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Saturday, January 5, 2013
Cuba To Florida. It's Possible. Is It Probable?
A survey of other publications, including fans at the Marathon Swimmers Forum, hints at the excitement of McCardel's swim. As others have pointed out, McCardel has many assets and advantages in her corner:
1. She has youth, but not too much. At the age of 27, she is at the crossroads of her career where she has the wisdom of several marathon swims under her cap and the vestiges of many years of intense aerobic conditioning and speedwork.
2. She has confidence, but not arrogance. After two unfulfilled attempts at a three-way crossing of the English Channel, she understands that Mother Nature ultimately has the upper hand and holds the highest respect for the ocean that she cannot control.
3. She has support, both micro and macro. Her husband Paul McQueeney and her close network of experts around her is fully behind her efforts as is the greater global marathon swimming community that is volunteering their time and energies to support her charity swim.
4. She has speed and stamina to fight against the unpredictable currents and eddies that she will undoubtedly run up against. The Gulf Stream can run extremely quickly for miles and miles wide, or it can wither to a near dull stillness depending on the time and day. If she gets lucky, the Gulf Stream will be mild. But even if it is not, she has the tenacity and experience to made headway across the Florida Strait.
5. Mariners are on her side and she is on their's. Not only will McCardel have the benefit of some of the finest navigators and mariners in the marathon swimming world assisting her, but she will also place her trust in them. This interdependence between athlete and pilots is essential to success.
We believe distance - even at 103 miles - is not an insurmountable problem for McCardel. At a comfortable average of 2 miles per hour, a crossing of 50-60 hours is entirely within her capabilities.
We believe turbulence and chop - even when compounded by eddies and cross-currents - is not an insurmountable problem for McCardel. With her background as an Australian swimmer with numerous channel crossings and literally thousands of hours spent training, a crossing in rough water conditions is entirely within her capabilities.
We believe sharks - even encounters with the most aggressive types of sharks - do not present an insurmountable problem for McCardel. With a flotilla of crew around her and Shark Shields surrounding her on her escort kayaks, safe encounters with curious sharks are possible and should not serve to deter her progress.
We believe water temperatures - even at night and on the second day - will be seen more as comfortable rather than problematic for McCardel. There will be no real probability of hypothermia or hyperthermia.
We believe the high salinity of the Caribbean Sea - even after a day or two in the water - will feel terrible on her lips, tongue, throat and mouth, but those physiological changes will not serve to deter her progress.
We believe her expert navigation - even if it is not perfect - will generally enable her to hit somewhere along the southeastern coast of Florida. Mariners on her team will adjust to the unpredictability of the currents and eddies, especially as she approaches the Florida coast, and it is only a matter of time when she arrives.
But we believe the preponderance of photo-phobic jellyfish, specifically the box jellyfish and various other types of stinging creatures, that come up from the depths as night falls presents McCardel's greatest obstacle to success. The searing of the human flesh when it is hit by the barbs of the box jellyfish nearly has no equivalent in the animal kingdom. As the tiny barbs hit, the swimmer feels a dramatic agony that is all encompassing and immediately debilitating. Every cell in the body is alerted to the pain that cripples the swimmer. Survival is the only thought as the venom reaches to the very soul of the swimmer.
Without protective swimwear of any type, McCardel is willingly exposing herself to the box jellyfish unlike recent swimmers like Penny Palfrey and Diana Nyad. If she is lucky and can avoid the box jellyfish, then she will live up to the expectations that she and others have placed upon herself. But if she runs into the box jellyfish, she literally will have to be superhuman to overcome what is described as the most venomous creature on Planet Earth.
Watch McCardel in June 2013 here.
FOOTNOTE: To find out what happened, McCardel's explanation of her swim at her post-swim press conference is here.
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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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