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Thursday, October 11, 2012
Swimmers Are Perfect For This Role
Doug Woodring utilizes the Clean Half of Hong Kong to conduct his 15km Clean Half Extreme Marathon Swim annually in October.
Last weekend’s 6th annual Ocean Recovery Alliance Clean Half extreme marathon swim race was the most competitive race yet. The normally beautiful October weather in Hong Kong did not fail to delight, giving 260 swimmers excellent conditions to handle a number of different swimming challenges along the course.
One of the world's top 100 swims, 51 teams and 9 solo swimmers from 6 countries had to brave the winds, ocean swells and tricky conditions to finish the 15 km course. Stretching from Stanley to Deepwater Bay, the relay course runs along Hong Kong Island’s most stunning views.
Woodring, never one to pass up an opportunity to encourage others to become stewards of the ocean in their own way, explained, "We are looking for leaders and ambassadors within the water sports community to help spread the word about the importance of ocean protection, and swimmers are perfect for this role. The more we use the water, the more we should all think about giving something back to it."
The race was established to bring a new type of ocean swimming to Hong Kong, along with an appreciation of its waters and coastline. With plastic pollution growing as a global issue, the race highlights the needs to use less disposable plastic, encouraging all swimmers to use re-useable drink containers during the event instead of plastic bottles.
Each team had 5 members and an escort boat. Each swimmer raced 20-minute shifts for the first rotation with 10-minute intervals thereafter until the race finishes in Deepwater Bay.
Some of the proceeds from the event were donated to the Ocean Recovery Alliance, a non-profit organization which is focused on reducing the impact of plastic waste in our ocean, and on our planet in general, which is proven to impact over 270 species of wildlife in the ocean environment alone.
As The Clean Half grows, it will be limited by the number of support craft and paddlers who are available to be with swimmers, so early applications are strongly encouraged for the October 5th 2013 event.
1. LRC Morays 3.12.22
2. Jaspas Tritons 3.14.48
3. Harry Wright Intl 3.15.49
4. 26 Coaching 3.32.36
5. LTC Belugas 3.41.06
6. HKFC Men's A Team 3.43.35
7. Triton Men's 2 3.46.27
8. Orca 4.04.43
9. Wan Chai Express 4.05.40
10. Triton Cruisers 4.09.21
11. Half Clean 4.10.11
12. Budgy Smugglers 4.14.19
13. 131 Argyle Street 4.18.18
14. SG Black 4.20.25
15. Faster Than We Thought 4.26.41
16. Affordable Escorts 4.34.32
17. LRC Tridents 4.35.55
18. Ap Adventure 2 4.49.45
19. The Tri Boys 5.04.32
20. SG Red 5.32.12
21. Wah Yan Old Boys & Friend 5.57.09
1. LRC Dragon Ladies 3.41.52
2. HKFC Women's A 4.01.28
3. Triton Women's 1 04:03.4
4. Third Time Lucky 4.39.12
5. Flying Coconuts 4.42.28
6. Triton Women's 2 5.11.56
7. LRC Wahoo 5.38.40
Carbon Neutral Category (use of outriggers not motorized craft)
1. Team Ocean Recovery 3.31.57
2. Budgy Smugglers 4.14.19
3. SG Black 4.20.25
4. Flying Coconuts 4.42.28
5. Sea Lynx 5.12.49
6. SG Mixed 6.30.45
Mixed Team Results
1. LRC Dream Team 3.30.24
2. Team Ocean Recovery 3.31.57
3. Harry Wright Young Guns 3.38.58
4. Tritons Mixed 1 4.09.21
5. LRC Braat Pack 4.16.56
6. Team Mac Bank 4.18.10
7. Team Cam 4.20.25
8. LRC Andy and the Cuttlefish 4.27.55
9. LRC Sirens 4.28.44
10. Sports World 4.34.17
11. Tritons Mixed 2 4.41.58
12. Floatsome and Get Some 4.54.29
13. Half Baked Groupers 4.57.44
14. Jaws 4.59.09
15. HKTR - U 5.02.11
16. HKFC Mixed Team 2 5.04.32
17. LRC Red Herrings 5.05.01
18. HKFC Mixed Team 1 5.05.48
19. Sea Lynx 5.12.49
20. LRC Yellowtail 5.24.40
21. AP Adventure 1 5.26.40
22. Team Titanic 5.38.17
23. 6 to 8 6.07.28
24. SG Mixed 6.30.45
Additional photos are here and here. Race program and interviews on the Clean Half are here.
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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