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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Nadando El Estrecho, Sus Orígenes Y Su Historia

Spanish International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer Montserrat Tresserras Dou wrote a wonderful Spanish-language book entitled "Nadando El Estrecho, Sus Orígenes Y Su Historia".

Translated in English as "Swimming the Strait, Its Origin and History", the book adds brilliantly to any open water swimming collection.

The 287-page hard cover book is filled with hundreds of great photographs of swimmers in the Strait of Gibraltar with gripping descriptions of their personal histories and triumphs.

Montserrat comprehensively outlines the history of swimming in the Strait of Gibraltar (مضيق جبل طارق in Arabic or Estrecho de Gibraltar in Spanish) that separates Spain from Morocco, Africa. Many of the stories and photographs are publicly disclosed for the first time.

Montserrat (shown above) was a pioneer of many open water swims and the first Spanish women to swim across the Strait of Gibraltar in 1957 in 5 hours 18 minutes.

Among her many accomplishments, she was also the first Spaniard to swim across the English Channel in 1958 in 14 hours and 14 minutes. In 1961, Montserrat again crossed the English Channel in the opposite direction from France to England to become the first women to swim the English Channel in both directions.

In 1969, she swam from Minorca to Majorca in Spain in 21 hours 10 minutes and across Lough Neagh in 16 hours 13 minutes. She also swam from Santa Fe to Coronda in Argentina and from Concordia in Argentina to Columbus, Uruguay.

She serves on the Board of the Channel Swimming Association and acts as an official observer on many attempts to swim the English Channel and the Strait of Gibraltar.

Whether or not you read Spanish, Nadando El Estrecho, Sus Orígenes Y Su Historia is a great book for all open water swimming enthusiasts, especially historians of the sport.

Montserrat's book provides colorful descriptions of hundreds of individuals including Helena Abel, Antonio Abertondo, Patricia Adam, Rafael Alberti, George Henry Allen, Dr. Eduardo Alonso, Greta Anderson, Dr. José Antunes, Dr. Aureo Aramburu, Amalia and Dorita Arena, Vicente Arena, Julio Felipe Arias, Juan Antonio Armenta, José Arriola, José Arroyo, Ceferino Artuz, Arti Arun Pradhan, Asencio El Asaz, Luis Asensi Galiana, Francisco Asensio Mesa, Dr. Andrle Augustin, Carlos and José Aymes, Barnejee, Adolfo Horacio Barbichi, Nélida Barbichi, Rafael Barroso, José Beltrán Limiñana, Tom Blower, Antonio Bohigas Arroyo, Dr. Emilio Boto, Summers Brown, Thomas Burgess, General Burruaga, Eloísa and Marina Burruaga, Jack Burville, José Caballero Márquez, Jesús Cabañero Sánchez de León, Luisa Cabañero Sánchez de León, Francisco Calatayud, Jesús Calatayd, Alfredo Camarero, Néstor Campos Alcalá, Candi, Pedro Candiotti, Ramón Cardenas Ortiz, Fergus Carey, Patrick Carey, Ana Carmona, Daniel Carpio Maccioti, Francisco Carrascal, Ramos Carrasco, Mary Casacuberta, José Casanovas Gilabert, Segundo Castelló Cano, Francisco Castillo, Francisco Castro Blanco, José Castro Mesa, Manuel Cazalla Díaz, Sebastián Cazalla Moreno, Francisco Cazalla Quintero, Carlos Cereceda, Jordi Cerveza Martínez, Florence Chadwick, Madan Chavi, Dr. W. E. Chiesman, John Chuen Shiong Wang, Julio Cisneros Palacio, Miguel Ángel Cisneros, Milagros Cisneros, Dr. Cobo Puertas, Victor Contreras, Teniente Coronel Cornejo, Jaime Cortazar Cano, José Cortinas, Josef da Costa, Abilio Álvaro da Couto, Mauricio Cozzoli, Augusto Cuenca, Dailza Damas, K. Dayarnani, Akhil Desai, José Luis Díaz Marcheno, Patricia Oscar D'Ottavio, Jim Dreyer, Modesto Eiroa, Andrés Elorza, Ted Erikson, Dr. Benito Espinosa, Vicente Esquiroz, Santiago Esteban, Horacio Estol, Estrabon, William Farrance, Ramón Fernández Espinosa, Kieran Fitzgerald, Javier Flores, José Fontfreda Gratacós, Com. Gerald Forsberg, José Freitas, Mimosa Freitas, Dr. Philip Frossard, José Gancedo Camargo, Santiago García León, Fernando García Pro, Victor Garrido, Juan Gil Santamarnía, Mercedes Gleize, Stella Gleize, Gopaldas, José Granados, Chris Green, Joe Grossman, Gunjan S. Pakuldar, Antonio and Fernando Gurrea, Juan Gurrea, Jesús Gutiérrez, Hannon, Miss Hayden, H.B. Hayward, E. Heaton, Duncan Heenan, Vivienne Heenan, Hércules, Himilcon, Hinojosa, Sidney T. Hirst, Montagne Holbien, Holland, Millie Hudson, Stanilaus Idriksanov, Seppo Erik Ingervo, Padre Juan Jaen, Salomón Jauli, Jiménez, Sergio Jiménez, Sergio Jiménez Cancino, Ricardo Jordá Güell, Manual Juliá, conde de Julian, Vikran Kamat, Vicki Keith, Annette Kellerman, C. Kornblutt, Ashit Kumar, Penny Dean, Fray Luis de León, Carlos Lernes, Vicente Llorca, Juan Llorca Bravo, Dr. Dorothy Logan, Andrés López Bonaque, Antonio López Mesa, Ángel López Ortego, Dr. Salvador Losa Álvarez, Pirjo Maattola, Mona Mac Lellan, Manuel Maestre, José Mallet, José Manel-la Palou, Rafael Mantaras, Fred Mardle, Juliàn Marias, Francisco Martín Bueno, Demetrio Martín Isidro, Rvdo Domingo Martínez García, Manuel Mateo, Mayur J. Mehta, Jack McClelland, McVicker, J. Mearns, duque de Medinaceli, Armando Mendes, Julia Miguel, Sen Mihir, Milo, Domingo Moli, Dr. Mondejal López, Roja Mora, J.A. Moreno, Joaquín Morera, Mota da Silva, Firas M’Ovalla, Houman M’Ovalla, Moussab M’Ovalla, Roudaina M’Ovalla, Juan Muñoz Guillén, Dr. Luis Murciano, Jane Murphy, Kevin Murphy, Musà, Antonio Naranjo, José Naranjo, Fernando Nardiz, Navaratnaswamy, Juan A. Notario Rodon, Juan A. Núñez, Rvdo J.W. O’Grady, Carlos Oloboff, Gustavo Fabiáan Oriozabala, Guillermo Ortega, Agustín Ortiz Ponce, Agustín Ortiz Velarde, Juan Osorio, Oswaldo, Bronislava Padourova, Dr. Javier Pascual, Franco Patelli, Dr. Patricio, Paulo, Pearce, Luis Peral García, Batista Pereira, Pereira da Silva, Juan Pérez Aranda, Martín Pérez, General Juan Perón, Bernardo Picornell, Paolo Pinto, Moreno Piñero, Piteas, Rafael Ponce Cordones, Dr. Posada Santaria, Manuel Privado, Pujol, Sebastián Puyol Honero, Francisco de Quevedo, Lajos Rajki, Michael Read, Katerine Rehua, Mary Margaret Revel, Luis Ribeiro, Rafael Rivas Gonzalo, Fernando B. Rocca, Almirante Rocket, Sam Rocket, Armando Rodrígues, Rodolfo Rodrígues Eguía, Ruiz, Luis Gilberto Ruiz, Francisco Ruiz Chacon, Ramdas Ruplai, Sacadura, Felipe Sánchez Babot, José Sánchez Camas, Nicolás Sánchez Cañabate, Diego Sánchez Cárdenas, Serafin Sánchez León, José Sánchez Llorca, Alejandro Sandino Arroyo, Sansare, Ángel Sanz, Dr. Domingo Sanz, Scott Tennyson, José Serrano, Manuel Serrano, Serrano Trujillo, Roy Santana, Herbert Sharpe, Siddhesh C. Parab, Lily Smith, Henry Solis, Manuel Soís, barón de ver Abilio Couto Sorano, Jorge Sudgen, Tomás Sweeney, Peter Tanhan, Taranath Shenoy, Tarif, Tarik, Duncan Taylor, Carlos Tejero, Edward H. Temme, Ajit S. Thakur, Kaveri Thakur, Alfredo Tresserras Aulí, Juan Tresserras Dou, Enrique Ugarte, Umes B. Uttekar, Miguel de Unamuno, Urquhart, Sergio Valencia Mendoza, Josefina Valis, Filippe Van Essche, Rvdo. Jacinto Verdaguer, Vic Cristhie, Eduardo Villanueva Maurcio, Coronel Vinajera, Vinod R. Chadge, José Vitos Natal, J. Walker, Jack Weidman, Betty Widd, Jabez Wolfe, Aldeman Wood, Carlos Yelmini, Jana Zavadilova, Jasón Zirganos, Berenice Zittenfield and Phillis Zittenfield.

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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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