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Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Colonies Are Casually Profound

While the annual banquet for the English Channel swimmers is elegant and black-tie, the annual Catalina Channel Swimming Federation is casual held with the Pacific Ocean looming just offshore.

At this year's banquet, as usual, there was laughter, tears and heartfelt acknowledgements by the swimmers that frequently touched upon family ties. David Hartmire (11:52) explained, "My 14-year-old daughter kayaked for me, during the swim and all throughout training. Those were special moments we shared together."

Kimberly Shales (11:01) echoed David's sentiments. "My dad kayaked for me the entire way across the channel. The whole way. But he also kayaked for me during training. It was special being out there all those hours with my dad."

Before Mike Vovk (12:35) was forced from his first attempt due to a small craft advisory and wicked winds, he recalled being escorted by his son. "It was great out there with my son. When it got really bad, he said, 'Dad, I am not leaving you.' He became a man out there that day."

Catalina stalwart Forrest Nelson, who became the first person to cross the Catalina Channel in December, recalled the conversations he had with his escort boat pilot, especially when he started to slow down towards the end of his 23:01 double-crossing. "I told him that I wanted to be able to see the bow and the stern. He told me, 'Well, you would have been between the bow and stern if you would swim faster.'"

Before his double-attempt in December, Forrest asked his father if he were crazy to do these swims. "Maybe it is time to accept yourself as being crazy," came the answer while the entire audience nodded in general agreement.

Dr. Steve Green (11:31) reiterated that perspective about focus and commitment. "With this group of people, if you say it is crazy, that is what is exciting to us."

Hank Wise (8:07, shown above) also brought up the fact that "the records are held by women in the channel - Penny Dean one way and Karen Burton the other way. The guys have to step it up here."

Which was exactly what Chris Dahowski (11:29) vowed, "We'll see you back here next year."

The official finishers included the following:

David Smith, 9:22:24
Suzie Dods, 18:36:28
David Barra, 15:37:11
Sarah Thomas, 9:06:28
Samantha Simon, 9:22:54
Steve Green, 11:31:00
Cliff Crozier, 10:41:32
Jeff Magouirk, 10:41:32
Kathrin Raymond, 10:41:32
Jim Barber, 8:43:33
Victoria Rian, 8:43:33
Mallory Mead, 8:36:32
Forrest Nelson, 23:01:06 (double crossing)
Barbara Held, 9:36:53
Morgan Filler, 10:49:31
Walter Bean Scott, 10:53:18
Penny Palfrey, 10:36:16
Daniel Fung, 13:23:12
Ray Melvedt, 15:25:40
Natalie Merrow, 13:50:35
Greg O'Connor, 9:26:38
Jason Lassen, 15:59:50 (breaststroke)
R. Brooks Richardson, 11:26:45
Hank Wise, 8:07:03
David Hartmire, 11:52:10
Jennifer Schumacher, 11:05:32
Chris Dahowski, 11:29:52
Kimberly Shales, 11:53:36
Mike Vovk, 12:35:21
Relay of Sasha Westberg, Natalie Malicki, Kellie Fecarotta, Danny Miller, Derek Young and Tanner Cridland, 8:09:12
Relay of Christie Ciraulo, Jenny L. Cook, Karen L. Einsidler, Tracy Grilli, Lisa Bennett and Nancy Steadman-Martin, 9:19:44
Relay of Lynn Kubasek, John Caughlin, Susie Croke, Suave Bean, Merci Jensen and Julie Flanagan, 11:23:01
Relay of Patsee Ober, Mike Mitchell, Joel Swartz, Benoit Pelczar, Ray Meltvedt and Lynn Kubasek, 11:23:01
Relay of John Mathews, Vito Bialla, Dave Ogden, Amanda Boyd, Gordon Clute and David Holscher, 10:23:09

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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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