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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Give Me Five ... Anna Wardley Challenges Five Island Swim
Anna explains about her Five Islands Swim Challenge, "I selected these islands as they are all challenging in different ways.
Whether it be the cold and strong currents for Tiree, the distance and complex tides for the Isle of Wight or the busy shipping channels that I need to negotiate for Portsea, it will be a challenge. The swims increase in distance with each one so each one helps me to prepare for the next one both mentally and physically."
The 30-mile swim around the island of Tiree off the west coast of Scotland is unprecedented. "Although all five swims are challenging in their own right, the swim around Tiree will be particularly tough due to the powerful tidal streams and the extremely low water temperature, which barely rises above 13°C even in the height of summer. I’m not underestimating the magnitude of the challenges that lie ahead."
Significant challenges must be overcome throughout the five-swim series, "I believe Tiree and the Isle of Wight will be the hardest. Tiree is extremely challenging in terms of the strong tides and low water temperatures. It is going to be a painstaking wait for the window to make the attempt because it is known as one of the windiest places in the British Isles. I first got the idea to swim round Tiree a couple of years ago when I was working there on an international windsurfing event. I was swimming there every day in the crystal clear waters of the white sandy beaches, and started thinking about whether it might be possible to swim around the island. According to the islanders nobody has attempted it before. At the end of last year, my support team and I" decided it was feasible and safe to make an attempt as long as we get the right conditions."
Following the footsteps of such greats as Kevin Murphy around the Isle of Wight, Anna is optimistic. "I will be swimming in warmer and more familiar waters as I live right opposite the island near Stokes Bay, but the sheer distance and the challenge of making the critical tidal gates will be all important. I am all too aware that I will be swimming against the tide for extended periods and I'm psyching myself up to deal with that, and at least with it being the last swim in the series I've got the rest of my life to rest afterwards."
Her team will come from all over. "I will have my core support crew at all the swims, but I will also be using local pilots including Charlie Gravett in Jersey and local fishermen in Tiree. I am lucky to have close links with the marine industry due to my work, so the swims around Portsea and the Isle of Wight I will be organising my own support craft and crews. I am also spending time speaking to people who have successfully completed the swim both as swimmer and pilots, including solos and relays, to learn what I can from their experiences."
Her Five Island Swim Challenge, covering 150 miles over a five-month period, culminates in September with an attempt to complete a non-stop 60-mile swim around the Isle of Wight, which is likely to take around 30 hours. Kevin who completed the first circumnavigation around the Isle of Wight in 1971 said, "A swim in excess of 24 hours is among the toughest in the world, and there aren't many people who can do it. Getting through The Needles is something of an adventure especially in the dark and the sea can be very rough off St Catherine's point. No solo swimmer has ever managed to get to Bembridge to catch the tide, which means we've all had six hours of swimming against it going nowhere before being able to make progress again."
Anna will start her challenge in a 7-mile swim around the uninhabited island of Dragonera, which is a protected natural park off the west coast of Mallorca on May 27th. Next up in June is a 13-miler around Portsea Island in Hampshire. A month later, Anna travels to the Channel Islands to swim 41 miles around Jersey.
Her challenge is a part of Anna’s Turning the Tide campaign to raise £50,000 for the Samaritans, a 24-7 support for anyone experiencing distress and despair, Toe in the Water for re-inspiring injured service personnel through competitive sailing, and Sail Africa for improving the life chances of disadvantaged young people in Durban through sailing.
Anna was awarded a Community Chest grant to fund the purchase of a sea kayak for her support team to paddle alongside her during training. Community Chest Grand Judge Chrissie Pollard commented, "I meet some extraordinary people through the Community Chest but Anna is almost certainly the bravest. She swims in all winds, weathers and sea states to help other people and the Samaritans, Toe in the Water and Sail Africa are such worthy causes. For someone who took up serious swimming five years ago Anna has achieved so much. Her safety is paramount and the new kayak will make sure her trusty helpers are also safe as they travel alongside her."
Her series plan is as follows:
Dragonera in Mallorca, Spain on 27 May 2012, 7 miles at 17°C
Portsea in Hampshire, United Kingdom on June, 12 miles at 13°C
Jersey in the Channel Islands between 5-8 July, 41 miles at 16°C
Tiree in Inner Hebrides, Scotland in August, 30 miles at 13°C
Isle of Wight in Solvent, United Kingdom in September, 60 miles at 16°C
What is perhaps most remarkable is that before her first English Channel attempt in 2007, Anna was only an occasional pool swimmer, logging only a kilometer twice a week in her local pool.
Photo courtesy of Simon Jessop.
Copyright © 2012 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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