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Monday, October 31, 2011
Roger Finch Having A Great Time In The English Channel
Formerly an age-group swimmer, he traveled the world doing motorcycle road racing and then equestrian show jumping. Working with horses went well until five years ago when he smashed my pelvis in an accident.
After many months in bed, he was sent to the swimming pool for rehabilitation. After months of swimming one kilometer, his sister persuaded him to enter the aQuellé Midmar Mile. Finishing 76th, Roger thought, "If I do some training, I can do better. So I started training at The Wahoo Complex and soon moved up to third place in my age group. I then turned to the Cadiz Freedom Swim from Robben Island. I did a few training swims in the Atlantic and found that cold water did not pose much of a problem.
The swim went well & I came in 14th overall."
Roger had caught the bug.
"The Cape Town guys were happy with me and invited me to join them at the 2010 Rottnest Channel Swim. It was my first long swim. I had never fed on a swim before so I just drank as much as I could each half hour which resulted in me throwing up after 6K to the end of the swim. But I was very happy and knew that it had opened a new door for me to much longer swims. My plan was to the head to the Strait of Gibraltar in 2011, but after managing to secure a number 2 swim slot on the 20 - 27th August tide, I concentrated on the English Channel."
He adjusted his training with his coach Mike Nel to increase his average training volume from 20K per week.
"I trained on my own in a lane six days a week. I did my six-hour qualification swim in Dover. [In Dover], I got to train with swimmers who were waiting to do their crossings. From October, I training in Cape Town on long cold ocean swims and practice feeding. I brought Maxim back from Dover and it worked well for me."
He ended up doing 11 Robben Island to Three Anchor bay swims and a Blouberg-to-Robben Island double crossing. "Cape Town has to be one of the best places to train for the channel as it boasts a 100% success rate and all the guys are very helpful."
Ultimately, he left for Dover with his training partners, his coach, a friend and his wife. The team met with our pilot Chris Osmond on the boat Sea Farer 2 to discuss the swim that would start at 3 am. "We started the swim at 3:10 from Samphire Hoe. It was pitch black. All I saw was the port and starboard lights on Sea Farer 2. I was being tossed all over and was not putting 2 strokes together. Then my first feed came with a mix of maxim and Milo. It went down well and I was happy and settled. But the ocean was not so kind and threw me around for the next two hours. But there was not one second in the entire swim that someone was not watching over me which was very reassuring.
I swam into a great sunrise and watched the jets leaving vapor trails all over the sky. Below me, large brown jelly fish floated past and was stung on my leg. Ann hour later, I received a full blown blast on my chest. After the sun came up I would watch my team on board and marvel just how lucky I was to actually be in the Channel swimming and have such a great team to support me. At moments I would feel my goggles with tears of joy seeing the team and all the messages of support on the board.
Otto Thaning, who had swum the channel in 1994, was watching my live tracking and told my crew now is the time to push hard. They relayed the message. I went for it cutting straight through into France at Le Petit Blanc Nez and landed on the beach full of sun tanners who gave me the biggest reception. All in all I loved every stroke of the swim, I never felt cold and had a great time."
Copyright © 2011 by Open Water Source
2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
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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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