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Swimming In the Open Water ... All Day And All Night

It is one thing to swim long distances in the ocean. It is another thing to swim at night. It is an entirely different matter when a swimmer swims all day and all night for at least a 24-hour period.

The list below includes solo swimmers who successfully completed solo swims or competed in races that lasted a minimum of 24 hours: members of the 24-hour club.

The list is incomplete and is in the process of being updated. Information on additional swims that should be added to this list can be emailed here.

The list does not include any stage swims, swims assisted with wetsuits, fins, shark cages or other equipment, swims that do not adhere to the traditional rules of marathon swimming, or solo swims that were attempted but not completed (and there were several that lasted over 24 hours but were stopped for various reason).

1. Pedro Candiotti (Argentina) 281 miles downstream in River de la Plata (Argentina) in 1935 in 84 hours
2. Pedro Candiotti (Argentina) 205 miles downstream in River de la Plata (Argentina) in 1943 in 74 hours 30 minutes
3. Charles 'Zimmy' Zibelman (USA) 288 miles downstream in the Hudson River (New York, USA) in 1938 in 74 hours
4. Pedro Candiotti (Argentina) 211 miles downstream in River de la Plata (Argentina) in 1931 in 71 hours 55 minutes
5. Pedro Candiotti (Argentina) 210 miles downstream in River de la Plata (Argentina) in 1930 in 66 hours 15 minutes
6. Vicki Keith (Canada) 80.2 km (butterfly) crossing of Lake Ontario (Canada) in 2005 in 63 hours 40 minutes
7. Abdul Latif Abou Heif (Egypt) 285 miles downstream in River de la Plata (Argentina) in 1970 in 60 hours
8. Vicki Keith (Canada) 64 miles in a two-way crossing of Lake Ontario (Canada) in 1987 in¨56 hours 10 minutes
9. Martin Strel (Slovenia) 100 miles from Lignano to Ravenna (Italy) in 1994 in 55 hours 11 minutes
10. Vicki Keith (Canada) 45 miles in Lake Michigan (USA) in 1988 in 53 hours
11. Vicki Keith (Canada) 48 miles in Lake Huron (Canada) in 1988 in¨46 hours 55 minutes
12. Sean O’Connell (Bermuda) 47 miles around the island of Bermuda in 1977 in 43 hours 27 minutes
13. Kevin Murphy (UK) 77.2 km (48 miles in Lake Balaton (Hungary) in 1973 in 43 hours 15 minutes
14. Antonio Abertondo (Argentina, photo above) 42 miles in a two-way crossing of the English Channel (England-France) in 1961 in 43 hours 10 minutes
15. Martin Strel (Slovenia) 62.5 miles from Venice (Italy) to Portorose (Slovenia) in 1996 in 41 hours 11 minutes
16. Jay Serdula (Canada) 45 km across Lake Ontario (Canada) in 2008 in 41 hours 1 minute
17. Penny Palfry (Australia) 67.2 miles from Little Cayman to Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands) in 2011 in 40 hours 41 minutes
18. Susie Maroney (Australia) 58 miles from Mexico to Cuba in 1998 in 38 hours 33 minutes
19. Ted Erikson (USA) 36.75 miles in a pro race in Lake Michigan (Illinois, USA) in 1961 in 36 hours 37 minutes
20. Martin Strel (Slovenia) 62.5 miles from Koper (Slovenia) to Venice (Italy) in 1999 in 36 hours 30 minutes
21. Jon Erikson (USA) 63 miles in a three-way crossing of the English Channel (England-France) in 1981 in 38 hours 27 minutes
22. Ted Erikson (USA) 60 mile in a pro race in Lake Michigan (Illinois, USA) in 1963 in 37 hours 31 minutes
23. Kevin Murphy (UK) 42 miles in a two-way crossing of the English Channel (England-France) in 1975 in 36 hours 3 minutes*
24. Ted Erikson (USA) 50 miles in a pro race in Lake Michigan (Illinois, USA) in 1962 in 35 hours 45 minutes
25. Mihir Sen (India) 51 miles across the Panama Canal (Pacific-Atlantic Oceans) in 1966 in 35 hours 30 minutes
26. John Munro (Canada) 35 miles across Lake Ontario (Canada) in 2003 in 35 hours 15 minutes
27. Kevin Murphy (UK) 42 miles in a two-way crossing of the English Channel (England-France) in 1970 in 35 hours 10 minutes
28. Diane Struble (New York, USA) 32 miles in Lake George (New York, USA) in 1958 in 35 hours
29. Lisa Cummins (Ireland) 42 miles in a two-way crossing of the English Channel (England-France) in 2009 in 35 hours
30. Alison Streeter MBE (UK) 63 miles in a three-way crossing of the English Channel (England-France) in 1990 in 34 hours 40 minutes
31. Abdul Latif Abou Heif (Egypt) 60 miles in Lake Michigan (Illinois, USA) in 1963 in 34 hours 38 minutes
32. Cindy Cleveland (USA) 48 miles in a circumnavigation around Catalina Island (California, USA) in 1979 in 34 hours 24 minutes
33. Paul Chotteau (France) 20.2 miles in a crossing of the Catalina Channel (California, USA) in 1936 in 33 hours 50 minutes
34. Yuko Matsuzaki (Japan) 51.5 miles in Lake Cane (Florida, USA) in 2008 in 33 hours 24 minutes
35. Skip Storch (USA) 85.5 miles in a triple circumnavigation around Manhattan Island (New York, USA) in 2007 in 32 hours 52 minutes
36. Carlos Costa (Canada) 45 km across Lake Ontario (Canada) in 1993 in 32 hours 43 minutes
37. Kevin Murphy (UK) 42 miles in a two-way crossing of the English Channel (England-France) in 1987 in 32 hours 42 minutes
38. Jenna Lambert (Canada) 20.7 miles across the east end of Lake Ontario (Canada) in 2006 in 32 hours 18 minutes
39. Jose Cortinas (Cuba) 20.2 miles in a crossing of the Catalina Channel (California, USA) in 1953 in 32 hours 10 minutes
40. Vicki Keith (Canada) 32 miles (butterfly) in a crossing of Lake Ontario (Canada) in 1989 in¨31 hours
41. Greta Andersen (USA) 50 miles in a pro race in Lake Michigan (Illinois, USA) in 1962 in 31 hours
42. Ted Erikson (USA) 42 miles in a two-way crossing of the English Channel (England-France) in 1965 in 30 hours 3 minutes
43. Antonio Abertondo (Argentina) 50 miles across the River de la Plata (Uruguay-Argentina) in 1950s in 30 hours
44. Yuko Matsuzaki (Japan) 51.5 miles in Lake Cane (Florida, USA) in 2007 in 29 hours 55 minutes 45. Jon Erikson (USA) 42 miles in a two-way crossing of the English Channel (England-France) in 1975 in 29 hours 50 minutes 46. Martin Strel (Slovenia) 78 km from Africa to Europe in 1997 in 29 hours 36 minutes
47. Abdul Latif Abou Heif (Egypt) in Montreal (Canada) in 1966 in 29 hours
48. Kim Middleton (Canada) across Lake Ontario (Canada) in 1993 in 29 hours 49. Jose Cortinas (Cuba) 20.2 miles in a crossing of the Catalina Channel (California, USA) in 1952 in 28 hours 55 minutes
50. Jackie Cobell (UK) 21 miles across the English Channel (England-France) in 2010 in 28 hours 44 minutes
51. Anne Cleveland (USA) 42 miles in a two-way crossing of the English Channel (England-France) in 2004 in 28 hours 36 minutes
52. Philip Rush (New Zealand) 63 miles in a three-way crossing of the English Channel (England-France) in 1987 in 28 hours 21 minutes
53. Martin Strel (Slovenia) 105km down the Krka River (Slovenia) in 1992 in 28 hours
54. Ray Gandy (USA) 45.6 miles in Narraganset Bay (Rhode Island, USA) in 2011 in 27 hours 42 minutes
55. Liane Llewellyn (UK) 42 miles in a two-way crossing of the English Channel (England-France) in 2009 in 27 hours 35 minutes
56. Diana Nyad (USA) 102 miles from the North Bimini Island (Bahamas) to Florida (USA) in 1979 in 27 hours 30 minutes
57. Des Renford MBE (Australia) 93km from Sydney Harbour to North Wollongong Harbour (Australia) in 1974 in 27 hours 29 minutes
58. Nick Adams (UK) 42 miles in a two-way crossing of the English Channel (England-France) in 1995 in 27 hours 28 minutes
59. Rick Goodwin (Canada) across Lake Ontario (Canada) in 1994 in 27 hours 6 minutes
60. Vicki Keith (Canada) 51 km across Lake Ontario (Canada) in 1986 in 26 hours 59 minutes
61. Greta Andersen (USA/Denmark) 40.4 miles in a two-way crossing of the Catalina Channel (California, USA) in 26 hours 53 minutes
62. Kevin Murphy (UK) 56 miles (90 km) around the Isle of Wight (UK) in 1971 in 26 hours 51 minutes
63. Henry Sullivan (USA) 21 miles in a crossing of the English Channel (England-France) in 26 hours 50 minutes
64. John Bulsza (USA) 34.5 miles (55 km) across Lake Huron (USA-to-Canada) in 1996 in 26 hours 49 minutes
65. Kim Lumsdon (Canada) 51 km across Lake Ontario (Canada) in 1994 in 26 hours 14 minutes
66. Michael Read MBE (UK) 42 miles in a four-way crossing of Windermere (England) in 1972 in 26 hours 16 minutes
67. Kim Middleton (Canada) 47 km across Lake Ontario (Canada) in 1994 in 26 hours 14 minutes
68. Stuart Johnson (Australia) 42 miles in a two-way crossing of the English Channel (England-France) in 2011 in 25 hours 50 minutes
69. Mihir Sen (India) 35 miles across the Palk Strait from India to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in 25 hours 44 minutes
70. Shelagh Freedman (Canada) 51 km across Lake Ontario (Canada) in 1993 in 26 hours 3 minutes
71. Paula Stephanson (Canada) 31.9 miles across Lake Michigan (USA) in 2009 in 25 hours 38 minutes
72. Forrest Nelson (USA) 48 miles in a circumnavigation around Catalina Island (California, USA) in 2011 in 25 hours 35 minutes
73. Attila Manyoki (Hungary) 80 km in Lake Balaton (Hungary) in 2008 in 25 hours 32 minutes
74. Bob Weir (Canada) 35 miles across Lakes Couchiching/Simcoe (Canada) in 1991 in 25 hours 8 minutes
75. Bill Sadlo (America) 51 km across Lake Ontario (Canada) in 1957 in 25 hours 1 minute
76. Palmer Donnelly (USA) 35 miles around Staten Island (New York, USA) in 1961 in 25 hours
77. Elizabeth Fry (USA) 42 miles in a two-way crossing of the English Channel (England-France) in 2011 in 24 hours 41 minutes
78. Michael Read MBE (UK) 56 miles around the Isle of Wight (UK) in 1972 in 24 hours 36 minutes
79. Cindy Cleveland (USA) 40.2 miles in a two-way crossing of the Catalina Channel (California, USA) in 1977 in 24 hours 30 minutes
80. Susanne Robinson (Canada) 51 km across Lake Ontario (Canada) in 2010 in 24 hours 28 minutes
81. Anna McClarnon (UK) 21 miles in a crossing of the English Channel (England-France) in 2002 in 24 hours 8 minutes
82. Amy Hiland (USA) 20.2 miles in a crossing of the Catalina Channel (California, USA) in 1958 in 24 hours 25 seconds

* Murphy's 1975 swim was notable because he was ordered out of the water because of bad weather after swimming non-stop for 52 hours 30 minutes when he was halfway back on his third leg. "I think my 52½ hours in the sea for that first three-way attempt was my best ever swim - which is odd really because it ended in failure. I do like to think it moved the goalposts and proved that a three-way could be done, but it took the likes of Jon Erikson, Philip Rush and Alison Streeter to do that."

There were dozens of swims that ended in the swimmer being pulled out voluntarily or involuntarily after the 24-hour period, but these swims are not included in this list.

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"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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