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Saturday, August 17, 2013
Claudia Rose Crosses Kachemak Bay With Orcas And Otters
The founder and president of an enterprise architecture and systems engineering firm, the engineer got to figuring out what she was getting into. "My research led to my own theories and models for the conditions for such a swim. For instance, I have been looking at the huge tidal swings of Cook Inlet, the second largest in the world. There are also endangered belugas trapped in the strait, providing sustenance for humans and dodging the energy development infrastructure in the area."
The Cook Inlet presented a deliberate and intuitive engineering mind to consider as an open water swim. It stretches from Gulf of Alaska to Anchorage in south-central Alaska with active volcanoes and eruptions that have been associated with massive earthquakes and tsunamis as well as debris avalanches have resulted in tsunamis.
As she started to piece together the puzzle ahead of her, her plans came together for this year's swim. "My research and fascination with these creatures and the livelihood of the people in the area led me to plan a swim across Kachemak Bay."
But the Catalina and Anacapa Channel swimmer knew there were still plenty of unknowns in the ocean no matter what the level of planning and contingencies in place. "The marine life was very friendly. I am looking forward to researching and organizing a relay swim across Cook Inlet next year including team members from Alaska."
She first worked on planning her August 9th swim with tides and currents, although she knew the wind and weather often deal a wild card in Alaska outdoor wilderness. "Instead of avoiding tides and currents, I wanted to try to use them to access the remote places where they might be unavoidable.
This was a first test of using the models and currents predicted by the Alaska Ocean Observing System." She crossed Kachemak Bay - where vertical differences between tides have been up to 9.6 meters and home to beluga whales - during a large tidal swing to become the first swimmer to cross without a wetsuit and the seventh individual overall.
"I believe I was the only one to choose to cross on a large tide change." Based on her swims in Alaska, she delved into why the tides and currents do not match and how to predict them. "Now my research and interests keep pointing me to Cook Inlet with its huge tidal swings, the second largest in the world. Here humans, resources and animals all coexist in an extreme environment of currents, tides and mudflats. Huge oil platforms loom over endangered white whales. Bears swim out to pull feast off the fishermen’s nets. There are also orcas, sea otters, and seals.."
After a one-day weather delay, Rose swam 4 miles across the bay in 1 hour 38 minutes accompanied by Dave Lyons from Ashore Water Taxi, Al Brenner in a kayak and Channa Wright as the photographer. With models and information including the experiences of the first swimmers to cross the bay (organized by Liz Villareal) and the reports of fishermen and local water taxi operators, her strategy to swim out during one of the largest tidal swings of the month worked well.
The swim began on August 9th from Lands End on Homer spit with a barking sea otter. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration buoy reported a water temperature of 47ºF (8.3ºC), but the surface was closer to 50ºF (10ºC). "The water was turbid and swirling, but the last of the ebb current swept me away from Homer spit and towards the middle. As I rushed to get across the middle we passed more sea otters and heard whistles of orcas in the distance."
As Rose planned, the second half was assisted by the incoming current, but her pace was faster than anticipated. But the tidal push led the California swimmer to encounter glacial runoff to be crossed. "Until I was in the runoff I didn't understand. Sinking and freezing in glacial fresh water ranging 5-9ºF colder than the rest of the water made the beach seem incredibly far off. The river current pushed me along the beach. At last I made it out to the beach as some seals ducked out of the way."
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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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