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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Honourees Celebrate On The Isle Of Bute

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Mark Newman (UK), Michael Read (UK), Kevin Murphy (UK), Elizabeth Fry (USA), Ned Denison (Ireland), Jim Anderson (Hawaii), Dale Petranech (USA), Melissa Cunnigham (Aussie), Vijislav Mijić (Serbia), Steven Munatones (USA), Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia), Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey), Sandra Bucha (USA), Dr. Jane Katz (USA), and Chris Guesdon (Australia), all inductees in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, enjoyed a beautiful Scottish fall day on the Isle of Bute at the 2014 International Swimming Hall of Fame ceremonies.

Photo courtesy of Ram Barkai.

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For The Love And Passion Of The Sport

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Melissa Cunningham has a soft touch and a hard side.

As one of the most knowledgeable and compassionate FINA Athlete Representatives in open water swimming history, Cunningham was always there for her fellow athletes. She knows their stresses and strains, their goals and obstacles. She was always available to those who seek her guidance and expertise.

As a world 25 km marathon swimming champion who overcame a bout of breast cancer, Cunningham is clearly also a fighter. She was tough whether it came to overcoming the elements or competition.

Her work on behalf of the sport of open water swimming was recognized today on the Isle of Bute in Scotland during the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame ceremonies. She received the 2014 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award and was touched by the outpouring of support by those in the community.

Photo courtesy of Ram Barkai.

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Sandra Bucha Honored On The Isle Of Bute

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

At 17, Sandra Bucha retired and went off to college at Stanford.

One of the top freestylers in the world as a teenager, her competitive life in the pool was over.

Or so she thought.

But her coach Don Watson got her back into the swing of things by suggesting that she start competing in the open water. And what a fantastic career it was. Considered one of the finest female professional marathon swimmers in history, Bucha's career was as brilliant as it was all too brief.

Today she was honored as an inductee in not only the International Swimming Hall of Fame, but also the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame on the Isle of Bute in Scotland. Her fiery spirit and passion for the game was all clearly evident.

Photo courtesy of Ram Barkai.

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Tears And Cheers With Liz Fry

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Tears of joy and heartfelt appreciation sparkled in the eyes of Elizabeth Fry when she was honored in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies today on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.

Smiles and cheers from the knowledgeable crowd followed. It was a day of celebration and recognition for the young woman who really got started on her remarkable marathon swimming career in her 40s.

"I am having too much fun and enjoying it too much to stop," said the famed Connecticut channel swimmer and Swim Across the Sound race director. "I have so many swims planned for the future."

Photo courtesy of Ram Barkai.

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Padraig Mallon Accepts Accolades And Awards

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Pádraig Mallon received the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year award today at the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference on the Isle of Bute, Scotland. One of the very few people in history who did both an ice swim and a full Ironman Triathlon and quick turn-around of both the English Channel and North Channel, Mallon has been inspiring people around him for his entire career as an athlete, event organiser and supporter of athletic goals for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

Photo of Shelley Taylor-Smith, Pádraig Mallon, and Steven Munatones courtesy of Ram Barkai.

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Colleen Blair Kicks Off Global Open Water Swimming Conference

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Colleen Blair kicked off the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference on the Isle of Bute in Scotland with an explanation of the past, present and future of open water swimming in Scotland.

Her forecasts for the future were quite positive "Traditional point-to-point swims will continue, Scottish Swimming will get more involved, mass participation events will grow, commercial companies will continue to flourish, and there will continue to be new pioneers in the sport."

In a country that just voted on its political future, Blair spoke about open water swimming's heroes and heroines that ply along its 11,800 km of coast and 3,000 fresh water lochs where no one is ever more than 65 km from the sea.

"There were many inspirations. People like Ned Barnie who was the first Scottish swimmer who swam in the English Channel in 1950 and became the first male swimmer to complete the English Channel both ways. He was from Edinburgh where he continued to swim 2 miles in sea until his 80s. They called him the Old Man of the Sea who was also a coach and mentor.

Denis Sullivan was a swimmer, race organiser, boatman and a character. Denis did everything in the sport. Ian Reid is a mentor who has represented Scotland and Great Britain. Maggie Kidd was the first Scottish swimmer to cross the North Channel, Morag Hughes, Kevin Macintosh, and Shannon Blair
."

Photo courtesy of Ram Barkai.

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Open Water Swimming Getting Popular, Mainstream In UK

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Colin Hill of Chillswim spoke about the explosive growth of open water swimming in the United Kingdom today at the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.

He spoke about the former generations of open water swimming when it meant "Kevin Murphy was greasing up, lidos, the British Long Distance Swimming Association events and winter swimming. That was basically what was going on."

But when the former running event organizer and promoter got involved in swimming, he thought, "How do you make open water swimming and popular and mainstream?"

He spoke about the positive stimuli of British Olympians David Davies, Keri-Anne Payne and Cassandra Patten and their success at the 2008 Beijing Olympics 10 km marathon swim, the Wild Swim beautiful coffee table books, Wild Swimming, a book published in 2008, Waterlog by Roger Deakin, David Walliams' crossing the English Channel, and the Outdoor Swimming Society with Kate Rew. "These really brought on the groundswell of open water swimming, including rivers and lakes that were unswimmable 20 years ago."

Photo courtesy of Ram Barkai.

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A Quartet Of Heroes and Heroines

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Michael Read, Sally Minty-Gravett, Kevin Murphy and Tom Watch participated in a wonderfully inspirational panel discussion about their swims across the English Channel at the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference today on the Isle of Bute.

The quartet talked about their most difficult movements (e.g., "the last mile"), what they have eaten during a Channel swim (e.g., tinned peaches), and the joys of their sport.

Watch, who took his first swimmer across the English Channel in 1951, spoke about when former King of the Channel® Melvyn Sharp and a slew of other swimmers of the past crossed the channel. "Melvyn used to eat chicken legs and dip them in the sea water for salt."

Photo courtesy of Ram Barkai.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Celebrities Chill At Charity Channel Challenge

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Following the success of their first Charity Channel Challenge in 2013, the Friends of Bude Sea Pool (FoBSP) are hosting a second event on October 4th.

Relay teams will take the plunge into sparkling sea water swimming their chosen distance – a mile or more. Their aim is to complete 22 miles in the water to replicate a crossing of the English Channel, raising funds for their Sea Pool with every stroke.

2008 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim bronze medalist Cassandra Patten and actress Joanna Scanlan (Doc Martin, Getting On and Midsomer Murders, and The Invisible Woman) are leading separate teams among those taking the plunge into the chilly waters of this year’s Charity Channel Challenge.

A total of 18 teams have entered this year’s Channel Challenge. Six are local teams with others coming from all over England – Coventry, Bournemouth, London, and Watford. Up to 200 swimmers will face up to the elements.

To date, the 2014 Channel Challenge has raised £2850.

Last year the teams swam through sunshine, showers and a small thunderstorm finishing by 8 pm. Each team completed 440 lengths of the part-natural pool which nestles under the cliffs on Summerleaze Beach at Bude. This year, the relays are expected to start before the morning's first light and are likely to continue until early evening.

FoBSP donations are made here.

Photo below shows event organiser Mel Bardsley (left) with Cassandra Patten at last year’s Charity Channel Challenge. Upper photo shows swimmers in the chilly waters of the Atlantic Ocean from dawn until dusk, to raise funds for the historic tidal swimming pool at Bude.

The Sea Pool at Bude was created in the 1930s to provide safe swimming at Summerleaze beach. It’s open access from the beach and is free to use. The sea-water pool is nearly 100m long and is topped up twice a day at high tide. Very few tidal pools of this type still exist around the world: just a handful are still open to the public.

In recent years, Bude Sea Pool was run by Cornwall Council, but funding for the pool was withdrawn leading to its possible closure and demolition. A volunteer, not-for-profit community group, the Friends of Bude Sea Pool, was formed in 2011 to secure the Pool’s future.

Responsibility for the Sea Pool was formally passed to Friends of Bude Sea Pool in 2012. Since then FoBSP have successfully completed a number of urgent renovation and structural improvement projects, including vital H&S upgrades, a new watergate and extensive repairs to the sea wall following years of neglect under the previous management. Further renovation work planned for 2015 is likely to cost £60,000. Annual membership of FoBSP costs £10 for adults, £5 for under-16s, £25 for families.

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Bridgette Hobart Janeczko Makes Its 102 For Triple

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Bridgette Hobart Janeczko became the 102nd person in history to achieve the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming with her 13 hour 28 minute crossing of the English Channel yesterday.

It came after her disappointing attempt in early July when jellyfish got the better of her.

"Before my blanket of jellyfish encounter [when] we’re about halfway between England and France, we ran into the jellies," explained the Half Century Club member. "There was no way to avoid them because on every side of the boat it was all he saw.

And then it didn’t. I went from feeling on top of my game, to clueless where I was even swimming in minutes. I read over and over, it then comes down to luck. There are so many variables – temps, weather, sea sickness, just a bad body day, injury. Jellies – honestly, never gave them a thought and when I spotted my first one I recall thinking huh, jellies in the channel - thought they liked warmer water. I’m so much like my Mom – she said the same thing when I talked with her! Then I was fascinated by my close up shots and wished I had a camera.

I last remember swimming through what seemed like endless jellies and thinking wow, so many and so cool. I felt the stings and said, 'Wow, not as bad as Tampa, must be because I’m numb from the cold temps.' That thought made me giggle as felt I was making the best of the temps. My core was warm, my limbs numb and fortunately I never experienced shivering until I exited. I swam on and then suddenly I felt drugged, then my left side of my body was doing its own thing and I recall trying to focus to swim through it but was really disoriented
."

But she came back to the Channel and came back very successfully with her 13 hour 28 minute swim.

She also completed the 28.5-mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 8 hours 50 minutes and the 20.2-mile Catalina Channel in 11 hours 27 minutes, both in 2012, among several other ocean, river and open water swims across the United States.

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Address By Admiral Konstantin Sidenko























Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Admiral Konstantin Sidenko, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Bering Strait Swim "Chukotka - Alaska 2013" and the commander of the Eastern Military District from 2010 to 2013, addressed the participants of the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference in Scotland.

Dear Friends,

One year has passed since the moment when the friendly international team of swimmers from 17 countries could combine their efforts and for the first time in the history of swimming in open water to overcome and defeat the previously unclimbed Bering Strait.

Organization and carrying out of the race showed the whole world that the power of the human spirit is subject to any element, in very difficult conditions of the Bering Strait in rough seas and gusty, squally wind athletes were able to show their best qualities and conquer the elements.

Consider it a great achievement - the recognition of a swim across the Bering Strait "Chukotka - Alaska 2013" in the nomination World Open Water Swimming Association as an event at the world swimming in open water. This has the merit of the collective efforts of the organizing committee of the swim, the international operational headquarters and of course an international team of swimmers.

I am very sorry that I could not take part in the international conference and make a presentation at the conference. I consider it my duty to inform you that I have decided to delegate the right to represent the organizing committee of the international conference on race Tatyana Alexandrova (Russia) and Alexander Yakovlev (Latvia), and from an international team Nuala Moore (Ireland).

I hope in future prize established WOWSA, for organizing and hosting a swim across the Bering Strait will take its rightful place in the museum of the history of the Eastern Military District.

Ahead of us are waiting for new achievements and records, like myself, I wish all participants good health and great human happiness
.

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Niko Kluyver, André Nottelman Complete Curaçao Crossing

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Niko Kluyver and André Nottelman completed the first crossing between Klein Curaçao and Santa Barbara Beach on Curaçao in a 26.1 km tandem swim.



"We had excellent assistance from the Dutch Koprs Mariniers (Marines) who provided a boat and pilots. We also had the benefit to have Gladwin de Lanoi as the observer.

We had decent conditions, and no incidents. It was a rather relaxed completion effort, not a race, which can be seen from the total time we allowed ourselves to get there. The importance is that we set the stage for others to follow. Official open water swimming using the official rules is new here in Curacao, but the potential is very good. We hope more events will follow from this effort
."



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Depart To Serve Thine Own Kind

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The entrance gate at Harvard University has the motto, ‘Enter To Grow In Wisdom, Depart To Serve Thine Own Kind.’

This motto reminds us of the career and mindset of Vojislav Mijić who will be inducted as an Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame on the Isle of Bute in Scotland this weekend. Like many of his fellow marathon swimmers and open water swimmers of all ages and abilities from Sally Minty-Gravett to Nick Adams, Mijić has a deeply seated passion to share his love for the open water.

Enter To Grow In Wisdom

After a career that saw him explore his own physiological limits and psychological potential, he gradually learned what works and what doesn’t. Year after year, he grew as an athlete and became increasingly mindful of the inherent risks of the sport.

Depart To Serve Thine Own Kind

When Mijić transitioned from athlete to race director, he ultimately shared the wisdom he had gathered to the hundreds of marathon swimmers and ice swimmers who participate in his events. From the Serbia to the ice swims, he is truly sharing the spirit.

Mijić is a well-deserving selection whose life has never been far from the water. Born in 1953 in Šabac, Serbia, Mijić worked for three decades as a chemical engineer in his home town before turning his talents to organizing the Jarak-Šabac Marathon Swim (Plivački maraton Jarak-Šabac) and the Epiphany Swimming for the Holy Cross of Honour, an Epiphany swimming event in January in his native Šabac.

His international open water swimming career includes the following competitions:

* Island Hvar Croatia (Faros Maratón) 16 km: 1977, 10th place, 5:38
* Island Hvar Croatia (Faros Maratón) 16 km: 1978, 10th place, 5:04
* Island Hvar Croatia (Faros Maratón) 16 km: 1979, 14th place, 4:44
* Island Hvar Croatia (Faros Maratón) 16 km: 1980, 12th, 4:29
* Sabac Swim Marathon 15 km: 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978 (gold medal), 1979 and 1980
* Sozopol, Bulgaria 15 km: 1980, gold medal, 3:45
* Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli World Championships 35 km: 1980, DNF
* Kanjiza Marathon, Yugoslavia, River Tisa 5 km: 1980, gold medal, 0:42
* Sabac Swim Marathon 18 km: 1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 2002, 2003, 2004 (with several victories)
* Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli World Championships 35 km: 1986, bronze medal, 10:55
* Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli 35 km: 1987, 5th place, 10:05
* Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli 35 km: 1988, 8th place, 9:38
* Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli 35 km: 1989 and 1990
* Bratislava, Czech Republic 10 km: Lake Golden Sand, 1979, gold medal, 2:52
* Bratislava, Czech Republic 10 km: Lake Golden Sand, 1980, gold medal, 2:42
* Bratislava, Czech Republic 10 km: Lake Golden Sand, 1981, gold medal, 2:38
* Bratislava, Czech Republic 10 km: Lake Golden Sand, 1983, gold medal, 2:50
* Bratislava, Czech Republic 10 km: Lake Golden Sand, 1984, bronze medal, 2:53
* Poznan, Poland, Lake Kiekrz 1 km: 1983, 1984 and 1986
* Island Hvar (Faros Maratón) 16 km: 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1986
* Kanjiza Marathon, Yugoslavia, River Tisa 5 km: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1990 (with several victories)
* Lake Lipno, Czech Republic 15 km: 1986, 3rd place, 3:38
* Lake Lipno, Czech Republic 15 km: 1988, 4th place, 4:40
* Lake Lipno, Czech Republic 15 km: 1989, 5th place, 4:23
* Coppa Lord Byron, Venezia, Italy 12 km: 1983, 6th place, 3:32
* Coppa Lord Byron, Venezia, Italy 12 km: 1984, 5th place, 3:35
* Forio D Ischia, Italy 20 km: 1989, 7th place, 5:42
* Toregaveta-Baia-Bacoli, Italy 18 km: 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988
* Around Capri, Italy 12 km: 9th place, 3:56
* Ana Capri, Italy 10 km: 1986, 8th place, 2:52
* Ana Capri, Italy 10 km: 1987, 7th place, 3:02
* Ischia, Italy 16 km: 1982, 5th place, 5:01
* Ischia, Italy 16 km: 1983, 6th place, 5:33
* Ischia, Italy 16 km: 1984, 8th place, 5:42
* Ischia, Italy 16 km: 1985, 12th place, 5:52
* Sluis, Holland 16 km: 1984, 10th place, 4:25
* Sluis, Holland 16 km: 1986, 7th place, 4:44
* Lecco-Dervio, Italy 30 km: 1989, Lake Como, gold medal, 9:15
* Palermo, Italy 10 km: 1986, silver medal, 2:15
* Palermo, Italy 10 km: 1987, 5th place, 2:22
* Palermo, Italy 10 km: 1999, 5th place, 2:26
* Alexandria, Egypt 20 km: 1984, 7th place, 6:26
* Ismailia, Egypt, Suez Canal 26 km: 1986, 8th place, 7:02
* Port Saed, Egypt, Suez Canal 25 km: 1986, 10th place, 6:07
* Nile River, Egypt 10 km: 1986, 10th place, 5:35
* Nile River, Egypt 20 km: 1987, 12th place, 6:05
* Toroneos Gulf, Greece 25 km: 1988, 7th place, 7:25
* Toroneos Gulf, Greece 25 km:, 1989, 7:30
* Ponza-Felice Circeo, Italy 30 km: 1989, 12th place, 9:23
* Galway Bay, Ireland 12 km: 1987, 5th place, 3:46
* Galway Bay, Ireland 12 km: 1988 7th place, 3:42
* Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy 10 km: 1988, gold medal, 2:15
* Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy 10 km: 1989, silver medal, 2:34
* Jablah-Latakia, Syria 2000 20 km: 15th place, 6:47
* Sozopol, Bulgaria 15 km: 1981, bronze medal, 4:02
* Sozopol, Bulgaria 15 km: 1982, 5th place, 4:22
* Around the Island, Atlantic City, U.S.A. 26 km: 1989, 15th place, 10:36
* Trasimeno Lake, Italy 20 km: 1987, 8th place, 5:42
* Trasimeno Lake, Italy 20 km: 1988, 10th place, 6:12
* Budapest, Hungary, 12-hour non-stop swim: 1987, 6th place
* Budapest, Hungary, 12-hour non-stop swim: 1988, 4th place
* Sabac Swim Marathon, Yugoslavia, 16 km: 1979, silver medal, 3:07
* Sabac Swim Marathon, Yugoslavia, 16 km: 1982, 4th place, 3:20
* Isola Di Procida, Italy 15 km: 1985, 7th place, 4:29
* Lago di Mergozzo, Italy 20 km:, 1990, 8th place, 5:37
* Lake Como, Italy 30 km: 1990, 7th place, 9:45
* Double Roughwater Swim, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. 7 km: 1989, 5th place, 1:47
* Maslarevo Lake, Bulgaria 30 km: 1986, 3rd place, 7:25
* Lerici Coppa Byron 8 km: 1990, 8th place, 2:35
* Isola di Ustica, Italy 16 km: 1988, 7th place, 5:15
* Sluis, Holland 3 km: 1987, 8th place, 44:05
* Porto Alegre FINA World Cup, Tapes, Brazil 26 km: 1993, 12th place, 7:10
* Porto Alegre FINA World Cup, Tapes, Brazil 26 km: 1994
* Salvador Bahia, Brazil 12 km: 1991, 15th place, 4:27
* Salvador Bahai, Brazil, 12 km: 1993, 10th place
* Toroneos Gulf, Halkidiki, Greece 25 km: 1991, 5th place, 7:32
* Toroneos Gulf, Halkidiki, Greed 25 km: 1992, 10th place, 10:05
* Toroneos Gulf, Halkidiki, Greece 25 km: 1995, 3rd place, 7:20
* Nile River, Cairo, Egypt 20 km: 1994, 7th place, 7:22
* Nile River, Cairo, Egypt 20 km: 1998, 7th place, 7:17
* Double Roughwater Swim, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A., 7 km: 1991, silver medal, 2:07
* Double Roughwater Swim, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A., 7 km, 1993, silver medal, 2:01
* Double Roughwater Swim, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. 7 km: 1994, bronze medal, 1:48
* Double Roughwater Swim, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A., 7 km: 1995, bronze medal, 2:03
* Hawaiian FINA Pre-world Open Water Swimming Championships, 3 km, 1999, silver medal age group category, 57:11
* Cefaly, Sicily Italy 10 km: 1998, 5th place, 3:15
* Cefaly, Sicily Italy 10 km: 1999, 7th place, 3:25
* Nile River, Cairo, Egypt 15 km: 1994, 8th place, 4:12
* Suez Canal, Ismailia, Egypt 25 km: 1993, 8th place, 7:21
* Suez Canal, Port Said, Egypt 26 km: 8th place, 8:32
* Giza Marathon Swim, Egypt 22 km: 1999, 9th place, 6:49
* Hernandarias-Parana, Argentina, FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 88 km: 1992
* Hernandarias-Parana, Argentina, FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 88 km: 1993, 8th place
* Swan River, Perth, Western Australia 4 km: 1995, silver medal, 1:03
* Mar de Plata, Argentina 22 km: 1996, 12th place
* Danube River, Around War Island, Beograd, Serbia 15 km: 1996, 7th place, 3:38
* Piombino, Italy: 1995, 8th place, 5:36
* Piombino, Italy: 1996
* Maratona Degli Etrushi 20 km: 10th place, 5:44
* Maratona Degli Etrushi 20 km: 1998, 8th place, 5:52
* Aci Castelo, Italy 10 km: 1998, bronze medal, 3:45
* Ohrid Lake, Macedonia 30 km: 1991, 10th place, 7:05
* Ohrid Lake, Macedonia 30 km: 1993, 8th place, 7:21
* Ohrid Lake, Macedonia 30 km: 1994, 12th place, 7:15
* Lerici, Italy 10 km: 5th place, 3:35
* Palermo, Traversata du Golfo, Italy 10 km: 1998, 6th place, 3:21
* Palermo, Traversata du Golfo, Italy 10 km: 1999, 8th place, 2:25
* Around the Island, Atlantic City, U.S.A., 36 km: 1989, 15th place, 10:45
* Piombino, Italy 5 km: 1998, 5th place, 2:16
* Kailua Bay, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A., 5 km: 1997, silver medal, 1:24
* Bacoli, Italy 16 km: 1987, 10th place, 4:55
* River Tisa, Kanjiza, Serbia 5 km: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 (several victories)
* Herceg Novi, Adriatic Sea, Montenegro 10 km: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000
* Sluis, Vlanderen Marathon, Holland 16 km: 8th place, 4:35
* Lecco-Dervio, Lake Como, Italy 30 km: 1991, 8th place, 9:25
* Lerici-Porto Venere, Italy 8 km: 1998, 6th place, 2:21
* Sremska Mitrovica, River Sava, Serbia 5 km: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 (several victories)
* Lake Palic, Subotica, Serbia 5 km:1993, 1994, 19995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000(several victories)
* Lake Balaton, Hungary 10 km: 1994, 5th place, 2:45
* Lake Balaton, Hungary 10 km: 1995, 2:50
* Sutomore-Bar, Montenegro 5 km: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 (several victories)
* Belgrade Marathon, Ada Ciganlija 5 km: 1998, 1999 and 2000
* Kanjiza, River Tisa, Serbia 5 km: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 (several victories)
* Trieste, Riviera di Barcola, Italy 5 km: 2002, 2003 and 2004
* FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup, Alexandria, Egypt: 2003, 15th place, 3:35
* Trihonidas Lake, Greece 16 km:, 2003, 8th place, 4:47
* Trihonidas Lake, Greece 16K km: 2004, 7th place, 4:52
* Apatin Marathon, Danube River, Serbia 5 km: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 (several victories)
* Sremska Mitrovica, River Sava, Serbia 5 km: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 (several victories)
* Celeia, Lake Smartin, Slovenia 5 km: 7th place, 2:35
* Varna, Black Sea, Bulgaria 5 km: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 (several victories)
* Ada-Mol Marathon, Danube River, Serbia 5 km: 2010, 5th place, 0:35 * Novi Pazar Marathon, Lake Ribaric, 5K, 2008, 5th place, 2:25
* Sombor Marathon, Danube River Serbia 5 km: 2008, 3:05
* Sabac Swim, River Sava, Serbia, 5K, 2005, 5th place, 1:05
* Lake Panonia, Serbia 5 km: 2008, 2009 and 2010
* Lake Krivaja, Serbia 5 km: 2008, 2009 and 2010
* Ovcar-Kablar Marathon, River Morava, Serbia 5 km: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010
* Becej Marathon, River Tisa, Serbia 5 km: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010

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Sunscreen Alerts To Your Smart Phone

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Open water swimmers, probably more than most humans, know the value of applying sunscreen on.

JUNE by Netatmo is something to consider although it is not a first-pass “gotta-have” product for most swimmers.

JUNE by Netatmo is a jewelled leather wrap bracklet that tracks sunlight exposure and sends alerts to a smart phone via an app once it is time to reapply sunscreen. The jewel actually contains UV sensors.

If we used it, we might just set it down by our stuff, bags or along the pool deck to see how frequent the app recommends that we reapply sunscreen.



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Thursday, September 18, 2014

When Man-made Matter And Nature Merge

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Plastiglomerate is a word that really irks ocean advocates like Doug Woodring, but it is almost a phenomenon that should send shudders down the spine of most humans.

Plastiglomerate is a new type of stone that is formed when the fragments of rock and seashell bone with melted plastic debris.

Under the tropical heat of Hawaii, the scientific community first defined plastiglomerates when they found them on a plastic-covered beach. It is said that these naturally made artificial minerals may last thousands of years.

For a more detailed and scientific examination of this term, visit here.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sergio Salomone In Harmony With Orcas

Courtesy of José Díaz of Nadandolibre, Spain.

Sergio Salomone from Argentina discusses open water swimming with José Díaz of Nadandolibre (see here in Spanish).

Salomone talks about his in-water experiences with an orca. "I swam with the animal that even Great White Sharks fear, the most imposing of all aquatic predators...the Orca (Ballena asesina in Spanish).

Since I started swimming in the open water for more than a decade, I take every moment to enjoy my home in Villa Gesell on the Argentine coast where I am at liberty to train without lanes in the vast and beautiful ocean
."

Salomone trains in his local sea from December to March where he trains the same pace whether it is in a pool or in the sea. "If I swim 10 x 100 at 1:20, this translates to 10 sets of 80 strokes to achieve the same sense of speed in both the pool and sea."

He typically swims parallel to shore over 300 meters from the coast where he can avoid the surf. He still remembers the date of February 13th 2013, he saw the tip of a fin. "[The fin] was tall and imposing behind me." He went on his back to confirm what he thought he saw. Perhaps his imagination got the better of him so he kept on swimming when he couldn't see another sighting of the fin. About 200 meters from the pier as he was rotating his head to breathe, he was stunned by a large black and white mass underneath him with its giant glassy eye staring back at him. "It was powerful and delicate at the same time."

The orca startled him and he could not breath. "I was petrified, feeling like my whole body was overcome. My God, do not tell me that this is my moment, right here in the middle of nowhere, right now all is well in my life..."

Panic struck and he started swimming frantically towards the beach. "I had already swum 100 meters faster than I have ever had in my life, my mind raced. I looked back and saw it [again]. I thought this great animal could hurt me anytime and do so deliberately. How long had I trained that day without knowing of its presence? I put my head back in the water again, slowed my swim pace and went back to my training."

He imagined that the orca would reappear.

"After 100 meters, I could see a powerful jet of water. I could clearly see its mouth full of conical teeth which made me freeze. But I had already made the decision that I was in the middle of the sea completely at its mercy, so I continued my journey.

The orca dived gently just a few meters below me. I could almost feel my stroke would come to caress its back. I swam while the large animal moved in full harmony with me, controlling its every movement so it easily repositioned itself and swam beside me with a nearly imperceptible movement for about 20 minutes
." As he swam back to the shore, he thought no one would believe his adventure. But as he reached the beach, he saw many people clapping. Diego, one of his friends and a local lifeguard, came running to him and gave him a big hug saying, "I saw it all, Sergito, I saw the whole thing. I cannot believe it."

The people onshore made urgent calls to notify the local Coast Guard when they saw the orca approach Salomone. The Coast Guard response was surprisingly profound, "If the orca did not attack the swimmer, it is best to very cautious with the rescue boat that can frighten the animal. So let it follow and see if the swimmer can reach safely to the shore."

Salomone, the man who swims safely with orcas.

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When The Illustrious Present Meets Its Glorious Past

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Olympian and world champion Keri-Anne Payne and her Scottish double Commonwealth Games gold medalist husband David Carry will attend this weekend's 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference in Scotland.

As Payne is still busy building her illustrious career and leading open water swims the world over, the former greats of the open water swimming world will gather on the Isle of Bute for 3 days of honoring outstanding accomplishments of the past.

Payne is currently the face of open water swimming and one of its most eloquent ambassadors in contemporary times. She will mingle with the open water swimming heroes and heroines of previous generations including Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia), Kevin Murphy (England), Elizabeth Fry (USA), Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), Dr. Jane Katz (USA), Melissa Cunningham (Australia), Sandra Bucha (USA), Claudio Plit (Argentina), and David Yudovin (USA) - some of whom are still swimming.

A crew will be filming at the Conference and induction ceremonies in order to capture these encounters of the present and future of the sport meeting its luminaries from the past.

The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference agenda is as follows:

Friday, September 19th

17:30 - Welcome Reception at the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre, Isle of Bute, Scotland

The following documentary films will shown throughout the reception:
*BlueJourney-Amerika Samoa – Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way (a film by Bruckner Chase)
*Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain (film by Wayne Ewing about Matthew Moseley's Lake Pontchartrain crossing)
*Diomede Swim 2014 (a film about a Diomede Islands crossing presented by Alexandr Brylin)
*The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau (a film about Simon Holliday's Pearl River Delta crossing)

Saturday 20 September

09:00 - Registration and Coffee at Isle of Bute Discovery Centre, Isle of Bute, Scotland
10:00 - Keynote Speech: Colleen Blair (Scotland) on The History of Scottish Swimming
10:20 - Christopher Guesdon (Australia) on Multidimensional Roles In The Sport
10:30 - Colin Hill (England) on Recent Explosion in UK Open Water
10:50 - Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) on The Feminine Code of Achievement - How a Lady from Down Under Revolutionise Professional Marathon Swimming
11:10 - Simon Murie (England) on Open Water Swimming Holidays: How A New Sector Was Created Within The Travel Industry
11:30 - Swimming The Oceans Seven, a roundtable discussion moderated by Kevin Murphy (England) with Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden), Darren Miller (USA), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand)
12:30 - Break
13:00 - World Open Water Swimming Awards Luncheon with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA)

* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (South Africa), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year, represented by Ram Barkai
* Bering Strait Swim, 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year honoring Vladimir Chegorin, Maria Chizhova, Elena Guseva, Ram Barkai, Jack Bright, Oksana Veklich, Aleksandr Jakovlevs, Matías Ola, Henri Kaarma, Toomas Haggi, Nuala Moore, Anne Marie Ward, Toks Viviers, Melissa O’Reilly, Ryan Stramrood, Cristian Vergara, Craig Lenning, Rafal Ziobro, Andrew Chin, Jackie Cobell, James Pittar, Paolo Chiarino, Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen, Ivan Papulshenko, Zdenek Tlamicha, Zhou Hanming, Oleg Adamov, Andrei Agarkov, Alekseev Semen, Tatiana Alexandrova, Roman Belan, Elena Semenova, Alexander Brylin, Afanasii Diackovskii, Vladimir Nefatov, Evgenii Dokuchaev, Oleg Docuckaev, Roman Efimov, Dmitrii Filitovich, Olga Filitovich, Victor Godlevskiy, Olga Golubeva, Alexei Golubkin, Alexander Golubkin, Alexandr Iurkov, Oleg Ivanov, Pavel Kabakov, Eduard Khodakovskiy, Aleksandr Komarov, Aleksandr Kuliapin, Andrey Kuzmin, Irina Lamkina, Vladimir Litvinov, Andrey Mikhalev, Victor Moskvin, Nikolay Petshak, Sergey Popov, Vladimir Poshivailov, Grigorii Prokopchuk, Dmitrii Zalka, Natalia Seraya, Viacheslav Shaposhnikov, Olga Sokolova, Andrei Sychev, Alexei Tabakov, and Nataliia Usachaeva [represented by Alexandr Brylin (Russia) and Nuala Moore (Ireland) and followed by a presentation by Dr. Nataliya Fatyanova (Russia) on the medical monitoring of ice swimmers during the Bering Strait Swim

14:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) Induction Ceremonies with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA) to recognize IMSHOF and ISHOF honorees:

* Elizabeth Fry (USA), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation Open Water Committee, IMSHOF Honour Organisation
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), ISHOF Irving Davids – Captain Roger Wheeler Award
* Sandra Bucha (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer [represented by Sandra Bucha]

15:30 - Alexey Salmin Pavlovich (Russia) and Dmitry Dragozhilov (Russia) on the 2016 Winter Swimming World Championships [film]
15:50 - Dmitry Blokhin (Russia), Aleksei Veller (Russia) on the First World Ice Swimming Championships [film]
16:10 - Matthew Moseley (USA): Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain, film by Wayne Ewing
16:30 - Break

18:00 - International Swimming Hall of Fame introduction (video) with host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)
18:15 - Dinner
19:00 - International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Induction Ceremonies to recognize the following International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

* Mercedes Gleitze (England), ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer [represented by daughter Doloranda Pember]
* Dale Petranech (USA), ISHOF Honor Contributor and IMSHOF Honour Administrator
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer [represented by Shelley Taylor-Smith]
* Judith van Berkel-de Nijs (Netherlands), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer (represented by Forrest Nelson of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation]
* David Yudovin (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

20:00 - Induction group photos

Sunday September 21st

09:00 - Registration and coffee at Isle of Bute Discovery Centre, Isle of Bute, Scotland
10:00 - Nuala Moore (Ireland) on The Mindset of 1000m at 0ºC
10:20 - Diomede Swim 2014, a film about a Diomede Islands crossing presented by Alexandr Brylin (Russia)
10:40 - Ned Denison (Ireland) on Swimming The World
11:00 - Simon Holliday and Doug Woodring: The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau [film]
11:20 - Bruckner Chase (USA): BlueJourney-Amerika Samoa – Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way [film]
11:40 - Rok Kerin (Slovenia) on Lifestyle Benefits From Open Water Swimming
14:00 - Swim at Kerrycroy, Isle of Bute

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The Legacy Of Jon Erikson Lives And Will Be Documented

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Among the individuals who will be honored at this weekend's 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference in Scotland will be Jon Erikson. The first person to complete a three-way crossing of the English Channel, the ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and MISHOF Honour Swimmer accomplished one of the most iconic and historic open water swims in history.

Unfortunately, Erikson unexpectedly and suddenly passed away this July. The global open water swimming misses this giant of the sport, but will appropriately celebrate his career on the Isle of Bute.

A film crew from the Netherlands will be present at the Conference and induction ceremonies in order to produce a film of the Conference that will further help document the historic figures of the sport like Erikson.

The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference agenda is as follows:

Friday, September 19th

17:30 - Welcome Reception at the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre, Isle of Bute, Scotland

The following documentary films will shown throughout the reception:
*BlueJourney-Amerika Samoa – Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way (a film by Bruckner Chase)
*Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain (film by Wayne Ewing about Matthew Moseley's Lake Pontchartrain crossing)
*Diomede Swim 2014 (a film about a Diomede Islands crossing presented by Alexandr Brylin)
*The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau (a film about Simon Holliday's Pearl River Delta crossing)

Saturday 20 September

09:00 - Registration and Coffee at Isle of Bute Discovery Centre, Isle of Bute, Scotland
10:00 - Keynote Speech: Colleen Blair (Scotland) on The History of Scottish Swimming
10:20 - Christopher Guesdon (Australia) on Multidimensional Roles In The Sport
10:30 - Colin Hill (England) on Recent Explosion in UK Open Water
10:50 - Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) on The Feminine Code of Achievement - How a Lady from Down Under Revolutionise Professional Marathon Swimming
11:10 - Simon Murie (England) on Open Water Swimming Holidays: How A New Sector Was Created Within The Travel Industry
11:30 - Swimming The Oceans Seven, a roundtable discussion moderated by Kevin Murphy (England) with Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden), Darren Miller (USA), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand)
12:30 - Break
13:00 - World Open Water Swimming Awards Luncheon with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA)

* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (South Africa), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year, represented by Ram Barkai
* Bering Strait Swim, 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year honoring Vladimir Chegorin, Maria Chizhova, Elena Guseva, Ram Barkai, Jack Bright, Oksana Veklich, Aleksandr Jakovlevs, Matías Ola, Henri Kaarma, Toomas Haggi, Nuala Moore, Anne Marie Ward, Toks Viviers, Melissa O’Reilly, Ryan Stramrood, Cristian Vergara, Craig Lenning, Rafal Ziobro, Andrew Chin, Jackie Cobell, James Pittar, Paolo Chiarino, Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen, Ivan Papulshenko, Zdenek Tlamicha, Zhou Hanming, Oleg Adamov, Andrei Agarkov, Alekseev Semen, Tatiana Alexandrova, Roman Belan, Elena Semenova, Alexander Brylin, Afanasii Diackovskii, Vladimir Nefatov, Evgenii Dokuchaev, Oleg Docuckaev, Roman Efimov, Dmitrii Filitovich, Olga Filitovich, Victor Godlevskiy, Olga Golubeva, Alexei Golubkin, Alexander Golubkin, Alexandr Iurkov, Oleg Ivanov, Pavel Kabakov, Eduard Khodakovskiy, Aleksandr Komarov, Aleksandr Kuliapin, Andrey Kuzmin, Irina Lamkina, Vladimir Litvinov, Andrey Mikhalev, Victor Moskvin, Nikolay Petshak, Sergey Popov, Vladimir Poshivailov, Grigorii Prokopchuk, Dmitrii Zalka, Natalia Seraya, Viacheslav Shaposhnikov, Olga Sokolova, Andrei Sychev, Alexei Tabakov, and Nataliia Usachaeva [represented by Alexandr Brylin (Russia) and Nuala Moore (Ireland) and followed by a presentation by Dr. Nataliya Fatyanova (Russia) on the medical monitoring of ice swimmers during the Bering Strait Swim

14:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) Induction Ceremonies with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA) to recognize IMSHOF and ISHOF honorees:

* Elizabeth Fry (USA), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation Open Water Committee, IMSHOF Honour Organisation
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), ISHOF Irving Davids – Captain Roger Wheeler Award
* Sandra Bucha (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer [represented by Sandra Bucha]

15:30 - Alexey Salmin Pavlovich (Russia) and Dmitry Dragozhilov (Russia) on the 2016 Winter Swimming World Championships [film]
15:50 - Dmitry Blokhin (Russia), Aleksei Veller (Russia) on the First World Ice Swimming Championships [film]
16:10 - Matthew Moseley (USA): Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain, film by Wayne Ewing
16:30 - Break

18:00 - International Swimming Hall of Fame introduction (video) with host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)
18:15 - Dinner
19:00 - International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Induction Ceremonies to recognize the following International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

* Mercedes Gleitze (England), ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer [represented by daughter Doloranda Pember]
* Dale Petranech (USA), ISHOF Honor Contributor and IMSHOF Honour Administrator
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer [represented by Shelley Taylor-Smith]
* Judith van Berkel-de Nijs (Netherlands), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer (represented by Forrest Nelson of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation]
* David Yudovin (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

20:00 - Induction group photos

Sunday September 21st

09:00 - Registration and coffee at Isle of Bute Discovery Centre, Isle of Bute, Scotland
10:00 - Nuala Moore (Ireland) on The Mindset of 1000m at 0ºC
10:20 - Diomede Swim 2014, a film about a Diomede Islands crossing presented by Alexandr Brylin (Russia)
10:40 - Ned Denison (Ireland) on Swimming The World
11:00 - Simon Holliday and Doug Woodring: The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau [film]
11:20 - Bruckner Chase (USA): BlueJourney-Amerika Samoa – Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way [film]
11:40 - Rok Kerin (Slovenia) on Lifestyle Benefits From Open Water Swimming
14:00 - Swim at Kerrycroy, Isle of Bute

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The Symmetry And Synchronicity Of Swimming

Photo of Colin Hill swimming in Coniston Water courtesy of adventure photographer Steve Ashworth from MovieIT.

When a creatively brilliant photographer combines with an intrepid open water swimmer, magical things happen in the water.

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Celebrating The Career Of Liz Fry

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

There are few open water swimmers in the world who bring as many smiles and generate as much respect as does Elizabeth Fry.

The financial services consultant from Connecticut, is all over the open water swimming map. From a record-setting marathon swimmer to organizing and helping swimmers accomplish their own goals, Fry is a marvel of the sport.

A genuine heroine, there are few like her.

She will be inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Swimmer at the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference in Scotland this weekend (see here).

Along with Melissa Cunningham (Australia), Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), James Anderson (U.S.A.), Jane Katz (U.S.A.), the Indonesian Swimming Federation, Sandra Bucha (USA), Jon Erikson (USA), Mercedes Gleitze (England), Dale Petranech (USA), Claudio Plit (Argentina), Judith van Berkel-de Nijs (Netherlands), George Young (Canada), and David Yudovin (USA), Fry will be honored as one of the greatest living marathon swimmers.

She is a member of the Half Century Club and the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. Her 2011 English Channel crossing set the world record for the oldest person ever to do a two-way crossing to join the 24-hour club when she took 24 hours 39 minutes as a 52-year-old. She also holds the world record for - and was the first person to complete - the unprecedented double Ederle Swim, a 35-mile swim from Manhattan Island in New York to Sandy Hook, New Jersey.

At the age of 50, Fry also smashed the world record for swimming clockwise around Manhattan and became the first woman to swim around Manhattan Island in that direction when she completed the course in 11 hours 41 minutes, breaking the old mark by over 6 hours.

Besides doing a Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, she has crossed the English Channel five times since 2003 interspersed between running 10 marathons on terra firma as well as serving as the long-standing race director of the 25 km St. Vincent's Foundation Swim Across the Sound.

She has also crossed the Catalina Channel and the Strait of Gibraltar in a fast 3 hours 35 minutes at the age of 55, the 25-mile In Search of Memphre, a 41-mile Round Jersey solo swim - and always smiled and supported others along the way.

She is a true champion and the epitome of an ambassador of the sport.

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Agenda


Friday, 19 September

5:30

PM


Welcome Reception at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

Documentary films shown throughout the reception:

Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa – Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
(film by Bruckner Chase)

Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain
(film by Wayne Ewing about Matthew Moseley's Lake Pontchartrain crossing)

Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska
(film by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko about the relay between Russia and Alaska)

The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau
(film about Simon Holiday's Pearl River Delta crossing)


Saturday, 20 September

9:00

AM


Registration and Coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Keynote Speech:
Colleen Blair (Scotland) on The History of Scottish Swimming

10:20

AM


Christopher Guesdon (Australia) on Multidimensional Roles In The Sport

10:30

AM


Colin Hill (England) on Recent Explosion in UK Open Water

10:50

AM


Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) on The Feminine Code of Achievement - How a Lady from Down Under Revolutionized Professional Marathon Swimming

11:10

AM


Simon Murie (England) on Open Water Swimming Holidays: How A New Sector Was Created Within The Travel Industry

11:30

AM


Swimming The Oceans Seven
A round table discussion moderated by:
Kevin Murphy (England), with Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden),
Darren Miller (USA), Adam Walker (England), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand)

12:30

PM


Coffee and Break

1:00

PM


World Open Water Swimming Awards Luncheon:
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA)

Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year

Olga Kozydub (Russia), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year

Bering Strait Swim, 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

Honoring: Vladimir Chegorin, Maria Chizhova, Elena Guseva, Ram Barkai, Jack Bright, Oksana Veklich, Aleksandr Jakovlevs, Matías Ola, Henri Kaarma, Toomas Haggi, Nuala Moore, Anne Marie Ward, Toks Viviers, Melissa O’Reilly, Ryan Stramrood, Cristian Vergara, Craig Lenning, Rafal Ziobro, Andrew Chin, Jackie Cobell, James Pittar, Paolo Chiarino, Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen, Ivan Papulshenko, Zdenek Tlamicha, Zhou Hanming, Oleg Adamov, Andrei Agarkov, Alekseev Semen, Tatiana Alexandrova, Roman Belan, Elena Semenova, Alexander Brylin, Afanasii Diackovskii, Vladimir Nefatov, Evgenii Dokuchaev, Oleg Docuckaev, Roman Efimov, Dmitrii Filitovich, Olga Filitovich, Victor Godlevskiy, Olga Golubeva, Alexei Golubkin, Alexander Golubkin, Alexandr Iurkov, Oleg Ivanov, Pavel Kabakov, Eduard Khodakovskiy, Aleksandr Komarov, Aleksandr Kuliapin, Andrey Kuzmin, Irina Lamkina, Vladimir Litvinov, Andrey Mikhalev, Victor Moskvin, Nikolay Petshak, Sergey Popov, Vladimir Poshivailov, Grigorii Prokopchuk, Dmitrii Zalka, Natalia Seraya, Viacheslav Shaposhnikov, Olga Sokolova, Andrei Sychev, Alexei Tabakov, and Nataliia Usachaeva [represented by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko and Nuala Moore]


2:30

PM


Alexey Salmin Pavlovich (Russia) and Dmitry Dragozhilov (Russia)
on the 2016 Winter Swimming World Championships [film]

2:50

PM


Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey) on Motivating Swimmers

3:10

PM


Dmitry Blokhin (Russia) and Aleksei Veller (Russia)
on the First World Ice Swimming Championships [film]

3:30

PM


Matthew Moseley (USA)’s Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain [film]

3:50

PM


Simon Holliday (England) and Doug Woodring (Hong Kong)’s The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau 2014 [film]

5:00

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF)

IMSHOF Induction Ceremonies and Dinner
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA).

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Elizabeth Fry (USA), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • James Anderson (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Dr. Jane Katz (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Indonesian Swimming Federation Open Water Committee (Indonesia), IMSHOF Honour Organisation

  • Melissa Cunningham (Australia), Irving Davids – Captain Roger Wheeler Award by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Sandra Bucha (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Jon Erikson (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer [represented by Sandra Bucha]

6:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Introduction Video.
Welcome speech by host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

6:45

PM


Dinner

7:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
Induction Ceremonies and Dinner with host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Mercedes Gleitze (England)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by daughter Doloranda Pember]

  • Dale Petranech (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Contributer and IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Claudio Plit (Argentina)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Shelley Taylor-Smith]

  • Judith van Berkel-de Nijs (Netherlands)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Niek Kloots]

  • George Young (Canada)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation]

  • David Yudovin (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer


Sunday, 21 September

9:00

AM


Registration and coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Nuala Moore (Ireland) on The Mindset of 1000m at 0ºC

10:20

AM


Admiral Konstantin Sidenko (Russia)’s Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska in 2013 [film]

10:40

AM


Ned Denison (Ireland) on Swimming The World

11:00

AM


Bruckner Chase (USA)’s Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa
Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
[film]

11:20

AM


Rok Kerin (Slovenia) on Lifestyle Benefits From Open Water Swimming

12:00

PM


Survey distribution and group photo-taking

2:00

PM


Swim at Stravvana Bay, Isle of Bute






CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE

The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.

The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.

The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.

Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.

The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.

"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."

Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."


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A Thank You Gift from WOWSA


WOWSA is celebrating the
1-Year Anniversary of the monthly Open Water Swimming Magazine
by giving you a free copy of the anniversary issue.

Open Water Swimming Magazine Anniversary Issue
File Size: 13MB

FREE DOWNLOAD

INSTRUCTIONS:
Download the file to your computer, and then right-click to extract the magazine which is inside the zip folder. The magazine is in PDF format.

CLICK HERE to download your free copy now.

Swim Across the English Channel...

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Who else is looking for a qualified open water swimming coach to help them swim across the English Channel?

Chloë McCardel is a 6-time English Channel Swimmer who inspires and instructs. Access featured content by Chloë in this month's issue of the Open Water Swimming Magazine. Published monthly by WOWSA, the Open Water Swimming Magazine is a digital, interactive publication made available exclusively to WOWSA members. See what you've been missing! Become a WOWSA member today!

Open Water Swimming Magazine


Open Water Swimming Magazine

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.

WOWSA Member Benefits include 12 issues of the Open Water Swimming Magazine, the annual 276-page Open Water Swimming Almanac, a free listing in Sponsor My Swim, outstanding product discounts from FINIS, an entry in Openwaterpedia and more...
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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

An almanac is essentially a body of knowledge which is so complete that it enables people in different fields to make predictions about the future of their respective industries.

This, for example, was the purpose of the traditional farmers almanacs. It enabled farmers to determine as accurately as possible which crops to plant for the greatest harvests in a given year.

But the farmers almanac was just one example among many.
There are, of course, many different kinds of almanacs.

In fact, there is even one for open water swimming...

Preview the Open Water Swimming Almanac:
https://www.worldopenwaterswimmingassociation.com/preview-open-water-swimming-almanac


The trends are very clear.
The tide is rising for open water swimming.

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