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Monday, August 12, 2013

Bering Strait Swim Succeeds

Facebook is beaming with messages of humble pride by the intrepid swimmers of the Bering Strait Swim relay in a number of languages.

Nuala Moore and Anne Marie Ward and their relay teammates and support team deserve all the accolades that will soon come their way upon their arrival home from a successful and unprecedented Bering Strait Swim.

"Words cannot describe the feelings of having been part of this expedition.

It was a complete sum of the hearts and spirit of a unit that was patient and worked day and night over 5 days to make it happen. A boat of 3 swimmers covering 350m in 45 minutes was a great success. Walking up onto the shore with our flags in Wales, Alaska was surreal. The crews, the medical and the Russian military backing, the minds and hearts of all the team brought this to it's goal. Thanks for the warm wishes... recovering well

Safely in Alaska. Hard to process that we swam from Russia. It was one hell of a challenge, not one day of calm but made possible by the heart and spirit and belief of the whole team who worked day and night to find a way across. The currents surreal and we have no idea how long it took, or what day it is. All we know is that it was one hell of ride. Thanks for all the good wishes and to Owen O'Keefe who took a satellite link from a Russian Military Ship in the middle of the Bering Strait. Making our way home tomorrow.

Finally made it to dry land. I can't even begin to process or articulate what we have just been through, a tough challenge! Just tired and so humbled to have been part of this...ust resting the body to day in Nome and will begin the journey home tomorrow, thank you so much for all the good wishes."

The relay members included the following superstars of the extreme swimming community:

1. Yuri Tsiganchuk, Blagoveshchensk, Russia
2. Yuri Myagkikh, Russia
3. Vladimir Chegorin, Russia
4. Maria Chizhova, Novosibirsk, Russia
5. Elena Guseva, Russia
6. Ram Barkai, Cape Town, South Africa (shown above)
7. Jack Bright, UK
8. Vladimir Litvinov, Blagoveshchensk, Russia
9. Oksana Veklich, Blagoveshchensk, Russia
10. Aleksandr Jakovlev, Jelgava, Latvia
11. Matías Ola, Buenos Aires /Tucuman Argentina
12. Henri Kaarma, Tallinn, Estonia
13. Toomas Haggi, Tallinn, Estonia
14. Nuala Moore, Ireland
15. Anne Marie Ward, Donegal, Ireland
16. Toks Viviers, Cape Town, South Africa
17. Melissa O’Reilly (‘Mo’), Lambertville, New Jersey, USA
18. Ryan Stramrood, Cape Town, South Africa
19. Cristian Vergara, Santiago, Chile
20. Craig Lenning, Newark, Delaware, USA
21. Rafał Ziobro, Krakow, Poland
22. Andrew Chin, Cape Town, South Africa (shown in top photo)
23. Jackie Cobell, Tunbridge Wells, UK
24. James Pittar, Australia
25. Paolo Chiarino, Italy

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