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Monday, December 30, 2013

Open Water Swimming Trivia Answers

The answers to Friday's Open Water Swimming Trivia questions are below.

1. What is the Medusae Collection?
2. When did the Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in Italy begin? Who holds the record in this professional marathon race?
3. What does the Rottnest Channel Swim Honour Board signify and recognize?
4. What streak did Ashley Twichell break at the Midmar Mile in 2013?
5. What swimmers were showcased in the documentary film DRIVEN?
6. Who was the first person to complete a three-way crossing of the English Channel?
7. What record did Mally Richards set in 2013?
8. What swimmer used yaks as part of their support team…and where?
9. When is Be Kind To Your Yacker Week?
10. What do these individuals have in common: Captain Matthew Webb, George Young, Keo Nakama, Mercedes Gleitze, Barry Devonport, Tom Blower, and David Yudovin?
11. What is the total distance (in miles or kilometers) of the S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge?
12. What important race will be held in Kazan, Russia in 2015?
13. What Las Vegas show star is also a champion open water swimmer?
14. What major marathon swim has not been accomplished since 1967?
15. Who is the King of Robben Island?
16. What open water race in 2013 had Olympic medalists finish 1-2-3?
17. What coach had two different swimmers from two different countries win medals at the 2013 FINA World Championships open water races in Barcelona?
18. What masters swimmer and former water polo player won the most prestigious professional marathon swim in 2013?
19. What is the maximum number of swimmers that the Sun-Moon Lake International Swimming Carnival will accept?
20. What sport did Kim Chambers do before she got into channel swimming?
21. What open water swimming event uses seeding events, hot spots and quadcopters?
22. Where will the 2020 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim be held?
23. Where are the Polar Olympics held?
24. How many medals did Thomas Lurz win at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona?
25. Name three individuals who were inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

Q1. What is the Medusae Collection?

A1. The Medusae Collection is a series of jellyfish-inspired lamps created by Roxy Russell Design. Roxy Russell designed the Ophelia Pendant Lamp, Medusa Pendant Lamp (shown above), Polyp Pendant Lamp, and Hydra Pendant Lamp that range from US$325 to US$425 and are 13 inches in diameter and 36 inches high.

"The lights are an example of how delicate and beautiful our ocean life is. The lamps present an opportunity to look how we might be contributing to the problem of growing amount of plastic in our oceans." To order and for more information, visit here.

For more information, visit here.

Q2. When did the Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in Italy begin? Who holds the record in this professional marathon race?

A2. Brian Ryckeman of Belgium holds the men's record in 6:13:55 and Martina Grimaldi holds the women's record in 6:31:26, both set in 2013. For more information, visit here.

The Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli has been attracting the best marathon swimmers in the world, both professional and amateur, to its race since 1954.

The 36 km (22 mile) competition has long been part of the top global marathon swimming circuits in the world over the past six decades, from the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation, International Marathon Swimming Association and, since 1991, the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix.

Q3. What does the Rottnest Channel Swim Honour Board signify and recognize?

A3. The Rottnest Channel Swim Honour Board includes swimmers who have completed at least five solo Rotto Solos, an annual 19.7 km open ocean swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island in western Australia.

The Honour Board Members currently includes the following individuals:

*Melissa Benson in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008
*Keith Besomo in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
*Kingsley Bugarin OAM in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
*Tom Clarke in 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002
*Gary Claydon in 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2012 (shown above)
*Mark Cockcroft in 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
*Brian Cook in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
*Andrew Crace in 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
*Bett Craig (Montgomery) in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009
*Lisa Delaurentis in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011(x2)
*Bruce Dewar in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010
*Claire Evans in 1993, 1994, 1995, 2005, 2011
*Tiffany Fraser-Gillard in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012
*Jonathan Haines in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008
*Brad Hardingham in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011
*Benjamin Hewitt in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011
*Rohan Hollick in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008
*Masafumi Hoshi in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010
*Andrew Hunt in 2009, 2010, 2011(x2), 2012
*Julie Isbill in 2006, 2007, 2008(x2), 2009, 2010
*Rob Jeffery in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998
*Selwyn Jellie in 2005, 2007, 2008(x2), 2009(x2)
*Craig Jones in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2011, 2012
*Andrew Litster in 2002, 2004, 2006(x3), 2007, 2010
*Keira MacFarlane in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007(x2), 2008
*John Muir in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2010, 2011
*Mark Mulvay in in 1997, 2010, 2012(x3)
*Brad Noble in 2007, 2008(x2), 2009, 2010, 2011
*John Nolan in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2001
*Mathais Nordstrom in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011
*David O'Brien in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
*Sue Oldham in 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009(x2)
*Chris Palfrey in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010
*Penny Palfrey (nee Bond) in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010
*Tony Parbery in 2006, 2007, 2008(x2), 2009, 2010
*Wesley Phillips in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009
*James Pittar in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
*Steve Raynes in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005
*Tim Roberts in 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010
*Cassie Robinson in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005
*Tomomi Shirasu (nee Otsuji) in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003
*Daniel Soanes in 1997,1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2012
*Les Stewart in 1956, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007
*Peter Thompson in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011
*Rory Toner in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011
*Christina Trapp in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006
*Ben Walker in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012
*Jessica Walker in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012
*Carrol Wannell in 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009
*Nancy Warnock in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2004
*Steve Wilson in 2007, 2008(x3), 2009, 2010
*Geoff Wilson in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011(x5), 2012

The Rottnest Channel Swim is one of the world's iconic open water swims and is one of the longest marathon swims in the world, held annually every February. The event categories for competitors are include Solo, Duo - teams of 2, Team - teams of 4, and Lavan Legal Charity Challenge - teams of 4.

The Rottnest Channel Swim Association, the organisation behind the Rottnest Channel Swim, was inducted as an Honour Organisation by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. For more information, visit here.

Q4. What streak did Ashley Twichell break at the Midmar Mile in 2013?

A4. American Ashley Twichell broke the 7-time winning streak of Olympic medalist Keri-Anne Payne of Great Britain.

Twichell said of her victory, "It was a lot of fun. It was honored to be asked back. I wanted to get a lead in the beginning. I would love to be back. This is by far the biggest race that I have been in. Katinka took off fast and I was a bit worried.

She is so fast. Last year, the Midmar Mile was really close [where Payne beat her] and I have lost a few close races recently, so I was motivated to win. I thought it would be a close race so I wanted to get in the lead quickly
."

Top 10 results:

1. Ashley Twichell (USA) 19:04
2. Keri-Anne Payne (GBR) 19:21
3. Michelle Weber (RSA) 19:29
4. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 19:56
5. Rene Warnes (RSA) 20:05
6. Kyna Pereira (RSA) 20:12
7. Carmen Le Roux (RSA) 20:32
8. Megan Kate Stephens (RSA) 20:42
9. Clarice Le Roux (RSA) 20:56
10. Nicole Brits (RSA) 21:01

For more information, visit here.

Q5. What swimmers were showcased in the documentary film DRIVEN?

A5. Without wetsuits, in the dead of night, three swimmers braved the cold open-ocean to realize a dream...

...so starts a marathon swimming documentary.

Driven - The Marathon Swimming Documentary is the dramatic story behind Evan Morrison, Fiona Goh, and Cherie Edborg. Driven is an independent film by Ben Pitterle and Brian Hall that showcases the personalities and training behind three swims across the Santa Barbara Channel.

For more information, visit here.

Q6. Who was the first person to complete a three-way crossing of the English Channel?

A6. American Jon Erikson was the first person to complete a three-way crossing of the English Channel in 1981 with a historic 38 hour 27 minute effort. An Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, Erikson swam the English Channel in 1969 and a two-way in 1979 with his first leg as the fastest crossing of the year.

The son of the legendary Ted Erikson, the only father-son pair in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, also did many pro marathon swims in Canada, Mexico and Argentina. Three decades after his unprecedented swim, The Daily News of Open Water Swimming caught up with the intrepid adventurer and asked him to take us back to that epic swim in 1981.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Was the three-way crossing of the English Channel your hardest marathon swim ever?
Erikson: Yes.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Why?
Erikson: Because the English Channel is the open water swimming’s Mount Everest proving grounds. It is rich in history [from] Captain Webb [on] for athletes who call themselves a marathon swimmer. Like life, there are no guarantees when swimming the English Channel because of the unstable British weather, the strong tides, the cold water, the ubiquitous jellyfish and the vast amount of shipping traffic. Success of failure can occur. The 21 miles of sea between England and France are, without a doubt, the impartial judge.

Throughout my swimming career, I competed in numerous marathon swims and the obstacles I encountered in the English Channel were the toughest of all. Multiple crossings just throw more variables into the equation and make it more difficult to solve. For example, on single crossing – which is the easiest form of a channel swim – one can set the swim to take advantage of the tides and the distance swum. If a tide is missed, which is enhanced with multiple crossings, it doesn't matter if you are Mark Spitz or Michael Phelps, you are not going to get to shore against that tide.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Had anyone ever considered a three-way before you did it?
Erikson: In 1965, at Dover's Hubert House, Greta Andersen and Ted Erikson were contemplating double-crossings. Greta's attempt preceded Ted’s and failed. Ted made the first double-crossing. In the following years, double crossings became common and the triple-crossing was presumably considered by some. However, I wanted to better the sixty-mile swims across Lake Michigan in 1963. This prompted me to tackle the 63-mile triple crossing of the English Channel.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What kind of pre-swim planning did you do especially before the age of GPS?
Erikson: Ted made two attempts using computer modeling of the tides at the IIT Research Institute, where he worked, and incorporated several start times and directions to take the most optimum course at his swim speeds. Their failure rested in the inability to accurately monitor in-situ channel currents and position. I believe it would be resolved with present-day technology as spring tides can aid one's course. My swim was based on the captain's knowledge.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How in the world do you train for a triple-crossing?
Erikson: That's easy. Simply swim a lot. My training was generally quality, interval training in contrast to Ted's strive for quantity: with the rigors of six miles kicking with a board for three days, ten miles of pulling with a leg float for five days, and twelve miles of swimming for four days, all non-stop, for his 60-mile swim from Chicago to Benton Harbor across Lake Michigan. My success was achieved at considerably less rigor.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Can you describe the first leg of your three-way crossing? How was the weather? How were the conditions? How long did it take? How did you feel?
Erikson: The recorded cumulative times were 10 hours 10 minutes at the end of the first England-France leg, 23 hours 24 minutes at the end of the second France-England leg and 38 hours 27 minutes at the end of the third England-France leg. Rosemary George was on of the official Channel Swimming Association observers.

The weather was wonderful for first and second crossings with a light wind and sunshine. At the first crossing, I hit Cape Gris Nez perfectly and, although there was some difficulty in finding a suitable rocky ledge to climb, I immediately began the return crossing. The second finish was near the Foreland Cliffs in early afternoon. Ted attempted to launch a windsurfer that was aboard to take me in, but wind was too light to maneuver. I was then accompanied in with the Zodiac. All seemed a ‘go’ for the third leg. But, the wind picked up a bit and darkness descended as we approached shore. And I just missed it. The spring tide carried us miles to the east. This was the most difficult part for the crew, but I thought, "After all this, I am not quitting now! I'm good to go."

The shore of France near Calais on a nice sandy beach was the final destination. On the journey back to England, attempts to warm me up were difficult. I shivered most of the way. Rosie George, the official Channel Swimming Association observer and my dad were happy, but concerned. The champagne at the Dover dock was a nice touch for the crew, but I wanted only a warm bed and broth.


Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did you feel when it was over?
Erikson: When I finished, I felt tremendous. My dream of accomplishing a major athletic challenge, something that had never been done before by another human being, made the culmination of all my years of my swimming – since the age of 5 – worthwhile and uniquely meaningful.

To accomplish a goal of this scope, I believe that one must have a mentor. That is, someone who has inspired you to follow your dreams – to truly reach beyond your grasp. For me, that person was, and still is, my dad, Ted Erikson, one of the greatest marathon swimmers to ever pass through the water and an even greater dad!

I'm extremely proud of this first three-way crossing of the English Channel because it is a record that cannot ever, and will not ever, be broken because like Roger Bannister's [first] sub-4 minute mile run, there is only one first. [Roger] was the pioneer and inspired others by giving them the confidence that this goal is humanly achievable. I trust that as my Dad has inspired me, my three-way channel swim has done the same, inspiring other swimmers and instilling in them the self-assurance that their goals can be reached.


Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What did you eat right after you finished?
Erikson I didn't eat right after the swim. The most important aspect then is to get into a warm bath and thaw out. When I did eat, it was skinless roasted chicken, small portions because after feeding, every 45 minutes to 1 hour for the last 38 hours, on liquid foods (Nutrament, tea, coffee and soups all mixed with 400 calories of glucose), you don't want to shock your GI-tract.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What advice do you have for anyone who is doing a single-crossing of the English Channel?
Erikson: If you can swim ten miles non-stop at a steady pace, you will have a better than 50% chance of a single English channel crossing. Double this for a double crossing and triple this for a triple. It must always be understood that the remaining [percentage of success] is dependent on the weather, the start time, your captain and crew, your handlers and the other obstacles that you encounter: jellyfish, freighters, darkness, storms, etc. You have to be prepared to pay your nickel and take your chances.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming [to Ted Erikson who was on Jon’s escort boat]: Any other comments on the triple crossing?
Ted Erikson: Jon was very proud to receive a Rolex watch for the fastest single crossing on August 19th 1979 on his way to a double crossing. It bettered John Kinsella’s [crossing who was] in the water at the same time, going for a single. Needless to say, I have been impressed and humbled by my son's achievements.

For more information, visit here.

Q7. What record did Mally Richards set in 2013?

A7. Since 1947, Mally Richards has participated in 60 River Mile events.

"Mally is one of those individuals in the open water swimming community whose accomplishments not only are beyond belief, but they also give people hope that they too can live a healthful life," remarked Steven Munatones of WOWSA. "He has set the bar in the open water swimming world in 60 River Miles. This achievement requires an unprecedented and nearly believable level of commitment, combined with a pure joy of swimming and ongoing attention to his physical wellness."

Since 1947, he has some unique perspectives over the annual race. His fastest times over the course were recorded in his early twenties during the 1950's when he was most fit from water polo. But his most enjoyable River Mile was in 2006. "It was a real festive occasion with lots of friends doing the event," he explains, "When I was standing on the start line, it was just felt like you knew everyone."

While Richards stayed the same, he observed some changes over time. "The competitiveness of the event has changed the most. In the early years, the field was very limited. It is very competitive now. It’s a lot bigger and certainly more social."

At the age of 80 years, there is apparently no stopping the Legend of the River Mile. "I do my swimming during the week, probably doing around about 800m to a 1 km. But, I’m also active with bowls and enjoy my beach walks but am starting to suffer from back problems. I’ll keep doing it until I’m unable to finish it, then I think it’ll be time to call it quits."

For more information, visit here.

Q8. What swimmer used yaks as part of their support team…and where?

A8. Lewis Pugh.

In one of the most challenging and difficult open water swims in history based on its arduous physical requirements, its audacious logical requirements and its very real potential for serious danger to both swimmer and crew, explorer and environmentalist Pugh hiked up Mount Everest to 5,200 meters (17,060 feet) and completed a 1 km non-wetsuit swim in a glacial lake.

His April 2010 swim in Lake Pumori on the Khumbu Glacier called attention to the impacts of climate change. He explains, "As a result of global warming, temperatures in the Himalayas have risen by 1°C and the glaciers in the Himalayas are receding faster than in any other part of the world. Scientists predict they could disappear within 25 years. In fact, the active part of the Khumbu Glacier has retreated over 5 kilometers since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgart climbed it for the first time in 1953.

These glaciers are not just ice. They are a lifeline – they provide water to a fifth of the world’s population. It’s essential that politicians put aside their differences and agree a bold strategy to reduce climate change to below current levels when they meet in Copenhagen at the end of the year. There is no time for delay."

This swim was just one of the swims that Pugh describes in his latest book, 21 Yaks and a Speedo. While Pugh has captured the attention of many global leaders, he has captured the attention of everyone from teenagers still in school looking forward to adventure to hardened veterans who have experienced life's ups and downs. The book, nominated for the the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year, offers 21 chapters, each colorfully describing Pugh’s strategies and exploits both on land and in the water. Each chapter provides clear lessons on how readers from every walk of life can set about physically and mentally to achieve their own impossible. His chapters describe his swims achieved everywhere from Antarctica to the Arctic including his Mount Everest exploit.

The chapters in 21 Yaks and a Speedo are entitled Channel, Vasbyt, Escape, Visualise, Mind, Blame, Believe, Push, Follow, Grind, Test, Open, Hope, Break, Strive, Plan, Switch, Trust, Change, Stand Up, and Dream - each hints of what an open water swimmer can experience.

Pugh describes words like vasbyt, an Afrikaan word that has no equivalent in English, as a concept that can be easily applied and understood by every open water swimmer. Pugh explains, “Vasbyt means bite down hard. Don’t quit. Keep on going.”

Widely acknowledged as a captivating speaker, Pugh's written words create a similar ambiance of page-turning excitement. Al Gore, former Vice President of America, said, "Lewis is certainly one of the most exciting speakers I have heard. He is a brave and courageous leader who adds a fresh perspective to climate change." Rt. Hon Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister of the UK, says of Pugh, "He is one of the great environmental campaigners of our age and a truly extraordinary athlete."

Right from the start, the book is unusual. The first page before the Table of Contents states, “In accordance with the Official Secrets Act, the names of the soldiers of the British SAS, and the places in which they served, have been changed to protect their identity." With such an introduction, the books are almost always military-oriented adventures that pit good guys against the bad guys in war-time recollections. But this foreword sets the tone for a book about a swimmer and the different messages that he wants to share.

Every page provides an easy-to-grasp gem of wisdom that can be applied in school or work, in training or competition, with a team or as a soloist. Throughout 21 Yaks and a Speedo, Pugh takes the readers along his journeys from the bottom of the Earth to the very top of the planet. His style is a quick-reading, profoundly inspirational, first-person insight of his unique experiences where he has had to vasbyt.

For more information, visit here.

Q9. When is Be Kind To Your Yacker Week?

A9. The annual Be Kind To Your Yacker Week is a celebration of escort crews, kayakers, paddlers and volunteers. Initiated by Phil White (aka Flipperless Fil) of Derby, Vermont and the co-founder of Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association, the first week of April is Yacker Week. "Be Kind To Your Yacker Week is a week to honor and thank our yackers for their help and support in the open water."

For more information, visit here.

Q10. What do these individuals have in common: Captain Matthew Webb, George Young, Keo Nakama, Mercedes Gleitze, Barry Devonport, Tom Blower, and David Yudovin?

A10. Captain Matthew Webb, George Young, Keo Nakama (shown on left), Mercedes Gleitze, Barry Devonport, Tom Blower, and David Yudovin were the first individuals who crossed each of the channels in the Oceans Seven (English Channel in 1875, Catalina Channel in 1927, Molokai Channel in 1961, North Channel in 1947, Strait of Gibraltar in 1928, Cook Strait in 1962, Tsugaru Channel in 1989).

For more information, visit here.

Q11. What is the total distance (in miles or kilometers) of the S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge?

A11. The 4 stage swims over a 4-day period of the S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge in the Saguaro, Canyon, Apache and Roosevelt lakes in Arizona is a total of 66.9 km (41.7-mile).

The brainchild of Kent Nicholas, S.C.A.R. includes a 9.5-mile (15.2 km) swim at 1529-feet (466m) elevation, a 9-mile (14.4 km) swim in Canyon Lake at 1,660 feet (505m) elevation, a 17-mile (27.3 km) swim across Apache Lake, and a 6.2-mile (10 km) swim in Roosevelt Lake.

For more information, visit here.

Q12. What important race will be held in Kazan, Russia in 2015?

A12. The 2016 Rio Olympic Games 10 km marathon swimming qualification race in the Kazan Rowing Centre. It will be the site of the 5 km, 5 km team pursuit, 10 km, and 25 km events at the 2015 FINA World Championships held in Kazan, Russia, approximately 450 miles (720 km) east of Moscow.

The venue is located on the bank of Lake Middle Kaban. For more information, visit here.

Q13. What Las Vegas show star is also a champion open water swimmer?

A13. Las Vegas performer Bill May, who performs for O, the Cirque de Soleil aquatic spectacular at the Bellagio Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, won the 2013 U.S. Masters Swimming 10 km open water swimming championship in 2 hours 8 minutes.

I am a character and synchronized swimmer for O. I started in 2005, working 10 shows weekly from Wednesday through Sunday,” explains the 34-year-old former Santa Clara synchronized-turned-open water swimmer. “I remember getting up early for morning workout, but now my schedule is all turned around, getting to bed about 4:30 am and waking up like 11 am. But we have a nice workout group, and do a lot of anaerobic sets like no-breather 50s and other hypoxic work. But I felt good in this 10K. It was wonderful.”

What a nice day. I saw fish and the water temperature was perfect,” said Kelly. For more information, visit here.

Q14. What major marathon swim has not been accomplished since 1967?

A14. It has been nearly 46 years since someone - anyone - has been able to swim from the Farallon Islands to the California mainland - or from the California mainland to the Farallon Islands for that matter.

Nearly a half century has gone by since anyone has seriously come close to replicating Ted Erikson's feat of swimming 30 miles while shivering in the cold, rough water facing the largest Great White Sharks this side of South Africa.

No American or South African; no Irishman or Aussie; no British or Canadian has done it. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. No one. Nothing.

For more information, visit here.

Q15. Who is the King of Robben Island?

A15. South African Theodore Yach is at 74 and counting.

Yach has completed a solo swim from Robben Island to Cape Town for more than four decades.

In 2009 he became the first person to swim from Cape Town around Robben Island and back. But every time, he subjects himself to jellyfish stings, bluebottles, and a host of other larger challenges like sharks and water that can drop to 9˚C with an averages of 13˚C. But he has proven to handle the challenges time and time and time again.

When he is not in his Speedo and swim cap, Yach is equally comfortable in a suit and tie as a partner at Zenprop, one of South Africa’s top property development and investment companies. He is also a trustee of the Mauerberger Foundation that provides scholarships and educational support, and a director of Wesgro.

Yach has been successful nearly 95% of the time with only 5 non-successful swims over the course of his career. For more information, visit here.

Q16. What open water race in 2013 had Olympic medalists finish 1-2-3?

A16. The 21st annual Flowers Sea Swim in the Cayman Islands. With 882 people lined up at the start, it was undoubtedly going to a fast 1-mile swim down Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman Island.

The elite athletes had to get a jump on the hundreds of swimmers around them. Plus, the top women were bunched up with the men at the start, so there was a lot of incentive to start the mile race with a sprint.

Brooke Bennett, the 3-time Olympic gold medalist from Florida, got off to a great start and took off with the top men, trailing by just a sliver. Canadian Olympian Zsofia Balazs and 2012 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim silver medalist Haley Anderson took off after Bennett. There was no let-up in the pace and the two younger Olympians took chase to Bennett.

"I finally saw her after halfway," recalled Balazs.

"Brooke was with the lead group of guys, but I was not sure where the finish was. I just followed their whitewater and continued to swim as fast as possible following them towards the finish." The duo gradually came up and slowly edged passed Bennett to make it a three-person race. But the Canadian still had a lot in the tank. Balazs opened up a body-length lead, but she was still nervous. "I just didn't want [the bikini-clad] Haley to go to her sprint like she did in the Olympics.

Instead Balazs answered Haley's kick with a furious kick of her own. The Hungarian emigrant to Canada who just finished her university studies to become a police officer crossed the finish with a huge relief and a big smile. The final results of the Top 4:

1. Zsofia Balas (Canada) 17:49.95
2. Haley Anderson (USA) 17:52.42
3. Brooke Bennett (USA) 17:54
4. Luane Rowe (Australia) 18:52

For more information, visit here.

Q17. What coach had two different swimmers from two different countries win medals at the 2013 FINA World Championships open water races in Barcelona?

A17. Not in recent memory has an open water swimming coach been so successful on the world's stage as Catherine Vogt.

Her coaching duties included coaching former USC Trojans Ous Mellouli and Haley Anderson.

Both earned gold medal victories in the 5 km races at the FINA World Swimming Championships as well as helping them get up on the Olympic podium in 2012.

Looking back at coaching successes on the world's stage, one has to go back to the 1970's for something similar when Don Watson was coaching John Kinsella and Sandra Bucha to simultaneous professional marathon swimming victories on the pro circuit.

Even in the pool where there are many more events, it is rare for a single coach to see two club swimmers stand on top of the podium on the same day at a world championship or Olympics.

As part of a powerful coaching triumvirate that includes renowned Olympic Dave Salo and Jon Urbanchek at the University of Southern California, Vogt has now coached 2 swimmers - one female, one male, one American, one Tunisian - to medal finishes at both an Olympics and a FINA World Championships.

Like her multi-talented athletes, Vogt is always on the move, effectively managing a lot on her plate. A mother of a young daughter, the University of North Carolina graduate and former distance freestyler understand the demands that her athletes face on a daily basis. She wakes up early for morning workouts, helps with recruiting, expertly guides her swimmers through injuries and self-doubt, nails down their taper periods, and fires them up for competition utilizing her own effervescent personality - a unique blend of mentorship and friendship. "It's a joy to coach these athletes," recalls Vogt who is perennially positive. "I get to work with great athletes. At this level, they know what they want and they need to do."

For more information, visit here.

Q18. What masters swimmer and former water polo player won the most prestigious professional marathon swim in 2013?

A18. Tomi Stefanovski of Macedonia unexpectedly won the 59th edition of the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in Roberval, Québec, Canada in 2013.

The 42-year-old former Macedonian water polo player won his first FINA event after 9 years of trying and a lifetime of aquatic performances.

His road to victory in the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean was a very long time in coming. The former water polo player competed in his first FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix race in 1997. "I did it because the race was in my home country of Macedonia," he recalled. "That is why I competed. I was a water polo player then. But I liked it and did the pro circuit between 1997 and 2002. In 2001, I did the Traversée and tried to come back in 2002. But between then and now, I have had 3 shoulder surgeries on my left and 3 shoulder surgeries on my right arm. I tried coming back again in 2008 when I placed 7th without much training. But after that Traversée, I experienced 3 days of cramps."

He did an English Channel crossing in 2009 in 7 hours 42 minutes and then tried the Traversée again in 2010. "My second daughter was born in 2011, so I took off again. But I started swimming again in 2012. Now in 2013, I win my first FINA Grand Prix race."

Stefanovski was prepared for this race like never before since 1997. "The Traversée is my favorite race. It is a cold water race, so I am better. And here in Roberval, it is most important for the general FINA rankings. You receive the most points here. When Eduardo Stochino took off, like others did, I had to make my move once. Edoardo made many moves, 3 or 4 times. Everyone was making a move. I also let Joanes [Hedel of France] go, but I also pushed hard to catch him. Because if Joanes goes, he is strong and difficult to catch. I do not want to swim more [than I have to]. But during the race, I felt comfortable in the pack and I am always good at the finish.

Eduardo made a move at the end. I then must do my job. He moved ahead by 50 meters. At a hard pace. But I had to catch up, but I do not rush. I go step-by-step. It is not good to change your rhythm or I will pay the price. For 15 minutes, I swam hard and continued. Because I do not want to swim with him because he can always come back. So I kept a distance from him. I saw him and I kept up my power. When we came into the harbor for the final kilometer, it is important for me to be first. I saw him and I did not rest for the sprint at the end. I just kept going hard.

I am so happy, very happy. I have to get a bigger apartment...I have two daughters - 3 and 5 years old now
."

The final results:

1. Tomi Stefanovski (MKD) 6:51:18.4
2. Eduardo Stochino (ITA) 6:51:36.5
3. Damian Blaum (ARG) 6:51:45.7
4. Xavier Desharnais (CAN) 6:51:54.6
5. Evgenij Pop Acev (MKD) 6:52:53.6
6. Joanes hedel (FRA) 6:55:45.3
7. Hugo Alberto Ribeiro (POR) 6:58:07.4
8. Tsvetan Yordanov (BUL) 7:03:49.8
9. Aimeson King (CAN) 7:10:25.6
10. Benjamin Konschak (GER) 7:28:09.3
11. Simon Pistor (GER) 7:28:28.9
12. Samir Barel (BRA) 7:35:51.8
13. Tiago Sato (BRA) 8:36:16.4
Alexander Studzinski (GER) DNF
Fernando Ciaramella (ARG)

For more information, visit here.

Q19. What is the maximum number of swimmers that the Sun-Moon Lake International Swimming Carnival will accept?

A19. The Sun-Moon Lake Ten-Thousand Swimming Carnival is simply massive with a maximum number of swimmers at 25,000.

Like its counterpart open water swimming events in South Africa (aQuellé Midmar Mile), Great Britain (British Gas Great North Swim), Sweden (Vansbrosimningen), Turkey (Boğazıçi Kitalararasi Yarislari), and Australia (Rottnest Channel Swim), the cross-lake event is a giant celebration of open water swimming.

Held on September, the Sun-Moon Lake Ten-Thousand Swimming Carnival is held in central Taiwan and is a non-competitive, non-timed 3 km point-to-point lake swim. It is surprising how large this event has become under the leadership of Morrie Chiang, a Professor at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.

Everything about the event is super-sized. From the number of participating government agencies to the number of floating pontoons that cut a course between the shores, it is a mightily massive event.

Under the auspices of the Puli Four-season Swimming Association, there is a large number of agencies that are called in to support and work this event, there are the Ministry of Education, Ministry of National Defense, Army Headquarters, Tourism Bureau, Sun Moon Lake National Area Administration, Tourism Bureau, Nantou County Council, Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee, Nantou County Government, Master Swimming Taiwan, Red Cross Society of the Republic of China (Taiwan), New Taipei City Rescue and Ambulance Volunteer Association, Phoenix Ambulance Volunteer Team, New Taipei City Fire Department, The Army 10th Corp Command, Military Police 203 Command, Marine Corps Command, Air Force 455th Wing, The 5th (Central) Regional Support Command, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Nantou County Government Education Bureau, Nantou County Government Transportation and Tourism Bureau, Nantou County Police Bureau, Nantou County Government Fire Department, Nantou County Government Public Health Bureau, Nantou County Government Environmental Protection Bureau Cultural Affairs Bureau of Nantou County, Nantou County Government Agricultural Bureau, Nantou County Police Station Transportation Team, Nantou County Government Department of Social Affairs Nantou County Government Information Bureau, Nantou County Investigation Bureau, Ministry of Justice Puli Township Office, Caotun Township Office, Yuchih Township Office, Nantou County Police Bureau Jiji Precinct, Sun-Moon Lake Local Police Station, De-Hwa Local Police Station, Sun-Moon Lake Fire Department Branch, Riyue Village Office, Shuishe Village Office, Sun-Moon Lake Image and Business Development Association, Health Center of Yuchih Township of Nantou County, New Taipei City Nantou County Association, Chinese Taipei Swimming Association Central Branch Changhua County Surf Life Saving Association, Diving Rescue Association R.O.C., Puli Christian Hospital, Taichung Veterans General Hospital Puli Branch, Taiwan Blood Service Foundation Puli Blood Station Nantou County Ferry and Yacht United Association, Nantou County Sun Moon Lake Fishery Association, Ming-Tan Junior High School, Ming-Tan Elementary School, De-Hwa Elementary School, Sun-Moon Lake Wenwu Temple, Vitalon Welfare Foundation, and Mizuno (Taiwan) Corporation, Shin Kong Life Insurance Company, Decathlon Taiwan Company, Eradiate Enterprise Company, 18°C Chocolate, Formosan Original Culture Village.

The visual-impaired and physically disabled athletes start first. Then groups (or heats) of other swimmers follow so there is a smooth flow of 25,000 swimmers in the water. Seeing the thousands of swimmers with bright orange swim caps bobbing up and down, many doing breaststroke and all with the swim buoys tied on, cross the largest lake located in central Taiwan is impressive. Especially since the heats are set off at 7:30 am and the entire lake is cleared at 1:00 pm.

Swimmers between the ages of 8 to 70 years old who are capable of swimming 3 km can participate. Individuals who are older than 65 years must be accompanied by a teammate with lifesaving abilities. The relatively inexpensive fee provides entrants with a t-shirt, swim cap, lunch with drink, and group incident insurance. And there are several other goodies for select groups of people. For example, the first 10,000 applicants receive memorial towels as do teams with more than 30 swimmers and the first 100 physically disabled swimmers. Additionally, couples whose total age equal 120, 130, or 140 years receive a special certificate.

Safety protocols and procedures are institutionalized throughout the registration process and on event day. Everyone must wear a swim buoy and an official swim cap. Entrants are encouraged to train and test themselves in cold-water pools prior to the Carnival and everyone is reminded that the event is not a competition; rather, the swimmers are mandated to swim easily and together while keeping an eye out for everyone in their individual groups.

For more information, visit here.

Q20. What sport did Kim Chambers do before she got into channel swimming?

A20. Kimberly Chambers is a former New Zealand ballerina who has crossed the English Channel, Cook Strait, Molokai Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, and Catalina Channel.

She is a member of the Dolphin Club of San Francisco, the South End Rowing Club and North Bay Aquatics. She is also a member of the Night Train Swimmers, and a relay team that swam 26.4 nautical miles from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands.

For more information, visit here.



Q21. What open water swimming event uses seeding events, hot spots and quadcopters?

A21. The aQuellé Midmar Mile, where plenty of open water swimmers compete with 5-digit race numbers written on their shoulders.

When 5-digit body markings are used, the event has over 10,000 participants. The aQuellé Midmar Mile is that kind of open water swimming competition, the largest competitive open water race in the world.

Athletes can prepare for the seeding swims starting in October:

* 3 km Time Freight Heia Safari Swim Challenge – Series 1 at Heia Safari Ranch on October 26th
* 400m, 800m, 1.5 km Time Freight Heia Safari Swim Challenge – Series 1 at Heia Safari Ranch on October 27th
* 1 mile, 400m, 3x1000m relay Ebotse Rynfield Mile at Rynfield Dam on Nov. 2nd
* 1.2 km, 5 km Time Freight Swim Challenge at Heia Safari Ranch on November 17th
* 5 km, 10 km Challenge Midmar Dam on November 23rd
* 1 km, 3 km, Sunday Tribune Capital K at Midmar Dam on November 24th
* 1 km, 7.5 km, 10 km Time Freight Heia Safari 1000 – leg 2 at Heia Safari Ranch on December 1st
* 1 km, 5 km aQuelle KZN Open Water Swim Champs at Albert Falls Dam on December 15th
* 3 km Ebotse Swim Challenge at Rynfield Dam on January 11th 2014
* 4x400m Relay, 1 km Ebotse Swim Challenge at Rynfield Dam on January 12th
* 1 km, 3 km, 5 km Time Freight Kovsies Swim Challenge in Bloemfontein on January 18th
* 3 km, 5 km Time Freight Lake Heritage Water Festival at Heia Safari Ranch on January 18th
* 500m, 1.2 km Time Freight Lake Heritage Water Festival at Heia Safari Ranch on January 19th
* 2 km Heia Safari at Heia Safari Ranch on February 23rd
* 3 km Heia Safari at Heia Safari Ranch on March 30th

And the elite swimmers compete for the hot spots, a point along the course where a cash prize is given for the first swimmer to reach.

For more information, visit here.

Q22. Where will the 2020 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim be held?

A22. Odaiba Beach at the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo will be the site of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2020 Olympic Games. Odaiba Marine Park is a popular Tokyo tourist and entertainment location on Tokyo Bay.

It features sand and rocks surrounding a quiet cove that spreads out beside Daiba Park where futuristic scenery such as the Rainbow Bridge, the Fuji Television Building, and urban resort hotels are located. Odaiba Marine Park is the heart of the coastal subcenter of Tokyo with beautiful sunset and night views.

Q23. Where are the Polar Olympics held?

A23. Murmansk, Russia is the site of the International Holiday of the North, otherwise known as the Polar Olympics.

Dmitry Blokhin, the Deputy Chairman of the Murmansk City Sports Committee, offers free transportation on March 18th-19th to Rovaniemi, Finland for swimmers in the 2014 Winter World Swimming Championships. More than 300 ice swimmers from 12 countries will compete.

Accommodations range from 8€ (hostel) to 75€ (hotel) per person per night. For more information, visit www.gorsport51.ru or contact sport@citymurmansk.ru.



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Q24. How many medals did Thomas Lurz win at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona?

A24. Thomas Lurz of Germany won 4 medals: defining him in our opinion as the best open water swimmer in the world.

When "the best" is described, it is hard to argue against an athlete who wins head-to-head against the world's fastest swimmers from 5 km to 25 km under intense pressure in all kinds of conditions throughout the year - and does it with a humble nature and ambassadorial style. At 33, Lurz remains on top of the professional marathon swimming community.

Quiet and focused, competitive and determined, hard-working and understanding, Lurz won gold in the 25 km, gold medal in the 5 km Team Pursuit, silver in the 10 km, bronze in the 5 km over a span of 7 days, and other international victories throughout the year.

Lurz has been conducting himself professionally for over a decade on top of the professional marathon swimming world. And none more so than this year when he was confirmed as the overall series champion for the 2013 FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup after uncharacteristically getting disqualified in the first race of the season. Dejected and disappointed, Lurz certainly made up for the first red card of his career. He turned his displeasure and red card in Santos, Brazil to an unprecedented season of success.

He steamrolled to an unprecedented 4 open water swimming medals at the FINA World Championships and culminated his season with another World Cup series championship. Add it up - 45 km of racing against the world's best in Barcelona - and Lurz proved why he was the best. Never in the history of aquatic sports has anyone raced in such close proximity to their competitors over such long distances and been so successful.

It was a total mastery of elite open water swimming from 5 km to 25 km: 4 swims and 4 medals. For more information, visit here.

Q25. Name three individuals who were inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

A25. The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame announced its Honourees in the Class of 2014:

Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), James Anderson (U.S.A.), Jane Katz (U.S.A.), and the Indonesian Swimming Federation (Indonesian Marathon Swimming Committee.

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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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