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Friday, August 16, 2013

Jim Bayles On His Way Across Lake Erie

Jim Bayles, an English Channel Half Century Club swimmer, is on his way across Lake Erie on the standard 24.3-mile (km) crossing sanctioned by the Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Association (LEOWSA).

According to Josh Heynes, founder of LEOWSA, "Jim can be followed his on the SPOT Tracker as he tries the join the small number of people who have previously made this crossing."

Lake Erie is the fourth largest lake of the five Great Lakes in North America, and the tenth largest globally. The Great Lakes is bound by Ontario to the north, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York to the south, and Michigan to the west.

The following swimmers have completed marathon swims in Lake Erie:

1. Pat Budney swam 26 miles in 25 hours 52 minutes from Canada to USA (August 1975)
2/3. Bob North and Harvey Snell swam 24.3 miles from Canada to USA (August 1989)
4. Halli Reid swam 24.3 miles in 17 hours from Canada to USA (August 1993)
5. Greg Sarbak swam 24.3 miles in 13 hours from Canada to USA (August 1995)
6. Paula Jongerden swam 24.3 miles in 23 hours 36 minutes from USA to Canada (August 2002)
7. Sara McClure swam 24.3 miles from Canada to USA (August 2005)
8. Josh Heynes swam 24.3 miles in 11 hours 53 minutes from Canada to USA (August 2006)
9. Dan Nichols swam 26 miles in 20 hours 45 minutes from USA to Canada (August 2007)
10. Sonya Pyle swam 24.3 miles in 14 hours from Canada to USA (August 2007)
11. Randy McElwain swam 24.3 miles in 11 hours 23 minutes from Canada to USA (August 2009)
12. Mitch Ranzenberger swam 24.3 miles in 17 hours 47 minutes from Canada to USA(August 2010)
13. Josh Heynes swam 24.3 miles in 11 hours 16 minutes from Canada to USA (July 2011)
14. Melanie Reade swam 24.3 miles in 13 hours 35 minutes from Canada to USA (July 2011)
15. Randy McElwain swam 32 miles in 16 hours 26 minutes from Canada to USA (August 2011)
16. Eric Mizuba swam 24.3 miles in 14 hours 34 minutes from Canada to USA (July 2012)

In addition to these swimmers, Solo Swims of Ontario has documented several other marathon swims in Lake Erie:

Eastern Lake Erie
1. Vicki Keith swam 16 miles (26 km) in 10 hours 24 minutes from Port Colborne (Ontario) to Sturgeon Point (New York) in July 1988
2. Kim Middleton completed a 22-mile (35 km) double crossing in 18 hours between Point Abino (Ontario) and Sturgeon Point (New York) with a return to Crystal Beach (Ontario) in August 1988
3. Rick Wood completed a 22-mile (35 km) double crossing in 16 hours 46 minutes between Point Abino (Ontario) and Sturgeon Point (New York) with a return to Crystal Beach (Ontario) in August 1990
4. Ashley Cowan, a quadruple amputee, swam 12 miles (19.2 km) in 14 hours 20 minutes from Sturgeon Point (New York) to Crystal Beach (Ontario) in September 2001
5. Terri-Lynn Langdon with cerebral palsy, swam 12 miles (19.2 km) in 12 hours 55 minutes from Sturgeon Point (New York) to Crystal Beach (Ontario) in August 2002
6. John Munro swam 12 miles (19.2 km) in 9 hours 33 minutes from Crystal Beach (Ontario) to Sturgeon Point (New York) in July 2003 7. Chris Stockdale swam 16 miles (26 km) in 14 hours 15 minutes from Port Colborne (Ontario) to Sturgeon Point (New York) in September 2006
8. Susanne Robinson swam 12 miles (19.2 km) in 8 hours 14 minutes from Crystal Beach (Ontario) to Sturgeon Point (New York) in July 2007
9. Natalie Lambert swam 12 miles (19.2 km) in 7 hours 47 minutes from Crystal Beach (Ontario) to Sturgeon Point (New York) butterfly in July 2008
10. Jade Scognamillo swam 12 miles (19.2 km) in 5 hours 40 minutes from Sturgeon Point (New York) to Crystal Beach (Ontario) in July 2008
11. Natalie Lambert swam 12 miles (19.2 km) in 6 hours 40 minutes from the Boat Ramp on Crystal Beach (Ontario) to Beach east of harbour, Sturgeon Point (New York) in July 2009
12. Thie Convery swam 11.5 miles (18.5 km) in 7 hours 20 minutes from 1 km east of Sturgeon Point (New York) to Crystal Beach (Ontario) in July 2010
13. Greg Willoughby swam 12 miles (19.2 km) in 6 hours 17 minutes from Crystal Beach (Ontario) to Sturgeon Point (New York in July 2011

Central Lake Erie
1. Bob Weir swam 27 miles (43 km) in 23 hours 41 minutes from Dunkirk (New York) to Mohawk Point (Ontario) in August 1992
2. Paula Stephanson swam 27 miles (43 km)in 18 hours 23 minutes from Dunkirk (New York) to Rock Point Provincial Park (Ontario) in July 1998
3. Paula Jongerden swam 27.3 miles (43.6 km) in 23 hours 36 minutes from Presque Isle Point, Erie, Pennsylvania to Long Point, Ontario in August 2002
4. Daniel Nichols swam 32.2 miles (51.8 km) in 20 hours 45 minutes from Presque Isle Lighthouse, Erie, Pennsylvania to Beach at foot of Abigail Becker Parkway, Long Point, Ontario in August 2007

Western Lake Erie - Pelee Island
1. Ian James swam backstroke 13.8 miles (22.1 km) in 14 hours 46 minutes from Pelee Island to Leamington (Ontario) in September 1993
2. Bryan Finlay swam breaststroke 13.8 miles (22.1 km) in 10 hours 44 minutes from Leamington Beach to Pelee Island lighthouse in June 2001

Data courtesy of Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Association and Solo Swims of Ontario.

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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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