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Monday, October 22, 2012
Decisions On Open Water Butterfly, Back And Breast
Sydney was the 220 yards amateur champion of Australia at the age of 16. He is credited as the originator of the butterfly. He followed his famous brothers to America and coached notable swimmers at San Francisco's Olympic Club. The Cavill Family (Frederick, Ernest, Charles, Percy, Arthur, Sydney and Dick) was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1967 as Honour Swimmers.
While the most famous practitioners of butterfly include Mark Spitz and Michael Phelps in the pool, butterfly has been dramatically practiced by numerous open water swimmers including Vicki Keith (Canada), Gail Rice (USA), Julie Bradshaw MBE (UK), Paolo Cerizzi (Italy), Dan Projansky (USA), Héctor Ramírez Ballesteros (Spain), Charles Chapman Jr. and Brenton Williams (South Africa).
These butterflyers take on the rough water and make it even harder. But these ocean flyers get into the rhythm of the open water, moving forward without swallowing water propelled their face-forward, double-arm strokes in synchronicity of the undulating swells.
Williams, who just swam butterfly through one of the world's most famous surf zones this weekend, explains, "I feel the ocean more when swimming butterfly. I know it sounds weird, but it's actually better than swimming freestyle, though slower and harder for sure. But sighting and becoming part of the ocean's rhythm makes up for that."
Under the leadership of Evan Morrison and Donal Buckley at the Marathon Swimmers Forum, members of the marathon swimming community are currently developing rules to certify non-freestyle strokes (butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke). The issues are quite numerous and include questions such as:
1. How will observers be trained to properly judge a channel swimmer utilizing butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke?
2. What is permissible during feeding stops? May the athlete roll over on his stomach if he is doing a backstroke channel swim? May the athlete take a non-butterfly stroke just before or after his feeding? Can any kick be used besides the breast kick if there is a breaststroke attempt?
3. Can there be any "break" in the intended stroke? If so, when can that occur (e.g., when a wave hits the swimmer)? If a "break" occurs, how many strokes may a swimmer take?
4. How to handle the starts and finishes?
5. Can an occasional left arm or right arm fly stroke be allowed or must every stroke be double-armed?
6. Is a breaststroke kick after feeding or communicating with crew members allowed - or is considered cheating in a butterfly swim?
7. If breaststroke kick is allowed in a pool masters swim, can breaststroke kick be allowed for channel swim?
We tend to agree with the mindset of swimmers like Projansky and Williams. Their attitude is refreshing and they enjoy the challenge of a self-appointed handicap. While breaststroke requires patience and backstroke requires confidence, butterfly requires a bit of madcap ego and machisimo. Compared to freestyle, any swim over a mile using these strokes is a bit extreme in our opinion.
"Therein lays the allure," explains Williams. "Not many swimmers have come down this path of swimming butterfly in open water. It is pretty extreme. It feels like a whole new frontier is being opened up. In open water swimming, there is how fast you can swim and how far you can swim and in how cold water you can swim. Now, butterfly is being added to the open water mix."
In our opinion, it would be beneficial for the Marathon Swimmers Forum to seek the input from butterflyers such as Keith, Projansky, Williams and their fellow marathon butterflyers. Similarly, backstrokers like Tina Neill can provide valuable advice as she has swum both the English Channel and Catalina Channel using backstroke. With their input, the rules can help shape, define and promote the non-freestyle attempts that are increasingly happening about the world, from shorter local races to the longer marathon swims.
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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
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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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