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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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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Agenda


Friday, 19 September

5:30

PM


Welcome Reception at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

Documentary films shown throughout the reception:

Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa – Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
(film by Bruckner Chase)

Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain
(film by Wayne Ewing about Matthew Moseley's Lake Pontchartrain crossing)

Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska
(film by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko about the relay between Russia and Alaska)

The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau
(film about Simon Holiday's Pearl River Delta crossing)


Saturday, 20 September

9:00

AM


Registration and Coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Keynote Speech:
Colleen Blair (Scotland) on The History of Scottish Swimming

10:20

AM


Christopher Guesdon (Australia) on Multidimensional Roles In The Sport

10:30

AM


Colin Hill (England) on Recent Explosion in UK Open Water

10:50

AM


Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) on The Feminine Code of Achievement - How a Lady from Down Under Revolutionized Professional Marathon Swimming

11:10

AM


Simon Murie (England) on Open Water Swimming Holidays: How A New Sector Was Created Within The Travel Industry

11:30

AM


Swimming The Oceans Seven
A round table discussion moderated by:
Kevin Murphy (England), with Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden),
Darren Miller (USA), Adam Walker (England), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand)

12:30

PM


Coffee and Break

1:00

PM


World Open Water Swimming Awards Luncheon:
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA)

Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year

Olga Kozydub (Russia), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year

Bering Strait Swim, 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

Honoring: Vladimir Chegorin, Maria Chizhova, Elena Guseva, Ram Barkai, Jack Bright, Oksana Veklich, Aleksandr Jakovlevs, Matías Ola, Henri Kaarma, Toomas Haggi, Nuala Moore, Anne Marie Ward, Toks Viviers, Melissa O’Reilly, Ryan Stramrood, Cristian Vergara, Craig Lenning, Rafal Ziobro, Andrew Chin, Jackie Cobell, James Pittar, Paolo Chiarino, Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen, Ivan Papulshenko, Zdenek Tlamicha, Zhou Hanming, Oleg Adamov, Andrei Agarkov, Alekseev Semen, Tatiana Alexandrova, Roman Belan, Elena Semenova, Alexander Brylin, Afanasii Diackovskii, Vladimir Nefatov, Evgenii Dokuchaev, Oleg Docuckaev, Roman Efimov, Dmitrii Filitovich, Olga Filitovich, Victor Godlevskiy, Olga Golubeva, Alexei Golubkin, Alexander Golubkin, Alexandr Iurkov, Oleg Ivanov, Pavel Kabakov, Eduard Khodakovskiy, Aleksandr Komarov, Aleksandr Kuliapin, Andrey Kuzmin, Irina Lamkina, Vladimir Litvinov, Andrey Mikhalev, Victor Moskvin, Nikolay Petshak, Sergey Popov, Vladimir Poshivailov, Grigorii Prokopchuk, Dmitrii Zalka, Natalia Seraya, Viacheslav Shaposhnikov, Olga Sokolova, Andrei Sychev, Alexei Tabakov, and Nataliia Usachaeva [represented by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko and Nuala Moore]


2:30

PM


Alexey Salmin Pavlovich (Russia) and Dmitry Dragozhilov (Russia)
on the 2016 Winter Swimming World Championships [film]

2:50

PM


Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey) on Motivating Swimmers

3:10

PM


Dmitry Blokhin (Russia) and Aleksei Veller (Russia)
on the First World Ice Swimming Championships [film]

3:30

PM


Matthew Moseley (USA)’s Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain [film]

3:50

PM


Simon Holliday (England) and Doug Woodring (Hong Kong)’s The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau 2014 [film]

5:00

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF)

IMSHOF Induction Ceremonies and Dinner
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA).

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Elizabeth Fry (USA), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • James Anderson (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Dr. Jane Katz (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Indonesian Swimming Federation Open Water Committee (Indonesia), IMSHOF Honour Organisation

  • Melissa Cunningham (Australia), Irving Davids – Captain Roger Wheeler Award by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Sandra Bucha (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Jon Erikson (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer [represented by Sandra Bucha]

6:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Introduction Video.
Welcome speech by host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

6:45

PM


Dinner

7:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
Induction Ceremonies and Dinner with host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Mercedes Gleitze (England)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by daughter Doloranda Pember]

  • Dale Petranech (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Contributer and IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Claudio Plit (Argentina)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Shelley Taylor-Smith]

  • Judith van Berkel-de Nijs (Netherlands)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Niek Kloots]

  • George Young (Canada)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation]

  • David Yudovin (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer


Sunday, 21 September

9:00

AM


Registration and coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Nuala Moore (Ireland) on The Mindset of 1000m at 0ºC

10:20

AM


Admiral Konstantin Sidenko (Russia)’s Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska in 2013 [film]

10:40

AM


Ned Denison (Ireland) on Swimming The World

11:00

AM


Bruckner Chase (USA)’s Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa
Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
[film]

11:20

AM


Rok Kerin (Slovenia) on Lifestyle Benefits From Open Water Swimming

12:00

PM


Survey distribution and group photo-taking

2:00

PM


Swim at Stravvana Bay, Isle of Bute






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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."


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