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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Four Is A Charm

When the Ultimate Swim Relay made its valiant attempt with 4 swimmers attempting 4 separate, but consecutive, solo swims across the Catalina Channel, their effort called to mind the remarkable 4-way relay crossing by Sport City Mexico of the English Channel.

Their 42 hour 11 minute crossing was truly an adventure. The first crossing took them 8 hours 18 minutes, the second crossing was 10 hours 44 minutes, the third was 11 hours 5 minutes, and the last crossing took 12 hours 6 minutes.

Mariel Hawley recalled those two tough days and nights in August 2007 when a team of brave Mexicans made history.

"The team included 56-year-old Jorge Urreta, 55-year-old Luis Pineyro, 48-year-old Omar Díaz González, 38-year-old Alejandro Moreno, 26-year-old Mayalen Noriega and me, supported by coach Rodolfo Aznar and Dr. Alexander Kormanovsky."

"We were waiting for our escort pilot, Mike Oram, at our hotel. We had been in Dover for a few days, but the weather had been terrible, raining all day long and with very strong winds. Despite the weather, everyone was excited because we had been following the weather on the BBC and the report said that the weather was going to change with decreasing winds."

"I explained to Mike that this swim was very important for us, not only because of the swim itself, but also because if we made the 4-way crossing, many low-income Mexican children with cleft lip and palate were going to be medically attended and have a surgery."

"After I made the introductions, Mike, who had been the pilot for the first relay team to ever do a 4-way English Channel crossing, the Sun Rice Team, said, 'Hello, ok, now, where are the swimmers?'. I answered, 'WE are the swimmers.' Now, it was Mike’s turn to be surprised. 'Ahhh; ok. I’ll be honest with you. What you are trying to do is not an easy. I was the pilot for the Sun Rice Team, they were all men and swimmers of [the famous Australian] Bondi Beach. They were much younger than you are and fast swimmers.' After that, Omar explains that our purpose is to finish the 4-way crossing, but that we don´t know how long it will take us, but that we have trained very hard and that if we finish the swim a lot of children will be benefited from it."

On August 23rd at 6 pm, Mariel was told by Mike's son and co-pilot, Lance, that they could start the swim in one hour or wait until the morning. They decided to wait until morning.

"12 hours later, Luis was standing on Shakespeare Beach waiting to start our journey from England to France to England to France and back to England."


"The first 24 hours were an adventure. Mayalen and I spent the night listening to the English and French coast guard radio service. None of us had any problem swimming during the night, but the next 18 hours were very different. The boat had little space for everyone on board, two pilots, two judges, a coach, a doctor and six swimmers. As the journey went to the second day, everyone started getting tired, hungry and cold."

"The second night was coming and it was much colder and windier than the night before.

Some teammates got seasick, but we had finished three crossings and were in the middle of the fourth when our enthusiasm started to fall very fast. This is the worst part: when the team starts to get tired, there is no space on the boat for everyone, swimming against currents, fighting jellyfish and seasickness. After 40 hours, in the middle of the night, our team captain says that either we touch England within the next hour or the swim may continue for six or more hours. It was my turn and I was very cold
."

"Since I finished my last swim five hours ago, I had not been able to warm myself. I was shaking and my hands were so purple they looked awful and they hurt. Before diving into the water, I drank some tea and ate a piece of chocolate, but I was still shaking. For the seventh one-hour swim, I dove into the water. But this time, I could not swim. I was trying very hard but my body was so cold and tired that it did not respond as usual. I was very mad. As I continued swimming, I became more mad and sad. I could not see Dover lights and that meant only two things: As soon as I climbed in the boat, I was going to have everyone yelling at me and complaining about my speed and this journey will continue at least a six or eight more hours."

"I was almost crying and the only thing I wanted was to get warm and try to rest till my next turn. But at 2 am, I could not believe what I saw: Dover was just in front of me, 200 meters away. I forgot the cold, the tiredness. I climbed in the boat as fast as I could and without even putting a towel around me, started cheering with the rest of my teammates and everyone else on the boat. We were all jumping and cheering. When we saw Luis standing on the rocks and we heard the boat’s horn, we had achieved our goal."

The official Sport City Mexico's time was 42 hours and 11 minutes.

Remarkable. Simply remarkable.

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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."

The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme

Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]

Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland

Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance

Saturday, September 20th
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards
13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony

Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute

The luminaries of the open water swimming world who will be honored in Scotland will include:

* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Contributor
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), 2013 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award winner
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation, , International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Organisation
* Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Bering Strait Swim (international team), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (Ram Barkai, founder, South Africa), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year

For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:

* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida
* The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference

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