’s World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) awards, presented in partnership with Chillswim.

For further information on the event or venue, visit englishlakes.co.uk and Big Chill Swim.

Christof Wandratsch, a nominee for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year and one of the world's most successful winter swimmers, will participate in the event. He is nominated along with race director Hill and the following individuals:

1. Roger Finch (South Africa)
2. Seti Afoa (Samoa)
3. Tomi Stefanovski (Macedonia)
4. Edoardo Stochino (Italy)
5. Ferry Weertman (Netherlands)
6. Nejib Belhedi (Tunisia)
7. Ger Kennedy (Ireland)
8. Alex Kostich (USA)
9. Masayuki Moriya (Japan)
10. Colin Hill (Great Britain)
11. Ingemar Patiño Macarine (Philippines)
12. Lewis Pugh (Great Britain)
13. Christof Wandratsch (Germany)

To vote for the WOWSA Awards, visit here. Online voting continues until December 31st 2016.

Copyright © 2016 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Hunter Hunkers Down In River Murray

Courtesy of Help! World Tour, Take Your Dream, .

54-year-old father Eric Helmick is now helping his 25-year-old son Hunter Helmick continue the swim down the River Murray in Australia. The River Murray is Australia’s longest river at 2,508 km. The team of Eric and Hunter with younger (16) brother and logistics coordinator Tuck Helmick left Corryong, Victoria on November 10th in 12°C water. But the sponsorship support and logistics plans have changed, leading the father is give up his dream in order to support his son.

So the Helmick's carry on their Help! World Tour. "100% of donations [to Team Help!] go directly to the cause of raising up youth and strengthening families,” said father Eric.

An endurance swim is not really my life’s dream,” admits Hunter, an illusionist who has performed around the world. “But doing something epic that inspires others to live big, is.” Hunter will travel back up along the Murray River on a tour of his musical Help! after the downstream swim is complete.

Two other people have swum down the River Murray prior to the Helmick's Take Your Dream challenge. In 1993, Graham Middleton of Corryong, Australia swam 2,336 over 138 consecutive days. Then between November 2000 and February 2001, Australian professional marathon swimmer Tammy van Wisse spent 106 days in her solo stage swim of 2,438 km along the River Murray.

Because of the nature of the landscape including national forest and private land, there is not always access to the shore or their crew following on shore. "The support crew is prepared to spend 3–4 nights at a time on the river and catch up with the shore crew days later. Shires, communities and schools along the Murray River have been notified of our event and were given a preliminary schedule of our expected arrival in each city. It’s more about us as a team believing in people than it is about them cheering us on.”

To participate as a donor for the Take Your Dream campaign, contact inquiry@helpwt.com. For more information, visit www.takeyourdream.com.



Eric and Hunter Helmick swimming the Mulwala Lake



Sacred Heart Primary students welcome Eric and Hunter Helmick on shore.



Team Help! founders, Eric and sons Tuck and Hunter are presented with Yarrawonga Swimming Club t-shirts from the students of Sacred Heart Primary School.

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Team Help! Hits Snakes & Snags

Courtesy of Eric Helmick, River Murray, Australia.

54-year-old Eric Helmick and his 25-year-old son Hunter Helmick were less than a kilometer into their stage swim along the River Murray when escort kayaker Cydney Simpson [shown above] blew her whistle and screamed “snake!”

Both swimmers stopped instantly as a red belly snake slithered just inches in front of them, stopping to look at Hunter [shown above studyig a map] before moving on across the river.

During the same section of the river, father Eric was pinned against an underwater log. “I was able to push myself along it until I got to the end and slipped off, but Hunter had already turned around and was swimming back towards me against the current should I have been stuck any longer..

Eric hit two more underwater snags and the team found themselves moving slower down the river than normal. "A million things can go wrong and today, they did,” he added.

The biggest change was the team's decision to leave one swimmer in the water to reach the end goal while the other takes on a logistics and support role. The institution sponsoring the team backed out with the reason that they did not want the responsibility and could not afford the liability if anything went wrong.

The situation seems to have gone from bad to worse when two team members pulled out due to time constraints and two others backed out due to financial obligations. "This leaves us with only six team members to accomplish the goal of reaching the mouth of the Murray River in 90 days. Taking on the role of lead swimmer, Hunter is now making up for lost time due to these delays which also include lightning storms and weather conditions which have hindered the team's progress. We are now 10 days behind schedule."

But Hunter and team forge on. "Everywhere we share our story and inspire others, we gain inspiration of our own. People believe in the idea we’re spreading which is to stomp out suicide and depression - and substituting it with hope. Hope in one another,” said Help! World Tour founder Eric Helmick.

When he can, Eric joins Hunter in the swim. The two are very compatible and fast swimmers when they are together; they feed off one another’s energy,” observed Simpson.

Today, the swimmers plan to exit the river in Cobram to meet with the students of Cobram Primary School where they will present a certificate to one of the students who won their Take Your Dream Essay Contest. The goal of the contest was to have students share their dreams. Winners of the contest will be featured in the feature film documentary, Take Your Dream, which tells the story of the founders' vision of swimming Australia’s longest river in record time in 90 days versus the current record of 106 days.



Two other people have swum down the River Murray prior to the Helmick's Take Your Dream challenge. In 1993, Graham Middleton of Corryong, Australia swam 2,336 over 138 consecutive days. Then between November 2000 and February 2001, Australian professional marathon swimmer Tammy van Wisse spent 106 days in her solo stage swim of 2,438 km along the River Murray.

To participate as a donor for the Take Your Dream campaign, contact inquiry@helpwt.com. For more information, visit www.takeyourdream.com.

Copyright © 2016 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Poustinia...Jennifer Figge Swimming In The Ocean

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Jennifer Figge recently returned from her unprecedented Bermuda Triangle Swim where she swam and sailed far away from the safety of a coastline.

How did it look from her escort boat? See the photos above. Her swim logs offered the following clues on where and how she traversed in the Bermuda Triangle:

November 8th: Day 1 from Cape Canaveral, swam 2.6 nm in 1 hour 30 minutes in 6-8 foot swells in 10-15 knot winds
November 9th: Day 2 from 29⁰47,99N 79⁰39,69W, swam 6.6 nm in 3 hours in 2-4 foot swells in 15 knot winds; 100 nm sailing distance (73⁰ water temperature)
November 10th: Day 3 from 30⁰25,114 N 76⁰15,015 W, no swim due to weather in 10-12 foot swells in 20-25 knot winds; 183 nm sailing distance
November 11th: Day 4 from 30⁰51,198 N 73⁰8,024 W, swam 6 nm in 4 hours 20 minutes in 3-4 foot swells in 8 knots; 164 nm sailing distance (74⁰)
November 12th: Day 5 from 32⁰28,939 N 71⁰22,166 W, swam 4.3 nm in 2 hours in 12-15 foot swells in 20-25 knot winds; 134 nm sailing distance
November 13th: Day 6 from 31⁰39,920 N 68⁰34,906 W, swam 4.8 nm in 3 hours 30 minutes in 4-6 foot swells in 18 knot wind; 150 nm sailing distance (74⁰)
November 14th: Day 7 from 31⁰13,396 N 67⁰5,872 W, swam 2.2 nm in 1 hour 20 minutes in 4-6 foot swells in 15 knot winds; 80 nm sailing distance (73⁰)
November 15th: Day 8 arrived in Bermuda; 142 nm sailing distance
November 16th: Day 9 touched land after swimming a total of 26.5 nm in 15 hours 40 minutes and sailing 953 nm (or a total of 33.4 nautical miles (41.2 miles or 66.3 km) over 20 hours 10 minutes including a day of swimming off Bimini Island)

Firstmate Sara Hajdu who has been a crew member on several of Figge's transoceanic journeys recalled, "It's always an adventure with Jennifer, but by far this Bermuda Triangle Swim was the most complicated project. No wonder why no one came up with the idea before.

The North Atlantic has its challenges and is not very predictable. There were huge waves and high winds shifting all the time - it is difficult to sail in the conditions, not to mention swimming or in my case cooking. I spent most of my time in the galley on my knees just to become as stable as possible.

But we got the maximum out of it. I am proud of her swimming in all conditions on a remote trip like this
."

Captain Tamas Hamor said, "After supporting Jennifer's offshore swimming projects four times across the Atlantic, from Mexico to Hawaii in the Pacific, and several shorter swims in the Caribbean, one would think there shouldn’t be much left to learn about the sport. How wrong.

The Bermuda Triangle Swim was nothing like the ones we did before. The North Atlantic in the winter can be a dreadful place and we got a little taste of it. Variable winds came from all directions; the wind waves were opposing huge ocean swells while the Gulf Stream was running against everything else.

We were convinced Jennifer would give up after seeing her getting seriously seasick while swimming in 15-foot seas. How wrong again. She stopped for a couple of minutes only and continued swimming without even getting out of the water. So once again she has proved her over humanly determination and will
."

Levente Aranyos, owner and captain of the escort boat S/V Amadeus, "As a long-time charter captain specializing in exotic and adventure trips, including a full schedule of diving with large sharks, dolphins and more, I thought I had pretty much seen it all. While in passages I had encounter whales, I had never had a whale stay with the boat circling, waiting for Jennifer to get back in the water, then swimming right under her.

This was AWESOME.

It was great to be part of this big adventure despite the challenging conditions. Some days, we had winds in excess of 40 knots and we were surfing down 20 foot waves.

As the helmsman, the concentration required to keep the boat within a safe distance from Jennifer in these North Atlantic winter conditions is extraordinary. And, during all of this, Jennifer’s quirky sense of humor prevailed. Her response to the painful sores from wetsuit chafing, or the disappointment of not being able to swim when conditions just got too rough, was always humorous and very encouraging to all of the crew. Jennifer’s determination and passion for swimming and her love for the adventures in open ocean are truly inspiring
."

Captain William J. Ray said, "Jennifer's swim was perhaps the most challenging open ocean swim yet. The swim to Bermuda was filled with excitement and wonder. Twice we encountered whales; first a humpback that breached directly in front of us. Then later, a rarely seen Minke whale [shown above].

The Minke was infatuated with Jennifer and wanted to swim right next to her. When we took Jenifer out of the water, he swam around the boat checking us out. When we put her back in the water, he was right back swimming next to her. Other encounters included numerous pods of dolphins surrounding the boat and swimming in our bow’s pressure wave.

Our crew rose to all the challenges and made a very difficult passage bearable. It was truly a pleasure to work with such an experienced and qualified group. Once again, Jenifer’s tenacity persevered. When the conditions were worsening (blowing 35+ with 15 foot waves), the crew suggested alternative routing to/through the Bahamas. Jenifer would have nothing to do with it; her will prevailed and we completed our voyage to Bermuda and back
."

Figge summed up her own swim. "We started and ended the Bermuda Triangle Swim in the Triangle, but we were blown all over the map. It looked so straightforward on the atlas to me. In the end, the route appears as an abstract modern art design.

Also, I strongly feel that the swim should be a crew performance of the year as my mileage doesn't really warrant a swimming performance. I normally put in over 300 miles in a multi-day swim. This was a unique opportunity to explore a very different part of my favorite ocean. In some respects, I realize shorter can be steeper.

One can not tell an ocean how you will swim it, it tells you. There is Russian word, Poustinia, translated... a place where you look deeply into yourself. That place has never come to me on land, nor has it washed up in a wave on the beach. I have to swim out to it. What a great sport we share
."

"It is so interesting to see how these individuals like Jennifer and Ben Hooper and Benoit Lecomte and others coming up like Michael Ventre plan for, finance, view, and dream about their own transoceanic swims," commented Steven Munatones. "For traditionalists, these swims certainly do not follow the rules of the English Channel.

But it is beautiful to understand and imagine the joy that these swimmers experience and the challenges they face way out in the ocean. It is a beautiful thing to see these swimmers share these risk-inherent swims with other like-minded individuals on their crew; the bonds and memories that they create out in the Atlantic Ocean with their crews and with the marine environment are incredibly special and long-lasting
."

Copyright © 2016 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Richard Broer Leading An Unparalleled Open Water Lifestyle

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Few people have positively impacted and influenced the world of open water swimming over a course of the last few decades like Richard Broer.

The Dutch open water swimmer, promoter, event organizer, administrator and coach has literally touched each aspect of the sport, from charity relay swims to the promotion of thousands of open water events throughout Europe, relentlessly and tirelessly doing his part to help others.

His list of accomplishments is impressively long and is an embodiment of the passion and knowledge that he offers the sport.

He works from pool decks to escort boat decks. He spends countless hours behind a computer screen and completing paperwork. He motivates and he inspires swimmers from all walks of life and all abilities.

Online Presence
* Broer manages the Netherlands Open Water Web, a comprehensive and authoritative source of open water swimming information in Dutch that he started in 1998 (www.noww.nl) that continues to thrive with information about nationally-sanctioned swims and non-sanctioned swim and includes pre-race information, registration entries, results, and visual and descriptive reports of the races.
* Broer is the co-webmaster of Openwaterswimming.eu, a comprehensive and authoritative source of open water swimming information and swimming holidays throughout Europe.

Athletic Accomplishments
*Broer started his open water swimming career in 1974 and remains active in 2016.
* Broer swam across the Strait of Gibraltar in 2008 in 5 hours 4 minutes at the age of 49.
* Broer set a record at the Netherlands national open water competition in 1978 that remains untouched.
* Broer was the second Dutchman under 16 minutes in the 1500m freestyle, performed in 1979.
* Broer was a top 20 swimmer at Dutch national open water swimming competitions between 1992 and 2011.
* Broer was the first Dutchman and remains the national record holder for a solo crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar, set in 2008.
* Broer swam with team IJsselmeerbikkels that set the Dutch national 6-man record for an English Channel relay crossing in 2010.
* Broer coached and swam with the Channel Team Wassenaar to a national English Channel record for men on a EFE crossing and a FE crossing in 2014.
* Broer completed 3 solo crossings, more than 10 relay crossings and more than 20 crossings as a coach in the IJsselmeer event in the Netherlands.

Administrative Work
* Broer is a member of the Technical Open Water Swimming Committee in the Netherlands.
* Broer is responsible for an annual Dutch open water swimming publication that lists all the national association events.

Coaching Achievements
* Broer is a coach and trainer for channel swimmers and marathon swimmers, specializing in team-building. He currently enjoys a 100% success rate with teams and swimmers across the English Channel and Strait of Gibraltar that includes 2 world and 7 national (speed) records.
* Broer coached the Dutch Ladies First, a 6-women relay team who set the two-way all-female English Channel records (EFE and FE) in 18 hours 22 minutes under the escort of Captain Lance Oram on the Sea Satin. The Dutch Ladies First were nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year award.
* Broer has served as a member of the Technical Open Water Committee of Royal Netherlands Swimming Association from 1995 to the present.
* Broer has served as the Chairperson of the Technical Open Water Committee of Royal Netherlands Swimming Association from 2011 to the present.
* Broer has served as a member of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame board of directors and is a member of the International Voting Panel representing Europe since 2007.
* Broer coached Channel Team Wassenaar, a team that raised €37,000 in its 2011 English Channel crossing.
* Broer coached and swam with the first mixed gay, non-gay Dutch swim team with HHZV Plons across the English Channel in 2013.
* Broer coached a breaststroke swimming team for a double IJsselmeer (M-S-M) in 2015.
* Broer coached female winner Délenn van Oostom at the Open Dutch Championships in 2015 in IJsselmeer S-M.
* Broer coached the duo IJsselmeer S-M charity relay called Extreem tegen Kanker in 2015.
*Broer coached ECSC-one80fit at IJsselmeer S-M in 2015 and observed their qualification to swim the English Channel in 2015.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Abby Armstrong Is Female Athlete Of The Year In Samoa

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Samoa Events' International Female Athlete of the Year award was given to the inaugural Apolima Strait winner 28-year-old Abby Armstrong of New Zealand.

Seti Afoa, the visionary behind Samoa Events saw increased competition and significant uptick in international competitors this year in all the ocean swims held in Samoa.

Over 50% of the international visitors were women who excelled in the warm tropical waters in the South Pacific.

The selection of the International Female Athlete was between five athletes: swimmers Abby Armstrong and 60-year-old Bronwen Burmester in the Apolima Strait Swim and 28-year-old Elizabeth Schlicher in the Five Islands Challenge, triathlete Alison Heather in the Warrior Half Ironman, and cyclist Rebecca Marley in the Ford Tour of Samoa.

Armstrong won the 22.3 km swim between Upolu and Savai'i. 60-year-old Burmester also swam from Upolu to Savai'i in 8 hours 5 minutes which was the third fastest time in the inaugural race. The third finalist for the award was 28-year-old Californian Schlicher who tackled the Five Islands Swims.

Armstrong's record-breaking swim in the inaugural 22.3 km marathon swim was the reason for being honored.

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Gertrude Ederle And Ishak Helmy

Courtesy of International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

Ishak Helmy and Gertrude Ederle are shown above 90 years ago.

Helmy was an Egyptian open water swimmer who was the ninth person to successfully cross the English Channel when he swam from France to England in 23 hours 40 minutes in 1928. He also helped rescue Lilian Harrison on her unsuccessful English Channel attempt in 1925.

At the 1924 Olympics, Ederle won a gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle relay and bronze medals in the 100-meter and 400-meter freestyle races. In 1925, she swam a 21-mile crossing from Manhattan to New Jersey's Sandy Hook. Later that year, the Women's Swimming Association sponsored her first attempt at swimming the English Channel, but she was disqualified when her trainer Jabez Wolffe asked Ishak Helmy to touch her and recover her from the water. She bitterly disagreed with that decision.

But she came back the next year and successfully crossed the English Channel in 14 hours 30 minutes. Her record stood until Florence Chadwick swam the English Channel in 1950 in 13 hours 20 minutes.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Two Hall Of Famers And Fidel Castro

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Swimmers have been attempting to cross the Gulf Stream and swim from Cuba to Florida since 1950 (including Jose Cortinas, Leo Vigil, Rolando Elejalde, Luciana Nunez, Susie Maroney, Skip Storch, Chris Green, Diana Nyad, Walter Poenisch, Penny Palfrey and Chloë McCardel). Many of them met and had to receive the permission directly from the recently passed Fidel Castro.

In 1993, the paths of Castro and two International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame athletes crossed. Australian Susie Maroney contacted Hall of Famer Skip Storch after his 25-hour attempt to swim across the Florida Strait from Cuba to Florida in 1993.

"At the press conference in Havana before the swim, there were over 200 reporters from all over the world," recalled Honour Swimmer Storch of New York. "That is how Susie knew about my swim [in the pre-internet era]."

On the day of the swim start, Fidel Castro unexpectedly joined Storch and his escort team on the beach. "El Supremo talked and talked at the impromptu gathering in a mixture of both Spanish and English. He didn't look at me at all when he was speaking to the people, but he did state that no man could make the swim including me. When he said that, he looked at me right in the eyes.

But then I thanked him and his people for allowing this swim to happen. I said the swim could not be done without his support. Then Fidel said no man could make the swim but him
."

Storch's Coral Reef Relief Swim was scheduled to start that day, but stiff winds had picked up in advance of a tropical depression and led to a delay in the start. "Before the swim, we had planned to swim with the Gulf Stream and land in Miami, but then there were political protests in Miami so we decided that I should land anywhere that I could.

We didn't start that day, it was way too windy and rainy. But I had many things going against me on that swim. The winds were terribly strong and I ended up swimming right into a swirling eddy right from the start throughout the entire 25+ hour swim. I really didn't stand a chance; it was tough going, but I gave it my best shot
."

News of Storch's attempt reached Maroney who later called him and asked if she could use his shark cage that was designed and built by Fibber McGee in Florida. "She asked if I was going to try the swim again. When I told her that I was not going to do so - I felt that I was used politically. She was welcome to use my shark cage."

Maroney eventually used the cage - under much more favorable conditions - several years later. She made it across in a 180 km (111.8-mile) swim of 24 hours 31 minutes in May 1997. The crew of the then 22-year-old covered the front of the cage with a mesh in order to avoid the jellyfish that had infested her course.

But Storch remembers vividly his initial meeting with the recently passed leader of the Cuban Revolution. "I am not sure how my words to Fidel were translated on the beach in Cuba back in 1993 when I thanked him for his help and approval, but Fidel took it as I called him a god. And the god could make it across. This seemed to make him happy."

Maroney was later invited to a 5-hour dinner with Castro at his palace in 1998. She described the occasion to The Advertiser. "It was an honour being invited to the palace and having dinner with him after both of the Cuba swims. I remember he was so interested in Australia and how much we paid for electricity and he had a great sense of humour, joking about kangaroos. For us he was a man that loved sport and loved Australia."

Footnote: Skip Storch [shown above shaking hands with Castro] is fit as he has been in decades, slimmed down and faster due to his 5-day-a-week swimming regimen in New York. Susie Maroney was recently wed to quadriplegic philanthropist Perry Cross in a ceremony in Bryon Bay in their native Australia.

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Going For 3 More Marine Protected Areas By 2020

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Lewis Pugh worked hard as a swimmer to prepare for his Five Swims in Antarctica for 1 Reason event.

But he worked even hard and had to be much more relentless in order to achieve his Speedo diplomacy goals in creating a new Marine Protected Area in the Ross Sea.

"In October 2016, we celebrated a momentous victory for our oceans and our planet with the creation of the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area in Antarctica," wrote Pugh here about his upcoming Antarctica 2020 Campaign. "Protection of this last pristine ocean wilderness couldn't have come at a more crucial time. As the world's biggest protected area on land or sea, the formation of this Marine Protected Area sets an important precedent for future ocean protection.

But we have entered a new era of uncertainty. Many hard-fought conservation achievements are now under threat. We must not let our efforts in the Antarctic Oceans be undone
."

Pugh's worry is partly based on the very real disagreement that he and other scientists and environmentalists have with the stated positions of the new administration of American President-elect Donald Trump and Myron Ebell, the expected head of the U.S. government's Environmental Protection Agency.

"It's time for the next important step in Antarctic Ocean protection," vows Pugh who will head off to Antarctica once again this next week.

"Over the next four years, we will be working to secure three additional MPAs in vulnerable areas of Antarctica...in East Antarctica, the Weddell Sea and the Antarctic Peninsula." By 2020, Pugh envisions a creation of a nearly 7 million square kilometer protected area in Antarctica or roughly the size of Australia.

In order to garner world attention to issues close to his heart, Pugh will do additional ice swims over the next four years. "These swims allow me to show the world how precious these last Antarctic wilderness areas are."

Unfortunately, time is not on his side, especially given the fundamental disagreement regarding climate change at the highest levels of the incoming American presidential administration and the environmental protectionism movement.

"The Ross Sea MPA was proposed in 1999...and took 17 years before it was finally made a reality. We don't have another twenty years to protect the world's last true wilderness areas. Protecting these oceans makes them more resilient to climate change, and enables them to help other oceans recover from overfishing and exploitation. We need these oceans. And for the first time in the history of the world, they now need us."

For more information on Pugh's efforts, visit www.lewispugh.com.

Pugh is one of the nominees for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year among the following inspirational individuals:

1. Roger Finch (South Africa)
2. Seti Afoa (Samoa)
3. Tomi Stefanovski (Macedonia)
4. Edoardo Stochino (Italy)
5. Ferry Weertman (Netherlands)
6. Nejib Belhedi (Tunisia)
7. Ger Kennedy (Ireland)
8. Alex Kostich (USA)
9. Masayuki Moriya (Japan)
10. Colin Hill (Great Britain)
11. Ingemar Patiño Macarine (Philippines)
12. Lewis Pugh (Great Britain)
13. Christof Wandratsch (Germany)

To vote for the WOWSA Awards, visit here. Online voting continues until December 31st 2016.

Copyright © 2016 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Nicknames In The Open Water Swimming World

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

There are a number of colorful champions, powerful personalities and charismatic characters in the open water swimming world - and a whole lot of other swimmers from every generation and every walk of life - with great nicknames - that give a hint of the essence of these individuals.

Swimmers like 2-time Japanese Olympian Yasunari Hirai make and distribute t-shirts, stickers and swim caps with their nicknames. His contemporary efforts are a distant throwback to Annette Kellermann and her line of controversial one-piece swimsuits, called the 'Annette Kellermans' [see below].

Links to the backgrounds of all these swimmers listed below are posted here; but there are many, many, many more.

Aeolian Shark: Giovanni Brancato (Italy)
America's Best Girl: Gertrude Ederle (USA)
America’s Travelin’ Swim Coach: Jerry Kerschner (USA)
American Legless Wonder: Charles Zibelman (USA)
American Torpedo: John Kinsella (USA)
Aquatic Aussie: Luke Tipple (Australia)
Big Ben: Ben Laughren (USA)
Big Moose: Norman Ross (USA)
Big River Man: Martin Strel (Slovenia)
Black Shark: Ernest Vierkoetter (Germany)
Bones: Sean Ryan (USA)
Brainiac: Brian Ryckeman (Belgium)
Bucko: Kristine Buckley (USA)
Buster: Clarence Linden Crabbe (USA)
Buster: Henry Elionsky (USA)
Butterfly Bob: Butterfly Bob Wood (USA)

Captain Bubbles: Patsee Ober (USA)
Carpayo: Daniel Eulogio Carpio Massioti (Peru)
Catalina Kid: George Young (Canada)
Catalinator: Hank Wise (USA)
Champ of the Gulf Coast Waters: Jerry Kerschner (USA)
Chappie: Johnny Hayden (Ireland)
Charley: Charlotte Samuels (USA)
Chuckle: Tim Buckle (Great Britain)
Coach Moi: John Mark Yamoyam (Philippines)
Coach Sickie: Ron Marcikic (USA)
Crocodile of the Nile: Abdul Latif Abou Heif (Egypt)
Dama del Río de la Plata: Noelia Petti (Argentina)
Dolphin Boy: Hank Wise (USA)
Dolphinman: Paolo Eros Cerizzi (Italy)
Doc: James Counsilman (USA)
Dorado: Horacio Iglesias (Argentina)
Double Down: Elizabeth Fry (USA)
Dr. Chicken: Dr. Joel Saperstein (USA)
Dr G: Genadijus Sokolovas, Ph.D. (USA/Lithuania)
Dr. Rip: Rob Brander (Australia)
Dudu: Eduardo Santos (Brazil)
Dukan's Dolphin: Alireza Jaff - Shwan (Iraq)
Duke: Marvin Nelson (USA)
El Bawtiah (female crocodile): Suhir El Ba’i (Egypt)
El Sharko: Christopher Blakeslee (USA)
Fatman: Kelly Gneiting (USA)
Father of Modern Surfing: George Freeth (USA)
Father of Surfing: Duke Kahanamoku (Hawaii)
Father of Swimming: Leroy Sparks (USA)
Flipperless Fil: Phil White (USA)
Fish man: Martin Strel (Slovenia)
Fly Guy: Brian Suddeth (USA)
Flying Dutchman: Herman Willemse (Netherlands)
Gentle Ben: Ben Huggard (USA)
Ginja Ninja: Keith Garry (Ireland)
Gold Medal Mel: Mel Stewart (USA)
Greatest Native American Swimmer: Wayne William Snellgrove (USA)
Grimmy: Martina Grimaldi (Italy)
H2oward: Howard James (UK)
Happy Helen: Helen Lin (USA)
Heff: Dave Heffernan (USA)
HHector: Héctor Ramírez Ballesteros (Spain)
Homem Peixe (Portuguese): Martin Strel (Slovenia)
Honey Badger: Lauren Weinreb (USA)
Honey Bear: Jeff Commings (USA)
Hopper: George Hopper McDonough (USA)
Hudson Brothers: Jack Hudson, Calum Hudson and Robbie Hudson (UK)
Human Iceberg: Henry Elionsky (USA)
Human Polar Bear: Gus Brickner (USA)
Human Polar Bear: Lewis Pugh (USA)
Humber King: Pete Winchester (UK)
Hungarian Dolphin: Alfréd Hajós (Hungary)
Iceberg: Michael Hufton (UK)
Iceman: Thomas McGann (USA)
Il guerriero del mare or the Sea Warrior: Giovanni Brancato (Italy)
Incomparable Water Comedian: Harold Herman Kruger (Hawaii)
Iron Mike: Michael Tyson (USA)
Iron Nun: Madonna Buder (USA)
Jappy: Jabez Wolffe (UK)
Joan of Arch: Cheryl Zak (USA)
John Rufwater: John Makinson (USA)
Johnny Love: Patrick Dodd (USA)
Joker: Wesley Metcalfe (USA)
Joner: Jonathan Strauss (USA)
Kiko: Francisco José Hervás Jodar
Killer: Ky Hurst (Australia)
King of Midmar: Chad Ho (South Africa)
King of the Prison Island Swims: Jacques Tuset (France)
King of the Ukulele: Benjamin Keakahiawa Nawahi (Hawaii)
K-Po: Kaylee Kussman (USA)
KT: Kristy Thall (USA)
Laddie: Hilda Sharp (UK)
Lala: Tipalelupe Lala Toatasi Tu`ua (New Zealand)
Leorganizer: Leora Dahl (Canada)
Lighthouse Larry: Larry Herlth (USA)
Limbless Waterman: Craig Dietz (USA)
Little Mermaid: Swapnil Yadav (India)
Loneswimmer: Donal Buckley (Ireland)
Sister Madonna: Madonna Buder (USA)
Lorla: Leora Dahl (Canada)
Lotus: Parth Desai (USA)
Mad Adam: Adam Walker (Great Britain)
Madfish: Dee Llewellyn (UK)
Madam Butterfly: Susan O'Neill (Australia)
Magoo: Mark Smitherman (USA)
Maladin (Chinese): Martin Strel (Slovenia)
Mambo: Gerry Rodrigues (Trinidad & Tobago/USA)
Man of Fat Steel: Kelly Gneiting (USA)
Mantis: Betzi Lindberg (USA)
Mermaid: Rebecca Sandoval (USA)
Mighty Marlin: Peter Tanham (Australia)
Mighty Mermaids: Christie Plank Ciraulo, Nancy Steadman Martin, Lisa Bennett, Jenny Cook, Karen Farnsworth Einsidler and Tracy Grilli (USA)
Million Dollar Mermaid: Esther Williams (USA)
Moi: John Mark Yamoyam (Philippines)
Monti: Montserrat Tresserras Dou (Spain)
Moon Dude: Dr. Rand Schaal (USA)
Moosie Oscar Williamson (USA)
Moreno: Juan Ignacio Martínez Fernández-Villamil (Spain)
Mountain Mermaid: Eney Jones (USA)
Mr. Butterfly: Dan Projansky (USA)
Mr. Shark Bait: Herbert Voigt (Australia)
Mr. Triathlon: Ahmed Zaher (USA)
Mr. Triathlon: Jack Weiss (USA)
Murph: Michael Renford (Australia)
Nacho: Ignacio Bussy (Uruguay)
Nadandolibre: Jose Diaz (Spain)
Napa Bob: Bob Roper (USA)
Nile Crocodile: Mohammed Zeytoun (Syria)
Old Man of the Sea: Ned Barnie (Scotland)
ORCA: Bruno Dobelmann (Germany)
Paddlin' Professor: Dr. Harry Briggs (USA)
Pai: Abilio Alvaro Da Costa Couto (Brazil)
Pai das Águas Abertas no Brasil (father of open water swimming in Brazil): Abilio Alvaro Da Costa Couto (Brazil)
Perfect Woman: Annette Kellerman (Australia)
PDK: Sean Ryan (USA)
Pez humano (Spanish): Martin Strel (Slovenia)
PVK: Peter Vanderkaay (USA)
Piaf: Edith van Dijk (Netherlands)
Pinoy Aquaman: Ingemar Patiño Macarine Full (Philippines)
Popsicle: Zach Irvine (USA)
Professor of Swimming: Frederick Cavill (UK/Australia)
Queen of the Waves: Gertrude Ederle (USA)
Queen Shelley: Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)
Queen of Midmar: Keri-Anne Payne (GBR)
Queen of the Chichimaun: Colleen Shields (Canada)
Reidy: Andrew Reid (Australia)
Reptile: Tom Linthicum (USA)
Reptile Brain: Tom Linthicum (USA)
Seaweed Streak: Murray Rose (Australia)
Sexy Lexie: Lexie Kelly (USA)
Shark: Brian Ryckeman (Belgium)
Shark man: Eric Shargo (USA)
Shark of Quilla Creek: Pedro A. Candiotti (Argentina)
Shortcut: Paul Lindberg (USA)
Sirena de Hielo: Bárbara Hernández Huerta (Chile)
Skeletor: Sean Ryan (USA)
Sonar: Diana Linney (USA)
Sonny Boy: Adolph Kiefer (USA)
Soup: CJ Fotinos (USA)
Speedo Diplomat: Lewis Pugh (USA)
Spooky: Luke Birch (Great Britain)
Squalo delle Eolie: Giovanni Brancato (Italy)
Squeaky: Faith Irvine (USA)
Squirrel: Ben Rotherham (USA)
Squirt: Rendy Lynn Opdycke (USA)
Stallion: John Chung (USA)
Steady Eddie: Edmond Irwin
Sticks: Bill Tricker (Australia)
Stubby: Harold Herman Kruger (Hawaii)
Sultan of Swim: Gerry Rodrigues (USA/Trinidad & Tobago)
Sumo Runner: Jack Berkery (USA)
Superfly: Leora Dahl (Canada)
Sweats: Matt Georgy (USA)
Swimming Professor: Frederick Cavill (UK/Australia)
Swimonelli: Dan Simonelli (USA)
Syrian Torpedo: Mohammed Zeytoun (Syria)
The Assassin: Hau-Li Fan (Canada)
The Assassin: William Walters (Canada)
The Asian Seal: Jo O-Ryeon (Korea)
The Barge: Jim Barber (USA)
The Brave Swimmer: Gideon Nasilowski (Namibia)
The Courtesy Man: Jim Moran (USA)
The Duke: Duke Kahanamoku (Hawaii)
The Extreme: Rob Van Geen (USA)
The Father of American Swimming: Adolph Kiefer (USA)
The Fearless Frogman: Paul Boyton (Ireland or USA)
The Flying Fish: Byron Summers (USA)
The Flying Frenchman: Sylvain Estadieu (France)
The Gladiator: Thomas Noblett (UK)
The Goat: Jeremy Porter Linn (USA)
The Human Fish: Charles Zibelman (USA)
The Human Tugboat: Jim Dreyer (USA)
The Iceman: Sam Silver (USA)
The King: Claudio Plit (Argentina)
The King: Diego Degano (Argentina)
The King: Paul Asmuth (USA)
The Legless Wonder: Charles Zibelman (USA)
The Machine: John Kinsella (USA)
The Machine: Braden Keith (USA)
The Machine: Maddy Israel (USA)
The Machine Men: Brian Ross, Chris Kraus and Rick Gaenzle (USA)
The Man: Dave Scott (USA)
The Man Who Can Walk On Water: George Freeth (USA)
The Mother of Masters Swimming: June Krauser (USA)
The Northumberland Man: Jeremy Davidson (Canada)
The Puerto Rican Aquaman: Orlando Fernández (Puerto Rico)
The Rocket: Jim Clifford (USA)
The Seaweed Streak: Murray Rose (Australia)
The Shark: Jim Dreyer (USA)
The Shingle Stomper: Barrie Wakeham (UK)
The Swimming Gardener: Steve White (UK)
The Swimming Grandfather: William Sadlo, Jr. (USA)
The Swimming Hun: Gábor Molnár (Hungary)
The Swimming Professor: Professor Dr. Andreas Fath (Germany)
The Unstoppable Turtle: Robbie Hudson (UK)
The Voice of Long Beach: Rob Webb (USA)
Thorpedo: Ian Thorpe (Australia)
Thorpey: Ian Thorpe (Australia)
Tiburón: Victor Contreras (Chile)
Tiger Twins: Jonathon di Donato and James di Donato (USA)
Torpedo Tom: Tom Blower (Great Britain)
Trento: Trent Grimsey (Australia)
Tuna: Charles Chapman, Jr. (USA)
Turbo: Noah Rowan (USA)
Tums: Arthur Cavill (Australia)
Viper: Pete Pettigrew (USA)
Wandi: Christof Wandratsch (Germany)
Waterbabi: Brooke Bennett (USA)
Water Rat: Karl Hauter (Germany)
Wild Swimming Brothers: Jack Hudson, Calum Hudson and Robbie Hudson (UK)
Vivien: Zhange Liang (China)
Yasu: Yasunari Hirai (Japan)
Yifter: Steven Munatones (USA)
Zabca (Slovene which means frog): Martin Strel (Slovenia)
Zombies: Zach Irvine, Faith Irvine, Kaylee Kussman, Matt Georgy, Diana Linney, Paul Lindberg, Maddy Israel, CJ Fotinos, Lauren Weinreb, Wesley Metcalfe, Parth Desai, Noah Rowan, Betzi Lindberg, Cheryl Zak, Dan Simonelli

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Kate Shares Her World

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

This powerful photograph looks like the earth behind the beach-goers on this Greek coastline is rising up like a massive tsunami wave ready to swallow up the people below.

The photograph is available at a new website opened by photographer and Dolphin Club swimmer Kate Webber of San Francisco. The director and producer of the documentary film Kim Swims announced her online shop, KateWebberShop.com.

"KateWebberShop.com is now live. This has been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. While it’s still a work in progress, hopefully you’ll agree that this is a great start. It's quite special to share how I see the world with others."

An introductory discount code is available until December 2nd for 15% off everything: KWSHOP15.

The photo above is from Red Beach on Santorini Island in Greece and is part of Webber's new WATER Collection. "Print + frame orders desired for the holidays need to be placed no later than December 6th in order to allow time for production and shipping."

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Sleepless In Hawaii

Why dolphins are losing sleep off the coast of Hawaii is courtesy of Science Magazine.

Science Magazine presents an interesting perspective of how sound pollution is negatively impacting the lives of spinner dolphins in Hawaii.

The article (here) states, "Surveys suggest the Kona coast population of spinner dolphins has declined from 2,300 in the 1990s to about 600 today."

But one statement was surprising to us: "The dolphins can’t just go elsewhere to avoid the cacophony...because they use the secluded bays to avoid sharks."

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Fighting To Stay Alive While Pushing The Boundaries



Showcasing Ram Barkai and other swimmers and volunteer staff of the International Ice Swimming Association.

48 Brazadas By Miquel Sunyer And James Manresa

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Neda el Món is marketing Miquel Sunyer's book during the holiday season.

"This Christmas give Miquel Sunyer's book: "48 BRAZADAS" 48 Brazadas is the perfect choice. It is not a book about gifted athletes or supermen. It is a book about a young normal guy with a normal job that challenges himself on the basis of years of effort and sacrifice and untiring perseverance.

It's the story of someone who, like all of us, felt that something was missing and instead to stay with his arms crossed, decided to move, look inside of him, and go for what had always been a happy place for him: the water, the sea.

His stubbornness to find what was missing was the key to lead him to achieve what any Catalan swimmer had not yet achieved: the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming.

48 Brazadas (48 Swimming Strokes: Only you set your horizons) is a 230-page book written by Sunyer with James Manresa written in Spanish and Catalan.

Sunyer consistently takes 48 strokes per minute in the open water.

For more information, visit here.

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Sounds Of The Open Water



Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Stephen Redmond Across The North Channel

Courtesy of Brian Meharg of Bangor Boat escorting Stephen Redmond for 17 hours 17 minutes across the North/Irish Channel in August 2010 from Scotland to Northern Ireland.

Millennium Crossing Of The North Channel By Stephen Price



Courtesy of Brian Meharg of Bangor Boat who escorted Stephen Price for 16 hours 56 minutes across the North/Irish Channel in July 2000.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Cliff Lumsdon Hall Of Fame Induction Video

Courtesy of International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Olympic 10K Medalists Return To Rio

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Ferry Weertman swam the most dramatic, most exciting, most impressive race of his life in winning the 10 km marathon swim at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

His out-touching of Greek silver medalist Spyridon Gianniotis represented the closest race during his short, but storied, career.

Weertman can expect another very close race in Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro at this year's King and Queen of the Sea (Rei e Rainha do Mar in Portuguese).

Weertman and his relay partner Esmee Vermeulen will face a number of formidable duos in the 3 km two-person relay race broadcast on TV Globo.

The race will include Olympic medalists Rachele Bruni of Italy and Poliana Okimoto of Brazil, world champions Chip Peterson and Haley Anderson, FINA World Cup winner Allan Do Carmo, and Olympic 10K finalists Yumi Kida and Yasunari Hirai.

The teams include the following pairs:

Brazil 1 - Poliana Okimoto and Allan Do Carmo
Brazil 2 - Betina Lorscheitter and Luis Rogerio Arapiraca
USA - Chip Peterson and Haley Anderson
Netherlands - Ferry Weertman and Esmee Vermeulen
Italy - Dario Verani and Rachele Bruni
Argentina - Guillermo Bertola and Julia Aria
Peru - Piero Canduelas and Maria Alejandra Barmont
Japan - Yumi Kida and Yasunari Hirai

Besides the made-for-television duo-relay 3 km elite competition and Grid Race, the King and Queen of the Sea event includes Sprint 1 km, Classic 2.5 km, Challenge 5 km, Super Challenge 10 km, Beach Biathlon 1 km swim + 2.5 km run, Beach Run 2.5 km, Beach Run 5 km, SUP 2.5 km, 5 km, 10 km, Kids Beach Run & Swim.

With a year like Weertman has had, it is not surprising that he was selected at Swimming World Magazin's Open Water Swimmer of the Year and is among the nominees for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year:

1. Roger Finch (South Africa)
2. Seti Afoa (Samoa)
3. Tomi Stefanovski (Macedonia)
4. Edoardo Stochino (Italy)
5. Ferry Weertman (Netherlands)
6. Nejib Belhedi (Tunisia)
7. Ger Kennedy (Ireland)
8. Alex Kostich (USA)
9. Masayuki Moriya (Japan)
10. Colin Hill (Great Britain)
11. Ingemar Patiño Macarine (Philippines)
12. Lewis Pugh (Great Britain)
13. Christof Wandratsch (Germany)

To vote for the WOWSA Awards, visit here. Online voting continues until December 31st 2016.

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Around Easter Island, 26 Hours 52 Minutes Later

Courtesy of Capri Djatiasmoro, Easter Island (Isla de Pascua), Chile.

Capri Djatiasmoro reported, "[It was an] extraordinary effort by R. Cristian Vergara [on his attempted 38-mile (61 km) circumnavigation around Easter Island], but in the end after 26 hours and 52 minutes in a very salty ocean, the sea won..."

You did good kid. We learned so much from this test run ... rest and recover, and I am ready anytime for the next swim adventure
."

Vergara's swim started on Tuesday morning 3,512 km (2,182 miles) away from the nearest point in Chile. His tracker is here.

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The Open Water Swimming Magazine is the monthly magazine entirely focused on open water swimming heroes and heroines of every age, ability, and background. Published by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the Open Water Swimming Magazine is a free benefit to WOWSA members.

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The Other Shore


The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil’s Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Diana Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.
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2014 Open Water Swimming Almanac



An Almanac for Open Water Swimming

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