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Monday, May 21, 2018

Antonio Argüelles Kicks Off Rough Water Kick-off Dinner

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The Olympic Club has invited Antonio Argüelles to speak at its annual Rough Water Kick-off Dinner on May 24th in downtown San Francisco, California.

Swim Commissioner Quinn Fitzgerald explains, "The kick-off dinner is an annual event founded by former Commissioner Kurt Oeler to bring together the rough water community, celebrate past successes and set ambitious goals for the season ahead. Each year we select an important figure in the sport to inspire us.

This year we’re thrilled to be joined by Antonio, the seventh person in the world to complete the Oceans Seven, a marathon swimming challenge consisting of seven open water channel swims. Argüelles’ journey was chronicled last year on the front page of the New York Times

The New York Times article by Adam Skolnick is here.

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The State Of South Carolina's Greatest

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Kathleen Wilson has lived in South Carolina since the age of 24.

Since that time, she has thrived as an event organizer, an endurance athlete, a local politician and an accomplished musician with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra for 31 years.

Her current event, the Swim Around Charleston (www.swimaroundcharleston.com), quickly attracted swimmers from around the world who wanted to challenge themselves to a late-season marathon swim in a beautiful, historic seaside resort built near an inlet to the Atlantic Ocean.

Wilson was recently inducted in the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.

She has been pool swimming 44 of her 55 years of earth and did her first marathon swim around Key West, Florida in 1997 - and completed many, many marathon swims since. During the last 20 years, she has overcome much during those decades - in the water and out - and she understands first-hand the intrinsic value of training for, overcoming and achievements goals in the water. "There’s tremendous self-satisfaction in knowing what you’ve overcome.”

In addition to been awarded the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina's highest civilian honor, she was inducted at the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame 2018 Banquet and Induction Ceremony on May 14th due to the following swims:

* In 1997, she completed the Swim Around Key West in Florida.
* In 1999, she completed the 45.8 km Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in New York in 7 hours 37 minutes at the age of 36.
* In 2001, she completed a crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 13 hours at the age of 38.
* In 2003, she completed the 37 km Tampa Bay Marathon Swim in Florida in 12 hours 26 minutes at the age of 39.
* In 2004, she completed a crossing of the Catalina Channel from Santa Catalina Island to the California mainland in 9 hours 36 minutes to achieve the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming at the age of 41.
* In 2005, she completed the International Self-Transcendence Marathon Swim in Lake Zürich, Switzerland in 8 hours 56 minutes at the age of 42. * In 2006, she completed the 25 km Swim Across the Sound in Connecticut in 8 hours 51 minutes.
* In 2007, she completed a 30.6 km crossing of the Santa Barbara Channel from Santa Cruz Island to the California mainland in 11 hours 43 minutes at the age of 44.
* In 2008, she completed a 14.4 km crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco in 4 hours 23 minutes at the age of 45.
* In 2010, she completed the first circumnavigation around Charleston, South Carolina at the age of 47.
* In 2011, she completed the 16.1 km Kingdom Swim in Lake Memphremagog, Vermont in 5 hours 29 minutes at the age of 48.
* In 2011, she began organizing the 19.3 km Swim Around Charleston event.
* In 2012, she completed a 42 km crossing of the Molokai Channel from Molokai to Oahu in Hawaii in 20 hours 49 minutes to complete her fourth Oceans Seven channel.
* In 2014, she completed the 57.9 km END-WET marathon swim down the Red River from North Dakota to Minnesota in 9 hours 9 minutes at the age of 51.
* Between May 6th - 9th 2015, she completed a 13.3 km swim in Saguaro Lake in 3 hours 50 minutes, a 14.1 km swim in Canyon Lake in 3 hours 52 minutes, a 22.8 km swim in Apache Lake in 8 hours 49 minutes, and a 10 km swim in Roosevelt Lake in 3 hours 25 minutes at the SCAR Swim Challenge in Arizona at the age of 51.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Peter Stoychev's ISHOF Honor Swimmer Induction Speech

Courtesy of WOWSA, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Yesterday, Petar Stoychev was inducted as an Honor Open Water Swimmer in the International Swimming Hall of Fame to become one of the few dual honorees in the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame:

* Gertrude Ederle in 1965 (USA)
* Captain Matthew Webb in 1965 (Great Britain)
* Johnny Weissmuller in 1965 (USA)
* Greta Andersen in 1969 (Denmark)
* Cavill Family in 1970 (Australia)
* Florence Chadwick in 1970 (USA)
* Annette Kellerman in 1974 (Australia)
* Keo Nakama in 1975 (USA)
* James 'Doc' Counsilman in 1976 (USA)
* John Kinsella in 1986 (USA)
* William Forest 'Buck' Dawson in 1986 (USA)
* Gerald Forsberg in 1988 (Great Britain)
* Penny Dean in 1996 (USA)
* Abdul Latif Abou Heif in 1998 (Egypt)
* Lynne Cox in 2000 (USA)
* Horacio Iglesias in 2003 (Argentina)
* Cynthia Nicholas in 2005 (Canada)
* Alison Streeter MBE in 2006 (Great Britain)
* Shelley Taylor-Smith in 2008 (Australia)
* Herman Willemse in 2008 (Netherlands)
* Kevin Murphy in 2009 (Great Britain)
* Paul Asmuth in 2010 (USA)
* Michael Read MBE in 2011 (Great Britain)
* Chad Hundeby in 2012 (USA)
* Sandra Bucha in 2014 (USA)
* Cliff Lumsdon in 2013 (Canada)
* Jon Erikson in 2014 (USA)
* Mercedes Gleitze in 2014 (Great Britain)
* Judith van Berkel-de Nijs in 2014 (Netherlands)
* George Young in 2014 (Canada)
* David Yudovin in 2014 (USA)
* Claudio Plit in 2014 (Argentina)
* Dale Petranech in 2014 (USA)
* Irene van der Laan in 2015 (Netherlands)
* Donald Watson in 2015 (USA)
* Larisa Ilchenko in 2016 (Russia)
* Desmond Renford in 2016 (Australia)
* Monique Wildschut in 2016 (Netherlands)
* Maarten van der Weijden in 2017 (Netherlands)
* Petar Stoychev in 2018 (Bulgaria)

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Arianna Bridi Touches Out Ana Marcela Cunha In Seychelles

Courtesy of Colin Hill of FINA and Giorgio Scala of Deepbluemedia at Beau Vallon Beach on Mahé, Seychelles.

Back in October 2016, Ana Marcela Cunha tweeted, "It all worked out [removal of her spleen]. I’m fine now and only recover to return to training."

It is clear now that the Brazilian Olympian is back in action and looking forward to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

She raced at today's FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series race on Beau Vallon Beach in Mahé, Seychelles. The race was extremely exciting where the winner was unknown to literally the last stroke and 11 of the top women finished within 7.5 seconds of the winner.

Italy's Arianna Bridi just barely reached up and hit the finish pad a few moments before Cunha to win the first FINA professional race off the coast of Eastern Africa.

The event went off well, especially considering heavy winds wreaked havoc on the course in the days leading up to the race, accentuating the open water maxim of Expect The Unexpected.

Arguably even more entertaining than the close pack finish was the 13th place swim by Germany's veteran Angela Maurer. The nearly 43=year-old was only 12.2 seconds behind Bridi.

FINA representative Colin Hill reported from Mahé, "After the water start, it was [German swimmers] that took to the front of the pack with Bridi deciding to tuck in at the back and stay out of trouble for the first few laps. But it wasn’t until half way around lap two (of six laps) that Cunha took to the front that the pack was put under any sort of pressure.

This wasn’t to last as on the third lap the pace slowed and Cunha went onto her back to have a good look at the pack to see who was with her.

Everything remained pretty stable until the forth lap when Bridi really stretched out the pack, so unlike a ‘V’ formation like geese flying south, the swimmers formed a long line, a sure sign of the pace picking up.

Often in elite open water races, the swimmers will miss out the final feed in favor of keeping in with the lead swimmers, but with a warm 26°C most of the front pack elected to take on some fluids before the final lap.

The last lap saw three Italian swimmers side-by-side but Bruni called out, obviously feeling like her space was being invaded. Bridi went to move into clear water and the two swimmers became entangled losing several spaces in the pack. The referees gave out a yellow warning flag for the incident.

The finish of the women’s race was close with four swimmers in contention and it came down to a photo finish with Bridi managing to get herself back to the front to secure first, with Ana Marcela true to her work and making improvements at this event in second and Italy’s Martina De Memme gaining an impressive third for the Italian team

After the race, Bridi said, "It’s my dream to be here in the Seychelles, although the water was very warm for me it was a good race, I felt very tired at the end.”

Giovanna Rousseau, Chief Executive of the National Sports Council, was appreciative of the opportunity to host the event. "For Seychelles, the FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series race is the biggest competition ever hosted and we feel very proud.”

FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series Seychelles 10 km Results
1. Arianna Bridi (Italy) 1:58:32.30
2. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) 1:58:32.60
3. Martina de Memme (Italy) 1:58:33.40
4. Leonie Beck (Germany) 1:58:35.50
5. Rachele Bruni (Italy) 1:58:35.60
6. Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands) 1:58:36.50
7. Viviane Jungblut (Brazil) 1:58:37.00
8. Xin Xin (China) 1:58:37.60
9. Giulia Gabrielleschi (Italy) 1:58:38.00
10. Alice Dearing (Great Britain) 1:58:38.90
11. Svenja Zihsler (Germany) 1:58:39.80
12. Yumi Kida (Japan) 1:58:42.60
13. Angela Maurer (Germany) 1:58:44.50
14. Esmee Vermeulen (Netherlands) 1:58:47.10
15. Finnia Wunram (Germany) 1:58:48.80
16. Anna Olasz (Hungary) 1:58:59.00
17. Yukimi Moriyama (Japan) 1:59:04.70
18. Danielle Huskisson (Great Britain) 1:59:24.70
19. Stephanie Horner (Canada) 2:00:02.70
20. Samantha Arévalo Salinas (Ecuador) 2:00:23.50
21. Lea Boy (Germany) 2:00:26.80
22. Caroline Laure Jouisse (France) 2:00:44.80
23. Caiping Yang (China) 2:02:22.90
24. Michelle Weber (South Africa) 2:02:30.80
25. Muran Tian (China) 2:02:30.80
26. Sarah Bosslet (Germany) 2:02:34.80

Men's results are posted here.

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Simone Ruffini Wins In Paradise

Courtesy of Colin Hill of FINA and Giorgio Scala of Deepbluemedia at Beau Vallon Beach on Mahé, Seychelles.

Simone Ruffini beat fellow Olympian Jack Burnell by 2.1 seconds to win today's FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series event on Mahé, Seychelles, and a large trailing pack of 14 swimmers, all within 10 seconds over the 10 km course on Beau Vallon Beach.

Once the tight race was over for the women, the men jumped in the 27°C (80.6°F) water as tropical rains finished falling from the sky in 30°F air temperatures.

FINA representative Colin Hill reported on the race from Mahé, "Shortly after the start, Hungary’s Kristof Rasovsky took to the front of the pack, normally when someone goes to the pack early, you wouldn’t expect them to feature at the end of the race. But not so with Kristof who has shown his quality time and time again, happy to put the other swimmers under pressure early in the race.

[Olympic champion] Ferry Weertman, with his distinctive slow stroke rate, looked at ease as he bid his time in the early stages [of the race]. Jack Burnell was always sitting behind the lead swimmer, seemingly waiting for his moment to pounce.

The strong German team took to the front at times with the lead switching between them and Kristof, but at lap four Kristof’s kick started and the pack stretched out again, losing more swimmers off the back of the pack. It was in lap four (of six) that Ferry started to make his way through the pack to cover a breakaway of five swimmers going into the final lap.

The Italians were also suddenly up at the front, as the pack split, Ferry Weertman taking a more direct line across the back straight with Kristof losing several places by taking another line.

As the pack got back together and bunched, Ruffini saw his chance and went around all the other swimmers to get clear water and with two turn buoys to go and 400m finish straight he gained some clear water and with once glance back 200m before the finish he outsprinted a world class field to finish clear in front

Ruffini said after the race, “I timed my sprint well, I held back until the last lap and went for it, I’m so happy to win in this beautiful location, it is like paradise.”

Giovanna Rousseau, Chief Executive of the National Sports Council, was appreciative of the opportunity to host the event. "For Seychelles, the FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series race is the biggest competition ever hosted and we feel very proud.”

FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series Seychelles 10 km Results
1. Simone Ruffini (Italy) 1:49:41.90
2. Jack Burnell (Great Britain) 1:49:44.00
3. Rob Frederik Muffels (Germany) 1:49:46.30
4. Andrea Manzi (Italy) 1:49:46.40
4. Ferry Weertman (Netherlands) 1:49:46.40
6. Matteo Furlan (Italy) 1:49:47.00
7. Mario Sanzullo (Italy) 1:49:47.10
8. Andreas Waschburger (Germany) 1:49:48.30
9. Christian Reichert (Germany) 1:49:49.00
10. Marcel Schouten (Netherlands) 1:49:50.50
11. Soren Detlef Meissner (Germany) 1:49:50.50
12. Kristof Rasovszky (Hungary) 1:49:51.10
13. Diogo Villarinho (Brazil) 1:49:51.30
14. Hau-Li Fan (Canada) 1:49:51.60
15. Pepijn Smits (Netherlands) 1:49:52.60
16. Vitaliy Khudyakov (Kazakhstan) 1:49:54.70
17. Chad Ho (South Africa) 1:49:57.80
18. Allan do Carmo (Brazil) 1:50:23.30
19. Fernando Ponte (Brazil) 1:50:39.60
20. Nicolas Masse-Savard (Canada) 1:50:47.80
21. Tobias Patrick Robinson (Great Britain) 1:53:37.10
22. Kenessary Kenenbayev (Kazakhstan) 2:09:29.80
23. Damien Payet (Seychelles) 2:11:55.40
24. Bertrand Payet (Seychelles) 2:19:15.90
DNF Ruwen Straub (Germany)
NT Abdulaziz Al-Obaidly (Qatar)

For the women's results, see here.

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Jacques Tuset, The World's Greatest Escape Artist

Courtesy of Jacques Tuset, Makronissos, Greece.

On May 20th, Jacques Tuset escaped from his 29th prison during his prison island swim (îles-prisons à la nage in French) from Makronissos, an island in the Cyclades archipelago, to Lavrion on Greek mainland.

His 4 km aquatic escape was not easy; it took him 1 hour 15 minutes against a Force 4 head wind and rough seas.

Tuset reports, "Makronissos is an arid, rocky, low-lying island that has served as a place of deportation for nearly half a century. According to estimates, during the Greek Civil War, 50,000 to 100,000 people from all parts of Greece passed through Makronissos from 1947 to 1958.

In May 1989, the abandoned and protected island was declared a historic site and is considered a memorial of the Civil War. As such, the camp buildings are preserved. It is not possible to visit the island, but I was lucky to be able to start to a beach at the front of the abandoned camps.

I would like to warmly thank [actor, anchor man and open water swimmer] Ioannis Kifonidis, the city of Lavrion, lifeguard Tonia Solanaki, and the pilots for allowing me to make this new and beautiful swimming escape

Tuset, an Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, has completed the most number of prison island swims in history:

Career Prison Island Swims [swims to mainland]:
1. 3 km Île d'Oléron to Tremblade, France in 1999
2. 2.4 km Alcatraz Island to San Francisco, California, USA in 2000
3. 5 km Le Château d’If to Marseille, France in 2001
4. 20 km Fort Boyard to La Rochelle, France in 2009
5. 7.5 km Robben Island to Cape Town, South Africa in 2014
6. 25 km Cabrera Island to Majorque, Spain in 2014
7. 1.8 km Spike Island to Cobh, Ireland in 2014
8. 25 km Île du Levant to Hyères, France in 2014
9. 1.3 km Sainte-Marguerite to Cannes, France in 2014
10. 19.7 km Rottnest Island from Cottesloe, Australia in 2015
11. 22 km Tabarca Island to Alicante, Spain in 2015
12. 2.5 km Île de Brescou to Cap d'Agde, France in 2015
13. 2 km Château du Taureau to Carantec, France in 2015
14. 5.2 km Île de Gorée to Gorée, Senegal in 2015
15. 13.4 km St Joseph's Island to Kourou, French Guiana in 2016
16. 400m Isla de San Simón to Cesantes, Spain in 2016
17. 1.5 km Isola delle Femmine between Sicily and Italy in 2016
18. 750m Drakes Island to Plymouth, Great Britain in 2016
19. 3 km Spitbank Fort to Gosport, Great Britain in 2016
20. 2 km Île Mogador to Essaouira, Morocco in 2016
21. 10 km Île du large St Marcouf to Quinéville, France in 2017
22. 1.3 km Spinalonga to Plaka, Crête in 2017
23. 21 km Asinara Island to Porto Torres, Sardinia, Italy in 2017
24. 500m Bourtzi Fort to Nauplie, Greece in 2017
25. 4 km Makronissos, Greece in 2018

Career Prison Island Swims [swims to mainland via bridge or walking at low tide]:
26. 50m Langholmen, Stockholm, Sweden in 2014
27. 200m Fort National to Saint-Malo, France in 2016
28. 50m Île de la Cité to Paris, France in 2017*
29. 2 km Île Tatihou to St Vaast la Hougue, France in 2017

* Tuset recalls, "The swim escape in Paris was through the Seine River. It was only 50 meters and done very earlier in the morning so I would not be seen. Like a convict who wants to escape. But I also swam 12 km along the Seine River in 2006."

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Swimming In A Concrete Jungle To Prepare

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Meenakshi Pahuja, an Assistant Professor at the University of Delhi in India and President of its Alumni Association, leads a busy and adventurous life.

She has attempted crossings of the English Channel and the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim, completed the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in New York, the Swim Around Key West in Florida, and the International Self-Transcendence Marathon Swim in Switzerland as well as competed in the Tex Robertson Highland Lakes Challenge in Texas (5 lakes in 5 days), the SCAR Swim Challenge (3 lakes in 4 days) and several others.

With her experience with the success and DNFs in open water swimming, the Government of India's Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports selected her to join the National Selection Committee for India's prestigious Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award. The Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award is the highest national recognition for outstanding achievements in the field of adventure on land, sea and air, and are conferred by the President of India in August every year.

Despite her global travels and successes on the international open water swimming scene, she faces obstacles at home. "I have to work hard and it is very hard for me to train as I live in New Delhi, which is a concrete jungle without any coastal line near me. The maximum that I get to train is in 50m swimming pool."

She discussed her swimming career below:

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Marathoning Molly, Magnificent

Courtesy of Sue Dyson, Saint Lucia Channel, Caribbean Sea.

52-year-old Molly Nance completed a solo 32 km crossing of the St. Lucia Channel from Saint Lucia to Martinique on May 16th in 13 hours 56 minutes.

Crewed by her husband Paul, Bruce Hackshaw, Captain Mike, Nathaniel Waring and Sue Dyson expected her crossing to take between 13 and 15 hours.

She was not only nearly spot on, but also the first women to successfully cross the St. Lucia Channel. Her swim helped launch the inaugural Saint Lucia-Martinique Channel Swim on July 6th - 8th.

Registration is open is on Facebook here.

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Spleen Secret To Swimming...Underwater

Courtesy of University of California Berkeley. For more information on these skilled underwater divers, visit here.

Jessika Steyn, Zac Ellis Fastest Around The Rocks

Courtesy of WOWSA, Cape Town, South Africa.

The 2.5 km Around The Rocks Extreme Swim is the oldest organized ocean swim in Cape Town, South Africa that goes around the Big Bay rock islands with the water temperature between 12°C and 15°C.

Top 10 Overall Men's Results:
1. Zac Ellis 29:47
2. Chad Noble 32:23
3. Bennie Smit 35:05
4. John Dickerson 35:43
5. Keitha Struthers 36:12
6. Terry Bantock 36:45
7. Patrick Wilke 37:36
8. Phillip Dempster 37:37
9. Claudio Pereira 37:49
10. Ram Barkai 38:34

Top 10 Overall Women's Results:
1. Jessika Steyn 32:36 [shown above]
2. Samantha Whelpton 34:02
3. Claire Amner 36:16
4. Andrea van den Houten 38:06
5. Alison Raubenheimer 38:11
6. Monika Hayes 38:24
7. Brigitte Melly 38:28
8. Heidi McAllister 38:36
9. Karen Graaff 39:17
10. Annemarie Dressler 39:37

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Nado Por Mi Corazón Helping Others In Mexico

Courtesy of Mariel Hawley Dávila, Nado por mi Corazón, Mexico City.

Over 82,500 swimmers participated in this year's Nado por mi Corazón event in Mexico to bring an awareness to heart disease and its prevention.

Pat Gallant-Charette observed, "They did an incredible job with screening of swimmers of all ages."

"All the organizers, volunteers and participants in Nado Por Mi Corazón have gone beyond the call of duty for their fellow Mexicans. It is great to see their passion and commitment to this cause," said Steven Munatones who two years ago experienced a ventricular fibrillation arrest, atypical thrombus (clot), and myocardial infarction.

"Besides the hands-free CPR by my son and the quick work of paramedics, cardiologists and nurses at Hoag Hospital [in Newport Beach], I strongly believe that a lifetime of swimming helped me survive that unexpected heart attack and enabled me to quickly get back on my feet. I benefitted from a perfectly timed help from family and very fast-working medical professionals, but I very seriously doubt I would be here without swimming."

As part of the I Do it for You initiative, Grupo Martí hosted the eighth edition of Nado por mi Corazón which aims to promote medical check-ups and thus create awareness about the care of the heart.

In collaboration with the Mexican government and private organizations, the initiative encourages participants to be active through swimming.

The swimmers swam one kilometer in a single session between February 12th to 18th throughout Mexico.

Nado por mi Corazón was created as part of the global initiative Swim for Your Heart. Additionally, the event provides funds to benefit children of limited resources through the Fundación Kaluz to ensure Mexican children with heart disease has access to medical care and improve pediatric cardiovascular surgery programs.

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Dutch Treat In Seychelles

Courtesy of WOWSA, Seychelles.

2016 Olympic champions Sharon van Rouwendaal and Ferry Weertman highlight Sunday's FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series race on Beau Vallon Beach on Mahé, Seychelles.

The Dutch champions will race many of the world's best at the Beau Vallon resort where fans can watch the live stream on finaTV on May 20th at 8:00 am (GMT+4) for the women and 11:30 am for the men.

The pair will defend their first FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series race title after winning the Doha, Qatar race on March 17th.

Watch here at www.finatv.live.

David Vilot, Seychelles Swimming Association chairman, said: “We feel very luck to host the prestigious FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series. We have been dreaming of this for a long time and this is our chance to showcase our wonderful island, promote tourism and to encourage swimmers to travel to our world class open water swimming destination. We also want to develop our own swimmers by having them compete on a world stage. Some of our Seychelles swimmers have already competed in Doha, this along with FINA running an officials school that has catapulted open water swimming into the public eye and finally it’s about increasing fitness and wellbeing by promoting the sport of swimming. Whilst Victoria has a 50m public swimming pool, we are running public mass participation open water swims and using the elite swimmers to meet some schools to promote activity and the sport of open water swimming.”

Van Rouwendaal commented, “It’s beautiful here, after breakfast we walked 10 meters to the beach and it was amazing. Every race is different, I come here to learn; in Doha I didn’t make a lot of mistakes, so let’s see here. The water here is pretty warm, but we have been practicing so we are adapting.”

Weertman added, “Seychelles is known as a place to go on your honeymoon, it’s like a paradise, you have beautiful sandy beaches, the sea is so clear, you can sea turtles which is amazing. I’ve been training hard the last few weeks, I’m really excited to see where I stand with the best of the world. The Europeans are still a long way off, which I’m peaking for.”

Giovanna Rousseau, Chief Executive of the National Sports Council, was appreciative of the opportunity to host the event. "For Seychelles, the FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series race is the biggest competition ever hosted and we feel very proud.”

Female Start List at FINA/Hosa Marathon Swim World Series in Seychelles
Finnia Wunram (Germany)
Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil)
Yumi Kida (Japan)
Anna Olasz (Hungary)
Danielle Huskisson (Great Britain)
Rachele Bruni (Italy)
Lea Boy (Germany)
Viviane Jungblut (Brazil)
Stephanie Horner (Canada)
Michelle Weber (South Africa)
Caiping Yang (China)
Samantha Arévalo Salinas (Ecuador)
Leonie Beck (Germany)
Esmee Vermeulen (Netherlands)
Svenja Zihsler (Germany)
Giulia Gabrielleschi (Italy)
Caroline Laure Jouisse (France)
Xin Xin (China)
Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands)
Alice Dearing (Great Britain)
Angela Maurer (Germany)
Muran Tian (China)
Arianna Bridi (Italy)
Yukimi Moriyama (Japan)
Martina de Memme (Italy)
Sarah Bosslet (Germany)

Male Start List at FINA/Hosa Marathon Swim World Series in Seychelles
Tobias Patrick Robinson (Great Britain)
Damien Payet (Seychelles)
Vitaliy Khudyakov (Kazakhstan)
Christian Reichert (Germany)
Marcel Schouten (Netherlands)
Soren Detlef Meissner (Germany)
Hau-Li Fan (Canada)
Simone Ruffini (Italy)
Kristof Rasovszky (Hungary)
Fernando Ponte (Brazil)
Jack Burnell (Great Britain)
Andreas Waschburger (Germany)
Rob Frederik Muffels (Germany)
Ruwen Straub (Germany)
Andrea Manzi (Italy)
Ferry Weertman (Netherlands)
Bertrand Payet (Seychelles)
Kenessary Kenenbayev (Kazakhstan)
Chad Ho (South Africa)
Matteo Furlan (Italy)
Mario Sanzullo (Italy)
Allan do Carmo (Brazil)
Diogo Villarinho (Brazil)
Pepijn Smits (Netherlands)
Nicolas Masse-Savard (Canada)
Abdulaziz Al-Obaidly (Qatar)

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Ocean Navi Team Crosses Molokai Channel

Courtesy of Michael Twigg-Smith, Molokai Channel, Hawaii.

The six-member relay team from Japan crossed the Molokai Channel after starting at 7:19 pm on Wednesday night and finishing at 9:33 am the following morning. During their 14 hour 14 minute crossing, there was no large marine life encountered and very few jellyfish stings were felt.

The Ocean Navi team, led by Masayuki Moriya, were not so lucky with the currents however.

Escort pilot Michael Twigg-Smith reported, "The first current came from the north and pushed us about 3 km south of the rhumb line, lasting about 8 hours. Then, once we got up on the Makapu'u Shelf, another current from the south pushed us very quickly up about 1.5 km north of the rhumb line.

Luckily, there was no current once we got close to the Makapu'u cliff and we were able to land at Alan Davis Beach. There were an awesome team with great attitudes all around

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4 Seas In 24 Hours In Israel

Courtesy of Patricia Benezra.

Video highlights of Udi Erell, Oded Rahav, Doron Amosi, Luc Chetboun, Ben Enosh, Ori Sela, Avishag Turek, Adina Paur, Yair Palti and Erez Amir in the Sea Defenders' Swim for a Clean Mediterranean, a 4-part stage swim where the group swam 6 km in the Red Sea, Dead Sea, Sea of Galilee, and Mediterranean Sea over a 24-hour period.

For additional information on the Sea Defenders' Swim for a Clean Mediterranean, visit here and here.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Keeping It Clean

Courtesy of National Geographic, Planet Earth. Read on here.

Rescuing The Reefs, Swimming In The Seas

Courtesy of Oded Rahav from the Red Sea + Dead Sea + Sea of Galilee + Mediterranean Sea.

Udi Erell, Oded Rahav, Doron Amosi, Luc Chetboun, Ben Enosh, Ori Sela, Avishag Turek, Adina Paur, Yair Palti and Erez Amir planned and completed Sea Defenders' Swim for a Clean Mediterranean, a 24-hour stage swim where they swam in four different seas.

Rahav recalled their four separate 6 km tandem swims, "It was purely one of the best swims and for a good cause. We continue our struggle for awareness regarding the over-use of plastics in our lives.

We wanted to tell the story of Israel surrounded by four majestic seas and to call upon people to dip in the water and have a different perspective about life and those who live on shore.

Our third cause was to empower local initiatives and doers in each and every sea. So in the Red Sea, we had with us the all the researchers of the Red Sea lab who are doing a tremendous work in restoring the flora and fauna, including corals. They swam and kayaked with us. After the swim, we received a short tour and lecture. Then we moved to the other sea. We had the mayors of each region join us along with sea scouts and researchers.

It’s not about us. We are only messengers who attract the light and focus for those that are making this world a better one

On November 15th, the group is aiming for a large international Dead Sea swim. "We must save it. This will be a unique swim, open to all but based on a strict criteria which will be published soon.

Our cause is to save the endangered reef and empower those institutes that are responsible to take the lead. If not now, when? The Red Sea is part of the Indian Ocean and is considered one of the wonders of this planet and probably the last reef to survive global warming

For additional information on the Sea Defenders' Swim for a Clean Mediterranean, visit here.

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Lecomte, Cole Get To The Heart Of The Longest Swim

Courtesy of Lynda Cole, The Longest Swim, a solo stage swim between Japan and California.

Ben Lecomte traveled to Southern California to meet with Lynda Cole who developed the new myPatch®sl Holter recorder.

Lecomte spent several hours swimming off the coast of Santa Monica, California testing out the patches and Holter recorder under the watchful eye of Cole this week. The recorder will sit under Lecomte's wetsuit for hours on end.

myPatch®sl will continuously record the electrical activity of Lecomte's heart as he swims up to 8 hours day by day across the Pacific Ocean over an expected 6-8 month period. Cole and her team of esteemed cardiologists and other medical and research professionals around the world will receive his ECG data throughout the swim in order to study the effects of such sustained physical activity on the heart - that may lead to unexpected discoveries and educational insights for extreme athletes both on dryland and in the water.

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Navarino Challenge 2018

Photos courtesy of Elias Lefas at the Navarino Challenge at Navarino Bay in Greece's Ionian Sea.

The sixth annual 1.6 km Navarino Challenge will take place between October 12th - 14th in Messinia and Costa Navarino.

Information about the accommodations at the Westin Resort Costa Navarino are available here.

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Stephen Redmond, Hard As Nails

Courtesy of Heather Snelgar, Outsider.

Stephen Redmond was the first human to complete the Oceans Seven, crossings of the English Channel, North Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Cook Strait, Molokai Channel, Catalina Channel and Tsugaru Channel.

His last crossing of the Tsugaru Channel in northern Japan was legendary - coming after three consecutive failed attempts - and was the subject of a documentary film funded by Red Bull Media House, Defeating Oceans Seven.

Listen to his interview on the Hard As Nails podcast here where he shares his experiences before and during his channel swims. "His swims were absolutely epic. I remember when he flew from Europe to Los Angeles and then went directly from LAX Airport to his escort boat - and then traveled to Catalina Island in rough water and without sleep - and then jumped in the water and swam for 12 hours 39 minutes while sick and sleep-deprived. Then then he crawls up on the California shoreline, hustles back to the hotel thoroughly beaten and then he starts to make hotel and airplane reservations to Hawaii. All within 24 hours. This is typical of Stephen: gritty, committed, hardened," recalled Steven Munatones.

Redmond explains his four attempts of the Tsugaru Channel, "...the weather tried to kill us...every time."

Hard As Nails is a weekly podcast produced by Outsider.ie where some of the most hardcore people on the planet to find out what makes them tick and how they keep on going as they take on epic challenges.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Mediterranean Coast Challenge Kicks Off World Tour

Courtesy of Oscar Rubio, Open Water World Tour, Altea, Spain.

The Open Water World Tour in Greece, the United States, Spain, Italy, Mexico and Kazakhstan kicked off on May 13th on a brilliant morning along the Costa Blanca in Spain.

More than 750 swimmers gathered in Altea, Spain to participate in the Mediterranean Coast Challenge.

The 10 km marathon swim gave the swimmers the most points for their Open Water World Tour rankings, but the event also offered 500m, 2 km, and 5.5 km races.

The 10 km race called the Mediterranean Pro was dominated by the Basque swimmer Xabier Gordoa who won in 2 hours 34 minutes.

Oscar Rubio reported, "The sea conditions and 18ºC water temperature added an extra level of difficulty to the 10 km race. Strong currents led to a turbulent sea. It was a sensational day with a great atmosphere. The 5.5 km race is also part of the Open Water Swimming Spain Cup."

Andrea Fos dominated the women's race from start to finish finishing in 2 hours 57 minutes. Both Gordoa and Fos are the current leaders of the Open Water World Tour 2018 and will defend their lead at the next Open Water World Tour event on June 17th in Monate, Italy that is part of the Italian Open Water Tour.

For more information, visit www.openwaterworldtour.com or at @openwaterwt.

2018 Open Water World Tour Schedule:
* Mediterranean Coast Challenge. in Altea, Spain on May 13th
* Italian Open Water Tour in Monate, Italy on June 17th
* Almaty Swim Race in Kazakhstan on July 1st
* Cruce Isla Mujeres in Cancun, Mexico on July 7th
* Italian Open Water Tour in Maccagno, Italy on July 15th
* Crown Beach Swim Race in Alameda, California on August 4th
* Italian Open Water Tour in Noli, Italy on September 16th
* Spetses Mini Marathon in Spetses, Greece on October 5th - 7th

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Seeing Stars Swim In Seychelles

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The 2018 FINA Marathon Swim World Series stops in Beau Vallon Beach in the Seychelles Islands on May 20th where many of the world's fastest open water swimmers will competed in the second leg of the series.

Family and fans can watch the live stream of 10 km ocean race off the eastern coast of Africa on finaTV on May 20th at 8:00 am (GMT+4) for the women and 11:30 am for the men.

Watch here at www.finatv.live.

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Unique Awards In The Open Water Swimming World, Part 9

Courtesy of Jacqueline Mcclelland, Infinity Channel Swimming and Piloting Services.

Pádraig Mallon designed and Brian Muckian of Masters Choice intricately laser cut by a medal to honor the 6 countries of the swimmers who participated in the first 2-way relay of the North Channel.

The 'Fast and Frozen' 2-way North Channel relay team completed its unprecedented journey across the North Channel from Ireland to Scotland to Ireland in 29 hours 57 minutes on July 27th 2015.

The team of famed ice swimmers included Henri Kaarma from Estonia, Ryan Stramrood from South Africa, Anna Carin-Nordin from Sweden, Patrick Corcoran from Ireland, Zdeněk Thalmika from the Czech Republic, and Elina Makïnen from Finland. The team left the shore of Northern Ireland at 7:52 am, escorted by Mallon of Infinity Channel Swimming.

Mallon explains the origins of the attempt, "In February 2015 following the International Ice Swimming Association 1 km Championships in Murmansk, Russia, a group of swimmers formed to take on a challenge set that I set before them - something that had never before been achieved. In previous years, both Kevin Murphy and Alison Streeter MBE had attempted 2-way solo crossings of the notoriously challenging North (Irish) Channel from Ireland to Scotland to Ireland, but neither were successful and never before had a relay attempted this feat."

Kaarma, Stramrood, Carin Nordin, Tlamicha, Corcoran and Makïnen had competed and all stood upon the podium at these championships. Their talents in ice and cold water swimming were augmented by a fast stroke rate (spm). The Irish Long Distance Swimming Association offered the team a window in July 2015. Fast and Frozen was the team name based on their collective ice swimming history and swim speed.

"They all arrived in Dublin from across the globe, raring to go.

But Mother Nature delayed their plans with high winds and stormy weather. The original date of July 24th was pushed back and the team took some time to sightsee and rest.

After many discussions about tides and weather, and an almost complete cancellation, the decision to go on July 27th was made.

The team arrived at Donaghadee Harbor with food boxes and kit bags packed for departure at 7 am with high water approaching. This would be a tough ask, but the training they all had completed in colder, rougher waters would help their attempt at a world first.

They were taxied to Robbie’s Point on board Aquaholics II, a traditional start point of many of the North (Irish) Channel swims.

Henri Kaarma was first to swim, entering the water at 7:48 am. He swam to the shore and raised his hands whilst standing on barnacle-covered rocks. The claxon sounded. At 7:52 am under the watchful eyes of Mallon, Richard, Gary and Milo McCourt, the swim started.

The first set of six one-hour legs were met with rough waters and higher knot winds, but the team has been briefed on this possibility. They had expected the water conditions to be challenging. Originally planning for a 12-hour crossing, landfall was reached at Portpatrick, Scotland at 11:33.06 pm giving the team a one-way crossing of 15 hours 46 minutes 6 seconds crossing from Ireland to Scotland.

After climbing down from the rocks and with the lights from the boat to guide his path, Patrick Corcoran commenced the return leg to Ireland. He still had over 15 minutes left to swim of his rotation. He retuned to the boat at 11:53 pm having changed with Zdeněk Thalmika at 11.52 pm. Patrick responded, 'Sure, I have no money with me,' when he asked what did he bring the crew back from Scotland. He had only spent a short time of 3 minutes and 4 seconds on Scotland.

In the dark of the night as July 28th arrived, one swimmer after another advanced toward their final destination with glow sticks attached to their swim caps and swim costume. Zdeněk changing to Elina for her first night swim, to Henri then to Ryan, then to Anna as the dawn approached back to Zdeněk, Elina, and so forth. Each exited the water after swimming fast but frozen. They were badly stung by Lion’s Mane jellyfish that required prompt medical attention from their crew, then they re-warmed, hydrated, ate and slept before preparing for their next swim.

Dawn came at 5:18 am as Zdenek swam into a 6-knot northeasterly wind. The promise of a slack tide was fulfilled and on Henri’s fifth swim that started at 7:52 am, the water settled and the skies cleared. Henri's fast and efficient stroke gained the team some advances to land, but land would be another few hours away although it seemed close.

Ryan was next to swim after he had recovered well from many stings to his face and upper torso. The slack tide brought a pod of dolphins including a mother and pup. It was a boost for the team to see such a sight with the thoughts that this friendly species was guiding them home.

Ryan changed to Anna at 9:52 am. Despite having been stung quite a lot in her previous swims, Anna was adamant that this close to the finish, the jellyfish were not going to bother her. Having completed the Oceans Seven, Anna had earned the heart of a lion so this time Lion's mane were not going to stop her. She swam at a rate of 80 spm with a northerly 2-knot breeze and encouragement from her team as the waters changed constantly and the rain continued.

Zdeněk made his final one-hour swim starting at 11:52 am on a tough tidal flow passing to Elina. Ireland was getting extremely close, but it was important that the relay formation maintained its sequence as Henri was prepared to swim again.

The GPS was tracking 800 meters to landfall and Elina had 6 minutes to swim. With a smile she kicked her legs and rotated her arms all the faster and the shoreline came closer. At 1:49 pm on July 28th, she made landfall and raised her hands in the air to the sound of the boat claxon and the celebrations from the boat.

The second leg of the crossing took 14 hours 13 minutes and 13 seconds and set a new record time of 29 hours 57 minutes and 23 seconds. It was a world-first two-way relay crossing of the North Irish Channel by an international team.

On return to the boat to cheers, Elina described how she felt like a mermaid climbing on to the rocks and how she could not see the beautiful emerald isle because of the tears in her goggles.

The boat turned about and made its way to Donaghadee harbor Co. Down to the crowds who cheered them home. There are not many firsts left in the world. I hope that this inspirational feat will spur someone else to rise to their challenge

For more information on the historic two-way crossing, read here.

For unique awards from the SCAR Swim Challenge in Arizona (belt buckles), visit here.
For unique awards from the Race For The Conch Eco-SeaSwim in Turks & Caicos (conch trophies), visit here.
For unique awards from the Kingdom Swim in Vermont (walking sticks and woodals), visit here.
For unique awards given to Ice Kilometers swimmers at the IISA Ireland National Championships (paper crowns), visit here.
For unique awards given to Triple Crowners (English Channel + Catalina Channel + Around Manhattan Island), visit here.
For unique awards given by the Marathon Swimmers Federation (MSF Spork + MSF Navigator Award), visit here.
For unique awards given to South End Rowing Club members for North Channel crossing (cherrywood plaque), visit here.
For unique award given to the H20PLAY Swim Series winners, visit here.

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