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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Lovely Lake Powell Lies Waiting For Open Water Swimmers

The Ventura Deep Six Relay, a team of six tough California masters swimmers, set a new world record for a non-stop six-person relay (202 miles or 325 km in 101 hours 39 minutes) this week in the Pacific.

Not only did the 6 California men topple the distance set by two separate relays from Lake Taupo, New Zealand in 2009 (Taupo x 3 Relay), but they also out-swam the distance (83.86 miles or 134.8 km) swum by the Sport City Mexico four-way English Channel relay team (shown on left) in 2007 (who took 42 hours 11 minutes) and Sun Rice Australia's four-way English Channel relay in 1993 (taking 43 hours 7 minutes).

It was quite a feat.

But if there is any place to attempt a non-stop relay, Lake Powell, a man-made lake on the Arizona-Utah border in the U.S., has got to be it.

Warm, glassy flat, clear water with stunningly scenic views.

It has over 2000 miles of gorgeous shoreline and outstanding house boats to serve as the ideal escort boats.

Lake Powell is part of the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area where five million years of erosion has carved canyons out of the sandstone walls and barren landscape. The canyon was filled with water as the result of the second largest man-made reservoir in the U.S. and Lake Powell now serves as playground as well as providing energy and water for the local population.

Lake Powell's water is warm (76°F or 24°C) until October with outstanding water clarity, although it is located at 3700 feet (1,127 meters) altitude. At 500 feet deep in some places, it took 17 years to fill up.

But it won't take that long to swim from one end to the other.

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