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Friday, October 19, 2012

It's A Draw, Extreme Swimmers 7 vs. Deep Blue 7

The Deep Blue Invitational Swim turned out to be a draw, a tie between South Africa's toughest extreme swimmers and the cold, lumpy ocean.

14 of South Africa’s hardest core open water swimmers, but only 7 managed to complete the swim in the turgid Atlantic Ocean last Saturday.

The wind-whipped swim was held at Shelley Point, on the west coast of South Africa, near the village of St Helena Bay, 150 km north of Cape Town.

Faced with conditions that included an angry wind chop and plunging water temperatures that started at 13.5°C and dropped to 10.5°C. "The swim was going to be difficult and we needed to ensure the swimmers were safe. The water was cold and the chop was going to be a significant factor so we decided to shorten the course by 2 kilometers”, said race director Frazer.

The Deep Blue of the Atlantic threw a lot at the swimmers. Strong head wind and significant surface chop made it very difficult for the swimmers to get any rhythm going, especially for Brenton Williams who swam butterfly. After rounding the first buoy, the swimmers caught a break with big chop coming from behind. Together with a good tail wind, the elements helped push the swimmers along. But Mother Nature was not about to let the swimmers off without a cold patch of water during the last 2 km. The 10.5°C water, along with the chop and wind, was a bit much for 7 of the 14 entrants in the final scorecard.

According to event doctor Dr Sean Gottschalk, the average body temperature drop of the swimmers was 4°C with the lowest body temperature reading 30.2°C (86.3°F).

Lisa Cowling led the way despite the rough conditions, winning Deep Blue in 2 hours 24 minutes well ahead of Buff Van Westenbrugge, the first man back onto land. Remarkably, the butterflying Williams finished fifth.

"I kept an eye on Brenton as much as I could through the first 5K.  I saw him finish. He kept his stroke true the entire time. The same pace, the same stroke. He didn’t look flustered at all at the end. I was blown away," said Shaun Lilford one of the organisers from Ripple Effect.

Mark de Klerk and Martin Weggaar were the remaining two finishers in the 8 km race. Richard Willmore won the 3 km swim with Philip Dempster finishing second.

Deep Blue 8K Results:
1. Lisa Cowling, 2:24:00
2. Buff van Westenbrugge, 2:49:55
3. Ryan Stramrood, 2:50:28
4. Tim Stiff, 2:13:14
5. Brenton Williams (butterfly), 3:40:24
6. Mark de Klerk, 3:45:09
7. Martin Weggaar, 3:50:46

Deep Blue 3K Invitational
1. Richard Willmore, 50:47
2. Philip Dempster, 52:44
3. Tommy Kruger, 54:07
4. Kathyrn Nurse, 54:23
5. Monika Hayes, 1:01:41
6. Larry Muller, 1:02:11
7. Jason Stramrood, 1:10:44
8. Kendal Wright, 1:16:33
9. Sandi Sher, 1:17:19
10. Hazel Mc Queen, 1:17:23
11. Mauro Sanderhoff, 1:35:35
12. Wyne Hakimi, 1:35:40
Photos by Clive Wright.

Copyright © 2012 by Open Water Source

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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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