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Saturday, October 8, 2011
Ocean Recovery Alliance Celebrated In The Clean Half
Ranked as one of the top open water swims in the world, 35 teams and 13 solo swimmers from six countries braved the winds, swells, rough surface chop and tricky ocean currents to finish the 15K course in the warm, blue waters.
The 2010 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year and two-time winner Marcos Díaz won the men’s solo race again in 3 hours 44 min with Gary Claydon was second (3:50) and Dave Mathews in third (3:58). Marcos said, "This event is amazing because of the incredible scenery and water, just next to one of the most crowded cities in the world. When Doug Woodring mentioned that Hong Kong is like New York and Hawaii put together, I laughed, but when I came and saw it, I completely knew what he was talking about."
Stretching from Stanley to Deepwater Bay, the relay course enables the swimmers, pilots and volunteers to see Hong Kong’s most stunning views - scenery most businesspeople never have the opportunity to enjoy. Held along the 'Clean Half' of Hong Kong Island, the event is also organized to highlight the importance of Hong Kong’s ocean and water environment.
The LRC Nippers won the men’s relay category in 3:22:04 while the LRC Orcas won the women’s division in 3:43:12. The LRC Marlins completed the sweep by winning the mixed category in 3:39:54.
This year, more than previous years, the swimmers enjoyed the marine life. The living aquarium was enhanced because trawling (fishing) in all of Hong Kong waters was banned earlier, enabling the local area to rejuvenate itself, bringing many benefits to the community along the way. Hong Kong’s welcoming waters are an ideal backdrop for an open water challenge. "This is easily one of the coolest events around, due to the social aspect of the team event for the swim, the incredible scenery that Hong Kong has to offer, and the quality of the athletes," commented Anna Mathisen, one of Hong Kong’s top outrigger canoeists.
Each relay team had five members who swam for 20 minutes during their first rotation and 10 minutes on their subsequent rotations until the race finished in Deepwater Bay.
The event was a charity swim with the benefits going to the Ocean Recovery Alliance, a non-profit organization which is focused on reducing the impact of plastic waste in the oceans and on the planet. "The reduction of plastic waste is proven to impact over 270 species of wildlife in the ocean environment alone. We had an incredible race this year, and already competitors are planning for next year. This is a unique race in the region, with a carbon-neutral category as well, where swimmers paddle outrigger canoes as they race. The overall goal is to promote sport, our great waters, and remind people of the importance of the ocean around us,” says Race Director Doug Woodring (on far right in photo above with top men's finishers including Marcos Díaz in yellow shirt).
Men's Division Results:
1. LRC Nippers - 3:22:04
2. LRC Cods - 3:43:11
3. LRC Belugas - 3:44:26
Women's Division Results:
1. LRC Orcas -3:43:12
2. LRC Sirens -4:23:37
3. LRC Pearls -4:48:12
Mixed Division Results:
1. LRC Marlins - 3:26:59
2. HK Football Club A - 3:39:54
3. Rubber Ducks - 4:04:40
Solo Swimmer Results:
1. Marcos Diaz (Dominican Republic) - 3:44:08
2. Gary Claydon (Australia) - 3:50:37
3. Greg James (Hong Kong) - 3:58:17
1. Tori Gorman (top woman) - 4:04:13
Copyright © 2011 by Open Water Source
2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
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."
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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